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How to write init.d script log messages to disk?

I'm running Debian wheezy. Many scripts in /etc/init.d/ use various logging functions defined in the Linux Standard Base, like log_success_msg and log_warning_msg. The LSB documentation seems a bit ...
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Why can't I use arrow keys in terminal on Debian 6? (nonroot)

When I am on a non-root user I cannot use ↑/↓ to list my previous commands, and if I am typing I can't use ←/→ to say, add in a directory or to correct the ...
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How to install / parse build dependencies from debian/control?

Let's suppose you downloaded a source code folder, that contains an existing /debian/ folder as well as /debian/control file. Let's suppose the package in question is not in Debian official ...
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Debian: An MTA just to solve dependencies, not because I really need one

It has bothered me for years that with every new Debian installation, a full MTA (Mail Transport Agent) was installed even if I had no desire to use the machine as a mail server. The MTA was necessary ...
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How long are Debian stable releases supported? like Debian Wheezy

I am Ubuntu user; while I know that Ubuntu 12.04 is LTS and will be supported until April 2017, I'd like to know what the projected support lifetime of Debian Wheezy will be.
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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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How to fix mpt2sas “port enable: FAILED with timeout (timeout=300s)”?

Since having set the drives attached to an LSI SAS 2008 controller to "Power up in standby", these drives are no longer being detected. Power up in standby is also known as PUIS, POIS or "ATA6 power ...
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Failed at step EXEC spawning /bin/plymouth (Debian testing)

After I performed a dist-upgrade on a Debian testing (Jessie) instance, I can no longer boot. I'm marooned at the command prompt: Welcome to emergency mode! After logging in, type "journalctl -xb" to ...
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Why is mono-complete completely outdated on all versions of Debian?

The current stable Debian 7/Wheezy is running on my server. With apt-get the latest mono version I can get is 2.10 which is three years old. I looked up the mono-complete package and even on unstable ...
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Fix held broken packages on debian?

I want to begin exploring moving myself away from google apps, because it's expensive, and it looks like citadel has all of the groupware functions I need. So I am trying to install citadel-suite ...
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Reset running process when certain ammount of memory is consumed

I'm running a Hydra on Rasppberry PI. There were some problems with the program, but aside from these, there is a hidden memory leak in the program. The source is pretty big and really can't find the ...
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Debian: unable to set up SELinux

I'm trying to set up SELinux on Debian 6 according to (the instructions reported on the Debian wiki). I've run this commands: apt-get install selinux-basics selinux-policy-default selinux-activate ...
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How to find out if a specific package is installed on Debian?

I'm working with a Raspberry Pi B+ and Raspbian 5/5/2015 and some guides that are a few years old. I've got an external NTFS HDD hooked up to the Pi. Due to the articles age(s), common practices ...
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What is the difference between all of these Debian version numbers?

In attempting to find the version of Debian I am running, I have run several commands; the confusing thing is, nearly all of these commands return different results. For instance, in /proc/version I ...
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Unlock LUKS encrypted Debian root with key file on boot partition

I'm trying to decrypt the Debian root with a key file stored in the boot partition (decrypted partition). This will break the security, but it doesn't matter now. I have to conclude this successfully ...
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What provides LSB virtual boot facilities for Debian?

Debian's version of Sysv init uses scripts which reference various LSB "virtual" boot facilities such as $local_fs and $network as requirements for use by insserv in setting up the boot sequence, but ...
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Google Chrome Repo (Debian Stable)

I need to install google-chrome on debian stable. Is there any way I can add the google's repos and have always the recent version of chrome installed?
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ntldr.mod missing from GRUB2

I use Debian Wheezy on EFI motherboard and need ntldr module in GRUB2 to load bootmgr of Windows 7 installer, because the way it starts on its own (apparently, using the boot sector of the USB flash ...
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Map IDE drive to /dev/hda

I run a small home server with one IDE drive (for the system) and a few SATA drives (for a software RAID). The IDE drive used to be at /dev/hda and the SATA drives at /dev/sd*. After a power outage ...
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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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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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Unpredictable memory explosions

The main server at my company has recently been having a lot of downtime. For reasons that neither I nor the other admins can determine, it has random (VERY sudden) explosions in memory. It becomes ...
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Turn down the Energy Efficient Ethernet (eee) aka Green Ethernet

This is what is the Energy Efficient Ethernet. The problem is, that in lot of environments it conflicts with other features and stuff so i really need to disable it. I read that something can be ...
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Mount hard drives in the same order in debian

How can I mount the hard drives always on the same /dev/sd? node? For example, how can I make the hard drive with the UUID xyz to be mounted always on the node dev/sda? The reason why I want to do ...
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How to make a local template for a linux container and point to that

I am a newbie to the world of Linux Containers. I looked at quite a few webpages, wikipedia and checked out the questions at stackexchange but without any answers. Maybe my 'keyword fu' is not strong ...
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How to find the packages that depend on a certain package in apt?

