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How do I find out if something is using the serial port?

I want to program a microcontroller under Debian Wheezy, but can't get it to work so far. I asked on Electrical Engineering and got the advice to check if something is already occupying the serial ...
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Debian 7.7 PPC (iMac G4) - switch from nouveau to nv driver

I'm trying to get some flavour of Linux going on an old iMac G4/800 with NV11 video hardware. So far I've tried Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04 and Debian 7.7. All face the following common issues: I ...
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Gmail instant new mail notifier for Debian 7 systems?

The way I do it now is that I have to keep a 'Gmail' tab open at all times in my browser to check for new mail. My mails are important and I need instant notifications. I thought of using a client ...
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Can't open audio device /dev/dsp: Device or resource busy

I am install Debian Jessie Beta2 on my laptop, and I just compiled mplayer on it. however when i use mplayer command to play some videos, i can't get the sound, the error shows as below: Can't open ...
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Florence doesn't show up for text fields in Midori

I am having problems with the Florence keyboard displaying (when using the auto hide functionality) when input fields are focused in Midori. It displays when the address bar is focused and strangely ...
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Gnome doesn't want start

my problem is following: some time I just restarted my computer, after restart the gnome doesn't want to show up, I have only the 6 tyy's terminals ( I can log in and do whatever I want ). I am ...
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Pacemaker and iSCSi

I currently am trying to make a highly available NAS under debian 7. I am using following packages: drbd8-utils iscsitarget iscsitarget-dkms pacemaker corosync ...
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Unable to listen or use microphone in Skype

I installed Skype 4.3.0.37 on my machine (debian 7 64bits XFCE 4.10) and both incoming and outgoing audio is not woring. I tried the echo sound service of skype but to no success. Here my ...
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Compiling Asterisk on Debian: Cannot Find `ptlib-config`

My Asterisk ./configure is returning: checking /root/pwlib/include/ptlib.h usability... no checking /root/pwlib/include/ptlib.h presence... no checking for /root/pwlib/include/ptlib.h... no checking /...
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What's overwriting my apt sources files?

I'm working on a Phidgets SBC2. It's got emdebian grip, but grip has is over and so I get 404 on those repositories when apt-get is trying to get package lists. I can get things to install using apt-...
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How do I enable thumbnails in PCManFM?

In the file manager PCManFM version 0.9.10 (in the Debian Wheezy repositories) thumbnails are generated for images but not for other file types such as PDFs and videos. Does this version of PCManFM ...
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bluetooth mouse disconnects

I'm using Debian Jessie (testing). I have a bluetooth mouse (Microsoft Sculpt Comfort) and I can pair it and use it ok, but after some time of inactivity (around 10 minutes) it stops working, I have ...
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How can I fix “insserv: There is a loop between service mountnfs and nfs-common if started” in Debian wheezy?

I'm working on a Debian wheezy x64 box, with dist-upgrade to: Debian 7.7 (wheezy) 64-bit kernel Linux 3.2.0-4-amd64 It's configured with Linux RAID10, dm-crypt/LUKS and LVM. I've installed ...
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Why autoconf.h is not copied automatically to its place?

I'm working on a clean Debian 7.7 install. After the install everything was working fine except the webcam in Iceweasel browser. After reading a lot I found that the best solution is to install ...
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Fix grub v2 bootloader configuration on running debian

We have a server running Debian Wheezy. It is connected to a UPS, that's why it basically never went down for years and we never noticed that the grub v2 bootloader could not load the correct kernel ...
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Find source of all installed packages on Debian based systems

I am trying to find a good method to find the repository for each package that was stored on my system that can be easily parsed. Backstory: I have Debian wheezy systems and have setup the wheezy-...
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How to encrypt data in a folder in a samba share, and share it both encrypted and decrypted?

