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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Why is my Debian jessie always in runlevel 5?

I have configured the line in /etc/inittab as follows: # The default runlevel. id:2:initdefault: But after logging in the output of runlevel is as follows: N 5 So why am I in runlevel 5 instaed ...
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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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How do I backport Mesa on Debian Wheezy?

This post is continuing a previous one where I tried to compile Mesa 10.0.5: What are the required build dependencies of mesa for Debian-based distros? . Except that this time, I switched to another ...
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Installing Steam on Debian Wheezy

I downloaded the .deb file from the Steam website, but couldn't install it as it complained about having and "outdated" version of libc6. I look around and apparently I have to add jessie sources to ...
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Debian CLI torrent program through VPN

Has anyone successfully set up a CLI-only (no web UI's!) torrent client that can tunnel all of its traffic through a VPN? (Either by sending all traffic through a particular interface or a SOCKS ...
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Make Grub2 boot into Windows/old kernel once

How can I make Grub2 boot into windows or an old kernel once (i.e Windows becomes the default option for once and grub boots into that after the timeout)? The reason being: My keyboard usually hangs ...
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Bring Debian to second Position in the GRUB Menu at startup

So, I currently have BOSS Linux and I am going to install Debian (currently installing right now) And I want my older OS (BOSS linux), on the first position and the debian, (freshly installed) to be ...
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MacBook Pro Retina: huge power consumption

I'm currently running Debian/Jessie on a MacBook Pro Retina 10,1 15" (early-2103). Everything is going well (ethernet, WiFi, retina, etc.) but I worry about its power consumption. laptop-mode manages ...
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How to create a custom debian liveCD (customize which packages are preinstalled)?

How would I do this? I have tried simple-cdd, but it did not work: $ build-simple-cdd FINISHED --2013-08-28 17:57:11-- Total wall clock time: 51s Downloaded: 54 files, 5.5M in 9.9s (568 KB/s) ...
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Partition scheme for installation of Debian

I'm installing Debian Wheezy on a 50 GB partition of a 500 GB Seagate SATA hard disk with 2 GB RAM. I want to use following partition scheme, but stuck at: How much (in percent) of disk space should ...
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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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“Software update” appears empty in Debian, but there are upgrades available

I'm running Debian 7 on vmware workstation. When I run Applications - System Tool - Software Update I just get a blank window, nothing happens. Updating the system works fine with "apt-get update ...
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Writing on NTFS drives (on Debian Wheezy)

I am currently setting up a personal server on Debian Wheezy. My machine is an ARM based architecture (Cubox). The problem appear when I want to mount and use my NTFS external hard drives. The mount ...
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Double GNOME UI elements with Xinerama

I have a Debian 7.0 system which I'm trying to set up with 3 monitors. I'm using a Quadro NVS 420 card with the latest NVidia drivers. I configured it using Xinerama and the nvidia-settings utility, ...
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How to install much newer mpt2sas driver version in debian squeeze?

Linux debian squeeze 6.0.6 (2.6.32-5-amd64) is supplied with quite an old 02.100.03.00 version of the mpt2sas driver. I do wish to install a much newer mpt2sas driver version. In know there are ...
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Where is fsck startet for the root filesystem at boot?

I want to extend an existing Debian 6.0 system so that it is able to automatically fix a corrupt root file system by restoring a separate image. That process should start automatically instead of the ...
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Move / to a new partition

I have Windows 7 and Debian dual-booted on my laptop. I'm getting cramped for space on the Debian side, so I want to remove the Windows partition and use the whole computer for Debian. I'm currently ...
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Keyboard and mouse do not function in Debian

I powered on my laptop running Debian kernel 3.3.0. After the boot process starts the X server and KDE, my keyboard and mouse do not function. Keyboard input works when I use the Recovery Console, and ...
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OpenSSH, chroot user: Root needs to own the user directory, is there any consequence?

I want to create an account for my friend on my computer, but I don't want my friend to be able to view all my files. I saw that with OpenSSH, there is an option for that. Inside the SSHD ...
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Reinstall Debian

I have a Debian based server but I don't have physical access to it and it doesn't have a DVD-drive or similar. I only have root access. Is it possible to format and reinstall Debian just by using the ...
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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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Increasing the size limit for /var/cache/apt/archives

I have 2 systems running Debian at home and I am trying to minimize the bandwidth use while upgrading the packages. How can I increase the size limit of the cache, so that I could just copy the ...
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How do i fix the to address when forwarding with mail/exim?

I am using debian squeeze (i believe, the box doesnt really say) i config exim4 to use gmail and put root: someuser in /etc/aliases then put my email address (name+box@gmail.com) in .forward I ...
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Problem changing the /home directory to another location

I decided to move my /home directory to a separate parition. But, since I am using more than one linux distro, I want to separate the /home directories as follows: /dev/sdax/ubuntu /dev/sdax/debian ...
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Lost mouse pointer in XServer

Have tried many windows managers including TWM, xfce and Gnome, but my mouse pointer is gone. It is invisible, but it performs all the actions. If I do the right click the context menu opens and this ...
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Dual boot debian/Win XP - hidden partitions and primary partition limit

I decided it's (finally) time to make my eee a debian/WinXP dual boot. I have Windows already installed and chose to sacrifice most of an existing data partition for debian. Here's how the partitions ...
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Fixing debian installer

I have a VPS with Debian GNU/Linux on it. I'm trying to install a PHP file manager so that people could access it and download stuff into a directory. I don't have anything in my /bin about PHP so ...
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How do I reinstall software properly in Debian?

