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What is the difference between a system with consolekit and the one without it?

First of all, I'm using Debian testing system with standalone Openbox. I don't have systemd, just sysvinit, and I certainly won't use systemd . Yesterday my Debian box started returning messages like ...
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Linux network stops when transferring files [duplicate]

Running Debian, when transferring files from the server to my pc, the transfer is suddenly interrupted. Some smaller files (couple of MB) seem to work most of the time, but bigger files mostly fail at ...
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debootstrap terminates partway through with “stdin: not in compressed format”

I'm on an Arch GNU/Linux system, fully up-to-date (both official repositories and from the AUR). I'm attempting to install a copy of Debian Wheezy so that I can chroot into it and work with the ...
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After enabling SELinux (permissive mode) on Debian Wheezy, gdm3 does not finish loading

I recently enabled SELinux on my Debian Wheezy system, in permissive mode (I have confirmed that it is indeed operating in permissive mode). However, after the file labelling double-reboot, gdm3 ...
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Nvidia Update Problem On Debian 7 Stable

New User Here Guys bear with me! Specs: Debian Stable Weezy Gnome 3 edition 64 bit Video Card: Nvidia GTS 250, CPU: AMD Phenon X4 Quad core History: All was going so well, back-ports was added, ...
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How can I modify route table?

I don't want to delete or add, just want to modify one rule. Is there such a command or do I have to resort to Delete and Add ? Computer is running Debian 6.
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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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top/ps/mpstat showing different output

When my top shows a load of 19/20 and my ps shows root@server:/home/nohup# ps -eo pcpu,pid,user,args | sort -k 1 -r | head -5 %CPU PID USER COMMAND 122131 18695 mysql /usr/sbin/mysqld xxxxx ...
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Should “invoke-rc.d” or “service” be used to restart services?

I'm confused as to which is best and in which circumstances: invoke-rc.d apache2 restart or service apache2 restart Is there a real difference? man service has the following interesting bit: ...
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X server crashes on startup with error message “No V_BIOS found”. How can I fix this?

I am running Debian with an ATI Radeon E6760 graphics card and the amd-catalyst-13.12 driver installed. Everything worked fine for a long time. I started the computer with a scientific linux live usb ...
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Executing backup script on external HDD plug using udev

I have tried to write a custom udev rule to run a backup.sh script when I plug my USB 3.0 external hard disk to my home server. I created a new file in /etc/udev/rules.d called 10-custom.rules. In ...
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Error while building Linux module of a wireless driver

I have recently installed Debian Wheezy onto one of my old computers to test it out and to become more familiar with Unix. To my surprise I enjoy the interface very much so far, but I have run into a ...
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php5-curl installation aborts due to ucf failing on /etc/php5/mods-available/curl.ini

I've screwed my raspbian (debian) installation. To fix this I'm going through reinstalling every single packacke. This is tiresome (or rather: slow) but works in general. Where I'm absolutely stuck ...
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Process specific ulimit still low after changes to soft and hard ulimits

I'm having trouble with increasing the open-files ulimit (ulimit -n) for a particular process on a Debian 6 server. AFAIK I've done everything to change the servers hard and soft limits in this case, ...
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find * looks for a file named “*” on Debian but not on RHEL

Where is the difference? Do these distributions handle something differently? Or does the configuration vary? What do I have to compare and adjust? I would prefer find * not to match the wildcard ...
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ACL is NOT enabled but it's working [duplicate]

How this is possible? ACL is not enabled in /etc/fstab, and I can verify it via manually opening fstab or running sudo mount | grep -i acl. But getfacl & setfacl Commands would work without any ...
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How to sign already built Debian package?

I have a project with a custom build-system, so the Debian package is just one of a targets: I do it with dpkg-deb. But now I want to upload my package to some enterprise repo - and I need some files ...
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How do I scan grayscale with simple-scan?

I really like simple-scan because: It's really simple It has an interface that fits with GNOME setup on Debian (unlike Skanlite) However, I can't seem to be able to set it to scan in grayscale. ...
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Globbing with * in Bash - Debian vs RHEL [closed]

Where is the difference? Do these distributions handle globbing differently? Platforms: Debian Wheezy 7, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. Bash is always used. In my example, cat prints every file in /etc ...
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how to use html tidy on Nginx

I just installed HTML tidy using the following command line: sudo apt-get install php5-tidy yet I have no idea how to use it because I thought it is an auto process that can do things by itself ...
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Add VPN button is disabled in Debian Wheezy/LXDE

I want to configure a VPN connection, so choose VPN Connections->Configure VPN..., and I get to the Network Connections dialog. But the Add button is disabled. How do I enable it?
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Issue installing OpenVPN via apt

Pastebin I wanted to install OpenVPN on my Debian Wheezy server at home, so I could create a tunnel with my phone or tablet from outside my home. We use OpenVPN at work, so I figured it would be easy ...
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phpmyadmin doesn't work after installing php5-mysqlnd

I am currently running into some problems with phpMyAdmin. I set everything up correctly and made sure everything worked. Then later after some developing on some pages I noticed I couldn't execute ...
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Debian packaging with dependency (from the scratch)

I would like to package my software (in C) into a .deb file, but I encounter some difficulties. It would be nice if someone could give me a hand... Let the source code be the following toy example: ...
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Separate /boot partition on USB

During standard Debian install i decided to go with implementing additional security factor which is /boot on separate USB key. In Debian guide I've found it is only put this way. ...
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How to automatically mount an USB device on plugin-time on an already running system?

