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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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 ...
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Software raid + separate partitions?

I have setup software RAID1-arrays using two 250GB harddrives. There's two arrays - one named md0 in which the system is kept and the other, md1 works as swap: # cat /proc/mdstat md0 : active raid1 ...
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Hardening debian?

So I have thought a bit about hardening a Debian squeeze file & VPN server lately. Right now, we've placed the machine behind a firewall only allowing SSH connections from LAN, set a strong root ...
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Distro for a startup?

We run a small start-up in the SaaS industry. About half of our current staff are developers using their own laptops with various Linux distros (Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora) with a few exceptions of ...
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How do I create web pages in my home directory and have the web server serve them in my web browser?

I have recently installed the Apache web browser in my Debian Squeeze (using command tasksel and selecting [ ] Web server). Now I get it to start via sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 start and then I go to my ...
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Is there an equivalent to Arch Linux's NETCFG for Debian?

I have installed Debian Squeeze (minimal -- no DE) and I would like to connect to my network (via wireless) via command line. I have used Arch Linux before and I really liked the simplicity of netcfg ...
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Having xwin start by default on system boot

My system boots into a console, from which I can launch my gnome desktop by issuing the command startx. How can X be instructed to start by default upon boot? The commands /etc/init.d/gdm3 start and ...
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Is there a way to control the mouse wheel resolution in Debian?

I am using Debian 6.0.4. The mouse wheel scrolls way to much for it to be any use. Is there any way to configure how much "scrolling" is done with with one mouse wheel turn? Thanks! Update: My ...
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Finding the IP address of an ssh connection made in the past

A few weeks ago I made a few ssh connections from my home PC to my college PC and the other way around. Currently I am sitting at my home PC and I am trying to figure out what was the college PC IP ...
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How to create a DEB file manually?

I want to create a DEB file manually. I would like to just provide a folder which contains data to install, and a script to be executed after installation. Is this possible?
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Default GNOME cursors package?

I installed a minimal version of Debian (wheezy), and then installed GNOME on top. However, it doesn't come with any special mouse cursors except for a non-descript black cursor. I was wondering if ...
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Should I use http or ftp links in apt sources.list

Should I use http or ftp links in /etc/apt/sources.list? What I mean is is using something like, deb ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/ squeeze main contrib non-free deb-src ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/ ...
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Debian based system, only one gui program, nothing else

I would like to make a debian system where you can only open one GUI program at boot, no other graphical interface, no minimize, or any X apart from that program, is there a way to do it on debian if ...
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How can I tell whether a build is Debian-based?

I'm starting to work with a box that has a custom (small) Linux build on it. How can I tell whether this is a Debian or Red Hat-based build? This is what I know so far: $ cat /proc/version Linux ...
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Upgrading to linux kernel 3.0.1 but my ethernet card is still not found?

Please forgive my ignorance, as I am still fairly new when it comes to linux under the hood! Anyways - following up on my previous semi-related post, instead of trying a Debian testing image, I ...
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How to make a system lock when the USB pendrive with authentication key is removed?

Say, I have USB drive authentication up and working. So far, so hoopy. But now I want to take the next step, which is locking the machine when I eject the medium. I know there is udev I can script, ...
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How to open cups in debian squeeze to all clients

The standard CUPS configuration on debian squeeze allows only access from localhost. I would like to allow all LAN users the same permissions. The LAN is behind a secured router. Access to the eb ...
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Latest Debian wheezy/testing ISOs defaulting to KDE?

I've usually been using Debian Squeeze, as I've never really had any reason to go after the latest & greatest, and if I wanted to, I always had backported packages to rely on. However, my new ...
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Automatic security updates on Debian squeeze server

For a production Debian squeeze server, what are the best practices or recommendations for handling security updates? I have seen various articles on cron-apt, apticron, unattended-updates, apt cron ...
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How do I find installed packages that have no install candidate?

I'd like to retrieve a list of installed packages that have no install candidate (e.g., because I removed an apt source file entry). How would I do that on Debian-based systems?
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Using apt or aptitude to get version information about an uninstalled package?

I'm looking to install a package, but I'd like to make sure that I can't get a more recent version than, e.g., a PPA. Is there an aptitude or apt-get command that will enable me to input a package ...
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How to make svn look for if there is an update once a minute and if there is call some script?

I am developing a server app. I have a remote machine with Debian that I use for testing. Currently I update the server manually when each new svn version comes out. It is just a testing server and ...
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dav2fs caching problem on Debian Squeeze

I have apache/mod_dav and davfs2 all on the same host. davfs2 is used to mount what Apache is serving to the local filesystem - a sort of loopback. The purpose is that the content of the files served ...
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How to enable an federated storage engine in the Debian MySQL package?

