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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How to show the number of installed packages

What is the Debian equivalent of Fedora's yum list installed | grep wc --lines?
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Odd problem regarding 'apt-get update'

I was having some serious network troubles, and now running sudo apt-get update gives this error: ... Hit ftp://ftp.is.co.za experimental/contrib i386 Packages Reading package lists... Error! E: ...
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Why did 'apt-get install ffmpeg' fail?

I dont understand how or why apt-get install failed. It mentions ssmtp which is simple smtp which i use to send mail from my server to my google apps account. I dont understand what is wrong or how to ...
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Removing broken packages

Recently in a bout of frustration with getting phpmyadmin setup, I decided to start from scratch. Unfortunately, during the uninstall phase, I was prompted with the root password for mysql which I ...
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set umask to 0002 for sftp and scp

I want files sent to my server using sftp and scp to be group-writable. How can I do that? I tried using libpam-umask from http://wiki.debian.org/DebianDesktopHowTo but it didn't work. EDIT: Is ...
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Debian 6 installation DVD required

I just want to install the operating system and SSH printserver . I just burned the first DVD of the 8 avaible for the amd64 architecture. How many DVDs should i burn in order the operating system to ...
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*nix working on eBox 3300

I'm not sure if hardware questions are alright here, I didn't see many. I am trying to install any Linux operating system on an eBox 3300. I am having trouble, and the only thing I have been able to ...
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Why is the US international keyboard layout on Debian/Ubuntu different? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is the US international keyboard layout on Debian different? I asked this question on askubuntu.com recently but I was not satisfied with any answer. I realized ...
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I can't delete a file that I have write permissions for as a group member

$ touch testfile $ chmod g+w testfile $ sudo adduser user2 user1 $ stat -c'%a %A' testfile 664 -rw-rw-r-- $ su user2 Password: $ groups user2 user1 $ rm testfile rm: cannot remove `testfile': ...
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How to change keyboard keymap

I accidentally set my keyboard type to US during installation, but it actually is UK type. How do I change it? [note] I use Debian Squeeze.
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Selectively disabling gvfsd-cdda in Debian Squeeze?

Is there a way to selectively disable gvfsd-cdda on Debian Squeeze? Since I updated my machine to Squeeze grip can no longer eject a CD, which interferes with ripping. I traced it back to gvfsd-cdda, ...
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Holding left arrow triggers permanent Mode_switch

This is a weird one... I recently upgraded from Debian lenny to squeeze (following the upgrade instructions step by step). Everything went surprisingly well, except for one piece of strange new ...
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How do I reinstall software properly in Debian?

I got myself into trouble with mysql on debian lenny (details). I tried these commands: dpkg-reconfigure mysql dpkg --purge mysql-server apt-get install mysql-server mysql_install_db and variants ...
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How to make dpkg faster?

Package (un)installation on a Debian system is horribly slow, partly because it works with a whole bunch of (small) files. Short of getting faster storage, how do I speed it up? I'm thinking maybe ...
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I can't adjust screen brightness of my laptop anymore

My laptop has keyboard buttons for adjusting screen brightness. After a Debian Squeeze re-installation, they don't work no more. [laptop] Acer TravelMate 6592; I use Fn< to decrease the brightness ...
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eth0 r8169 down on wake up from standby

On waking up after standby the network (eth0) remains down. The eth0 card is r8169. I have tried : ifconfig eth0 up Doesn't work ifconfig eth0 up; dhcpcd eht0 Worked but how do I configure my ...
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Why is the US international keyboard layout on Debian different?

Edit: I realized that the "problem" was not only in Ubuntu but in Debian itself and Ubuntu just inherited it, so I had this migrated from Ask Ubuntu I have been using Linux on and off for 10 years, ...
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How to search for packages that are no longer available for installation?

I can't re-install packages that fulfill at least one of the following criteria: Custom-made packages Packages created by alien package (e.g. alien --install pkg.rpm) Packages installed from some ...
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Debian = Always latest Packages = Best Practice?

Most of the "Software" I install on my server needs to be the latest release (Java, Tomcat, MySQL-Cluster). So I never have the luck, that there are pre-built Debian packages (in the distribution) ...
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If there's no /dev/md* and not /proc/mdstat, is it safe to use a second disk as a second disk?

There's two HDs in this server. I don't see an md device (see title) or an mdstat file. So, can I be safe that the second disk is currently unused? Yes, I do want/need the second disk as space much ...
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What's causing VirtualBox OSE to hang my machine?

I'm using VirtualBox OSE and recently, when I run Ubuntu 10.10 on it, my machine tends to hang, forcing me to hard-reset it (not good). How do I start finding where the problem is? Here's the last ...
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Issues with ardour and jackd

I'm trying to play with ardour. When I started it up, it complained that jackd isn't running, so I ran jackd -d alsa, which displayed: jackdmp 1.9.6 Copyright 2001-2005 Paul Davis and others. ...
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What would be a good choice for an elastic file system (for adding storage at a later date)?

I'm currently running a Debian 6.0 server with EXT3, but I'd like to move over to Arch. It's being used as a file server right now with a 1TB drive in it (of which 650GB in it is used). What I'd like ...
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Creating a completely offline installer using simple-cdd

I'm trying to create a custom CD using my own minimal debian installed setup. I just simply typed build-simple-cdd. The process was successful, but when I tested it on my virtualbox and disabling the ...
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How to install Debian from USB? (Using full size image not netinstall)

I learned of a way to install Debian from USB using the netinstall image, which is fine. However it means I have to spend hours and hours downloading packages to do the install. Is there a way I can ...
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How come I suddenly don't have any audio?

