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 come I suddenly don't have any audio?

Just a few minutes ago my sound was working, and then it stopped! I suspect it was caused by me checking out some video editors. How do I go about troubleshooting this? What I've so far tried: I ...
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How to list currently not installed packages?

I'd like to output a list of all, currently not installed, packages (they are visible in Synaptic for example) using only shell commands. How do I do this?
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How to build-compile a .c file

I have little experience with LINUX . I am using Debian. It has a library glibc which has several useful programs. iconv is the program that i want to use to do several charset conversions... However ...
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Debian 6.0 RC1: Cannot login as root and user is not a sudoer

After installing Debian 6.0 rc1, I can't do anything as administrator because I cannot login as root (but I did setup the password during installation) and user is not a sudoer either. Did I miss ...
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Why did my sudoers file suddenly reset itself?

After setting up Wave in a Box on my Debian server, I started noticing strange things happening: I could no longer use sftp to transfer files, and even worse, I couldn't run any sudo commands! ...
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I can't use or find the google debian unstable/sid repository

I'm trying to use the debian unstable/sid branch of the google repositories (deb http://dl.google.com/linux/deb/ unstable non-free main), but I get errors: Err "http://dl.google.com" ...
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Upstart on Debian?

I created an upstart script in Ubuntu, thinking it would be the same for Debian. But Debian doesn't have a /etc/init folder that Ubuntu has. I went to the upstart download page and seeing that they ...
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How to install Python 3.x on Debian?

Being new to Linux, I chose Debian for my Linode because it seemed stable and secure. Now I want to write some sysadmin-type scripts in Python to teach myself the language. Based on this SO question ...
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Share Internet connection from a Debian laptop to a FreeBSD desktop

I have this situation: My Debian laptop is connected to the Internet via its wlan interface through my wireless router. Recently I decided to install FreeBSD on a very old machine (a celeron 300Mhz) ...
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Simplest way of forwarding all mail from server? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lightweight outgoing SMTP server I am looking for a minimal mail solution (MTA) for a headless server which generate e-mails for local users and and fully qualified ...
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Install new kernel in PowerPC debian

I compiled a new kernel image on x86 using cross compiler with these commands (source): $ cp arch/powerpc/configs/pmac32_defconfig .config $ make ARCH=powerpc menuconfig $ make ARCH=powerpc ...
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For deploying a public-facing webapp, which between Testing and Stable to use some weeks before release?

Which do you recommend? Some POVs to consider: stability available packages life kernels or any other reasons? [note] This question was originally a request for recommendation between Debian 5 ...
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jetty repositories for Debian lenny 5.0?

This is my current sources.list, and I wish to install libjetty-java, libjetty-extra-java, and jetty, in that order. However, the packages are not found, and I resorted to downlaoding the debs from ...
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simultaneously share /dev/videoX with multiple applications?

the goal is to use the same webcam for video chat apps and for home security at the same time. Currently, the webcam is working just fine with either VLC (or mjpg-streamer) and with Kopete - just not ...
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How to stop avahi-daemon

I'm trying to disable avahi-daemon. I tried to modify the file /etc/default/avahi-daemon, setting the AVAHI_DAEMON_DETECT_LOCAL=0 instead of 1, but when I connect to a network it starts anyway; is ...
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Debian/Grub2: Moving root partition to new drive?

Does anybody have a suggestion for how to move the root partition to a new drive and set up grub2 to boot on that drive? I seem to have no luck instructing grub-mkconfig what it is I want to do (e.g. ...
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What's up with this 'gnome' package?

I have recently grown tired of the way Rhythmbox starts up every time I plug in my MP3 player. I know I could simply disable this, but I've decided to uninstall Rhythmbox instead. It's such a ...
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Wireless card won't connect right away

I have a netgear wg311 wireless card on my Debian machine. I have it connected using wpa_supplicant. When I type this. wpa_supplicant -c/etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf -iwlan0 -Dwext I get ...
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How to install kvm in Debian (Lenny) over powerpc

I am emulating powerpc using qemu-system-ppc on top of x86, and running debian-lenny-ppc with it. I want to install kvm inside that debian. I have learned that the kvm and qemu-kvm packages are not ...
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Why is GDM 2.20 still in Squeeze? [closed]

Both gdm (based on 2.20) and gdm3 (based on 2.30) are available in Debian Squeeze. Supposing that gdm3 should replace gdm, why are they both still supported?
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How to get started with CentOS?

