Debian is a community driven GNU/Linux distribution first announced 1993. It is well known for its package management system APT and large number of packages. Many other distributions are influenced or originate from it, like Ubuntu or Knoppix. Use this tag for questions only related to Debian (not ...

learn more… | top users | synonyms

9
votes
3answers
4k views

Simplest way of forwarding all mail from server? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lightweight outgoing SMTP server I am looking for a minimal mail solution (MTA) for a headless server which generate e-mails for local users and and fully qualified ...
9
votes
2answers
684 views

Install new kernel in PowerPC debian

I compiled a new kernel image on x86 using cross compiler with these commands (source): $ cp arch/powerpc/configs/pmac32_defconfig .config $ make ARCH=powerpc menuconfig $ make ARCH=powerpc ...
1
vote
1answer
216 views

For deploying a public-facing webapp, which between Testing and Stable to use some weeks before release?

Which do you recommend? Some POVs to consider: stability available packages life kernels or any other reasons? [note] This question was originally a request for recommendation between Debian 5 ...
3
votes
1answer
511 views

jetty repositories for Debian lenny 5.0?

This is my current sources.list, and I wish to install libjetty-java, libjetty-extra-java, and jetty, in that order. However, the packages are not found, and I resorted to downlaoding the debs from ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

simultaneously share /dev/videoX with multiple applications?

the goal is to use the same webcam for video chat apps and for home security at the same time. Currently, the webcam is working just fine with either VLC (or mjpg-streamer) and with Kopete - just not ...
2
votes
2answers
4k views

How to stop avahi-daemon

I'm trying to disable avahi-daemon. I tried to modify the file /etc/default/avahi-daemon, setting the AVAHI_DAEMON_DETECT_LOCAL=0 instead of 1, but when I connect to a network it starts anyway; is ...
15
votes
3answers
26k views

Debian/Grub2: Moving root partition to new drive?

Does anybody have a suggestion for how to move the root partition to a new drive and set up grub2 to boot on that drive? I seem to have no luck instructing grub-mkconfig what it is I want to do (e.g. ...
5
votes
2answers
708 views

What's up with this 'gnome' package?

I have recently grown tired of the way Rhythmbox starts up every time I plug in my MP3 player. I know I could simply disable this, but I've decided to uninstall Rhythmbox instead. It's such a ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

Wireless card won't connect right away

I have a netgear wg311 wireless card on my Debian machine. I have it connected using wpa_supplicant. When I type this. wpa_supplicant -c/etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf -iwlan0 -Dwext I get ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

How to install kvm in Debian (Lenny) over powerpc

I am emulating powerpc using qemu-system-ppc on top of x86, and running debian-lenny-ppc with it. I want to install kvm inside that debian. I have learned that the kvm and qemu-kvm packages are not ...
-1
votes
1answer
714 views

Why is GDM 2.20 still in Squeeze? [closed]

Both gdm (based on 2.20) and gdm3 (based on 2.30) are available in Debian Squeeze. Supposing that gdm3 should replace gdm, why are they both still supported?
5
votes
2answers
532 views

How to get started with CentOS?

I've been working with Debian GNU/Linux for a long time and am very proficient with it. However for a new project I've got to got familiar with CentOS ASAP. So my Question is: How do I get started ...
2
votes
1answer
672 views

Getting wireless card to work in Debian with wpa_supplicant

I'm having difficulty getting a Netgear WG311 network card to work with Debian. Here is a screenshot showing ifconfig wlan0, iwconfig, network interface cards, and wpa_supplicant configs: I ...
4
votes
1answer
3k views

How to ensure the bluetooth is switched off after boot up?

Please show me which magic button to press for the case where I'm tired of manually switching off the distracting bluetooth light on my laptop after every boot-up.
6
votes
1answer
759 views

Wi-Fi constantly disconnects

Using either NetworkManager or Wicd to manage wireless networking on my Wi-Fi-powered laptop, too often I get randomly disconnected, and I see these messages on /var/log/syslog: Dec 10 05:21:26 ...
8
votes
1answer
2k views

How to get Nautilus to “Open with Archive Mounter”?