How would I enable an extra (in this case FEDERATED) storage engine in the mysql-server-5.1 package from Debian? I've installed mysql-server-5.1 via apt-get. But the SHOW ENGINES shows that federated ...
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Why does the 'bin' user need a login shell?

During an audit of /var/log/auth.log on one of my public webservers, I found this: Jan 10 03:38:11 Bucksnort sshd[3571]: pam_unix(sshd:auth): authentication failure; logname= uid=0 euid=0 ...
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changing the names of network interfaces, debian wheezy

I'm trying to set a name for an interface, "ethLan" instead of eth0. Doing so also ensures that the if's name will remain consistent at every reboot and kernel. I did find some articles in the ...
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kernel panic error after recompilation

I am completely blocked, but temporarily. I have an Ubuntu 11.10 in good condition, in this one I installed VirtuelBox. I installed on VirtuelBox as Ghest Debian Squeeze with Kernel 2.6.32-5-686. ja ...
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gnome-dictionary no-window option does not work

I would like to have a bash dictionary so I found gnome-dictionary. However, just typing gnome-dictionary will bring up a GUI box. In gnome-dictionary --help, and in the man file, it says a -n or ...
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How is Ubuntu based on Debian?

Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu. Ubuntu is based on Debian. Like this, there are several other linux distributions that are based on Ubuntu, Debian, Slackware, etc. What confuses me is what does this ...
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How do I temporary change my keyboard layout on Debian? (no X)

How can I quickly change my keyboard layout between US and German? setxkbmap does not apply here, as I only have an SSH shell. Persistent changes via dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration ...
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Problem with executing Firefox version 9.0.1

I cannot run firefox version 9.0.1. When i try to execute the binary firefox I get an error -bash: ./firefox: cannot execute binary file. The info returned by file is as follows: firefox: ELF 32-bit ...
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Crontab job not emailing on failure

I have a cron job on Debian: 1 * * * * /home/paradroid/bin/myscript.sh >/dev/null There is an installed and configured MTA, and I have received emails when the script has a syntax error, so I ...
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Can I resize the root partition without uninstalling and reinstalling Linux (or losing data)?

I have started using a machine that has both Debian and Windows 7 installed. However, after installing some programs I started getting a message that there is not enough space. I knew that the system ...
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not able to create xorg.conf file

I want to change my colour depth. I posted this, and got the following answer: Create an xorg.conf file by running Xorg -configure. Then edit the Depth entry in the Display subsection of the ...
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change colour depth

How do I change the colour depth? It says online to edit the xorg.conf file, but I don't have that. I am running Debian XFCE on a Powerbook G4
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display login window as list of users

How do you display the login window as a list of users instead of having to type the username? I have Debian XFCE on a Powerbook G4.
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How to overcome libc resolver limitation of maximum 3 nameservers?

Suppose I work in environment with number of domain changes and slow propagation. I want to test domain configuration immediately after setting change but the propagation is slow. So I want to add ...
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sixteen digit colour code?

I am trying to convert the mac4lin awn theme from 0.3 to 0.4 so it will work in my awn. But I'm not sure about the colour codes in the 0.4 files. They are not normal hex codes, they are sixteen digits ...
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How to port printer settings between different distributions?

My wife's netbook has two distributions installed on it: OpenSUSE 11.4, which she no longer uses much, and Debian testing. The only reason why OpenSUSE is still installed is that, for some odd ...
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xfce swap command and control keys

What is the equivalent of this in Debian XFCE?: Go into System -> Preferences -> Keyboard Click on the "Layouts" tab and then click the "Layout Options" button. Click on "Alt/Win key ...
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What's the motivation behind kfreebsd

I use both FreeBSD and Debian-based Linuxes on a daily basis. (I am mostly a user/developer/sysadmin not an OS-developer). I want to know what is the motivation behind kFreeBSD? Why people may want ...
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GUI for mount_afp?

I have installed mount_afp, so I can access my iMac via AFP on my PowerBook G4 running Debian XFCE. It works in Terminal (screenshot), but is there a GUI for it - like File Manager?
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Evolution keeps disappearing?

I am running Debian 6.0.3 (squeeze) and Evolution 2.30.3. I keep noticing that evolution disappears (gmail account). It never throws up a crash dialog. What is going on? How can I tell what is ...
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Debian PowerBook G4 WiFi Driver

How do I get wifi to work on my powerbook g4 with xfce debian? I have tried sudo apt-get install bcm43xx-fwcutter but it comes up with E: Unable to locate package bcm43xx-fwcutter. What do I do?
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debian not accepting administrative password

I have XFCE Debian on an old PowerPC PowerBook G4. When I go to open Synaptic Package Manager, a window pops up asking for my administrative password. I enter the password I normally use for sudo in ...