Debian is a community-driven GNU/Linux distribution which provides a large range of packages and supports a large range of architectures. It strongly focuses on free software. It has several derivatives, notably Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

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display login window as list of users

How do you display the login window as a list of users instead of having to type the username? I have Debian XFCE on a Powerbook G4.
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How to overcome libc resolver limitation of maximum 3 nameservers?

Suppose I work in environment with number of domain changes and slow propagation. I want to test domain configuration immediately after setting change but the propagation is slow. So I want to add ...
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sixteen digit colour code?

I am trying to convert the mac4lin awn theme from 0.3 to 0.4 so it will work in my awn. But I'm not sure about the colour codes in the 0.4 files. They are not normal hex codes, they are sixteen digits ...
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How to port printer settings between different distributions?

My wife's netbook has two distributions installed on it: OpenSUSE 11.4, which she no longer uses much, and Debian testing. The only reason why OpenSUSE is still installed is that, for some odd ...
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xfce swap command and control keys

What is the equivalent of this in Debian XFCE?: Go into System -> Preferences -> Keyboard Click on the "Layouts" tab and then click the "Layout Options" button. Click on "Alt/Win key ...
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What's the motivation behind kfreebsd

I use both FreeBSD and Debian-based Linuxes on a daily basis. (I am mostly a user/developer/sysadmin not an OS-developer). I want to know what is the motivation behind kFreeBSD? Why people may want ...
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GUI for mount_afp?

I have installed mount_afp, so I can access my iMac via AFP on my PowerBook G4 running Debian XFCE. It works in Terminal (screenshot), but is there a GUI for it - like File Manager?
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Evolution keeps disappearing?

I am running Debian 6.0.3 (squeeze) and Evolution 2.30.3. I keep noticing that evolution disappears (gmail account). It never throws up a crash dialog. What is going on? How can I tell what is ...
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Debian PowerBook G4 WiFi Driver

How do I get wifi to work on my powerbook g4 with xfce debian? I have tried sudo apt-get install bcm43xx-fwcutter but it comes up with E: Unable to locate package bcm43xx-fwcutter. What do I do?
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debian not accepting administrative password

I have XFCE Debian on an old PowerPC PowerBook G4. When I go to open Synaptic Package Manager, a window pops up asking for my administrative password. I enter the password I normally use for sudo in ...
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Why are backports called backports?

I'm reading about repositories in debian and i've found backports. But it sounds strange for me. I feel word back to be indicating older stable versions that are more compatible with less frequently ...
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Restore /etc/ configuration files from the default

Is there a way to replace /etc configuration files from a package, overwriting my local changes? I've tried apt-get install --reinstall mypackage but it doesn't update the files. How can I do this?
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How can I generate a DEB from an installed package?

I've done this in the past before but I can't remember how. I'd like to take an installed package on one machine, create an installable deb from it, then send that deb over to another machine. How can ...
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What are the minimum requirements to run a graphical application?

This follows my previous question, where I installed Debian for the purpose of having a lightweight distro to run virtual machines on. I installed it with just the laptop and admin packages -- not ...
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lintian and script-not-executable

I'm trying to make a deb package. But there is warning from lintian: W: package: script-not-executable etc/package/hooks/script It is a script, but noone executes it directly. I source it in ...
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Half of my software is gone; any way to recover?

I saw a nice program for managing pictures called gThumb. I decided to install it, but it uninstalled half of my programs and my theme altogether. I used Software Center to install it. Why would ...
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Any way for Unix to ignore lpoptions and let Java do it's job?

I'm using the javax.print API to print a Jasper Report on Debian Linux. For some reason the saved lpoptions (CUPS settings) always override settings chosen on the Java Print dialog. At this point the ...
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Building an offline installer Debian CD

I have to build an install CD to help others people to setup a Debian server with Apache/Mysql/PHP and our application. But the CD must install the full system offline (because servers will be ...
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Setting system/hardware clock under Debian

I have installed a system with a London timezone, instead of using Central European Time. The problem is, that hwclock says the time is 11:00, date says the time is 11:00. I have changed the timezone ...
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gnome 3 system sounds not working

On my System (Debian Wheezy x64, Gnome 3) I don't have any system sounds. Other audio is working well. When I go to settings > Audio > Sounds (hope it is called like this in english) as normal user, ...
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How can I move firewall settings from one Debian Squeeze web server to another?

I configured a Debian Squeeze virtual machine in VMWare on my laptop. I configured it with a very restrictive set of firewall rules using Firestarter. I then uploaded a copy of its disk image to use ...
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Iptables GEOIP not working under Debian Squeeze

I've just installed xtables-*, compiled the geoip database, but when I try to use an iptables command it always gives back the following error: Command: iptables -I INPUT -p tcp --dport 80 -m geoip ...
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RTL8191SE wireless card not working in Debian Squeeze

I'm having trouble getting my wireless card seen in debian squeeze. iwconfig only shows eth0 and l0 but no wlan0. ifconfig wlan0 up says theres no such device. I compiled a backport kernel and I now ...
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Acer Aspire S3 or Asus Zenbook Ultrabook for running Linux (Ubuntu / Debian)

I'm curious if anyone has had success with running Ubuntu or Debian on the latest Ultrabooks. Specifically, the Acer Aspire s3 or the Asus Zenbook? I have had an Asus UL30a since they came out, ...
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Is FreeBSD license easier than Ubuntu/Fedora/CentOS/ArchLinux when it comes to GPL + Close source + Sell?

