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Can I use FAT partition for /home?

I'm new to Debian. I've been using Ubuntu for almost 5 years now and I want to switch and use a different distro. I chose Debian. I would like to know if is it possible store the home directory in a ...
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problems installing lcov on Debian 6

I have been stuck for a few hours trying to install lcov on a debian 6 box. Any help would be greatly appreciated! What I have tried the following in the command line: ...
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What log files to include when reporting a bug report for my wlan card?

I'd like to report a bug with my wireless card cutting out (seemingly) randomly, but I don't know what log files to include. I know a tail -F of a particular log file when the card cuts out would be ...
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Debian dhcpd “No subnet declaration for eth0”

I am trying to set up a pxe boot server on a Debian 6.0.3 Squeeze machine that gives images of PLoP Linux. I was following a tutorial from ...
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Bluetooth pairing hangs up the system in debian

Whenever I try to pair bluetooth in debian using bluetooth-agent command, the system hangs up and I am unable to do anything with it. When I ask for access from my remote laptop it gives the message ...
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Running Debian i386 binary on Debian armel via qemu

I am trying to follow this guide to set up a Ventrilo server on my SheevaPlug, running Debian armel. This page states that I can use QEMU to run the binary that was made for i386 on my arm system. ...
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Compiling for old versions of Debian

Can I build packages for Debian 5.0 using Debian 6.0 or Debian Wheezy? I assume that I could do a complete chroot'ed installation of Debian 5.0 and do my builds there, but it might be nice to have ...
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Would installing linux ease my Mac OS problems?

I have a Mac. I'm in college studying physics. Because of this, I would need to compile a lot of C++ libraries (think vtk, gsl, ...). I usually need to patch some Makefiles, compile from source, ...
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Why can't I boot off my Debian update CD?

I downloaded a .iso file with the name debian-update-6.0.4-amd64-DVD-1.iso from http://debian.org and burned it with k3b with default settings, but unfortunately found it won't boot. Did I download ...
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Xterm with Solarized only showing dark background without font colors

I am trying to get the Solarized color scheme for xterm, but have not had much success with it. I am running Debian 6 and downloaded the Xresources to ~/.Xresources. After loading the new settings ...
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GNU/Linux (Debian): detecting hard-disks mappings?

Let's suppose you have two hard-disks: one internal (boots GNU/Linux); one external (USB). "fdisk -l" detects both, but will not tell you which is /dev/sda and which is /dev/sdb. "lsusb" will tell ...
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Display X applications on an Android system

Host system: Android 3.2.1 Honeycomb Chroot system: Debian Testing lxde Hardware: Asus eee pad transformer tablet nvidia arm architecture Note 1: The Debian system boots on this hardware, thus it ...
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How can I view the list of packages that were “suggested” by apt?

When installing a package using apt-get install package a list of "Suggested packages" is displayed. What command can be used to print it again?
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How to remove gnome-games package without removing other packages?

So I want to remove (more exactly purge) some packages like gnome-games from Debian 6. As already expected and know by research Aptitude also wants to remove in example the meta-package gnome, as ...
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I want to upgrade to Debian Squeeze, but what are some pre-caution procedures that I should take?

I want to upgrade to Debian Squeeze and there are quite a few guides out there, but I want to be safe and make sure I don't break my system. Is there a way to check if my current install packages are ...
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Debian: Upgraded to php 5.3 and lost phpcli, php-pear, etc

I upgraded to PHP5.3 using this tutorial: http://www.debiantutorials.com/how-to-install-upgrade-to-php-5-3-on-debian-lenny/ It removed the following packages: Removing php-pear ... Removing ...
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How to launch an application with default “terminal emulator” on Ubuntu?

I wanted to execute some command in terminal emulator, like Konsole, but I need to make this cross-desktop. Is there some command like xdg-open, but for getting the default terminal emulator? I'm ...
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Debian: How to delay configuration when installing/upgrading?

One of my Debian systems is rarely upgraded. So when it is time to upgrade, there are loads of packages. Right now I basically have to monitor the upgrade, because every 50 packages or so there is a ...
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removing linux kernels

Below are all the linux kernels that are running on my machine. I am trying to make a debian base install as light as possible. The kernel I am running is linux-image-2.6.30-vortex86mx-apm. I am ...
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Securing a Debian installation for general home usage

Debian comes with several harden packages, designed to make a computer more secure. My needs are very simple: word processing and Web browsing. I do not run any special servers, do not use SSH, ...
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Disabling Web camera

My Eee PC comes with a Web cam, which I never use. How can I ensure that it is effectively disabled, so that no software can use it?
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Are there command line tool(s) to convert video to WebM format in Debian Squeeze?

I would like to convert some videos to WebM format using Debian Squeeze. I prefer command line tool(s) although gui applications are also welcome. Video formats to convert from would most probably be ...
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How do I configure syslinux to boot immediately

I'm tweaking a Debian live system (built with live-build), and I want it to boot straight into the system from syslinux — no menu, no timeout. According to the syslinux documentation, a timeout value ...
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Why aren't the Fedora GPG keys signed?