So far I have a Debian NAS with a samba share accessible from a Windows client by user credentials. Within that share I have a folder of images encrypted by ecryptfs. A friend of mine have agreed to "...
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Debian ignores PAM env variables (while Arch doesn't)

I have a weird issue with my Debian Sid system. I want to set a global environment variable in /etc/environment, which is supposed to be read by the pam_env module. Unfortunately, after having relogin ...
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How to install / parse build dependencies from debian/control?

Let's suppose you downloaded a source code folder, that contains an existing /debian/ folder as well as /debian/control file. Let's suppose the package in question is not in Debian official ...
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How to upgrade a shared library to a newer version when installing from source code?

I am installing an application from source code and it requires a shared library which I'll call abc. The configure process finds a libabc.so symlink in /usr/lib that points to a 0.23 version of abc ...
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Mesa Compile results in unusable drivers?

I built mesa from git on debian wheezy following the instructions here. I had to build libdrm_intel from source as well, as the version in the repo was too old. I'm on a T500 with integrated graphics,...
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error when trying to remount / readonly [closed]

On my Debian wheezy system I'm trying to remount / readonly. I switch to runlevel 1 and then issue mount / -o ro, remount which always errors out with "column: invalid argument" Additional ...
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Fully erase/delete disk with a live debian disto

Is it possible to do a full format of a disk with a live debian usb? I mean really destroy all the data on the disk so that even data recovery tools can not get the data back in any way? I have tried ...
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Virtualized Debian Jessie: slow booting / shutting down :(

I have a Debian 8 (Jessie), cat /proc/version says: Linux version 3.16.0-4-amd64 (debian-kernel@lists.debian.org) (gcc version 4.8.3 (Debian 4.8.3-16) ) #1 SMP Debian 3.16.7-ckt2-1 (2014-12-08) ...
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What is the difference between all of these Debian version numbers?

In attempting to find the version of Debian I am running, I have run several commands; the confusing thing is, nearly all of these commands return different results. For instance, in /proc/version I ...
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How do I know which version of Debian I'm running?

In a tutorial, I'm prompted "If you are running Squeeze, follow these instructions..." and "If you are running Wheezy, follow these other instructions..." When I run uname, I get the following ...
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Wireless server only allows a single client

I have a BeagleBone Black running Debian configured as an access point using hostapd and udhcpd. A node based HTTP server accepts request on port 80. The device is not connected to any wired network. ...
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How to install Debian GNU/Linux on HP Chromebook 14? USB boot doesn't works!

Following this guide from the debian wiki, I'm tring to install Debian on my HP Chromebook 14 (FALCO). The problem is that, when I choose "Install" in the Debian-Installer's menu, instead of the ...
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compile source package with multiple cpu cores in debian, “apt-get -b source”

I use apt-get -b source and this command download and compile source with one core of cpu, Is there any way to compile package in debian with apt package manager with multiple cpu cores ? like -j ...
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USB Mouse Freezing in Debian / KDE // Keyboard OK

Having problems with seemingly random freezes of my Logitech Wireless Mouse in Debian (KDE). With regards to a number of articles out there, I don't have powertop, mouseemu or laptop-mode-tools ...
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Debian Linux - Ubuntu - Logs cleared for last and lastb, but not /var/log/auth.log after new year

So like the title says, I logged into my server and I noticed last and lastb seem to have been reset sometime before 00:48 after the new year. Is this intentional to have it reset, or does it only ...
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Broken libc6 makes system unbootable when I install packages via apt-get

I tried to install Skype on my amd64 Debian 7, after believing the page that told me to upgrade libc6 and allow the x86 architecture. When I started downloading such packages and upgrading libc6 my ...
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bootup hangs on “started monitoring of lvm2 mirrors”

Recently I had some problems with hard disk. I think I solved that problems, but now my computer (with Debian) doesn't boot up. It hangs for several minutes on "started monitoring of lvm2 mirrors" ...
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Remotely connect to computer when connection partly fails

