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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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 ...
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Installing libxml2 on secure Debian box

I have a very stripped Debian distro on a small custom computer that I purchased (don't know much about this distro as it was recommended on some site). The name is 'sid' and runs 2.6.37.1 kernel. ...
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How to install ia32-libs in Debian Wheezy?

I would like to install ia32-libs in Debian Wheezy however it seems it is deprecated. The solution in this question works when installing 32-bit packages from Debian repositories, but there are some ...
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Max file size for create_compressed_fs tool

Somebody knows what the maximum size of file could be processed by create_compressed_fs tool or used by /dev/cloop device? I suspect that it could be the root of the issue. I created "ISO" (UDF) ...
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How can I look at recent system activity to figure out what caused a huge slowdown? [closed]

I'm running CrunchBang Waldorf with OpenBox on a Lenovo e420. I made the switch from Windows a few months ago, and have had no problems with performance since then. Everything runs nice & fast. ...
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USB Dongle Not Working - Debian Wheezy, Cambridge Silicon Radio

I can't get my USB dongle to recognise my USB keyboard. I have tried both on Windows and they work suggesting it is a linux issue. The scan function simply never finds the keyboard. Also, hciconfig ...
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adding a program on start-up by using LSBInitScripts

I use Debian Lenny (I know lenny is old and other bla bla) and would like to place a program on the start-up. I use update-rc.d by adding an executable file on /etc/init.d. By referring to ...
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Are Ubuntu PPA Repositories usable on Debian wheezy?

I'm using Debian wheezy and i wonder are Ubuntu PPAs hosted at Launchpad safe to be added & used on Debian?
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Debian 7.0 (64bit) Skype crashes when answering call [closed]

I can make video call using Skype but when I answer Skype crashes and sometimes gdm3 too. LOG : ALSA lib conf.c:4687:(snd_config_expand) Unknown parameters CARD=DX ALSA lib ...
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Why is my keyboard typing the wrong letters?

While surfing with Iceweasel, I tried typing in a Web address, but I found, that every few keys, it started typing other letters instead of the ones I typed. For example, if I typed ...
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Does flashplugin still use mms.cfg?

I was poking around the flashplugin of Adobe for Linux trying to get the Hardware Acceleration working (which my current configuration supports). Then I found several forums/blogs that recommend I ...
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USB3 drive plugged in to PC makes computer hang on “welcome to grub”

I have a Seagate 2TB USB2 hard drive, ext4 formatted. If I plug it in to my system and boot, PC gets stuck at "welcome to grub". If I restart without the USB drive plugged in, the system boots ...
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How to install Cherokee web server on Debian Wheezy?

I'm trying to install Cherokee webserver on Debian Wheezy. All the docs and websites that I've visited suggest that apt-get install cherokee will do it, but when I do that, I see: $ apt-get install ...
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Logwatch ignores self-defined service, but explicit setting --service $service works

I am using SSLH on my server to accept both SSL and SSH connections on Port 443. As the logs of sshd and apache2 show each incoming connection via SSLH originating from 127.0.0.1, I want to add the ...
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System proxy settings not taking effect on Kali (debian 6)

I'm in the process of trying to configure TOR on a Kali installation, as a system-wide SOCKS proxy. I just did this successfully on Ubuntu, and it worked like a charm. I installed TOR & Vidalia ...
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Linux: how to rename cdrom drives

I'm running Debian. I've changed computer, migrating the root partition, a few times. My cdrom drive is listed as /dev/cdrom3. This does sometimes cause some problems. I'd like to rename it to ...