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Do sleeping processes get the same CPU time?

Some processes spend most of their "lives" in a sleep status. Daemons, servers and general listener come to mind. I was wondering if they get the same CPU time in that state? On something like my ...
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How to maximize the use of computer performance Core i7 [closed]

How to maximize the use of computer performance Core i7 960 / 12GB Ram?. My operating system is Debian 6 (Linux kernel - 3.0.0-1-amd64). I think it does not work very quickly. Looking for some ways to ...
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Two interfaces, two addresses, two gateways?

I have a system that has two network interfaces with different IP adresses, both of which are in the public address range (albeit via NAT in the case of the first one) and both of which have different ...
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How to manually insert a repository in source.list?

I tried to add a new APT repository using this command: add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao but I got a "command not found" error. I tried installing python-software-properties, but it's already ...
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CPU locked at lowest frequency, cpufreqd says it won't manage it?

I have a Dell Latitude D600 running CrunchBang Statler (Debian Squeeze-based) with a 1.4GHz Pentium M. I noticed in Conky that my CPU freq is stuck at 600MHz, even when doing CPU-intensive things like ...
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Popularity contest for Fedora and friends?

For Debian and Ubuntu there is the populartiiy contest package and result pages (Popcon). Is there something similar for Fedora? And what about derivatives like RHEL, CentOS, Scientific Linux etc.? ...
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Debian Squeeze does not add OTF Fonts

I am trying to add a few OTF fonts to my debian system. I copied the font folder in question over to /usr/share (cp -R /home/morris/Desktop/Collected\ Fonts /usr/share/fonts) and ran fc-cache -f -v ...
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debian: Remove or reinstall package in a very bad inconsistent state

I'm having a package management problem: At some point, I must have interrupted an update or something, because the bluez package has broken. I've tried removing and/or reinstalling, but I get ...
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How do i run a process in a specific directory?

In an init.d file i wrote the below. Now i need to make the bin run in a specific directory. How do i tell it which directory to use? mono --debug /path/bin &
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Increasing the size limit for /var/cache/apt/archives

I have 2 systems running Debian at home and I am trying to minimize the bandwidth use while upgrading the packages. How can I increase the size limit of the cache, so that I could just copy the ...
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How to correct a weird bash prompt on a Debian (Squeeze) server?

I have never had to deal much with BASH setup under Debian Linux, but this time, somebody has given me a server that acts weird. When I log on as root, everything works as I am used to: I see a ...
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restore duplicity backup from amazon s3 in debian

I have applied the script provided here to backup my stuff in debian etch and it works, I tried to reverse the SOURCE and DEST, but I can't do the restoration. What happened?
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Files copied to flashdrive only on unmount

I use Debian wheezy with KDE4. Most of the time when I copy something to a flashdrive, the write does not actually take place until I unmount. This even happens with relatively large amounts of data ...
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“tar: unrecognized option --warning” during 'apt-get install'

I just ran apt-get upgrade on my debian 5 vps and I got this error: tar: unrecognized option `--warning=no-timestamp' Now when I try to install other packages e.g: imagemagick I get the same ...
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Will I break debian etch if I install python-support 0.7.1 to it?

I try to install s3cmd into my debian etch, but the following error message comes up: root@NAS-01G:~/src$ sudo apt-get install s3cmd Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree... Done ...
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How do i fix the to address when forwarding with mail/exim?

I am using debian squeeze (i believe, the box doesnt really say) i config exim4 to use gmail and put root: someuser in /etc/aliases then put my email address (name+box@gmail.com) in .forward I ...
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Resolving Debian wireless issue

I typically dual boot my laptop betwen a Win7 and Ubuntu partition, but keep a spare partition for playing around with new distros. Earlier this week, I decided to try out Debian Squeeze. For the ...
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How can I prevent Apt-Get from autoremoving packages? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: apt-get - autoremove wants to uninstall Gnome I'm running Debian@ [edit: kernel] 3.0 with Gnome. apt-get wants to autoremove dozens of packages. How can I prevent it ...
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Audio stopped working in Xine in Debian

Recently sound stopped working in all the Xine-based applications. I get the error: the audio device is unavailable. I am using latest Debian Testing with KDE. I haven't been fiddling with the ...
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Postfix doesn't send mail, complaining about “Host or domain name not found”

I followed these instructions in order to send mail and here's the Postfix log: Sep 26 00:46:24 tshepang postfix/smtpd[5728]: 8EE2464931: client=localhost[127.0.0.1] Sep 26 00:47:44 tshepang ...
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Split is not available?

I've just tried to run a simple shell script on my Readynas server running Debian, and it appears that the split command is not available. This is a server which I can't fiddle too much with, so if ...
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start mysql server at boot for debian

I am using Debian Etch and I have following this and tried to write a script like this to auto start mysql server at boot: #! /bin/sh # /etc/init.d/blah # # Some things that run always sudo ...
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Moonlight in Debian

What is the preferred way to install moonlight in Debian (Testing)? I searched the repositories, but there seems to nothing relevant. Also this wiki: ...
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Can I execute a python statement from a terminal?

I'd like to simply execute a Python command without having to write a script or enter the interpreter. Is there a way that I could run something like: python --execute "pow(12.31351,2)" And have it ...
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How to run a GUI program as a different user (Debian)?

