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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What handles notifications in a pure Openbox environment?

I'm running Debian and logging in straight to Openbox. I'm sure that I sometimes receive notifications, which I can actually theme and modify through Xfce's notification settings manager, but what is ...
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Getty not starting in qemu

I'm trying to get running an ARM based Debian inside qemu. As a rootfs I'm using structure from embeddedarm 2gb sdcard image with versatile 2.6.24 kernel downloaded from fedora qemu tutorial site. At ...
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rsync failing to choose the correct target directory

I'm trying to write a short shell script which also handles copying a file called webcam.jpg into a date coded subdirectory. I'm using rsync for this as it automatically creates a directory if it ...
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How to tell aptitude to automatically install missing packages instead of removing ones to statisfy dependencies?

I'm creating a live CD with Skype using live-build. During the build process I run the following script: # Download the Skype package suitable for Squeeze wget --continue -O skype-install.deb \ ...
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Can't Install netflix-desktop in Debian…Aptitude Has Unmet/Broken Dependencies

I'm trying to install the netflix-desktop package in Debian 'jessie'. I was able to get this to work on my laptop running Debian 'wheezy' a few months ago, but on my desktop I keep running into these ...
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telnet client - output hexadecimal network traffic on debian

Reading the manpage I thought it should be possible to print incoming characters in hexadecimal. But it didn't work. Do you know what I'm doing wrong? This is the relevant manpage description: debug ...
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How to fail prerm script and preinst script with error message in Debian package

I structured my debian package in following way preinst script which displays EULA to user and ask for choice 'y' or 'n'. postinst script which install the package and updates the initrd image. ...
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Building deb: How to put arch independent files into separated .deb package?

When you build a deb how do you make it so arch independent data such as plugin files to be packaged into a separated .deb?
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Cant get remote access to PostgreSQL

There is PostgreSQL 9.2 in Debian. My /etc/postgresql/9.2/main/postgresql.conf file contains: listen_addresses = '127.0.0.0, 212.49.109.137' password_encryption = on '212.49.109.137' is the IP of ...
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Difficulty setting up iptables

I'm very new to *nix operating systems, and I'm having some trouble which I believe is because of misconfiguration of the iptables firewall. My server has SSH running on port 22, and server software ...
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Copy file from cifs mount when a file is changed

I have a windows XP machine, and on this i'm running a weather station. The software updates several files in a folder. This folder is mounted via samba on the webserver(debian) I wan't to monitor ...
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Convert Debian Live USB persistent filesystem to a standalone installation

How would I convert a persistent filesystem (live-rw) from a Debian Live USB to a standalone, bootable installation that can be run on a VM? What I've tried Chrooting and installing a bootloader ...
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Debian Wheezy : problem installing .deb package that uses update-rc.d with dependancy numbers

I'm trying to install a .deb file, written by us, on a new Debian Wheezy system. The .deb file was originally written for Lenny so is fairly old. I've tracked down one point where the installation ...
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Postfix - unable to send mails to Internet (i.e. Gmail)

I've set up postfix (Debian) and it works fine. I can recieve mail and I can send them, but I can only send them to local (and local virtual) adresses. But when I try to send the mail for example to ...
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After upgrading to linux kernel 3.9, kde does not start correctly

I recently upgrade my debian from kernel 3.2 to 3.9. This leads to a strange problem. After booting to kernel 3.9, it directly goes to tty7 instead of kde login. I can identify that kdm is up and ...
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How to restore the /etc/init.d/pure-ftpd-mysql?

By a mistake... this is my new /etc/init.d/pure-ftpd-mysql: /etc/init.d/pure-ftpd-mysql restart How to install or recover the file? The standard apt-get remove, apt-get install or apt-get ...
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How can I change the keyboard layout before I log in?

In order to switch to a new keyboard layout I have added an setxkbmap command to my Openbox's autostart.sh. However, this only takes effect once I log in (when Openbox starts). While logging in, in ...
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How to take down a static network interface when not connected?

I have 2 network interfaces: eth0 for LAN connection wlan2 for wireless connection I have set them static in the /etc/network/interfaces file. The problem is that I rarely have both connected at ...
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Upgrade Gnome 3.4 to 3.8 in debian 7

I need to upgrade gnome 3.4 to 3.8 in debian7 (with gnome-classic). How?
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Why is this apt-cache dumpavail with overrides not working?

I am trying to list available packages from a remote repository without accessing /etc/apt or /var.The following command doesn't return anything and exits with code zero. apt-cache dumpavail -o ...
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Where are all the Debian ISOs?

I am downloading ISOs for the "wheezy" distribution of Debian Linux for an old AMD box without any Internet. However, the index at http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/7.1.0/i386/iso-cd/ only lists the ...
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Is it a bad idea to add myself to the sudo group?

Members of the sudo group in my Debian install can execute anything without entering a password. This is convenient, but seems like a bad idea. NOTE: My computer is an ordinary desktop, not a server ...
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Cheap 100% Debian compatible ultrabooks [closed]

I'm looking for relatively cheap ultrabooks with 100% Debian compatible features. I have several ultrabooks on my list but they contain some additional features which i don't need (additional ...
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Administratively spread several Thunderbird per-recipient rules for some users?

I administer several computers that have Thunderbird/Icedove installed and I want to spread Thunderbird per-recipient rules for some users. The rules are stored in a file - pgprules.xml in the user ...
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Equivalent of these commands in the following distros [closed]

These commands: dpkg -i apt-get install apt-get update apt-get remove apt-get dist-upgrade apt-get purge in these distros: Opensuse, Fedora, Gentoo, Arch, Slackware.
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Can I test Debian from its live USB being with Windows installed on my machine?

