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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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 ...
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Security with Kernel IP Forwarding Enabled

I recently enabled IP Forwarding on a production web server that also acts as a VPN server. What, if any, security issues did I just set myself up for? And are there any iptables rules I should set ...
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Chkrootkit warning about infected port 600

I run the Tiger Automatic Auditor on my Debian Linux system, and recently got emailed the following: # Running chkrootkit (/usr/sbin/chkrootkit) to perform further checks... OLD: --ALERT-- ...
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Debian: version numbers (now/then) and changelog for all upgradable packages

I'm currently have both Lenny and Squeeze installations. I want to know how to: list of all packages which are upgradable know their current and future package numbers have the changes (ChangeLog) ...
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Debian PPC on PowerMac G5 boots to blank screen

As a side project, I thought I'd try to throw Debian (squeeze) on an old G5 PowerMac. It installed just fine, but after the bootloader and kernel boot-up output, the screen goes blank. Looks like a ...
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Which Debian Architecture Should I Use? AMD Sempron 2500

I have an old computer with an AMD Sempron 2500 1.7GHz Processor and 512MB ram. I am trying to build a simple NAS for my home office. I downloaded the Debian Small CD file amd64 and i386, burnt them ...
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Disabling (or removing) X from CrunchBang home server

I've just installed crunchbang linux (based on Debian) on some really old hardware (we're talking single cores and DDR memory here) for a simple home server. However, seeing as the hardware sucks ...
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Disabling lid-closure sleep while on battery in Debian Squeeze

How do you disable lid-closure sleep at the GDM screen (not logged in) on Squeeze?
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List available updates but do not install them

I want my cron-run reporting script to notify me in case there are updates for my packages. Is the a way to make apt-get give me the list of available updates but don't do anything more?
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Keyboard Problem with Debian testing and gdm3

I'm driving a Debian testing machine that is running fine. But since testing includes Linux Kernel 3 I have the following problem: While booting all is working (I mean especially the keyboard) - ...
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What reasons would prevent a machine restart from proceeding?

I am in the process of testing a fanless, atom based PC for use in an embedded application. I am running Voyage Linux version 0.7.5 on the machine. This distribution is derived from Debian Lenny. ...
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Dual boot install (Windows after Linux)

Most of the faqs/how-to for dual booting assume windows is installed with 'nix being installed in unpartitioned space. I need to go the other way, i have wheezy installed and need to install xp, so, ...
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Error installing xserver-xorg-video-* package from squeeze-backports in Debian Squeeze

I wanted to upgrade my Intel Core i[357] Integrated Graphics (Arrandale) driver so that DRI would work. But some packages were broken in the middle of the installation. username@hostname:~$ sudo ...
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How do I get DVDs to play in Debian?

I just installed Debian Live and movie or video DVDs do not play. Totem gives me this error: Could not read from resource. Opening the disk in VLC has no response. How can I play DVDs?
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In synaptic, is there a way to always expand “Details” when installing a package?

While using synaptic and update-manager in Debian (I'm using unstable), I always like to see what it is doing while installing and always manually expand the "Show installing files" and "Details" ...
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LXC container network/routing issues

I have been experimenting with LXC virtualisation in order to run virtual machines on a dedicated server, but am having trouble setting up the networking properly. I am using veth bridged networking, ...
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Is there a way to run an ssh server on an Android device?

I'm looking to install Debian over my Android installation so as to be able to use openssh-server, as it's so much better than Dropbear. Is there an easy way to do this, or just to simply install ...
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Private Debian repository to serve selected packages to selected machines

I have a private Debian repository setup with a few custom built packages (along with other official Debian packages). All my machines have this repository(only) configured in /etc/apt/sources.list. I ...
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Running proprietary software on Linux safely [closed]

As a summer project, I'm looking to prevent any piece of proprietary software like many games I run from having access to my personal files. After looking a lot at sandboxing, I've decided that ...
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Using debuild to build shared libraries .deb

I'm trying to package a shared library using debuild to build the .deb file. In runnign dh_make the library option was selected. Have been following this guide Having managed to build the library, i'm ...
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How to make it go back to the CLI after running cnetworkmanager?

I am using Debian Squeeze on my laptop and installed network-manager with cnetworkmanager command line utility to handle my wireless connection. To get connected, I issue the command: me@debian:~$ ...
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Best practices for secure, separated virtualhost LAMP environment

What are the best practices for a Debian Squeeze + Grsecurity/PAX based system when multiple, and therefore insecure, websites must run on the same server? I mean how can I mitigate an attack, so that ...
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Cannot rotate screen in Debian Squeeze

I have 2 monitors which can rotate physically. They are working fine right now as non-mirrored, dual monitors. I went to System -> Preference -> Monitors and tried to rotate the screens. As soon as I ...
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I have an ATI Radeon HD 6300 series video card; what do I use, radeon or radeonhd driver?

I want to install the correct driver for my video card under Debian and I don't know which to install, xserver-xorg-video-radeon or xserver-xorg-video-radeonhd? I've also read some of the ...