Using a terminal, I can change the running user with su and sudo — but how can I do that by clicking on an icon/shortcut on the desktop/start menu? If I have to be root to execute I will be asked ...
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Matlab R2010a over ssh -X displays empty windows

I'm trying to use Matlab R2010a over ssh, with X forwarding. Now the X forwarding certainly works (for example xclock displays nice and fast) But when invoking matlab, I get the splash screen ok, ...
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Gnome Update Manager stays at 100 % system load

I experience a strange behaviour on my Debian (Wheezy x64) every time I use the Gnome Update Manager. While downloading the files, the CPU load stays low. (click for better resolution) When the new ...
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How do I add a postinst file to my debian package?

I'm trying to add a 'postinst' script to my debian package to clean up something a previous version may have left behind. I've simply created a 'postinst' file in the debian/ directory, but the file ...
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Unable to type some special characters in vi on a debian

on a machine I have access to, when I type "€" in vi, "~B� " is displayed instead, and when I type "£", "£ " What can cause this strange behavior, how can I fix it? Typing it in the console gives even ...
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Allocate file at a specific offset in ext3/4

For benchmark and testing purposes I need to be able to allocate a file at a specific offset from the start of the partition. When I create a new file normally, its blocks are placed wherever the file ...
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Where does /etc/profile file in Debian come from?

Does it belong to some package or is it generated on install time? It looks like it isn't contained in any packages.
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Problem with mouse scroll under one user

I have three users set up on my system (Debian testing / x64 / Xfce 4.8). For two of them scrolling with the mousewheel works perfectly, but for one user it doesn't work properly in Xfce. The ...
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Debian preseed.cfg/automatic install setup not detecting hard disks

I'm trying to build a Debian automatic install set up using a preseed.cfg file loaded into a client by PXE. The host and client are both Virtual Box VM's. Everything goes smoothly on the client ...
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Migrating from Ubuntu to Debian

I'm a long term Ubuntu user who is considering migrating from Ubuntu to Debian (mainly because of Unity and the fact that my school has a Debian mirror). I haven't installed Debian on a system before. ...
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'Cannot open display' on restored GNU screen session

Using debian unstable with Gnome 3 but I think this has always happened. If I log out and then log back in again it seems the X session is restarted or in some way changed. In any case, when I start ...
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How to see who is logged on to many workstations?

Before I go to work creating my own I would like to find an existing system to do the following: Provide a concise list of users logged on to any of the workstations Show workstation host name, IP, ...
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eth0 is proxy-arping, but /proc/sys/net/ipv4/conf/eth0/proxy_arp is 0

I'm scratching my head about this question... I have a debian squeeze machine that is connected to an internal lab network. We have a lot of machines that have default proxy-arp configurations on ...
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How do I install the latest version of Chromium in Debian Squeeze?

I know that Debian Squeeze has Chromium 6.x only. So I added backports but seems that Chromium is not included. Since Chromium/Chrome development is very fast, version 6.x has sort of become outdated. ...
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How to include data files (pictures, text files, …) in a debian package

I'm a beginner in Debian packaging so sorry for the obvious question. I followed a tutorial to make a package application, but it only deals with the source, there's absolutely no other file types ...
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Debian Testing or Debian Sid?

I'm currently downloading Debian 6 DVD. I don't want to use Stable, I want to use Testing or Sid, but I don't know wich one is better for me. Is Sid really unstable ? Is Testing up-to-date like Arch ...
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Newly installed Debian install is not recognized

I recently formatted an entire drive so I could install Linux on it. The partitions: 15 GB, Primary, sda1, mount point: / 232.9 GB Logical, sda5, mount point: /home 3 GB Logical, sda6, swap However, ...
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The difference between deb versus deb-src in sources.list

I don't understand the difference between these two lines in my sources.list, please explain: deb http://mirror.optus.net/debian/ testing main contrib non-free versus deb-src ...
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OpenSolaris vs. Debian for Xen Hypervisor VM server

all. I've just purchased a computer that I'd like to repurpose as a lab server. It's a six-core AMD processor with 8 gigs of ram (16 gig max) and a terabyte hard drive. My idea is to hose Windows, ...
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gnome-keyring-daemon couldn't allocate secure memory

I run logcheck on my Debian Linux system to get alerted to unusual lines in my log files, and recently I saw the following in /var/log/messages: gnome-keyring-daemon: couldn't allocate secure memory ...
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rpc.statd running on system not using NFS

I have a Debian machine that gets warnings (via the Tiger automatic auditor) that rcp.statd is listening on such-and-such socket. Googling shows rpc.statd is a daemon used by NFS. As far as I know, ...
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Wicd cannot detect wireless networks on Debian 6 testing, Xfce, fresh install

This is on a fresh Debian 6 testing install on my U100Plus MSI Wind netbook, running with Xfce desktop environment. My laptop's wireless connection works flawlessly in Xubuntu without manual ...
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Debian linux installation cannot play sound

I am trying to get my Linux installation to play musix. I have debian linux. The contents of /etc/debian_version are: 6.0.2 I cannot seem to get any sound to play from my speakers and after looking ...
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How do I make a gnome window only available on some workspaces?

Disclaimer: Actually using Debian here, not Ubuntu, but I am knowledgeable enough to find the right packages, and compile my own if needed. I am a rather heavy user of the Multiple Desktops ...
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Unmet acroread dependencies preventing Synaptic install

In Synaptic I am getting the error: acroread: Depends: acroread-l10n-en but it is not going to be installed or acroread-l10n Depends: acroread-debian-files but it is not going to be installed ...
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Command to install linux headers fails

I need to install my linux headers for an Nvidia driver install. But I get an error when doing so: peter@peter-deb:~$ sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r) Reading package lists... Done ...