Just a few minutes ago my sound was working, and then it stopped! I suspect it was caused by me checking out some video editors. How do I go about troubleshooting this? What I've so far tried: I ...
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How to list currently not installed packages?

I'd like to output a list of all, currently not installed, packages (they are visible in Synaptic for example) using only shell commands. How do I do this?
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How to build-compile a .c file

I have little experience with LINUX . I am using Debian. It has a library glibc which has several useful programs. iconv is the program that i want to use to do several charset conversions... However ...
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How to find out which (not installed) package a file belongs to?

On Debian systems (and derivatives): $ dpkg --search /bin/ls coreutils: /bin/ls That is, the file /bin/ls belongs to the Debian package named coreutils. But this only works if the package is ...
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Debian 6.0 RC1: Cannot login as root and user is not a sudoer

After installing Debian 6.0 rc1, I can't do anything as administrator because I cannot login as root (but I did setup the password during installation) and user is not a sudoer either. Did I miss ...
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Why did my sudoers file suddenly reset itself?

After setting up Wave in a Box on my Debian server, I started noticing strange things happening: I could no longer use sftp to transfer files, and even worse, I couldn't run any sudo commands! ...
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I can't use or find the google debian unstable/sid repository

I'm trying to use the debian unstable/sid branch of the google repositories (deb http://dl.google.com/linux/deb/ unstable non-free main), but I get errors: Err "http://dl.google.com" ...
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Upstart on Debian?

I created an upstart script in Ubuntu, thinking it would be the same for Debian. But Debian doesn't have a /etc/init folder that Ubuntu has. I went to the upstart download page and seeing that they ...
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How to install Python 3.x on Debian?

Being new to Linux, I chose Debian for my Linode because it seemed stable and secure. Now I want to write some sysadmin-type scripts in Python to teach myself the language. Based on this SO question ...
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Share Internet connection from a Debian laptop to a FreeBSD desktop

I have this situation: My Debian laptop is connected to the Internet via its wlan interface through my wireless router. Recently I decided to install FreeBSD on a very old machine (a celeron 300Mhz) ...
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Simplest way of forwarding all mail from server? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lightweight outgoing SMTP server I am looking for a minimal mail solution (MTA) for a headless server which generate e-mails for local users and and fully qualified ...
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Install new kernel in PowerPC debian

I compiled a new kernel image on x86 using cross compiler with these commands (source): $ cp arch/powerpc/configs/pmac32_defconfig .config $ make ARCH=powerpc menuconfig $ make ARCH=powerpc ...
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For deploying a public-facing webapp, which between Testing and Stable to use some weeks before release?

Which do you recommend? Some POVs to consider: stability available packages life kernels or any other reasons? [note] This question was originally a request for recommendation between Debian 5 ...
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jetty repositories for Debian lenny 5.0?

This is my current sources.list, and I wish to install libjetty-java, libjetty-extra-java, and jetty, in that order. However, the packages are not found, and I resorted to downlaoding the debs from ...
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simultaneously share /dev/videoX with multiple applications?

the goal is to use the same webcam for video chat apps and for home security at the same time. Currently, the webcam is working just fine with either VLC (or mjpg-streamer) and with Kopete - just not ...
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How to stop avahi-daemon

I'm trying to disable avahi-daemon. I tried to modify the file /etc/default/avahi-daemon, setting the AVAHI_DAEMON_DETECT_LOCAL=0 instead of 1, but when I connect to a network it starts anyway; is ...
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Debian/Grub2: Moving root partition to new drive?

Does anybody have a suggestion for how to move the root partition to a new drive and set up grub2 to boot on that drive? I seem to have no luck instructing grub-mkconfig what it is I want to do (e.g. ...
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What's up with this 'gnome' package?

I have recently grown tired of the way Rhythmbox starts up every time I plug in my MP3 player. I know I could simply disable this, but I've decided to uninstall Rhythmbox instead. It's such a ...
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Wireless card won't connect right away

I have a netgear wg311 wireless card on my Debian machine. I have it connected using wpa_supplicant. When I type this. wpa_supplicant -c/etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf -iwlan0 -Dwext I get ...
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How to install kvm in Debian (Lenny) over powerpc

I am emulating powerpc using qemu-system-ppc on top of x86, and running debian-lenny-ppc with it. I want to install kvm inside that debian. I have learned that the kvm and qemu-kvm packages are not ...
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Why is GDM 2.20 still in Squeeze? [closed]

Both gdm (based on 2.20) and gdm3 (based on 2.30) are available in Debian Squeeze. Supposing that gdm3 should replace gdm, why are they both still supported?
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How to get started with CentOS?

I've been working with Debian GNU/Linux for a long time and am very proficient with it. However for a new project I've got to got familiar with CentOS ASAP. So my Question is: How do I get started ...
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Getting wireless card to work in Debian with wpa_supplicant

I'm having difficulty getting a Netgear WG311 network card to work with Debian. Here is a screenshot showing ifconfig wlan0, iwconfig, network interface cards, and wpa_supplicant configs: I ...
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How to ensure the bluetooth is switched off after boot up?

Please show me which magic button to press for the case where I'm tired of manually switching off the distracting bluetooth light on my laptop after every boot-up.
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Wi-Fi constantly disconnects

Using either NetworkManager or Wicd to manage wireless networking on my Wi-Fi-powered laptop, too often I get randomly disconnected, and I see these messages on /var/log/syslog: Dec 10 05:21:26 ...