I have a Debian computer acting as a server at home. It has a dovecot+postfix mail server, an SSH server, an apache server, and everything you would expect from a do-everything server. At home, it is ...
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debian asus g551jm gnome 3 using integrated gpu instead of nvidia

I have an asus g55jm running debian wheezy with gnome. By default the integrated gpu instead of the nvidia gtx860M card for the desktop. running lspci outputs: 00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel ...
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playing video on ancient computer

I'd like to play video stream on ancient computer (PII 400 + 512M). I installed debian with XLDE but iceweasel takes to much CPU - video is choppy. I was trying to cut everything unneeded - when there'...
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Late authentication

I run Debian Wheezy with a simple window manager (Blackbox). If I remember correctly, in Ubuntu some applications like Synaptic and Update Manager ask for sudo password only when/if needed. How do I ...
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Can`t mount external hdd

I am using Debian and I`m using Windows as well (much longer). I loaded a external disk on Windows but when trying to mount on linux again I keep getting the same error: Error mounting: mount exited ...
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Where are xkb options defined?

I'm not too experienced with Linux on personal computers, but I've recently installed Debian Jessie on my laptop (using GNOME 3). It's a Macbook, so there's a command key on the keyboard. Initially, I ...
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Skype Call Recorder in Debian 7.1: version `GLIBC_2.14' not found

I am trying to configure Skype Call Recorder in Debian 7.1, running Skype 4.3.0.37. Since there was no amd64 package for Debian, I am using skype-call-recorder-ubuntu_0.10_amd64.deb. The installation ...
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How to configure Debian with Thinkpad T440 trackpad/clickpad?

I have trouble trying to figure out how to configure the Lenovo Thinkpad T440 trackpad ("clickpad") with the Linux OS. I like the way that Windows configured the laptops trackpad, and want to mimic it ...
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Unable to install Skype on Debian Jessie 64 bit

I am unable to install Skype on Debian Jessie (64 bit). I have already enables i386 architecture . The issue is with the installation of the package libqtwebkit4:i386: rsiwal@rsiwal-jessie:~$ sudo ...
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specific swap partitions for multiple debian instances in a single computer

I'm trying to setup a computer with three debian instances (wheezy, jessie and sid), I've created / and swap partitions for each debian instance, during the installation I did specify which swap ...
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Can't change gnome-terminal tab's title from within ssh session on remote debian 8 machine

When I connect to a debian 8 server I can't change gnome-terminal tab's title, see for yourself: $ ssh deb6-server $ echo -en '\e]0;test\a' # title changes $ echo $TERM xterm-256color $ cat /etc/...
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How to install KDE without Konqueror?

I want to install a very minimal KDE desktop in Debian. When running apt-get install kde-plasma-netbook, kde-plasma-netbook depends on kde-baseapps, which then installs some applications, such as ...
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is there a difference between these lines in `/etc/apt/sources.list`?

In a guide for installing a wireless card, I'm told to add the following lines to /etc/apt/sources.list: deb http://http.debian.net/debian/ wheezy main contrib non-free This is what my sources.list ...
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IPv6 connections timeout

I'm having issues with IPv6 connections. Only with those. They timeout roughly every 10 minutes (due to address renewal i suppose). Happens with every debian based flavour of linux i tried in a year ...
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Serial program not responding on boot

I am trying to run a program written in C that uses ttyX for serial communication. The program is running on Cubieboard2 with Debian OS. When I run the program manually, it successfully runs and ...
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How to verify a bootable USB pendrive?

There are many OSs that can be written to USB flash drive and result in a bootable USB drive. For security reasons I need to verify the bootable USB that is written from the image file I downloaded. I'...
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How to extend root partition (which wasn't created using LVM) in debian linux

I've read this question Can I resize the root partition without uninstalling and reinstalling Linux (or losing data)? before I ask. But I'm not using LVM when creating the root partition, so I'm not ...