Fedora uses GPG-keys for signing RPM packages and ISO checksum files. They list the keys in use (including fingerprints) on a web page. The web page is delivered via https. For example the checksum ...
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i686 versus i486 kernel on an Intel Core i3

I had installed Debian 6 Squeeze on my laptop a couple of weeks ago. Coming from Ubuntu, I did this by downloading the hybrid i386 image and booting it off a USB drive. Now on GRUB, I'm presented ...
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Directory/file naming conventions when storing media collection on Linux

I am building a NAS/HTPC that will operate under Debian (Wheezy, probably). I am trying to design the directory schema for what will be stored on the server so that everything is nice and uniform for ...
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Uninstalling default VBoxGuestAdditions on Debian

When I ran sh /media/cdrom/VBoxLinuxAdditions.run I got the following warning message: You appear to have a version of the VBoxGuestAdditions software on your system which was installed from a ...
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Creating Windows self-extracting executables that can auto-run a script

Does a tool exist (preferably packaged in Debian) to create Windows self-extracting executables that can auto-run a script in the archive once the extracting is done? I've been toying with NSIS but I ...
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Crontab Change location

I want to set a personal crontab in another folder and executed. For example I want it in /home/project/tasks/crontab Like that it's easier to add/delete tasks. Thank you for your answers.
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/etc/resolv.conf changes during reboot

My ISP asked me to use custom nameserver settings. I have placed these in /etc/resolv.conf. Unfortunately, every time I reboot the computer, the contents of this file is changed. To connect to the ...
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Two differently-versioned binary Debian packages from one source

I'm thinking about properly Debianizing a package, which contains two parts in one upstream tarball/git branch: Userspace binaries and libraries, version 1.5.0 (foobard binary package) Kernel ...
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How to keep track of installed software

Every now and then I'm in need of updating a software running on one of our testservers at work (mostly Debian). What really confuses me almost every time is the fact that there is not just one way to ...
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Unable to connect by FTP to a Debian AWS server (ami-aa46b4c3)

I've launched an AWS instance with the image debian-6.0-squeeze-i386-server-20110323 (ami-aa46b4c3) and I am trying to set up a FTP server. I have tried several ftp servers but nothing seems to work. ...
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Fonts of some applications get confused

I am running Debian Testing with LXDE. After some time of work, some applications begin to show confused fonts, as shown in the following screenshot (the pdf specific area is good): This happens ...
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What should I do before dual-booting Windows 7 and Debian on EFI?

I'm about to purchase an Asus motherboard with EFI firmware and wanted to prepare myself for installing Windows and Debian once the hardware arrives. I was hoping that someone who has gone down this ...
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Is Ubuntu 12.04 likely to be more stable compared to Debian testing?

Update 1: Stable as in, less likely to crash or cause any issues when future updates or security fixes are applied. Original question: I was about to post this question in askubuntu.com, but wanted ...
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is stack-smashing protection on on Debian?

I heard that every binary that comes with Ubuntu is protected with stack-smashing protection and possibly other gcc features to harden programs against common security threats. What about Debian? I ...
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nVidia proprietary driver

I successfully installed NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-290.10.run on my Debian Squeeze desktop but I do not see /var/log/nvidia-installer.log clearly stating which file(s) have been added/replaced. Does anybody ...
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Launchpad equivalent for Debian

I am thinking of switching to Debian (Squeeze) from Ubuntu (10.10). But these questions have been bugging me: Is there a Launchpad equivalent repository for Debian? I am not able compile packages ...
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Software raid + separate partitions?

I have setup software RAID1-arrays using two 250GB harddrives. There's two arrays - one named md0 in which the system is kept and the other, md1 works as swap: # cat /proc/mdstat md0 : active raid1 ...
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Hardening debian?

So I have thought a bit about hardening a Debian squeeze file & VPN server lately. Right now, we've placed the machine behind a firewall only allowing SSH connections from LAN, set a strong root ...
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Distro for a startup?

We run a small start-up in the SaaS industry. About half of our current staff are developers using their own laptops with various Linux distros (Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora) with a few exceptions of ...
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How do I create web pages in my home directory and have the web server serve them in my web browser?

I have recently installed the Apache web browser in my Debian Squeeze (using command tasksel and selecting [ ] Web server). Now I get it to start via sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 start and then I go to my ...
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Is there an equivalent to Arch Linux's NETCFG for Debian?

I have installed Debian Squeeze (minimal -- no DE) and I would like to connect to my network (via wireless) via command line. I have used Arch Linux before and I really liked the simplicity of netcfg ...
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Having xwin start by default on system boot

My system boots into a console, from which I can launch my gnome desktop by issuing the command startx. How can X be instructed to start by default upon boot? The commands /etc/init.d/gdm3 start and ...
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Is there a way to control the mouse wheel resolution in Debian?

I am using Debian 6.0.4. The mouse wheel scrolls way to much for it to be any use. Is there any way to configure how much "scrolling" is done with with one mouse wheel turn? Thanks! Update: My ...
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Finding the IP address of an ssh connection made in the past

A few weeks ago I made a few ssh connections from my home PC to my college PC and the other way around. Currently I am sitting at my home PC and I am trying to figure out what was the college PC IP ...
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How to create a DEB file manually?

I want to create a DEB file manually. I would like to just provide a folder which contains data to install, and a script to be executed after installation. Is this possible?
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Default GNOME cursors package?

I installed a minimal version of Debian (wheezy), and then installed GNOME on top. However, it doesn't come with any special mouse cursors except for a non-descript black cursor. I was wondering if ...
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Should I use http or ftp links in apt sources.list

Should I use http or ftp links in /etc/apt/sources.list? What I mean is is using something like, deb ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/ squeeze main contrib non-free deb-src ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/ ...