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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Problem with pam_mount and sshfs

I'm trying to configure automounting of users home directories using pam_mount and sshfs (users are LDAP users on remote machine). I configured pam_mount: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ...
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Slow system after running a KDE GUI application from a Debian Squeeze chroot

I have a PC with Ubuntu 11.04 and a Debian Squeeze chroot installed in it. As soon as I start any KDE application from within chroot (and installed there), e.g. Kompare for viewing git diff output, ...
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Skype gtk style not working on debian squeeze 64

I have installed skype on my fresh squeeze 64bit system. It works fine except for the fact that the gtk theme isn't really working and the result is quite ugly: How can I fix this?
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Automatically opening kwallet while logging in to KDE

How can I configure kwallet to automatically open when I log in to KDE, so that I don't have to retype my password every time I want to connect to a wireless network or when Chrome needs some ...
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Debian Squeeze: Left mouse click stops working

After starting a new session in my Debian Squeeze (6.0.4, always updated) running in a VM (VMWare Workstation) there comes the point in time where the left mouse click stops working, so that I cannot ...
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Backports on Debian not working

I'm having problems to update to the latest version of particular software on Debian. I'm using Debian 6.0.4 and I currently I have Shutter version 0.85 which is currently the latest stable version. ...
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What ~/.config refers to and how to put files there?

I want to set up a plugin for the Geany editor on a Debian system. It's a theme changing plugin, so I am following this manual. It says: The simplest way to do this is to copy the contents of the ...
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How close is cdebconf able to serve as a drop-in replacement for debconf?

Most of the internet information around cdebconf is circa 06`, or I was just unable to find its location. Please mention if recent documentation, or FAQ, is available. Is cdebconf able to serve as ...
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/run in Debian Squeeze

I'm running Debian Squeeze (6.0.1) on a NAS (LinkStation, mipsel). I installed minidlna from unstable and noticed the daemon won't start because it can't create /run/minidlna. After a little googling ...
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Fixing broken packages in a Debian testing distribution

I'm playing around with Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) in a VirtualBox instance to try it out and see if it'd be good for a main operating system for me. I'm pretty competent with most system ...
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Reinstall Debian

I have a Debian based server but I don't have physical access to it and it doesn't have a DVD-drive or similar. I only have root access. Is it possible to format and reinstall Debian just by using the ...
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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 ...