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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Install downloaded packages with dependencies

I sometimes download .deb packages from the internet and install them with dpkg -i package.deb If the packages have unmet dependencies. How can I install the dependencies automatically (similar to ...
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Did I delete the whole debian root server?

I installed a new debian 6 system a few days ago - today I wanted to create a CSR request for a SSL certificate and wanted to delete the CSR file afterwards. In the root of my server I was typing rm ...
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Running Linux virtual machine guest on Linux Host

I have a machine running Debian Linux (stable), but I'd also like a Debian unstable box to use as a sandbox to test and develop. Is there an easy way to create a virtualized Debian unstable machine on ...
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can i modify an .rpm-based system to use .deb files, apt-get and debian/ubuntu repositories?

I recently ran into trouble when installing Debian on a netbook. There were three major hardware/kernel issues that I didn't feel like fixing, and since every single forum/wiki writeup reported the ...
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How to sort updates based on release date on debian testing?

I'm a user of linux mint debian linux distro which is based on debian testing. Debian testing is a rolling release distro. The testing nature of this distro cause some package updates to be buggy. I'm ...
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Is there a way to determine machine hostname without touching “/etc/hosts”?

Considering that I'm in a LAN that assigns IP addresses using DHCP (and that I'm not its administrator), how do I set things up such that when I ping <hostname> (instead of ping <IP ...
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iscsi target to a folder of a mounted parition?

i'm thinking about installing and setting up iscsitarget on my Debian squeeze box. so far, the examples i saw on various Google searches and the debian wiki: ...
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Is there a way to control the delay before shutdown on low battery?

Is there any way to configure shutdown on critically low battery to give me a bit of time before actually shutting down? I've set GNOME Power Manager to shutdown on low battery (hibernating does not ...
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How to get Debian's volume control working with Pulse

I finally configured Pulse to work with every application, however using the volume control on my keyboard still controls the default ALSA selected device. How do I change it so it adjusts the current ...
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Why is clutter not working?

I've managed to install Gnome 3 on Debian testing. However, it is just running in fallback-mode. When want to start mutter or gnome-shell, there seems to be a problem with Clutter: # mutter ...
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Problem to launch java at Debian: “error while loading shared libraries: libjli.so”

I'm trying to launch java: $ java -version java: error while loading shared libraries: libjli.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory $ ldd ...
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How to send non-local mail, with GMail(GApps) SMTP?

I have some (~3) Debian boxes, and I want to post system mail to my non-local mailbox. But I have a problem with configuring exim4. Also I don't like so much exim4's config. Too different, and also ...
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SSH on my local network - problem with login

I'm having problem with logging into my local-network-linux (server) ssh with Putty (and with Linux terminal, too) When my server shows me request to insert username, I insert "root" and I do press ...
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rc.local - not all commands are executed

I have following lines in my rc.local #!/bin/sh -e # # rc.local # # This script is executed at the end of each multiuser runlevel. # Make sure that the script will "exit 0" on success or any other # ...
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How can I run a command for a list of packages?

I tried to install Gnome 3 on Debian Testing following this explanation. However, this didn't work and left me without any graphical user interface. At the moment I try to fix that and I realised ...
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How to get recordmydesktop to record application's audio on Debian/Squeeze?

I'm on an amd64 Debian/Squeeze install on an Intel DX58SO motherboard. I want to use recordmydesktop to record application's audiovisual output. It's important any audio generated by the ...
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Debian and TI usb3410

I have a TI usb3410 usb device (it is a TI MSP-FET430UIF programmer), when connected to my debian machine (running squeeze 2.6.32-5-amd64) it shows up in dmesg as [ 3159.380099] usb 2-1: New USB ...
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Chroot debian squeeze for shell access

A user requires shell access to an Ubuntu server from the WAN side. There are many shell accounts with simple passwords. So shell port (port 22) is blocked in the firewall. For my WAN side user I am ...
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apt-get prompts for CDs when installing packages, how do I make it stop?

I used ubuntu linux before, and I installed debian OS on my labtop using DVDs that I burned. But when I'm trying to use apt-get to install software, the system always asks me to insert disk to ...
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How to check on which drives grub2 has actually installed an MBR?

I'm on a Debian/Squeeze system (with a history going back to at least Woody) which was upgraded to grub2 as part of the Squeeze upgrade. All works well, but I'm about to mess with the disk ...
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Linksys wusb600n support on Debian-6

I'm on my way from Windows 7 to Debian 6. The only problem... I'm not sure about my network adapter. Its Linksys wusb600n and without it - no internet access for me. Does Debian 6 support it? Will ...
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Restoring the old 'lenny' Debian desktop

In lenny, the Debian desktop's default image was the red Debian logo, and it looked like this: However, in squeeze, the desktop has been replaced by this: How can one restory the lenny ...
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What are the different debian package repos?

I know about the ones at http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/dists/README, but there are other ones such as: security.debian.org backports.debian.org archive.debian.org How many are there? Is there a ...
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How to set keyboard layout used to enter password on an encrypted filesystem?