If I use FreeBSD/OpenSolaris, and stop using Ubuntu/Fedora/CentOS/ArchLinux, migrate my all applications to FreeBSD/OpenSolaris will that reduce license problems? Specially, GPL/LGPL is very ...
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How to install kernel on debian with no internet connection

I'm trying to install a newer kernel version on my Debian (squeeze) machine as I need it to get my wireless card working. I have Debian on one partition of my hard drive, Fedora on the other. I'm ...
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Upgrade to Debian testing shows only white noise

I've installed Debian on my desktop, but now all I can see is white noise on my screen. started with a squeeze netinstall updated my /etc/apt/sources.list from: # deb http://ftp.belnet.be/debian/ ...
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How do I run Gnome 3 sound control from KDE?

Skype is using pulse audio, which is part of Gnome and the main place I found to configure microphones was in the standard Gnome sound control. How can I configure the microphones from KDE?
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How to “manually fix this package” (aptitude error)?

Whenever I try to aptitude install something I get this error: E: I wasn't able to locate a file for the libxmlrpc-c3 package. This might mean you need to manually fix this package. (due to ...
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Configure applications to ask for a user:pass behind a proxy

Here's the deal: I'm trying to set up a SQL server with Debian Linux, I managed to install Debian - but I can't get apt-get to work, since I'm behind a proxy. I already managed to setup Iceweasel to ...
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How can I communicate with a Unix domain socket via the shell on Debian Squeeze?

I’m running a Debian Squeeze web server. I’ve installed memcached on it, and configured memcached to listen on a Unix domain socket (at /tmp/memcached.sock), as it only needs to receive messages from ...
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On Debian in fluxbox, GtkPod has no write permission, but does in GNOME

In fluxbox I manually mount my iPod, then run GtkPod as a normal user, unfortunately this doesn't give me write permissions as a normal user. (I can paste the error message in later when I am home if ...
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Why doesn't 'which ruby' output anything?

On Debian 6, I uninstalled Ruby 1.8 and installed 1.9.1. Now if I run which ruby it doesn't output anything. Why can't it find ruby anymore?
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Why does Stackoverflow in Iceweasel cause high CPU usage for Xorg?

If I go to the front page of this site, and hit page down/page up repeatedly, it's pretty quick, and firefox-bin (iceweasel) uses maybe 50% CPU, Xorg uses maybe 40%. If I go to Stackoverflow's main ...
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Some keyboard shortcuts do not work in Compiz

I've bound Win-R with the Run Application dialog in Metacity. However, the shortcut doesn't work when switched to Compiz. The entry Show the panel's "Run application" dialog box even doesn't appear in ...
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Debian Wheezy netinstall can't configure DHCP

I am reinstalling my Debian system with the Wheezy netinstall image on a USB drive. I have a wireless router that also comes with ethernet ports, so I could either connect to my LAN via wifi OR ...
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USB keyboard won't work with usbhid driver

I have an HP thin client (model t5325) which runs Debian Linux (kernel 2.6.22.18-1-armel). We are testing some kiosk keyboards from Operator Interface Technology which are presenting themselves to ...
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How to reinstall apt on Debian?

I accidently removed apt-get from my Debian system by issuing: dpkg --force-depends --purge apt How can I reinstall it?
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where should I put the sudo in this command? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Redirecting stdout to a file you don't have write permission on echo "some words" >> /etc/apt/source.list permission denied sudo echo "some words" >> ...
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Is Grub installed to all the MBR of a RAID array by default by the Debian Installer?

If I use the Debian Stable (Squeeze) Installer to install Debian, booting from a RAID1 pair of drives, does it write grub to the MBR of both drives - if not, how should I best protect against a drive ...
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Install key 3G Huawei E1752 in Debian

I have a PC without a CD ROM drive. I have a connection with Orange 3G, using a Huawei E1752 device. I want to install Debian on my hard drive from a 15BG USB Disk. I tried with Debian Live but that ...
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How to reinstall /bin/sh

I have accidentally deleted /bin/sh, and I am trying to to re-install it. If I type sh in the terminal, It says The program 'sh' can be found in the following packages: * bash * dash If I try to ...
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installed `default-jdk` but there is no `javac`

I have a Debian Unstable VM which I used to package a Java project before. Today, the javac was gone somehow, so I installed default-jdk again. But still, there is no javac. What could I do?
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Where can I find configuration file for uw-imapd on debian?

Where can I find configuration file for uw-imapd on debian? Is there even one?
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How to create a bootable USB stick with Debian Squeeze

Using Ubuntu, I want to install Debian Squeeze on my PC with a bootable USB stick. I found this tutorial: Plug the usb key in order to find the device location: $ df -k /dev/sdb ...
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Boot device /dev/sda1 does not exist on Debian in QEmu

I have an image of Debian/LXDE assembled for ARM and I trying to run it in Qemu. I am using this command: sudo qemu-system-arm -M versatilepb \ -kernel ./vmlinuz-2.6.32-5-versatile \ ...
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Debian squeeze post-installation automount problem, USB port confused for /dev/cdrom0

Usually when I install Linux on a laptop, I use the following command $ dd if=installcdrom.iso of=/dev/sdX where sdX is the inserted, unmounted USB stick (sdb usually), and installcdrom.iso is a ...
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Trouble understanding the Debian bug reporting system

I am currently experiencing this bug, except that I'm using the Wheezy/testing netinstaller. Strangely, I used the netinst .iso a few months ago, and everything was fine. So it almost seems as if the ...
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Ubuntu - My /var/wiki folder has gone missing. Is this a Linux issue? [closed]

I implemented a few installations of mediawiki in a parent folder called: /var/wiki I was alerted this morning that the wikis are no longer working. Upon a little research, the /var/wiki folder is ...
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How do I use the OpenDNS servers for wlan0 in Aptosid?

How do I use the OpenDNS servers for wireless networks in Aptosid? All the methods I've found are either specific to other distros, specific to eth0 or they just don't work with Aptosid or wpa_gui.