I got myself into trouble with mysql on debian lenny (details). I tried these commands: dpkg-reconfigure mysql dpkg --purge mysql-server apt-get install mysql-server mysql_install_db and variants ...
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why I don't have suphp in debian testing

As far as I can see ( https://packages.debian.org/search?keywords=suphp ), we have suphp package in some versions of Debian (in oldoldstable, in oldstable and in unstable) but not in stable or in ...
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auto mount encrypted USB

I've actually just started dabbling in the raspeberry pi but no stranger to hacking around these controllers. Having said that, my knowledge is lacking in a few areas. A little about what I want to ...
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How do I use NMCLI to create a Wifi connection & connect to SSID over WPA?

Environment BeagleBone Black running Debian 7.7 nmcli tool, version 0.9.4.0 I tried some command examples to get started, however none helps me to add a connection and connect. Devices # nmcli ...
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Have SSH on port 80 or 443 while webserver (nginx) is running on these ports

I have a remote Linux (Debian) machine which I'd like to access from a very restricted network. In fact the only two open ports are port 80 (for HTTP) and 443 (HTTPS). On this machine I have nginx ...
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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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_update-rc.d vncserver-x11-serviced defaults_ COMMAND = There is a loop between service rc.local and mountkernfs if started… ERROR

I have the latest version of Debian and have installed RealVNC on it. After installation I tried to autorun RealVNC when the system boots. So I found this: vncserver-x11-serviced - VNC® X11 ...
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xfce4-power-manager not updating; ACPI finding an unknown battery but working fine?

I recently upgraded my Asus S56CA Ultrabook and unfortunately my battery indicator in xfce4 stopped working. I am running Debian 8 (Jessie). uname -a gives me this: Linux 3.14-2-amd64 #1 SMP Debian ...
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Elantech Mouse Touchpad not working well

I have a dual-boot Ubuntu/Debian (GNOME) machine: My mouse touchpad does not work correctly (right-click not recognized, cannot do 2 finger drag and drop/highlight) on Debian, but it does work ...
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What's missing with my SELinux installation?

According to Introduction to SELinux, section 14.4.2, SELinux support is built into the standard kernels provided by Debian. The core Unix tools support SELinux without any modifications. I have ...
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Get an error with apt-get trying to install pidgin

I'm running this as a debian wheezy inside a vm with NAT networking with a win7 host. When I try to install pidgin using sudo apt-get install pidgin I get following error Err ...
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Installation of my custom debian iso failed

I followed this tutorial to create my custom debian CD with build-simple-cdd but I get always an error even I use the basic config. The ISO file is created (named debian-7.3-amd64-CD-1.iso) but when ...
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How to pull dependencies for package/testing from testing

Trying to install a newer version of libav-tools from testing to my otherwise debian-stable installation. I have testing in my sources.list and my preferences look like: Package: * Pin: release ...
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Listing Debian packages which are not fully installed

This is with reference to sudo: apt-get: command not found. On Debian, SSH. This user managed to break his system by installing some packages from wheezy on a squeeze system - not sure why or how. In ...
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Debian Stable libgl1-nvidia-glx:i386 not found (trying to install Steam)

I just installed Debian and now I am trying to set up Steam. I did the first 2 steps in the 64 bit instructions and also installed ia32-libs. But when I run the following: apt-get install ...
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Debian: How to resolve Xserver failure

I keep finding similar posts online but I can't really use the solutions in my case. in my /etc/bash.bashrc file, I have the following code placed at the very bottom: if [ -e /tmp/.X0-lock ]; then ...
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Debian 7 black screen after loading OS

I have laptop Sony Vaio VPCCA with Debian Wheezy(7.1) installed as second OS. It worked fine for few weeks but now if I try to start Debian, there is all the loading stuff and when the GUI should ...
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I messed up my EFI boot, what do I do?

I have Debian Wheezy installed on my computer using EFI boot. It used Grub2 as the bootloader. I then decided to install Arch Linux, using EFI as well, on another partition and chose Grub bootloader ...
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apt-get update won't update - undo /apt-add-repository

When I run apt-get update, this happens: Hit http://dl.google.com stable Release.gpg Hit http://dl.google.com stable Release Hit http://security.debian.org ...
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“No such file or directory” on files that exist? [duplicate]

In the past day, I've found at least 4 binaries that say "bin-name: No such file or directory" when I try to run them. Even if I type part of the name and tab complete it, I get the same error. I'm on ...
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customize and pack a debian image

Given a vanilla Debian I need to: pick a filesystem configure the software ( writing .conf files and edit shell scripts ) install/remove packages install/remove software compiled by me After that ...
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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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Debian unstable: ia32-libs can not be used

After an dist-upgrade within Debian unstable (amd64) I can not use 32 bit programs anymore, because ia32-libs is not possible to install: # apt-get install ia32-libs Reading package lists... Done ...