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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.
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Restart does not shutdown first on Debian Squeeze

I installed Debian Squeeze from the live DVD. Going to System->Shutdown->Restart does not shutdown the computer in the usual way where the BIOS screen is seen before login. Instead it simply restarts ...
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Asus G53S keyboard backlight

I have troubles enabling keyboard backlight in Asus G53SW-XR1 (2.6.39-2 kernel) with modules: $ lsmod | grep asus asus_nb_wmi 12393 0 asus_wmi 18488 1 asus_nb_wmi ...
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Is Debian stable a rolling release?

The question is really that simple: is Debian stable a rolling release? If it's not a rolling release type OS, does a rolling release distro exist which is based on Debian stable? I know Debian ...
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NTPDate runs three times at boot resulting in incorrect date

I am running Voyage Linux (a Debian-based distribution) and am having trouble getting the correct date. When I look in /var/log/daemon.log I see the following: Nov 18 11:04:07 voyage ntpdate[1676]: ...
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Connect to LDAP with cn=config in Debian Squeeze

How can I connect with an LDAP-Browser to a Debian Squeeze default openldap-installation? (It uses cn=config only).
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Partitioning and installing Voyage Linux

I am trying to install Voyage Linux 0.8.0 (a distribution based off Debian) on a Soekris Net4801. I would like to have two partitions, one for the operating system and another one for data. I have ...
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Automounting USB sticks on Debian

I'm running Debian Squeeze on a plug computer (so SSH only, no GUI) and what I'm trying to do is get it so that when a USB stick is plugged in, it gets automatically mounted. What I've done is ...
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Significant difference in speed between fsck using ext3 and ext4 on Debian Squeeze

Recently I installed Debian Squeeze, first using ext3 and then again using ext4 on the same machine. The automatic fsck done after a certain number of mounts is much faster using ext4 (about 1 min) ...
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Dependencies between shared libraries in the same Debian packages

Suppose I want to create a package with multiple shared libraries - call it libfoo, which contains liba.so.1 and libb.so.1. Now, say liba.so.1 uses a symbol from libb.so.1. If I compile like this, ...