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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When to mount /tmp (and other temporary directories)

When is the right time to mount /tmp (on Debian)? For /home I would not feel bad just to echo "/dev/foo /home type defaults 0 0" >>/etc/fstab - but can I be sure that /tmp is not used by any ...
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Why is it possible to leave CHROOT with this sftp config?

I'm trying to create the user lenny, that has read and write permissions in the folder /home/lenny/ and has no shell but only access via SFTP. I'm doing the following: useradd lenny mkdir /home/lenny ...
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How do I define a samba share so that every user can only see its own home?

I would like to make every user's home directory from Debian machine to be available by its owner only (using Samba) but for now (with default Samba configuration) I can access other users /homes. ...
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Which users are allowed to log in via SSH by default?

When I set up my Debian 6, I was wondering, which users apart from root whose password I know can log into my system via SSH? When I install Apache 2 a user called www-data gets created. Does this ...
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/ readonly on boot, but don't see why. how to investigate and fix?

Root filesystem mounted fine under squeeze, and after I upgraded to wheezy. I've been living with it for a bit, so I'm not exactly sure, but I think it started after doing a dist-upgrade on wheezy, ...
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How to make a program/process a service ?

I wonder how can I make a regular application like for instance noip2 updater a system process. I use Debian 6.0.2. For now I have it like this : the binary is in the /usr/local/bin/ as noip2 file ...
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My debian-menu.xml is missing

I have a relatively new Debian installation -- when it was first installed, it was without a gui, but I ran apt-get install xinit and apt-get install openbox, so when I run startx I get an openbox ...
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Can't view Chinese chars in evince or xpdf

Instead, I get white squares. I have no idea if they are used, but I installed "xfonts-intl-chinese" (didn't work). I googled this issue, and there was a lot of talk about some bug in poppler. But, ...
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What can I use to monitor and log incoming/outgoing traffic to/from remote hosts?

I run a web server (Debian Squeeze on a VPS), and the graphs provided by the hosting company show consistently that around twice as much traffic is incoming to the server compared to the outgoing ...
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Can't mkdir /root (btrfs)

I performed a standard Debian install using wheezy/testing netinst iso for amd64. After the install completed I booted into a live environment so that I could snapshot the root as a btrfs subvolume ...
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How do I set up the SELinux sandbox in Debian?

I've installed SELinux in Debian sid in order to use the sandbox that locks down apps to a restricted enviroment, but I can't get it to work. If I try to use the sandbox command in permissive mode ...
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Get newest gcc for debian?

I can't build my apps on gcc since I use various c++0x features. I'm on Debian 6 (Lenny) and after upgrade/updating I have gcc version 4.4.5-8. I'm unsure which version is required but mingw 4.6.2 ...
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How can I resolve a stale nfs handle?

I noticed once when I shut down my home server while my desktop was connected via NFS that I kept getting "stale NFS handle warning" when entering my home dir, this caused issues with some programs ...
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How do I prevent programs from sniffing keystrokes to su/gksu?

I've read here that it's possible for any app using the X server to sniff keystrokes to any other app which is also using the X server, including su (on a terminal) or gksu. I've heard of a few ways ...
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In which log should I check for udev errors?

I've written a udev rule which is run each time my device is mounted/dismounted. However, in which Linux (Debian) error log should I check when debugging such rules?
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Editing Adobe PageMaker (.pmd) files in debian

I'm using Linux-Mint-Debian as my primary (only) OS and would like to edit Adobe PageMaker (.pmd) files on it. I've read that Scribus is the open-source alternative for PageMaker on linux, but I'm ...
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Find alternative for Debian 5 to work with big files

I have a problem using find find ./ -mtime +7 Value too large for defined data type because of 2 Gb file (backup) on x32 VDS and it is not possible to reinstall OS. I need to remove old files ...
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Domain resolve problem with stock Debian

I have a simple install with Debian as a guest in Virtualbox. I installed the resolvconf package. The resolv.conf file is this: # Dynamic resolv.conf(5) file for glibc resolver(3) generated by ...
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What happened to my desktop?

I have Linux Mint 12 Gnome desktop, everything was normal yesterday. I shut my PC down yesterday and went to sleep, I turned it on today, and see what happened You see how everything is messed up? ...
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Video Conversion Tool in Debian 6?

Is there any video conversion software in debian 6 which supports all format?
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Is it possible to determine what is inside Debian package without installing it?

I need a markdown library for development - based on package names I could not understand which one I should install... den@playground:~$ sudo aptitude search markdown p html2markdown ...
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Adding two default gateways in Debian interfaces file

This is my interfaces file: auto eth0 iface eth0 inet static address 192.168.1.10 netmask 255.255.255.0 gateway 192.168.1.1 auto eth1 iface eth1 inet static address 192.168.2.10 ...
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Gedit: syntax highlighting of echoing self-closing XHTML tags in JavaScript in PHP

Reproduction: In Gedit, open a new file and manually select the syntax highlighting language (at the bottom right) to PHP. Write some javascript in <script> tags Within the <script> ...
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What's the currently recommended way to install node.js on Debian?