I know how to use /etc/fstab to automatically mount devices on boot or when doing sudo mount -a, which works perfectly fine. For example, here is my current line for my device UUID=B864-497A ...
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Explanation of version build time as opposed to version number, eg OpenSSL 1.0.1e versus h [duplicate]

Recently, to deal with newly revealed SSL bugs I upgraded my pure Debian distribution. OpenSSL reports a version number of 1.0.1e which is not the latest, however, I am told that it is ok, because the ...
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Direct i2c hardware access

I have a custom hardware, i.mx6q based board, running a custom stripped version of Debian, the usual Linux tools to make life easy are not available. Can I read and write to i2c directly with root ...
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Configuration - apache2.conf on Debian

Excuse me! But this is my second day on Debian, and I already have a lot of questions: I tried to save from the editor php file in / var / www / directory, but I get a message: Unable to save ...
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GNOME doesn't work on Debian Jessie after installing fglrx

I'm using 64bit Debian Jessie and followed these instruction to install fglrx for Radeon HD 7000 series: https://wiki.debian.org/ATIProprietary However GNOME doesn't work after it. I installed ...
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iptables - masqueraded NAT has delayed first hop in traceroute

I'm just in the process of setting up my Linux (Debian-based) router with a PPPoE connection via an ADSL/PPPoA -> PPPoE bridge. The connection works perfectly on the router itself but a traceroute ...
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Installing courier-mta causes sendmail to be installed instead

My Debian workstation will not install courier-mta. The command aptitude install courier-mta appears to complete without error, but actually installs sendmail instead. What I did I'll start without ...
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Who started xterm in my debian xterm+lightdm kiosk system?

I have stripped my full desktop debian 7 x64 to the bare, leaving just xorg and lightdm for a kiosk application. I have changed the lighdm configuration to auto-login a user. When I boot, this works ...
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How to install Uglify on Debian Sid

I have a question about how to install Uglify or Uglify2 on Debian. I'm also wondering whether I have to install Node.js as well. My main goal of asking this question is to minify all my CSS and .js ...
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xdg-open opens a different application to the one specified by xdg-mime query

I run Debian Jessie without a desktop environment (I use the tiling window manager i3) and like to use xdg-open to quickly open files using a preferred application. I have an ongoing problem setting ...
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MC does not apply custom config

I have a fresh installation of Debian 7. Upon using Midnight Commander I noticed that auto indentation is disabled. 'No problem' I told to myself and changed the ~/.config/mc/ini file. Surprisingly ...
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No numlock in screen?

I am using a laptop and Putty on a Windows system. When I connect to my Debian Squeeze server in Bash environment, I can use the "Pos1/Home" or "End" (at the numlock part of the keyboard) to navigate ...
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nginx server config with multiple locations does not work

I have been trying to get this to work for hours now! I would like to set up a simple web server. My web files shall be in /var/www. I also want to have phpmyadmin. I created a directory ...
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btrfs snapshots without subvolumes?

I'm starting to use btrfs. I want to be able to snapshot certain directories but do not want to create sub-volumes. Is this possible?
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Changing password for Debian live

I have a hooks file, in the hooks folder, that looks like this: echo "root:rootpw" | chpasswd echo "user:userpw" | chpasswd After boot, Debian asks for user and password. When I type user along ...
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How to verify that package-installed files match originals?

Let's say I have an installed, working and up-to-date system, and want to verify that all package-installed files on it are the same as those packaged by the respective package maintainer. In effect, ...
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An obscure autotools error with Epson iscan project

I'm seeing the following error when attempting to build iscan using the master branch on Debian wheezy. This project provides support for Epson scanners, in cases when SANE doesn't. This project ...
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What is bitwise.c~? [duplicate]

I am new to Linux Debian and I am trying to made a program to experiment bitwise operators. The name of the program is bitwise.c Before compiling the program, I decided to look at the directory just ...
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How can I install only the basics in Debian?

I'm new on Debian, I moved from Ubuntu and I need to install a light distro on my laptop. I want to use in text mode. I just want to use gcc, nano, ghci, javac and some text browser. But when I ...
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DHCP server not responding to requests from KVM guest

I've setup a DHCP server on my Debian server (Proxmox) so that I can provision IPs to my KVM guests on the server automatically. For some reason the DHCP server (isc-dhcp-server) isn't responding to ...
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xscreensaver and keyboard layouts

xscreensaver doesn't show which is the current keyboard layout, so sometimes I can't enter my password, because I've switched to Cyrillic without knowing it. I found a discussion about the same ...
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Madwifi VAP (and wlanconfig) modern equivalent

It appears that the Madwifi project is deprecated, so I am curious if there is a replacement for the wlanconfig utility that allowed users create Virtual APs. I did search for wlanconfig in my package ...
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Installing and setting the default desktop environment in Debian

I recently installed Debian wheezy in my laptop using Debian netinst iso image. I would like to install latest gnome desktop environment but mistakenly downloaded the net installation iso and I also ...
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Best filesystem format for Samba between Linux and Windows [closed]

I've made some researches but I don't find what I need. I have a Linux based server (under Debian 7.1) and several Windows computers. On my server I have some HD which I want to use as external hard ...
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Debian: pulseaudio sink volumes syncing?

Running Debian jessie with pulseaudio, sometimes I would use pavucontrol to adjust volumes of different applications at varying levels. Then when I would forget about it and adjust the volume using ...