I see Ubuntu screenshots showing that one can right-click an ISO, and have an option to "Open with Archive Mount". How do I get that running elsewhere where it isn't default (Debian in my case)? This ...
6
votes
2answers
193 views

How can I chase a program who is rising up my laptop's temperature?

After 40 days of non-upgrading I came back from a trip and I decided to dist-upgrade my Debian Sid box. Everything went fine but after rebooting I noticed that the temperature was 15°C over its ...
2
votes
1answer
248 views

My Fedora 13 crashes several times a day

Reported bugs through bugzilla, anything else I can do? I'm actually a bit disappointed as a friend of mine is a network admin and he told me they have a linux server that has not been rebooted for a ...
1
vote
1answer
336 views

How to do a recursive download with gwget (wget frontend)?

I usually run wget with the -np -r options, but it doesn't include a preview of the queue size, so I'm checking out the wget frontend gwget (on debian). I can't get the recursive option to work; does ...
3
votes
1answer
295 views

Why did Debian create the DFSG?

I'm curious why Debian created the DFSG when the FSD already existed. There are some differences (conflicts) of course, but was that the main motivation?
9
votes
2answers
7k views

Why is Debian not creating the 'wheel' group by default?

It appears to be Unix tradition that a wheel group is created automatically, but Debian (and children, naturally) doesn't do so. Is there a rationale somewhere? Where else have you seen this tradition ...
6
votes
2answers
1k views

What is Debian's stance regarding GCJ and OpenJDK?

Both OpenJDK and GCJ are available for install on Debian, and now I wonder what's happening. Don't these provide same functionality?
6
votes
3answers
425 views

Access to original contents of mount point

On my headless NAS I have sdf1 (a flash-card) mounted as / while /home is mounted from lv00 (an LVM volume backed by a software RAID). To be able to access the machine when the RAID fails, I have a ...
1
vote
3answers
5k views

How to get GNOME volume applet back?

I'm running GNOME 2.30 (Squeeze) and have lost my Volume Control applet. I can't find it in my Add to Panel window. [update] Note that the Volume Control applet appears again in the window, and I ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

Setting up a wireless to ethernet bridge

I am trying to set up a temporary network using the following hardware [Wireless Router]))) )) ) [laptop] ----- [Desktop] ^wifi (debian) ^ethernet ^(3com Audrey) Looking ...
12
votes
3answers
1k views

Why is there a separate package repository for Debian security updates?

Why don't they upload packages to the normal package repository? Is this a general convention (IE, do other distros separate the repositories also)?
6
votes
3answers
197 views

What can I do when apt-get/aptitude doesn't create a menu item for an installed program?

Obviously, this question is specific to Debian-based setups. I find that, often, packages I install using aptitude or apt-get only say that a menu item has been created. No menu item actually ...
1
vote
1answer
127 views

Xorg partially working for a font error

in my Debian stable, when I execute: startx as normal user the Xorg server begin to work, but after some second I recive in console this error: FreeFontPath: FPE "/usr/share/fonts/X11/misc" ...
3
votes
1answer
7k views

How to install Fedora from an ISO on a USB?

I have a Fedora 14 x86_64 iso image and I want to install it using a USB stick. How do I get this stick to boot up, and use the image to start the installation? I'm running Debian.
1
vote
4answers
1k views

Debian sed: can't read

I'm trying to run a command to remove require_once from php files from here (code below), but I am getting the error: sed: can't read -: No such file or directory I am in the correct folder; ...
6
votes
1answer
3k views

How to make a distro be fullscreen on VirtualBox?

I'm running Debian as host and I fail to get Debian, Ubuntu, and Fedora guests to be fullscreen. Changing video memory didn't help. NOTES: I haven't tried any other distro I didn't create WinXP ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

TightVNC not running gnome-session

I have a Debian Lenny box with Gnome desktop. I've installed Tightvnc server on it and would like to see a Gnome session when connecting from another computer using VNC viewer. But for some reason it ...
4
votes
2answers
590 views

upgrade xdebug without using apt?

