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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Debian and system clock change?

If I change my system time on Debian which files would be modified? Would it be /etc/default/rcS? Also, is default time on Debian Dec 31 1969?
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How can I determine if my processor is 64 or 32 bit? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I know that my CPU supports 64bit operating systems under Linux? I am running Debian Squeeze, how can I determine whether my processor is 64 or 32-bit? I'm ...
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How to make Compiz start automatically?

I'm using Linux Debian Squeeze and I already have compiz installed. I want metacity stop automatically boot, and instead want compiz to start automatically.
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Running 64-bit Linux with 750 MB of RAM: worth it?

I have a Debian server VPS, and the provider installed 64-bit Debian 5. Should I ask for an 32-bit install, given that I have only 750 MB RAM and I have heard that variables take more RAM on 64-bit ...
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udev randomly mixing up ethernet devices on Debian Squeeze

Installing Squeeze with newer kernels on servers with 4, 6 or more interfaces, I keep getting this really annoying problem: interfaces are always mixed up across cards, and don't even follow ascending ...
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Difference between /etc/init.d/networking restart and invoke-rc.d networking restart

Is there any real difference between /etc/init.d/networking restart and invoke-rc.d networking restart (Debian)?
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debian dead when copy over 1GB

I have a Debian Squeeze system with an AMD64 processor. When I try copy over 1 GB, the computer dies (no reboot, completely down), and the logs don't contain anything useful. The temperature of the ...
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Where does Debian store network connectivity history?

I would like to know if Debian has anywhere where it stores a history of network connectivity- IP addresses/server, DNS etc?
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Udev triggers are not firing on insert of CF card into USB card reader (anymore)

I've got a udev rule that triggers a shell script that copies photos off my CF card when I insert the card into my USB card reader. This worked fine for a while. But after a recent upgrade it has ...
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Repackaging a Debian package

I need instructions on how to do repackage a .deb package. Situation: I have a .deb package for an application with no source. I need to modify a Description field, save the file change and ...
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Make effective the changes in CPU governor plugin

I'm using Debian Testing + Xfce. I added to my panel the plugin the handle the CPU governor. My problem is that the setting that I do on the plugin interface are not made effective. Maybe because I'm ...
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Solving Ethernet watchdog timer deadlocks

I have a debian linux box (Debian Squeeze) that deadlocks every few hours if I run a python script that sniffs an interface... The stack trace is attached to the bottom of this question. ...
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How to install .tar.bz and .tar.bz2 packages?

I would like to know how to install .tar.bz and .tar.bz2 packages on Debian, please give me a complete explanation.
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Enabling apt repository priority in LMDE

I want to set up apt repository priority ordering in Linux Mint Debian Edition 2012.04. In /etc/apt/preferences the order should be: LMDE -> Debian testing -> Debian unstable. In other words, I almost ...
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How to install daemontools on ubuntu or debian from source

I am installing D.J.B.'s daemontools on an ubuntu 10.04 server (64 bit). (This question is about daemontools, which is a free and open software for managing UNIX services. It is not about 'DAEMON ...
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Is there a difference of stability between Linux distros?

I've using Debian since 2010 for some home purposes and it has been stable. Is Debian still a good option if I need a server for heavy network, cpu, disk and memory usage? Last month I listened to ...
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Gnome update-notifier doesn't show updates when user not in sudo group (Debian Squeeze)

Gnome desktop notifications of new updates is not working on my system. I noticed that the notifications stopped working when I removed my desktop user from the sudo group (I prefer to have a separate ...
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Reverse DNS lookups slowing down network operations on LAN

Environment My LAN setup is quite basic: A router connected to the ISP's modem and the internet My development pc directly connected to the router The router provides DHCP but does not run its ...
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Debian Mouse Preference?

I just loaded Debian onto a live usb today for the first time. I successfully killed my laptops annoying trackpad with the synclient command, but now I can't figure out how to get Debian to stop ...
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PulseAudio cannot open shared library

I'm running Debian wheezy (x86) with GNOME on a Intel Core i7 machine. I'm having problems getting PulseAudio to work properly. Since GNOME 3 automatically installs PulseAudio I'm pretty much stuck ...
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VirtualBox: two network interfaces (NAT and host-only ones) in a Debian guest on Ubuntu

I created a Debian VM on VirtualBox with two interfaces: a NAT one (for accessing internet) and a host-only one. However, I do not know how to make both interfaces work at the same time. If I the ...
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How to install Aurora (Firefox) on Debian?

How to install the latest Firefox build (called Aurora) on Debian unstable? Are there any packages or repositories?
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Install Cinnamon on Debian

Is it possible to install Cinnamon on Debian unstable? There is no packages for Debian on their official download page, and when i tried to add PPA to my repositories list, it won't install because ...
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Installing driver on Debian Squeeze laptop

I'm trying to activate the wireless chipset on my Debian Squeeze laptop by following this tutorial. I detected the type of wireless chipset I have built in my laptop using lspci and now I am trying ...
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Debian “sid”/Gnome: bash + browser cursor blink

I'm struggling to make the cursor in bash stop blinking. Also, the cursor in Iceweasel has started blinking again, but, for some reason, a lot slower than in bash :) I got those problems since I ...
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How to completely hide stuff from a user?