I've found a few different methods on the web, but some of the articles are quite old, and I'm concerned that the methods they describe have been superceded. Can anyone tell me what the currently ...
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Debian: No internet connection on reboot

A server I develop on ran out of memory during an overnight job and had to be rebooted. Upon reboot, it no longer has an internet connection. I've exhausted my google-fu abilities trying to ...
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ext4 used space (not -m option, not deleted files)

I'm a bit puzzled about the way ext4 reports used space. On a new Debian wheezy (testing) installation, I consistently got about 1GB extra space used with a 60GB SSD, when compared to du. I then ...
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Installing afpfs-ng from source

I want to install afpfs-ng to get access to an AFP share from my Mac. I am running Debian and am following instructions from http://unix.stackexchange.com/a/175/17242, and I get checking for a ...
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How to handle custom debian packages version numbers?

Let's take mplayer for example. I want to compile a new version and create a deb package to roll out to my developers. The version number is 2:1.0~rc3+svn20090426-1ubuntu16.1. I'm not making any ...
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Eye-FI SD Card not working with inbuilt card reader

I am tring to get my cardreader to work with and eye-fi SD card. My System is as follow: #uname -a Linux computer 3.2.0-0.bpo.2-amd64 #1 SMP Thu Mar 15 20:46:44 UTC 2012 x86_64 GNU/Linux Debian ...
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Why does installing python-minimal package also grab the python package on Debian?

From running: apt-cache depends python2.6-minimal | grep Depends and apt-cache depends python2.6 | grep Depends it looks like python2.6 depends on python2.6-minimal and a lot more. However, ...
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Are bsdutils, coreutils, and busybox all necessary in a Debian install?

I first installed Debian with a netinst CD without networking, then edited /etc/apt/sources.list to point to the main repository, then ran dhclient eth0 to set up networking. Then I installed less. ...
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In Debian based systems, how do we purge configuration files of packages that have already been uninstalled?

To be more specific, I would like to do the equivalent of adding the --purge flag to the following command sudo apt-get autoremove --purge [package name] to packages that are no longer on the ...
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Why did adding the Debian testing repository create so many package dependencies?

I have Debian 6.0.4, and I'm running an outdated Geany text editor package. There's no newer version available in the current stable repository, so I added testing packages to sources.list: #debian ...
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Mumble doesn't bind to network address on boot, needs to be restarted (doesn't properly wait for network?)

I have a default, unchanged installation of the Mumble server on Debian Squeeze (package "mumble-server"). On a previous setup, starting the server (called murmurd) on boot using the default init ...
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VMWare daemon doesn't startup when system starts

I have installed VMware Player on my Debian squueze, but after the reboot the vmware daemon(/etc/init.d/vmware) does not start up automatically, i have tried without any success to set the daemon ...
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Recovery of data on raid5+lvm reiserfs partition, after raid5 problems

I've got a server with 3 sata hard drives. Each has 2 partitions: one small is part of /dev/md0, a raid1 array (/boot), rest is part of a raid5 array (/dev/md1), which is an lvm physical volume. ...
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Is it possible to run ganglias gmetad and ganglia-monitor not demonized on debian?

I wonder is it possible to run ganglias gmetad and ganglia-monitor not demonized, under my own user (me, sudo) on debian? Because while gmond.conf contains something like demonize option I see no such ...
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How to configurate ganglia-monitor on a single debian machine?

Here is what I currently have online, as you can see there is no information about my debian server. (While was installing I tried to follow next instructions) What I have changed in default ...
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Which Linux distribution is suitable for serverside development and somewhat easy to use?

I need to setup a Linux-based server which is going to be the backend for our web services. This is what I need: (In order of importance) A GUI to manage applications and files It would be running ...
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Which shell should I learn for FreeBSD and Debian?

I have read many articles that say the official shell in FreeBSD is tcsh, and in Debian, its dash. However, when I either echo $shell (FreeBSD) or env in Debian, it says that the shell is csh in the ...
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Configuring multiple static IP addresses for a disk image

Using Ubuntu 10.04 I'm using Clonezilla to create and install a customized image. I'd like to be able to set up multiple static IP addresses. For example, I'd like the first interface to have the IP ...
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How to change mixing of channels by pulse audio / alsa

I have a recent problem with my sound configuration. Basically, it's way too loud until I set the volume below 10%. And then it's very quickly too silent. Using the alsa mixer, I can set the headphone ...
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proper way to overwrite debian kernel modules

I just downloaded and compiled tg3.ko kernel module. Where should I put it on a Debian system? There is one in /lib/modules/2.6.32-5-xen-amd64/kernel/drivers/net/tg3.ko already. Ideally, I would like ...
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XeTeX problem on Debian-based distro

Was not sure if this should go here or on TeX Stackexchange. Feel free to move if I made mistake. My setup is: GNU/Linux, kernel 2.6.32-5-686, CrunchBang Linux statler. I have installed xetex through ...
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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. ...