How can I get, not the dependencies of a package, but the packages that are depending on a certain package? I'm on debian 6.0 Squeeze-LTS (the first-time extension to squeeze for long term support!) ...
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USB keyboard doesn't work with Debian installer

I have a wired USB keyboard. I've written the latest netinstall Wheezy image on my USB pendrive (using dd). It boots but the installer doesn't recognize the keyboard! (The same pendrive works on my ...
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Connect to the Internet on a VPN connected server without Internet

I've a remote server which is not connected to the internet, but I can connect from via SSH to it through a VPN tunnel. On this client I got internet. Is it possible 'get internet' from the client ...
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Removing Debian Installation Prompt

I attempted to install Debian through a CD, with the initial .exe working fine. However, when I rebooted and went through the installation procedure, my system could not tell that there was a disk ...
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Installing JDK 7 on debian

So I just rented a dedicated server running Debian, and I know nothing about Linux. Anyway, I want to install the JDK 7, first I connected through SSH and granted myself administrator rights by ...
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debian wireless networking through terminal

I'm starting to use the wmii windows manager and I want certain pieces of information to display on a status bar. If I were to want to display the ESSID for the network, I would have to find it ...
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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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How to build all of Debian

Let's assume: I have a mirror of the source repository locally. I only want to build for the architecture I'm running, which is i386 in my case. I'm not interested in customisation. In fact, I want ...
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Difference between make-kpkg and make deb-pkg

I would like to know the exact difference between make-kpkg and make deb-pkg . This question asks almost the same thing but with no satisfying answers. Previously I was using make -j `getconf ...
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Descriptive message services

I have Debian 8 jessie installed on my Laptop, before when I had a Debian 7 wheezy, the system startup and shutdown showing descriptive messages such as these: Now on debian 8 jessie, when I start ...
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Make does not compile modules. Error: Building modules, stage 2. MODPOST 0 modules

I have banana pi and installed debian with kernel 3.19.3-bananapi from http://www.igorpecovnik.com/2014/09/07/banana-pi-debian-sd-image/ So I want to compile a module so I downloaded kernel from ...
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Adding Kali repositories has changed the output of lsb_release on Debian host

I installed Kali in virtualbox with Debian as my host. I've done it several times. But, when I reboot my host I noticed Debian is missing from the list of OS'es in the GRUB menu. It's showing Kali. ...
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How to make PulseAudio and OSS only applications coexist on Debian Wheezy?

Before I fell back to ALSA, I had severe problems with PulseAudio deadlocks for years on my Debian system on which I am using some OSS only (requiring /dev/dsp) applications. I would like to see ...
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Debian - how to run a script on startup as soon as there is an internet connection ready for use?

I am running Debian 7 Wheezy and I need to start some screens on startup as soon as there is a fully functional internet connection. However, not, if the internet connection broke and was connected ...
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What is the correct way to fix the configure error: “Requested 'libdrm_nouveau >= 2.4.33' but version of libdrm_nouveau is 0.6”?

This issue came up when trying to assist a user with the questions: What are the required build dependencies of mesa for Debian-based distros? and How do I backport Mesa on Debian Wheezy?. Mesa on ...
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How to hibernate in Debian Jessie

When I use the "hibernate" button in the Xfce menu on Debian Jessie (testing) The system seems to correctly hibernate and power off. Then when I power on again to resume it hangs before X is started ...
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How to create a Debian live USB with persistence?

I would like to use Debian wherever I go by installing it on a USB flash drive, but I'm not sure how to make it save the settings and be able to install/update packages without loosing them on ...
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Debian 7.3 (stable) with GNOME 3.4.2, new Nautilus accel won't stick

Since I've been using Debian with GNOME 3.4.2 (default version upon installation), I've always used the dconf editor to change the delete accel back to the normal delete instead of <ctrl>delete, ...
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How to trigger mount/umount before/after hibernation?

How to trigger mount/umount before/after hibernation? I use s2disk. Note: Debian
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“wpa supplicant: No network configuration found for current AP” - carl9170-driven wifi adapter glitching on Debian 7

I've got a Debian 7 machine with Linux3.2 kernel and a USB wifi adapter with Atheros chipset (D-Link DWA-16 Xtreme N Dual Band), which in theory should work. Indeed, I managed to establish a wifi ...
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Arch CPU temperature much higher than on Debian [closed]

I switched to Arch Linux from Debian/Crunchbang and noticed much higher temperature. It's almost the same configuration: openbox, etc and Arch runs with 57-70 °C but Debian works with 43°C - 50°C I ...
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Debian - install missing man pages?

I run RaspBMC - a distro based on Raspbian, that's a custom minimal Debian for the Raspberry Pi. If I recall correctly, the man utility is NOT installed by default with RaspBMC (although I may be ...
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Qt based apps have unreadable, tiny font sizes

I'm running debian squeeze with Xfce 4.6. Today I logged onto my machine and all Qt-based apps have really tiny font sizes. I took a screenshot with Kile, skype 2.6, Kate and gedit for comparison: ...
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debian, problem with DNS

When I type in "google.com," firefox tells me that the server is not found. When I type in the IP address of google, it works just fine. I was playing with this computer at another place and it ...
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“lsmod |grep audio” doesn't return anything?

I am running Debian Squeeze. I installed and removed Gnome3 and reinstalled Gnome2.x (epic fail and stupidity) and in the process I have lost audio, lspci returns following # lspci | grep Audio ...