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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Sound not working in Debian except in google chrome and test utilities [closed]

Yesterday, I had Archlinux on my Dell Latitude E6520 and the sound was working perfectly fine (I even had the loud beep I couldn't get rid of). Today, I installed Debian and alsa. The first surprise ...
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Templates for startup script?

I need to write a couple of Linux (Debian) startup scripts. Are there any accurate templates available?
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SOCKS proxy configuration on KDE 4.4.5 / Debian 6.0.5

I've been trying to use a SOCKS Proxy which I have been using with success from an Ubuntu 11.4 box with GNOME on my Debian box with KDE.The socks server is bound to the local port 1080 through the ...
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Issue with degraded raid5 after power outage

I have a raid5 that consists of 8 disks. After a power outage mdadm tells me that the raid is degraded. Here is the output: /dev/md0: Version : 0.90 Creation Time : Sat Jul 10 09:08:28 2010 ...
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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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Shell Script to Execute Shell Script to All Subdirectories

I am making a script to simplify my daily tasks. Everyday, I have to grep for a few things inside a company server. It was okay, however, now, they have segregated each object into sub directories. I ...
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How do I test hardware components to find out which one is bad?

Question How do I test hardware components to find out which one is bad? Details I have an old machine running debian as a file server using samba. The other day I was unable to login to my file ...
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Weird Booting Problem with Debian Squeeze

I have a Windows XP/Debian Squeeze (XFCE desktop) dual-boot set up on a Dell Latitude laptop. The Windows XP portion boots fine. However, sometimes the Debian portion does not boot. If it doesn't ...
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Upgraded to Gnome 3.4 on Debian, can't login to my main user?

I get into this endless login-cycle if I attempt logging with my main user - I tried Gnome Classic and regular Gnome, but after I login it sends me back to the login. The only way I can login is ...
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sudo add-apt-repository - command not found (GParted Live CD)

I am trying to burn a DVD using GParted (not a DVD of GParted). I see that GParted uses a Debian distro (Wheezy). I am trying to install dvd+rw-tools: sudo apt-get install dvd+rw-tools Package ...
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Is there any advantage of using Iceweasel and Firefox?

I used Mozilla Firefox in Windows, and now I'm using Iceweasel in Debian 6. Is there any difference to the two programs? What are the advantages and disadvantages to each program? Which one seems ...
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How to find which process is regularly writing to disk?

How can I find which process is constantly writing to disk? I like my workstation to be close to silent and I just build a new system (P8B75-M + Core i5 3450s -- the 's' because it has a lower max ...
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How to backup entire xen dom0 (on debian)

How do you go about creating a bootable backup ISO of my computer (dom0)? I have tried remastersys and this backs up everything but Xen does not work properly. LiveCDs also do not work. Does ...
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Where does package make-doc end up after installation?

I am on Mint 12 KDE. I used Software Manager to install make-doc - "Documentation for the gnu version of the "make" utility". How do I access what was downloaded?
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xfce4 loses title bars on all windows

I'm running Debian Wheezy using gdm3 as window manager and xfce4 as desktop environment. Every so often, when I login, the desktop environment starts OK, but all windows are missing the title bar and ...
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How to install Java Runtime Environment 7 update 5 for x64 arquitecture on Debian OS?

The History: Hey guys I want to install JRE7u5 and not OpenJRE7u5 because, while doing a research on the web I discovery that Minecraft runs better on JRE, than with OpenJRE. The Failure: But the ...
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problem dual booting windows 7 with debian [closed]

I install windows and resize its partition. I then try to install debian in the remaining space. As it's installing the base system, it consistently gives me the following error message: "No ...
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When was this vulnerability fixed in Debian? (CVE-2012-2088 affecting libtiff4) [closed]

I have Debian Squeeze installed on my one of my workstation. On my Ubuntu 10.04 workstation there have been two security updates to the libtiff4 package in the last couple of weeks, addressing the ...
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How to keep upstart installed-always, don't be replaced by sysvinit?

Each time I do apt-get dist-upgrade, the package sysvinit comes back and replaced upstart. Well, I have some scripts written for upstart, and I need to reinstall it every time (typing the annoying ...
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Cannot create “Hello World” module (and NVIDIA, and VirtualBox)

First off, the details. BEFORE: kernel: 3.2.0-2-amd64, nvidia driver: 295.59 AFTER: kernel: 3.2.0-3-amd64, nvidia driver: 302.17-3 My Debian wheezy is kept recent at all times. Actually, doing ...
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Why rootfs is mounted multiple times?

Here you can see two devices are mounted as root: $ df Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on rootfs ...
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Error compiling glib

I am trying to compile glib 2.24.2 under Debian 64bit GNU/Linux 6.0.4 (squeeze) using: gcc 4.0.3 glibc 2.3.6 Configure command: CPP="/home/swarkentin/externalBins/bin/cpp" \ ...
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TrackPoint hard to control after Debian update

I'm on debian testing, and after rebooting (after an uptime of 3 weeks or so, that included a bunch of package updates, I believe including the kernel) the other day, the fine-adjustment - what a ...
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git tab-completion does not work on Debian Wheezy but works on Squeeze

My question is about git command tab-completion, i.e. when I type git stat and hit Tab, it completes the command line to git status. (Where applicable, this also works with remote names and branch ...
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Trouble getting iwlwifi driver working

I just installed Debian and I am having issues getting my wireless working. I installed Squeeze and also the nonfree firmware for iwlwifi. I thought I did everything right but I am still not getting ...
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Xorg freeze with external monitor on Intel Mobile GM965/GL960 ( Debian linux )

I have as issue with my ASUS X80L laptop ( system config: Celeron M 550, 2Gb RAM, Intel Mobile GM965/GL960 video ). I'm running Debian testing on it with X.Org v 1.12.1.902 and XFce 4.8. Every 10-20 ...
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Where does gnome-session/gnome-shell store its configuration?