After my upgrade to Debian 6 (Squeeze), the keyboard layout used to enter the password of encrypted filesystem has been changed. How can I revert it back to previous one? My understanding is that, ...
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Debian 6: media keys in gnome-settings-daemon don't work

I am running a minimal Debian 6 x86_64 setup with pulseaudio, alsa and gnome-settings-daemon. Whenever I press a media key, gnome-settings-daemon spits the following out to stderr: ** ...
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WD 'elements' disk spins down, disappears

I have a 1TB Western Digital Elements USB drive connected to a sheeva plug with Debian installed. I use autofs for auto mounting USB drives. Here are the options I currently use. usb1 ...
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browsers don't work(chrome err 137:name resolution failed), but everything is ok in gnome terminal [closed]

My system is debian 6.0. Both debian default brower and chrome don't work. The error is name resolution failed(code:137). I can ping and update software in gnome terminal. Yesterday I installed ...
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Finding an earlier version to downgrade to

On my Debian server, I upgraded the SQLite package to version 3.7.7 but discovered that it contains a critical bug that breaks several things including my Subversion repository. So, I would like to ...
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Debian Squeeze not booting anymore

My machine is not booting anymore. It is a debian squeeze server on amd64 with 4 hard disks and 2 software raids (md4 and md5). You can watch this video of the screen after switching it on. (The video ...
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Debian package issue: files are installing into '/'

I have been recently trying to package a small Python utility to put on my PPA and I've almost got it to work, but I'm having problems in making the package install the binary (a chmod +x Python ...
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How to boot Debian into text mode without using GUI?

How can I boot Debian into text mode? My mouse and keyboard are working in GRUB, but when the login screen appears they don't, so I can't do anything.
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emacs can't open display

Just recently this has started happening; I run: /usr/bin/emacsclient --alternate-editor="" --no-wait -c and get: ERROR: Display :0.0 can't be opened No other applications do this. The output ...
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Debian 6.0 and Intel “Sandy Bridge” (DH67CL) integrated video

Is there a way to get the above to work - I have a quite recent desktop with the hardware and OS mentioned in the title. I was in a rush when first installing it, so I just grabbed an nvidia PCI-e ...
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Fall-back for $VIM is invalid

I am working directly on a dev server and want to build my own vim, for my purposes, not for all system users. The build scenario is: hg clone https://vim.googlecode.com/hg/ vim cd vim/src ...
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PHP package won't install correctly

Yesterday I did apt-get upgrade on my Debian/testing and broke a php5 package. I even tried to remove & purge with apt and dpkg clean apt cache. When installed again clean, it fails with ...
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How to stop a daemon from starting up on boot-up in Debian

There's a few daemons I disable from starting on boot-up. As an example, I use the following: sudo update-rc.d -f postgresql remove I'm not even sure if that command is correct and I don't ...
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SSH cannot connect from Remote computer after a while

I can successfully connect to Debian via SSH. The problem is that after a while — one or two days I think — it depends on the number of times I connect, I cannot connect remotely... only ...
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What does deb-src mean in the sources.list?

I know I can download binary packages from repositories beginning with "deb", but what does deb-src do? E.g.: deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu natty universe in /etc/apt/sources.list in ...
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/etc/hosts in debian resets itself on reboot

I've been having a problem where when our vps provider decides to restart the server (running Debian 5.0.8), the server fails to remember changes to /etc/hosts. All I need is an database alias that ...
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Setup WLAN interface on Debian

I am trying to configure wlan on my dockstar. I installed wireless-tools, zd1211-firmware and wpasupplicant. My /etc/network/interfaces file looks like this: auto lo eth0 iface lo inet loopback ...
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Debian VNC (Remote Desktop) only allowing first connection, then turns off

Basically if I reboot the machine, I can vnc into it (using ultra vnc) but I can only do it once. It seems that the vnc daemon stops working after the first remote desktop session is closed. I have to ...
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EBtales not working

I wanted to go a little bit further and install EBtables (the 2-layer filtering and routing table). The purpose of it was to only allow the minimal necessary(IPv4 and ARP). To test it I ran: ebtables ...
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Fail2ban block with IPtables doesn't work on Debian Lenny. [moved ssh port]

I've recently decided to do some security maintenance. I saw my logs, and there were some tries against my SSH server. At first, I moved away the SSH port from the default 22. After it, I read ...
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How to setup proxy authentication in the Debian shell?

I think that once I used export http_proxy=http://user:password@address:port/ successfully. But now when I use wget it shows Error parsing proxy URL http://user:passwordaddress:port/: Bad port ...
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Tool to monitor in and out data network traffic w graphs and detailed stats

Is there a tool, that can gather stats on network usage? Requirements: Generate HTML (or other format, convertible to HTML) Time line graphs for bandwidth usage, also which hosts use the most ...
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Where can I get Debian initial version ISOs?

I am interested in installing initial versions of Debian on VirtualBox. Can anybody tell me where I can find these ISOs?
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Debian 6 - Disk partitioning too long

I just got a new pc that comes with an empty 250GB 3G SATA Non-Hot Plug 7,200rpm HDD. I decided to install Debian 6 from a USB, I chose the partition to be Guided - use entire disk and set up ...
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Setting up a Gentoo Repository on a Debian Host

I have a debian host, on which i want to setup a private Gentoo Repository for my college. I have started syncing the repository by a simple bash script whose snippet is as follows : ...
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apt-get - autoremove wants to uninstall Gnome

As empathy 2.30 in Debian Wheezy didn't meet all my preferences I tried out empathy 3.1 from experimental, using the command: apt-get -t experimental install empathy I had to find out, this version ...
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Problems with apt-get upgrade on Debian (404 Not Found)

I can't update my Debian Sid system. on running the apt-get upgrade I am getting: maciej@wladyslawa:/etc/apt$ sudo apt-get upgrade Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree ...