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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scp from one remote server to another remote server

I have one big file on server one and I want to copy it to server two using scp. I have the keys setup properly and I can ssh/scp to both servers from my desktop. The file I need to copy is larger ...
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How to slow down the web

You may think that your internet connection is anyway too slow, but here I have the opposite problem. I am not very good at concentration, and I believe that part of the problem is the ease with ...
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How to recompile exim4-daemon-heavy? [duplicate]

I have had a few problem with exim4 and various phone mail clients (Windows Phone in particular) that seem to result from bad mail clients together with GnuTLS. I'd like to recompile ...
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setting up sendmail on debian?

I have a LAMP localhost server setup for some development and I want to test out if my code is working. Some of the tests involve checking if the correct emails are sent out by the code at the ...
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Problem with Xorg on Debian after upgrade to Wheezy

After I upgrade to wheezy I have a strange problem. See this image http://i.imgbox.com/accFOaW4.png to see what happening to my PC. As I move my mouse, artifacts of the pointer are left all over the ...
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System cannot load Ubuntu based OS's

I built a computer a few months ago, specs listed here. I then installed Linux Mint 13, but then when I wanted to install Ubuntu, the install would start, and I would select "Install". But when it ...
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How do I disable the touchpad while I'm typing?

I'm looking to disable the touchpad in Crunchbang 11 (Waldorf) while I am typing. The processes I've found online do not work for me. All guides I have found (this thread, for instance) indicate to ...
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Alternative Window Manager [closed]

Is there a window manager, easy to install on Debian, that uses very little resources? I only need bash and Firefox/Chrome, java and flash. And maybe something like notepad++ for Linux. Though I'm ...
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Debian 7 on Macbook

I have just installed Debian 7.1 on my Macbook Pro 9,2. I'm trying to get the keyboard backlight to work properly. I can press the F5/F6 keys to get an OSD to show up on the screen, but the ...
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OpenGL acceleration stopped working after upgrading to Wheezy

After upgrading recently from Squeeze to Wheezy, my 3D acceleration suddenly stopped working. I'm using IBM Thinkpad T60 with ATI M52 [Mobility Radeon X1300]. I found in Xorg.0.log: [ 48286.173] ...
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Losing static IP and and getting DHCP IP

I have a Debian 7.1 machine that is our internal intrusion detection system running snort. It has started flaking on me and will pull a DHCP address even though I have it set to static. This happens ...
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Environment variable for ip address

I see somewhere people use: IF_ADDRESS="$(echo "$IP4_ADDRESS_0" | cut -d'/' -f1)" to get the IP address in a network configuration script. In my system, I create a script under the directory ...
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Grey background in vncviewer remote desktop

I keep getting a grey background in my VNC viewer on my VPS, like so: My .vnc/xstartup is as follows: #!/bin/sh unset SESSION_MANAGER exec /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc gnome-session ...
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Configure courier to forward certain mails to external addresses

I have a debian 6.0 server with courier/courier-mta set up and some local domains. Now I want to create some forwards for some email address that should go directly to external addresses as there are ...
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useradd --no-log-init [comprehension question]

TLDR: How is useradd --no-log-init actually used [in GNU/Linux [Debian]? I read the command's man and info page about this option as: »user will not be listed in the lastlog and faillog files ...
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equivs-build / apt-get: how to preserve directory

I'm building some packages for a private repository using equivs-build. The files are installing ok using apt-get install but when I go to remove them they are trying to delete the whole folder ...
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Best practices for packaging self created software for Debian

I've got Debian packaging for a piece of software I've written. This software probably is too specialized to be part of Debian. In any case, for now I have no plans to try to include it in Debian. ...
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What is Archive field in Release file used for?

For example current Release file for Wheezy is following: Archive: stable Origin: Debian Label: Debian Version: 7.1 Component: main Architecture: amd64 Now I can't find description of this Archive ...
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Pinning and local repos

I can't quite wrap my head around pinning in Debian. I'm trying to automatically install a package first from our local project repo, then from our local stable repo and then from official Debian ...
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Installing Linux distros manually from live cd without installer

I am trying to install a debian based linux and I think its installer is broken. The live cd works fine, but the setup process always gets stuck at 9% and shows an error ("can't complete setup"). Is ...
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IRC user configuration for irssi/ircd-hybrid on Debian

Running programs as root is dangerous, What's the best way to create a new low privileged user for Irssi and ircd-hybird on Debian?
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LIRC does not start after reboot

If I compile LIRC with this patched lirc followed by install using make install it works fine and launches without any error. However, after a reboot the same command fails with following error : ...
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Set persistent routing table on Debian

I have modified my routing table by deleting one rule, and adding two new rules for my second interface eth1: route del -net 10.1.2.0 netmask 255.255.255.0 route add -host 10.1.2.51 eth1 route add ...
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Debian on Mac via reFINd: New Partitions doesnt Boot

im trying to get on Debian via the refind Bootmanager. I was able to create partitions on HDD (Swap + /) and install Debian, but i couldn't install a bootloader on the installation, nor Grub neither ...
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Black screen TTYs1-6 (KDE)

Since I installed KDE and removed Gnome, when I switch to any TTY1-6 I got a black screen. Switching back to TTY7 works fine. I don't know why is this happening, but I guess that some needed package ...
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Debian Squeeze apt-get update issue with HWRAID repositories

I'm running an inherited Debian Squeeze server (read: I just got this new job and the server was setup by the last guy), and I'm having an issue on the apt-get. The error at the end that comes up when ...
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GNOME Panel Completely Blank