Long story short; I have a debian system that's been running the unstable tree for over a decade straight (through fire, flames, and multiple hardware upgrades, but that aside). However, a while ago ...
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Backspace, Tab not working in terminal (using ssh)

When I ssh into another machine with Debian with my account(with sudo permissions), my backspace key generates some awkward symbols on pressing. Also Tab & del keys don't work too. On the other ...
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nVidia drivers in Xorg / KDE - performance and stability for different cards

I have a GeForce 250 GTS card and I am using the proprietary drivers in Linux (KDE on Debian Testing). Unfortunately recently I had a lot of issues with stability and performance - I had quite a few ...
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Gnome-core on Debian

I installed only the base debian package and during installation I did not select any of GUI window manager, laptop, or system utilities. So basically I'm running debian from command line, now I want ...
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Rip chapters of a DVD to separate files

I have a DVD with cartoons for kids and there are a couple of episodes on every one of them. How can I rip them such that every episode is in a separate file? I think every episode is written as a ...
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How to prevent arp-scan from writing to syslog?

I am using arp-scan in a bash script to verify that a host is reachable. I have the script setup as a cron job that runs every minute and /var/log/syslog is filling up with the arp-scan output. I ...
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Setting nvidia properties during X-server startup

I am using the proprietary nvidia drivers in KDE (Debian Testing) and as many others experience issues with performance. I noticed that it gets a bit better if I run: nvidia-settings -a ...
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ffmpeg with mp3 support: How to install (use) in user mode?

I want to use ffmpeg and libmp3lame on a stable Debian box. Alas, Debian does not support the libmp3lame package. So, I downloaded the sources for ffmpeg and the lame encoder, configured and installed ...
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How do I install Ubuntu/Mint on top of Debian?

I have a basic dual setup with Linux Debian and Windows 7 (Grub is my bootloader). However, since this machine will be donated to a friend that does not know a lot about computers, I would like to ...
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How do I access a USB serial port without an entry in /dev?

I have a USB to serial adapter based on the SiLabs CP2101 chipset. I'm trying to use it with Debian 5.0 Lenny (armel architecture). I seem to be able to get the proper kernel module to recognize the ...
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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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How to configure ADSL connection using bash?

I know it's possible to configure the modem to automatically connect the internet using a browser, but I want to do it using bash. I would like the network to automatically connect when the system ...
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Reset dselect selection before package installation

I was looking through the list of packages with dselect, but pressed Return twice by mistake, thereby making it confirm and quit the [S]elect option. When I go to the [I]nstall option, it's now ...
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Networking is not starting up?

I have a Raspberry Pi and while its plugged into the network via ethernet, my setup works and I can connect to the static IP. Today I bought a wlan adapter and after install it works great too... but ...
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How can I install my webcam on Debian?

I'm trying to install the webcam driver for my Logitech C210. After some googling Linux UVC driver seems to be what I need. I followed their typical use in hope to get it installed: git clone ...
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How do I change the default text editor in the Debian (squeeze) distro

"Joe's own editor" does not come naturally to me. How do I change to using nano or vim? I've tried export EDITOR=nano but it doesn't seem to be respected. I'd like visudo to respect this as well.
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Configuring default resolution and color depth for RealVNC's vncserver-x11-serviced?

When searching the web for information about how to configure the default resolution and color depth for RealVNC sessions, I always come across stuff that talks about passing commandline parameters to ...
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Setting up Proxy Settings on Debian

During installation of Debian I was asked for a Standard Proxy String in the form of http://user:password@host:port/, which I entered. apt-get ran and retrieved files during update, and now Debian is ...
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Start X in Debian Wheezy

I have been trying for several hours to get to the desktop in Wheezy (amd64 and i386) on Virtualbox but when I execute: startx i just get a slightly different looking prompt. Do I have to do ...
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How to get my bluetooth keyboard to be recognized before log in?

Because I need to use my keyboard to log in, I would like my keyboard pair automatically, pre-log in. I am using Debian squeeze, and am new to linux. All tutorials I have found seem to require the ...
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How can I make Debian run m python script at startup?

I have this script in my home folder (pi): server.py. How could I make Debian run this script at startup so I dont need to log in and to i manually?
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Find and install man file manually

I seem to be missing some man pages, notably gcc and g++. It doesn't help that I specify the section. whereis doesn't list man pages for those two, so I think they are simply not there. With Google I ...
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How to make a module dynamically loadable on Debian?

I'm applying an API from maxmind. They require additional an module for Apache. Now they recommend the command: apxs -i -a -L/usr/local/lib -I/usr/local/include -lGeoIP -c mod_geoip.c ...
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Can i start bluetooth deamon without usb dongle connected?

I'm installing bluetooth for my debian installation (non desktop) and I wonder about the deamon. The guide states that in order to start it I have to type: /etc/init.d/bluetooth start but really, ...