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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Creating a Debian package that does not remove directories after it's purged

I'm trying to create a Debian package that doesn't delete an empty directory after it's purged. Specifically, I'm creating my own package containing some CA certificates I trust. I'm following ...
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How to correctly configure Debian watchdog daemon for BIOS Watch Dog?

Supermicro main boards contain a BIOS feature named "Watch Dog Function". Having Debian 6.0.6 with kernel "Linux debian 2.6.32-5-amd64 #1 SMP" we did: Change BIOS "Watch Dog Function" from Disabled ...
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Error 'IO Error: Broken Pipe' when upgrading server from Debian Squeeze to Wheezy

As I am upgrading my virtual machine from Debian 6 (Squeeze) to 7 (Wheezy), I am seeing what appears to be a changelog (screenshot below). So, I pressed the 'q' key to quit and proceed with the ...
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Debian Sid /etc/debian_version

I have a question that I fear is already answered but the answer has thusfar successfully eluded me. I installed Debian Wheezy via netinstall CD, changed sources to reflect Sid instead of Wheezy, did ...
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Upgrading Debian Squeeze To Wheezy - Should conf' files be kept or replaced?

I am currently upgrading my all-new Linode server running Debian 6 (Squeeze) to 7 (Wheezy) this way: Updating current system: sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade Replace all ...
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How to check if IPv6 is enabled on a Debian Linux?

Can one disable the IPv6 stack on Debian Linux, especially Wheezy? If so how do I know if it's disabled on a system?
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Home server not mounting external disks

When I plug in a flash drive or hard drive to my local server (running debian squeeze) the machine doesn't seem to be mounting the devices in /media/usb*. Is there an step that I am missing? I trued ...
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How to truely install a tar.gz file on Linux - how to manage manually-installed (or standalone) applications?

I see all these links explaining packages and .debs... I know that... and there are many kludges to get tar.gz files working (eg: update-alternatives for Java or manually dropping the file in ...
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Does Chrome run on Debian kFreeBSD?

I know that some Linux applications run on FreeBSD. All the more so, they should run on Debian kFreeBSD (since it only uses a FreeBSD kernel while Linux userspace). Does Google Chrome (not Chromium, ...
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Why does dhclient fail with my ISP's DHCP server on a virtual interface?

Recently I switched from a T1 to a residential cable service (Comcast). I have a virtual machine (XenServer 5.6) running Debian 6.0.6 that is acting as the default gateway for my home network, but for ...
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How to fix networking driver boot load failure after replacing hardware?

After replacing the motherboard, which is the same as after replacing the network adapter interface hardware (NIC), our Debian 6.0.6 no longer loads the networking driver on boot. The manual approach ...
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Graphical Btrfs tool

Is there a graphical tool for creating Btrfs sub-partitions and in particular, subpartitions like "GParted" or "system-config-lvm"? I'm running Debian squeeze. In response to the first comment, Btrfs ...
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Debian, two network cards - “no route to host” on eth1

I have added a secound nic in a debian box. That nic is ment for doing some test stuff, so those devices connected should just be able to access the debian box or be accessed from it. To set up the ...
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How can I mount a dm_crypt device during boot, it fails all the time

EDIT: Problem solved, i updated from Debian 6.0.6 to 7.0.0, everything works now! I have a complex problem at booting. Basically, I have a debian apache box, as a music server in my home network. The ...
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Window content freezes

I recently started using Kanotix, a Debian based distro that loads itself into RAM on boot, and i'm loving it. But this is the second time I have this problem, and I was wondering what caused it and ...
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Qt programs have Greek fonts on one Debian account (QtConfig, Virtualbox and VLC)

Update: I have created a new user via adduser and Virtualbox fonts are OK there. This does not solve my problem, however... I still don't know what is going on and I'd like my own user account to have ...
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How to install Debian on a loopback device?

I'd like to install Debian on a loopback device (/dev/loop0). I can easily access the command prompt by booting off the DVD and asking for a shell, and I'm assuming it should also be easy to mount ...
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Create Null Modem Pair linux

I am looking to create virtual serial ports on Debian 6 squeeze. Basic requirements are: be able to connect as if port was a real serial port( IE be able to set baud, stop bits etc) com port pairs ...
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Getting keyboard to work in debian 6.0 in order to unlock root partition

I just installed Debian 6.0, encrypted / and now I'm trying to boot. When GRUB comes up, I select Debian, it loads the initrd and asks for the root password, however I can't enter anything, because ...
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Why does wlan1 not get a static IP?

I have a Raspberry Pi with two USB wlan adapters. wlan0 is configured with DHCP and wlan1 is configured with a static IP address and hostapd (access point) is running on this interface. The adapter ...
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CUPS - check if print successful (either python or in system)

EDIT: I forgot to make it clear I'm using python and pycups. The code is python but I shouldn't have thought that was enough. I've dug through the cups documentation a few times and couldn't find ...
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Install Debian over Ubuntu using same home partition

I'm interested in changing from Ubuntu to Debian. I currently have 12.04LTS installed on its own boot partition which is separate from the /home partition. I would simply wipe the Ubuntu partition ...
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Creating deb file: hidden files specification by `install` file

I'm creating a deb-file and enumerating the files and paths I need to have in the package using the install file. It looks like dir1/* path1 dir2/* path2 ... But in a result deb-file there are no ...
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how to solve the problem of network DHCP when I install Debian?

I am trying to install Debian 6, but I have a problem every time I pass through the network part, it says cannot recognize the DHCP and couldnt connect to the network, so, I tried manually to ...
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debian/knoppix sources.list

Knoppix is a Debian-based Linux live DVD. I've liked the pre-installed packages in Knoppix so much, that I've installed it to disk. My question is about /etc/apt/sources.list. In Knoppix, the ...
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Why does Debian sometimes ask me to insert the (installation?) cd when I install packages?