For example, I can run test Ubuntu from USB. They explicitly say in their tutorials that I can do it, that the Windows may be installed on my machine but I safely for my Windows can run and see and ...
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How to send HDMI sound to OTHER HDMI port?

I am running XBMC on a Debian Testing system on my HTPC. I want to switch between my monitor for browsing and my tv for XBMC. This is no problem. But the sound only seems to reach my television when ...
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Run script on start up after everything else

OK, so there's a service (nagios) running on a Debian box that runs just fine, except for one very specific issue that only occurs after the box has been re-started. The issue is easily fixed by ...
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how to specify daemon dependency upon another daemon

in /etc/init.d/ first daemon # Provides: first # Required-Start: $remote_fs $syslog second daemon # Provides: second # Required-Start: $remote_fs $syslog first Is this ...
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Creating deb and rpm from the same source

Is there a standard for source packages to be able to build rpms, debs (and perhaps others) without too much customization? I'm talking mostly about Python, PyQt programs.
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Nvidia driver for Debian

Is there a "real solution" or driver for Nvidia Optimus graphic cards? I tested a lot of alternatives but no success. I know a lot of users face the same problem with Debian or Ubuntu-family. This ...
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debootstrap: unknown user 'root' in state override file

I muffed up my graphics card driver and/or xconfig files and decided to just reinstall Debian Linux (squeeze 6.0.6) last night. Part way through installing the base system, it failed. Sorry, I didn't ...
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Download the Complete Linux Kernel Collection

I am wanting to download EVERY version of the Linux kernel as source code, Debian files, and RPM files. Where can I find a single site where I can download them all at once? If that is not possible, I ...
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Change (reduce) Gnome 3 horizontal icon padding in notification area (Debian Wheezy)

I'm using Gnome 3.4 classic mode on Debian Wheezy. In the notification area, I would like to know how to change (reduce) the horizontal spacing (or padding) of the icons. By default, the icons are ...
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Debian dpkg broken after apt-get upgrade

I have been running Debian Wheezy for a long time. Today I ran a dpkg upgrade, which has somehow broken things badly. The upgrade aborted, and now apt-get and dpkg are not running. # dpkg dpkg: error ...
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Making Debian Bleeding Edge

I have Debian 6 installed on my computer and when I installed it a year ago, I was all about having a stable system for my needs; I didn't care about the recency of the packages. Now, my opinions have ...
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After I log in, Debian stops registering input

So I just installed Debian on my (other) computer, and I've run into an interesting problem: once I log in, the keyboard and mouse buttons don't work. I can move the mouse, but clicking does nothing, ...
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apt config file location

I have my / mounted as read-only (and my /root as well). Every time I start aptitude, it complains that it cannot write to /root/.aptitude/. Is it possible to tell aptitude to use another directory ...
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How to deal with a package “not upgraded” using aptitude?

I'm (still) on Debian Squeeze. When I try to upgrade the system, here's what I get: [09:20]/root# aptitude upgrade No packages will be installed, upgraded, or removed. 0 packages upgraded, 0 newly ...
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Does Lenovo builtin 3g modem work with debian (network-manager)

I'm going to buy laptop similar to this one: link (Lenovo W530), I'm considering buying internal 3G modem: (link, part no: 0A36319). Since I had some trouble with 3G modems previously I'd like to ...
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exiting from webbrowser on debian(without GUI)

I fired up Debian 64 bit on a virtual machine and I did not download the GUI package.(partly because it took just too much time and partly because i wanted to experience the command line!). Anyway, I ...
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Custom installation for a custom Debian Distro?

Is there a way to customize the debian installer to be part of a custom debian distro, also is it possible to make the distro contain certain files such as pdfs, videos, etc. as part of the ...
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How to confirm/verify WiFi is WPA2?

How do I, from the command line, confirm on the host that the wireless network connection uses WPA2? The wireless router is set to use WPA2 Personal (WPA2 with a pre-shared key) and AES on the ...
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Booting directly in debian linux without giving username and password

I would like to skip the username and password prompt at boot-up from debian linux. I want to boot directly to the system without giving username and password.
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Lotus Note installation on Linux Mint 14?

I'm trying to install IBM Lotus Note 8.5.3 on Linux Mint 14 using terminal. Problem is that it's not installing and showing following error sudo apt-get install ibm-lotus-notes-8.5.3.i586.deb Reading ...
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reprepro and gpg-agent - passphrase won't be cached

I'm getting a little frustrated here, maybe you got an idea what the problem could be: I have a buildprocess with a few reprepro commands at the end The buildscript is executed with sudo ( cd ...
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cant compile install and Configure any linux kernel in debian 7

I followed these steps from the link: (http://www.howopensource.com/2011/08/how-to-compile-and-install-linux-kernel-3-0-in-ubuntu-11-04-10-10-and-10-04/) but these commands don't work: sudo make ...
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Monitoring an under attack Server thorugh a remote endpoint

I have this Debian server that is constantly under attack as shown in its /var/log/auth.log file. I was wondering if there is a best practices of monitoring it through sending all important log ...
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“Software update” appears empty in Debian, but there are upgrades available

I'm running Debian 7 on vmware workstation. When I run Applications - System Tool - Software Update I just get a blank window, nothing happens. Updating the system works fine with "apt-get update ...
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How to config my.cfg file for mysql which was installed from sources?

I installed MySQL 5.6 from sources on debian. MySQL folder is /usr/local/mysql. Here is several question: 1) I would like to config my.cfg. But I couldn't find several parameters: socket ...