I had rebooted my laptop running Debian while it was in a perfectly fine running state. After the reboot, I log in again, and the top GNOME panel is completely blank. I only have one panel as I use ...
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apt-get purge does not uninstall completely

I have installed emacs with apt-get. I tried to remove it later on, but the binary is left. root@ionian:/home/gauthier# apt-get --purge remove emacs Reading package lists... Done Building dependency ...
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why do I have two different results if I run a program through terminal(as root) or /etc/init.d(or /etc/rc.local)

Background: I use Debian Lenny on an embedded device uname -a Linux device 3.4.0 #83 Sun May 26 17:07:14 CEST 2013 armv4l GNU/Linux I have a C code (say my_C_program) that calls a board specific ...
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Should I use the VirtualBox Guest Additions from the host ISO or the Debian pool?

I'm running VirtualBox 4.2.16 on a Mac OS X 10.8.4 host. Inside a virtual machine, I'm running Debian Sid, up-to-date as of today (7/23/13). I want to install Guest Additions. Should I install them ...
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building Debian package fails at dh_auto_install stage

I'm trying to build a very simple debian package. I have two files, main_file and functions, they are both shell scripts, functions is sourced by main_file. There are no dependencies on any external ...
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How do I install PHP5.4.16 on Debian Wheezy?

I used to be able to install php-5fpm=5.4.16-1~dotdeb.1, but it seems that this package is no longer available from the latest dotdeb packages. Here are the steps I tried. Append the following two ...
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chkconfig does not display runlevel links correctly

I am using chkconfig to manipulate runlevel links on my Debian System (LSBInitScripts). I have noticed some inconsistencies, for example According to chkconfig, the script umountiscsi.sh is turned ...
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GRUB no longer can boot the machine (different error messages)

When I boot from GRUB, I get various error messages from GRUB, apparently at random : "invalid arch independent ELF magic" or "incompatible license" or "file not found". I can boot from the rescue DVD ...
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How do I prevent time drift in a Debian guest on a CentOS KVM host?

I know I can install ntp in the guest, but my confused understanding of what I've Googled so far suggests this shouldn't be necessary. The Host is CentOS 6.3 and guest is Debian Wheezy, which seems ...
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difference between useradd -b and useradd -d

Can somebody please explain to me the exact differences between useradd -b and useradd -d in [Debian] Linux? Both seem to work quite similar to me, but then I spot differences that confuse me.
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How to install php5-memcached on Debian 7 with PHP 5.5?

My attempts to install the PHP 5 Memcached module on my Debian 7 VirtualBox VM failed: root@testvm:~# apt-get install php5-memcached Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree ...
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TERM variable in chroot

I've created a chroot with the help of jailkit and now I'm trying to install some other libraries and tools. First I tried to install clear library. I've copied the file from the /bin folder and ...
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Unresolved dependencies though the packages are installed (Debian 6 Sqeeze)

I'm working with a VirtualBox 4.2.14 VM and Debian 6 Sqeeze as guest system and want to install some PHP modules: root@devmv:~# apt-get install php5-fpm Reading package lists... Done Building ...
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Troubles with unresolved dependencies on Debian 6 Sqeeze

I'm working with a VirtualBox 4.2.14 VM and Debian 6 Sqeeze as guest system and trying to (re-)install Nginx, but it's not working: root@devmv:~# apt-get install nginx Reading package lists... Done ...
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Running a 32-bit application in Debian Wheezy 64 bits: Missing libraries

I want to play the game Aquaria in a Debian Wheezy 64 bits. The installation went ok, but when trying to play the game I get these errors: ALSA lib conf.c:3314:(snd_config_hooks_call) Cannot open ...
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Brightness too low in Debian Wheezy

I have just installed Debian Wheezy in my Toshiba Laptop and it works great. However, sometimes the brightness level is too low when starting the system. If I use the keys Fn+F6 to decrease and Fn+F7 ...
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Can not install wine on debian amd64:

Can not install wine on debian amd64: sudo aptitude install wine-bin Note: selecting "wine-bin:i386" instead of the virtual package "wine-bin" The following NEW packages will be ...
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imagemagick's convert unexpectedly changing the background color

what I'm trying to achieve is to pull a simple graphic from a webserver and use imagemagick to change a few colors so that I can then further use this image. This is the imagemagick portion: convert ...
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Installing firefox in debian 7

I'm new the Debian 7, I can't install my Mozilla Firefox, can someone recommend me a working way to install it properly.
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Use apt get install without inserting the DVD?

I installed Debian 7 using a DVD version, so every time I'm trying to install something using apt-get, the system ask me to mount the DVD. Is there a way to avoid that (inserting every time the dvd).
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Initramfs post-update hook

I need an initramfs hook to call a script after an initramfs has been generated. The Debian Linux Kernel Handbook mentions /etc/initramfs/post-update.d/: Packages for boot loaders that need to be ...
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Installing a .deb package on Arch - Is it possible?

The problem is simple - I have a .deb package and I want to install it on my Arch Linux. Is this possible? If yes, how?
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SVN repository - user premissions issue

I have created the repository long time ago when I was the only user. Now I need to add another user, so I created a usergroup where I added the both users and did the following: chmod -R ...
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Apache refuses to start on any port

I can't seem to get Apache to start on any port. I'm always getting the error: apache2(98)Address already in use: AH00072: make_sock: could not bind to address [::]:80 I checked to make sure that ...