I'm running debian 5.0.6 and have installed xdebug 2.0.3 via aptitude. Now I want to install PHPUnit, and when trying to do it through pear, I get the error that PHPUnit wants a more recent xdebug ...
3
votes
2answers
724 views

In new users's home directory create sub-directory with a specific group and permissions

Linux will copy the the contents of /etc/skel when a new user is created. I want to have a sub-directory in each user's home directory, MyStevedore. I want this directory to have the owner be the new ...
10
votes
2answers
1k views

31 Debian CDs — Why? and which do I need for a vanilla desktop install?

I've been using Linux (Ubuntu) for a couple of months now, and I want to try Debian to see how different it is. Well, I've already found a couple of differences.. The first one that Debian-Live ...
2
votes
4answers
12k views

How to install Adobe Acrobat Reader in Debian?

I've got deb http://debian-multimedia.org squeeze main in "/etc/apt/sources.list", but wajig update && wajig install acroread results in: E: Package ‘acroread’ has no installation candidate ...
1
vote
4answers
5k views

How to upgrade PHP to 5.3 on Debian 5.0 (Lenny)?

I currently have PHP 5.0 installed on my Debian VPS and was wondering how I would be able to upgrade it to PHP 5.3 and keep all of my installed modules running.
33
votes
1answer
9k views

What is $debian_chroot in .bashrc?

What is the debian_chroot variable in my bashrc file? and what is it doing here? PS1='${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\u@\h:\w\$ '
1
vote
2answers
1k views

Debian server on a Intel Core i3 and Intel Q57 Chipset - will it work?

I want to build a Debian server (running samba, postfix, apache - without X11) on a Intel Core i3 / Intel Q57 Chipset system. I'm relativly new to the Linux-World but had driver issues already within ...
3
votes
2answers
480 views

PPC Debian: eth0: switching to forced 10bt / 100bt

I recently installed debian on an old G4 iMac, and everything is working fine except that the console is constantly spammed with alternating eth0: switching to forced 10bt eth0: switching to forced ...
6
votes
4answers
3k views

Debian: Which firewall for a newbie?

I have to install a firewall on my server (so without X Server). It's a debian lenny. If it is possible, I want to avoid the use of iptables. Is there a way to install/configure a firewall for a ...
3
votes
4answers
11k views

how to work around APT's “Release file expired” problem on a local mirror

I have a local mirror (created with debmirror), and when I try to do a cache update (apt-get update) after a few days, I get this: E: Release file expired, ignoring ...
1
vote
2answers
181 views

How to display duplicates between 2 repositories

I got 2 repos locally. One is a copy of Squeeze and another is a custom one, and is managed by reprepro. Are there ready-made tools that would generate a list of duplicate packages between the two?
1
vote
3answers
309 views

How to implement conditional update of deb package

I am creating a deb package of a product which is part open source and part proprietary. In order to reuse the built in functionality of some distributions like Ubuntu to monitor a list of ...
2
votes
2answers
437 views

Network printer needs to be manually enabled after reboot

I've recently installed Debian squeeze on a new machine, and decided to try out the default gnome setup rather than attempt to do everything myself. I added a printer using System > Administration > ...
3
votes
2answers
704 views

Debian Lenny: Want Splashy to start directly after Grub2

I'm running a GNU/Linux Debian Lenny with an 2.6.26-2-686 kernel. I installed splashy for a bootsplash an updated grub to version 2. Now I want splashy to start directly after the user has selected a ...
9
votes
4answers
3k views

What directories do I need to back up?

What are the directories one should back up, in order to have a backup of all user-generated files? From a vanilla debian install, I can do enough apt to get the packages that I want. So if I don't ...
13
votes
3answers
4k views

Full disk encryption with password-less authentication in Linux

I have a fairly standard disk encryption setup in Debian 5.0.5: unencrypted /boot partition, and encrypted sdaX_crypt that contains all other partitions. Now, this is a headless server installation ...
125
votes
9answers
37k views

What is the real difference between “apt-get” and “aptitude”? (How about “wajig”?)

I know that both apt-get and aptitude are command line package management interfaces on Debian derived Linux, with different options, but I'm still somewhat confused. Under the hood, aren't they ...
5
votes
0answers
755 views

DPMS does not work: the monitor is not switched off [closed]

I have a monitor which was properly switched off by my Debian PC when unused. I attached it to another machine and, this times, it is never switched off. In /etc/X11/xorg.conf, I have: Section ...