I want to let some of my friends access my computer by making them user accounts. They will mostly access my computer by sftp and ssh, but they could also sometimes access it at my home. However I ...
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OpenSSH, chroot user: Root needs to own the user directory, is there any consequence?

I want to create an account for my friend on my computer, but I don't want my friend to be able to view all my files. I saw that with OpenSSH, there is an option for that. Inside the SSHD ...
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Daemon file access denied while it shouldn't

I recently installed a new SSL certificate and then also decided to tighten security a bit by make the private key less readable. This caused a problem with exim. The certificate is now 640 with ...
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When to mount /tmp (and other temporary directories)

When is the right time to mount /tmp (on Debian)? For /home I would not feel bad just to echo "/dev/foo /home type defaults 0 0" >>/etc/fstab - but can I be sure that /tmp is not used by any ...
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Why is it possible to leave CHROOT with this sftp config?

I'm trying to create the user lenny, that has read and write permissions in the folder /home/lenny/ and has no shell but only access via SFTP. I'm doing the following: useradd lenny mkdir /home/lenny ...
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How do I define a samba share so that every user can only see its own home?

I would like to make every user's home directory from Debian machine to be available by its owner only (using Samba) but for now (with default Samba configuration) I can access other users /homes. ...
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Which users are allowed to log in via SSH by default?

When I set up my Debian 6, I was wondering, which users apart from root whose password I know can log into my system via SSH? When I install Apache 2 a user called www-data gets created. Does this ...
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/ readonly on boot, but don't see why. how to investigate and fix?

Root filesystem mounted fine under squeeze, and after I upgraded to wheezy. I've been living with it for a bit, so I'm not exactly sure, but I think it started after doing a dist-upgrade on wheezy, ...
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How to make a program/process a service ?

I wonder how can I make a regular application like for instance noip2 updater a system process. I use Debian 6.0.2. For now I have it like this : the binary is in the /usr/local/bin/ as noip2 file ...
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My debian-menu.xml is missing

I have a relatively new Debian installation -- when it was first installed, it was without a gui, but I ran apt-get install xinit and apt-get install openbox, so when I run startx I get an openbox ...
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Can't view Chinese chars in evince or xpdf

Instead, I get white squares. I have no idea if they are used, but I installed "xfonts-intl-chinese" (didn't work). I googled this issue, and there was a lot of talk about some bug in poppler. But, ...
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What can I use to monitor and log incoming/outgoing traffic to/from remote hosts?

I run a web server (Debian Squeeze on a VPS), and the graphs provided by the hosting company show consistently that around twice as much traffic is incoming to the server compared to the outgoing ...
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Can't mkdir /root (btrfs)

I performed a standard Debian install using wheezy/testing netinst iso for amd64. After the install completed I booted into a live environment so that I could snapshot the root as a btrfs subvolume ...
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How do I set up the SELinux sandbox in Debian?

I've installed SELinux in Debian sid in order to use the sandbox that locks down apps to a restricted enviroment, but I can't get it to work. If I try to use the sandbox command in permissive mode ...
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Get newest gcc for debian?

I can't build my apps on gcc since I use various c++0x features. I'm on Debian 6 (Lenny) and after upgrade/updating I have gcc version 4.4.5-8. I'm unsure which version is required but mingw 4.6.2 ...
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How can I resolve a stale nfs handle?

I noticed once when I shut down my home server while my desktop was connected via NFS that I kept getting "stale NFS handle warning" when entering my home dir, this caused issues with some programs ...
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How do I prevent programs from sniffing keystrokes to su/gksu?

I've read here that it's possible for any app using the X server to sniff keystrokes to any other app which is also using the X server, including su (on a terminal) or gksu. I've heard of a few ways ...
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In which log should I check for udev errors?

I've written a udev rule which is run each time my device is mounted/dismounted. However, in which Linux (Debian) error log should I check when debugging such rules?
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Editing Adobe PageMaker (.pmd) files in debian

I'm using Linux-Mint-Debian as my primary (only) OS and would like to edit Adobe PageMaker (.pmd) files on it. I've read that Scribus is the open-source alternative for PageMaker on linux, but I'm ...
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Find alternative for Debian 5 to work with big files

I have a problem using find find ./ -mtime +7 Value too large for defined data type because of 2 Gb file (backup) on x32 VDS and it is not possible to reinstall OS. I need to remove old files ...
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Domain resolve problem with stock Debian

I have a simple install with Debian as a guest in Virtualbox. I installed the resolvconf package. The resolv.conf file is this: # Dynamic resolv.conf(5) file for glibc resolver(3) generated by ...
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What happened to my desktop?

I have Linux Mint 12 Gnome desktop, everything was normal yesterday. I shut my PC down yesterday and went to sleep, I turned it on today, and see what happened You see how everything is messed up? ...
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Video Conversion Tool in Debian 6?

Is there any video conversion software in debian 6 which supports all format?
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Is it possible to determine what is inside Debian package without installing it?

I need a markdown library for development - based on package names I could not understand which one I should install... den@playground:~$ sudo aptitude search markdown p html2markdown ...
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Adding two default gateways in Debian interfaces file

This is my interfaces file: auto eth0 iface eth0 inet static address 192.168.1.10 netmask 255.255.255.0 gateway 192.168.1.1 auto eth1 iface eth1 inet static address 192.168.2.10 ...