I've noticed sometimes when I do apt-get Debian asks me to insert [the installation cd I used] (6.0.6 amd64 dvd1). Sometimes it doesn't, although maybe it's because I've already mounted it earlier; I ...
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Gedit cannot save in shared folder (Virtualbox)

I'm getting the "Cannot save _ Unexpected error: Error renaming temporary file: Text file busy" in Gedit 2 when I try to save in a shared folder with Virtualbox (Debian). I've searched and apparently ...
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How to unprotect Excel sheets in Linux (Debian/Squeeze)

I have a fairly complex (by my standards) process that extracts Excel files (.xls) from certain inbound emails and saves them in a directory on my Debian/Squeeze machine. My next step would have been ...
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Removing Debian Installation Prompt

I attempted to install Debian through a CD, with the initial .exe working fine. However, when I rebooted and went through the installation procedure, my system could not tell that there was a disk ...
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aptitude remove pkg_name* not working like apt-get

I have uninstalled (aptitude purge) the qt-sdk package but there is still a lot of qt4* and libqt* packages on my system. Is there a way to remove all these packages with aptitude remove/purge ...
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What is the difference between the packages postgresql and postgresql-9.n?

I know that packages postgresql-9.1, postgresql-9.2 etc., are packages for Postgresql database versions 9.1 and 9.2 and so on. What I don't know is what the package postgresql is for? Does installing ...
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Debian Log In Failure With Correct Password

So I have a Debian distro at home (considering getting ubuntu), and I can't login. When I use the correct password is does this thing where it makes it look like it's going to login, and then it ...
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Are *.conf files with ~ ending (emacs backup files) interpreted?

Are configuration files with ~ ending (emacs backup files) interpreted when they are in conf.d directory ?
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CrunchBang & Openbox: no reaction to laptop power button pressed

I've just installed #! and I'm loving the customizable Openbox DE. However, when I press the power button on my laptop, the system doesn't react. For example, when I was using Debian & Gnome, ...
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Display dialog from pam_exec environment at login?

I'm using pam_exec to do some root tasks. They take some time, and I'd like to tell the user to wait a moment. I'm doing the tasks there, and not later, because I need: Root permissions To rsync ...
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Debian doesn't boot anymore

I use Debian Wheezy. Yesterday I added a new HDD to the system and expanded the LVM using the system-config-lvm gui-tool. I have a logical LVM group for root, /, and one for home, /home. I also ...
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Debian 7: Gnome3 sometimes stops when loading

Sometimes (rather rarely) when I boot up my laptop, my Gnome3 desktop stops loading. I can move the mouse, but there's nothing else on the screen (except my wallpaper). And it seems that no matter how ...
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How do I retrieve email with Exim4?

I successfully installed and configured Exim4 on my Debian/Squeeze machine, so now I am able to send outgoing emails with a command like this: exim4 -v recipient@domain.com From: sender@domain.com ...
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Debian pinning - Use stable but install from testing/unstable when necessary | Also install deps from stable, backports when available

I am configuring a Debian 6 (Squeeze) x86 server, and want to install some packages from testing or unstable when needed, so I'm using pinning. I have configured my /etc/apt/sources.list as follow: ...
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Debian: very low resolution and an “unknown monitor” problem

Edit: I have installed CrunchBang (or #!, a Debian-based distro), and that seems to have solved all of my resolution problems. I've just installed Debian after using Linux Mint for a few months. ...
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Program to show keystrokes (shortcuts) on display

I'm going to make a presentation about a software product and it has some key shortcuts, that I want to show. Is there a program, which displays the keyboard-shortcuts, that I have used?
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SSH minimal rights user - su only [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Creating a UNIX account which only executes one command I am trying to setup a user account that only has as minimal rights as possible. The user should be able to log ...
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Disable screen blackout in KDE while watching iPlayer

How can I turn off the screen blackout in Linux when playing a film in BBC iPlayer? I usually use it in Chrome, but if there is a way to do it in Firefox (Iceweasel) than it is good enough as well. I ...
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Can Debian linux find automaticaly drivers for USB ethernet NIC?

Can Debian linux find automaticaly drivers for USB ethernet NIC? Which would you recommend me? My problem is, on my datastore, there is only 100mbps network, no free PCI slots, so last chance how to ...
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How can I disable automatic IPv6 neighbor route advertisement on a router?

I work for an ISP that's in the process of making its infrastructure IPv6-ready. Our core routers already have a working setup, but a large portion of our fiber customers are behind a router running ...
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Installing Debian on USB

From my Ubuntu, I want to create a bootable Debian USB. I tried to install Debian with debootstrap. A brief list of commands is mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt debootstrap sid /mnt http://ftp.debian.org/debian ...
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download packages for different distribution with apt

I want to download a .deb package with it's dependencies for a different distribution. I have many Linux systems in my company: Ubuntu 11.04, 11.10, 12.10, and Debian 5 and 6. The command to ...
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Where did 47gigabytes of space go?

Clean installation od Debian squeeze 6.0.6 x64 on intel atom 230, with 3 HDDs, with 3x500GB. df -h shows : datastore size used free % mounted /dev/md0 917G 909M 870G ...
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update-alternatives just for one user

I'm using a shared server. On that server different versions of Java are installed: Selection Path Priority Status ...
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Is it possible to log directly into chroot?

Lets say I boot up my computer and I see the login screen. When I log in as myuser, I want to be restricted to a certain root directory via. chroot. Let's assume that the directory is ...