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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How to search for Debian packages by tags?

At Debian's Packages page, one can search amongst the software available on Debian. In the package descriptions, they are categorized by tags, described here. For instance, the package [xterm][3] has ...
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Debian 7 - Kernel Panic after libc6 update

I installed and configured Debian 7.2 Wheezy AMD64 few days ago, I spent days configuring everything out and installing useful apps etc, so finally I tried to install Wine. And what happened? ...
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What are the numbers after the version in the output of apt-cache policy?

This is the output of apt-cache policy firefox firefox: Installed: 26.0~linuxmint1+lmde Candidate: 26.0~linuxmint1+lmde Version table: *** 26.0~linuxmint1+lmde 0 500 ...
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Debian package created by checkinstall overwrites a config file in /etc/default

I'm using checkinstall (1.6.2) to create a Debian package from compiled binaries. "make install" copies two files as follows: install -m 0755 gmediarenderer /etc/init.d install -m 0644 -T ...
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How can I install more recent versions of software than what Debian provides?

Suppose I want a more recent version of software than is available for my current version of an operating system, what can I do? Cases to consider: There are semiofficial/official sources of ...
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Flag a package as being configured on Debian even if it's not

For various reasons, I have a package on my Debian system which cannot configure itself properly. I know why and I don't want to correct the problem right now. However, I want to avoid apt trying to ...
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How can I have a Trash/Recycle Bin for my Samba shares?

I have a couple of Samba shares on my NAS running Debian Squeeze which I access through Windows 7. Deleting any of the files from Windows will completely delete the files from the NAS server. Is ...
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Using root account to give sudo priviledges for a wordpress install [duplicate]

I'm quite new to Linux but I need to install Wordpress on a Debian Wheezy machine. I have been reading tens of websites to prepare for this and they seem to say that Wordpress should NOT be installed ...
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What is the faster way to launch any GUI program from the terminal

What is the faster way to launch any GUI program from the terminal without waiting for its completion and stdout / stderr logging? Now I'm using "program_name >/dev/null 2>&1 & but ...
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How can I paste something to the VIM from the clipboard

How can I paste something to the VIM from the clipboard? In Windows "*p works as expected but in Debian both "*p and "+p doesn't work with both clipboard=unnamed and clipboard=unnamedplus.
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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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How to install Kile on Debian KDE 7.3 32 bit?

For the past week or so, I'm trying to install Kile in Debian 7.3 kde desktop after installing TexLive 2013 from a CTAN mirror (downloading the installer in a home directory, decompressing it in ...
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filter cron emails through procmail?

I'm using postfix/mutt/procmail on a Linux/Debian and I've some trouble filtering cron emails with procmail, I just want to move them to the cron/ maildir directory, but no lucky till now. I've ...
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Change sudo and root password on Debian

I have sudo access, but I don't remember the sudo or root password; how do I change it from my limited account using sudo?
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USB drive permissions when automounting

On Debian there is the common problem, that you try to plug an ntfs formatted USB harddrive and then can't write to it as a regular user to it because the directory belongs to root. A little time ago ...
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Samba - releasing file lock

Our (Windows) users are starting a program from a shared subdirectory on a Debian server. They use samba to access this directory. When we want to release a new version of the program the started ...
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Smarter log rotation

I want to reduce the amount of logs in my system, but reduce them smartly. The general idea is, each time you rotate, look for any warning/error/critical level logs, and keep 2 minutes of log context ...
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Linux md RAID: /dev/md0 vs. /dev/md/0

On newer systems /usr/share/mdadm/mkconf (the script that is used to generate /etc/mdadm/mdadm.conf) tends to use the device name /dev/md/0 instead of /dev/md0: new-system ~ # /usr/share/mdadm/mkconf ...
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Use CloneZilla to backup disk2image (Primary Boot) without CD or USB Drive?

Since I won't be near the physical machine, I need to find a way to disk2image backup/restore the Primary Boot HDD in case I mess it up somehow. How do you use CloneZilla to backup disk2image ...
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How to remove all software

How can I remove all software installed on my Linux distribution? I'm using Debian: $ uname -a Linux debian 3.2.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.2.51-1 x86_64 GNU/Linux I want to go back to the original ...
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Determine 2G or 3G connection

I am using WvDial to dial my USB modem up to my ISP. But how can I tell what network I am connected to: 2G or 3G?
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Updating a driver quirk in kernel

Os : Debian 6 Kernel Version : 2.6.32 I have been recently working with Linux application and now we have some little hard-disk issues where my motherboard doesn't support AHCI through bios. On ...
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Raid5 + LVM2 + grub2: final config and boot

I have a one disk, no RAID, no LVM system based on Debian Squeeze (my old system). I created a RAID array (RAID 5, 4 HDDs) with mdadm (my new system). I installed LVM2 on the new system and ...
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How does Linux winbindd determine available domain controller?

We are actually in preparation of taking down one of our three domain controller (Win2k3). They are all serving the same domain. Actually we still see connections incoming from Debian (5/6/7) Servers ...
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Missing unicode characters

I've just switched from KDE to lightweight slim+xmonad environment and my fonts are not rendering correctly. I use DejaVu font family (default for Debian 7.x) which supports all characters I need ...
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WebGL support on VirtualBox guest

I've managed to install a Debian 7.3 as guest on virtualbox 4.3.6 VM with guest additions, and I'm not able to make work webGL. While I'm able to see openGL working (tried with glxinfo and glxgears ...
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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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List all software installed from particular component (non-free, contrib)

Is there a way to list all non-free and contrib software installed in Debian via apt? /etc/apt/sources.list is as follows deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ wheezy main non-free contrib deb-src ...
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How to create bootable debian usb drive from an existing linux partition?

I've been using linux (ubuntu, debian, and salix) for a few years but have never been able to create a bootable usb drive from within linux. I've always had to use pendrivelinux which is a ...
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Can I set appearance for GNOME Debian?

Is there any tool to set appearance for GNOME Debian 7.2.0? I feel title bar is too thick and font is too big. I'm just leaving Ubuntu for Debian, so I'm not so familiar with it.
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Why do fonts in Debian not look as beautiful as in Ubuntu

I changed my OS from Ubuntu to Debian but I found that fonts do not look as beautiful as they used to anymore. Especially in stackexchange, every character grows thick and bold and not smooth. How ...
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Debian install less than 1 GB.

I need to install Debian with an image less than 1GB, with a desktop environment and reasonable functionality. The Wheezy image is around 1.2 GB and my USB stick is 1GB. I can't understand the ...
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What is the equivalent of apt-key in aptitude?

I'm trying to avoid apt-* commands and trying to use aptitude for all my Debian systems. In my documentations, there is a command written as sudo apt-key add key.asc. How do I convert apt-key add ...
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Installing and uninstalling gnome on debian

I am using debian sid with xfce. I would like to test last version of gnome (I didn't give gnome 3.x a chance). Therfore, I would like to install gnome but, also, to know how to go back to my xfce ...
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Run FileZilla on Debian

I'm new on Debian GNU/Linux, and I installed FileZilla but I don't know how to run it. When I execute this command: dpkg -l | grep -i "filezilla" I get: ii filezilla-common ...
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Same file with different content on every read [closed]

I have a problem with a filesystem here on a storage machine. We noticed, that many of the data that comes out of the systems seams to be corrupt, but only with minor problems like CRC errors with ...
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How to upgrade TurnKey Linux 12.1 to 13.0

I have a Turnkey Linux 12.1 installation that I would like to upgrade to Turnkey Linux 13.0. The upgrade should transition from Squeeze 6.0.8 to Wheezy 7.x. I want to upgrade the Wheezy to utilize a ...
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Debian Squeeze: hide xorg start messages

I have setup up my box so that it I automatically login as root via the command line interface. in bash.bashrc I have these commands: startx ./run.sh in the command line. Right before it starts the ...
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Why do some scripts need constant re-sourcing during debian init?

Studying the init scripts, I'm puzzled as to why some subsidiary functions need to be re-sourced again and again. Specifically the logging functions found in /lib/lsb/init-functions. Every script that ...
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locale not found/setting locale failed - what should I do?

I've installed Debian 7 i386 on my VPS (OpenVZ). Everything works fine, except locales - any attempt to install anything shows: [...] perl: warning: Setting locale failed. perl: warning: Please check ...
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What does /etc/cron.daily/apt do?

Could someone explain what the apt script is doing in cron.daily please? I can't find any documentation on it. NOTE: I'm trying to investigate a server-server communications issue which frequently ...
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Only 5GHz networks showing, 2.4GHz networks hidden

I've just installed debian on my Lenovo E530 laptop and have been trying for the past couple of hours to get the 2.4GHz wireless to work. All of the wireless in my home and most of the places I go is ...
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How to shutdown the computer from SLiM when root login is disabled?

I installed the SLiM login manager on Debian Wheezy and disabled the root account's ability to login, as described in this Debian Wiki article, so sudo <command> must be used to run anything as ...
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dpkg-reconfigure: not found when running in cron

I have a virtual server (debian) and the clock fails to sync from time to time (probably because i save/restore state with vboxheadlesstray). To fix this issue I run dpkg-reconfigure ntp && ...
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Edit apt.conf in Debian 7.1 for Intel 64 bit

Question: Does an end user need to edit apt.conf, if it does not exist? If so, how does one express the following fields in an Intel 64 bit architecture? Architecture Architectures as shown ...
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convert display to monochrome

My Asus netbook has Debian Wheezy. I came across a weird idea. How would it look if my display screen is monochrome. Is it possible to configure X11 to make the display monochrome?
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i3 Window Manager doesn't allow full screen videos on two monitors

I'm currently using i3 Window Manager on Debian Wheezy, and as soon as I open a video in fullscreen (a YouTube video for example), and switch over to my second monitor, i3 reduces the video back to ...
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How to regenerate /etc/apt/trustdb.gpg on Debian?

Suppose one deleted (or damaged) the following file. /etc/apt/trustdb.gpg How to regenerate it?
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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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How can I know how much space software takes? [duplicate]

I am using debian (unstable). My system was partitioning with 9 GiB for /. This is not enough for me and I use already 7,5 GiB. I don't want (for now) to use gparted in order to repartitioning (it ...