I've been working with Debian GNU/Linux for a long time and am very proficient with it. However for a new project I've got to got familiar with CentOS ASAP. So my Question is: How do I get started ...
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Getting wireless card to work in Debian with wpa_supplicant

I'm having difficulty getting a Netgear WG311 network card to work with Debian. Here is a screenshot showing ifconfig wlan0, iwconfig, network interface cards, and wpa_supplicant configs: I ...
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How to ensure the bluetooth is switched off after boot up?

Please show me which magic button to press for the case where I'm tired of manually switching off the distracting bluetooth light on my laptop after every boot-up.
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Wi-Fi constantly disconnects

Using either NetworkManager or Wicd to manage wireless networking on my Wi-Fi-powered laptop, too often I get randomly disconnected, and I see these messages on /var/log/syslog: Dec 10 05:21:26 ...
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How to get Nautilus to “Open with Archive Mounter”?

I see Ubuntu screenshots showing that one can right-click an ISO, and have an option to "Open with Archive Mount". How do I get that running elsewhere where it isn't default (Debian in my case)? This ...
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How can I chase a program who is rising up my laptop's temperature?

After 40 days of non-upgrading I came back from a trip and I decided to dist-upgrade my Debian Sid box. Everything went fine but after rebooting I noticed that the temperature was 15°C over its ...
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My Fedora 13 crashes several times a day

Reported bugs through bugzilla, anything else I can do? I'm actually a bit disappointed as a friend of mine is a network admin and he told me they have a linux server that has not been rebooted for a ...
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How to do a recursive download with gwget (wget frontend)?

I usually run wget with the -np -r options, but it doesn't include a preview of the queue size, so I'm checking out the wget frontend gwget (on debian). I can't get the recursive option to work; does ...
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Why did Debian create the DFSG?

I'm curious why Debian created the DFSG when the FSD already existed. There are some differences (conflicts) of course, but was that the main motivation?
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Reassign Ctl and Alt keys - xmodmap error

I am attempting to remap my keyboard in order to make emacs usable. My ergonomic keyboard puts its single Control key in an isolated 4-key island way off to the left. The OS is Debian squeeze. Here ...
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Why is Debian not creating the 'wheel' group by default?

It appears to be Unix tradition that a wheel group is created automatically, but Debian (and children, naturally) doesn't do so. Is there a rationale somewhere? Where else have you seen this tradition ...
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What is Debian's stance regarding GCJ and OpenJDK?

Both OpenJDK and GCJ are available for install on Debian, and now I wonder what's happening. Don't these provide same functionality?
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Access to original contents of mount point

On my headless NAS I have sdf1 (a flash-card) mounted as / while /home is mounted from lv00 (an LVM volume backed by a software RAID). To be able to access the machine when the RAID fails, I have a ...
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How to get GNOME volume applet back?

I'm running GNOME 2.30 (Squeeze) and have lost my Volume Control applet. I can't find it in my Add to Panel window. [update] Note that the Volume Control applet appears again in the window, and I ...
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Setting up a wireless to ethernet bridge

I am trying to set up a temporary network using the following hardware [Wireless Router]))) )) ) [laptop] ----- [Desktop] ^wifi (debian) ^ethernet ^(3com Audrey) Looking ...
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Why is there a separate package repository for Debian security updates?

Why don't they upload packages to the normal package repository? Is this a general convention (IE, do other distros separate the repositories also)?
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What can I do when apt-get/aptitude doesn't create a menu item for an installed program?

Obviously, this question is specific to Debian-based setups. I find that, often, packages I install using aptitude or apt-get only say that a menu item has been created. No menu item actually ...
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Xorg partially working for a font error

in my Debian stable, when I execute: startx as normal user the Xorg server begin to work, but after some second I recive in console this error: FreeFontPath: FPE "/usr/share/fonts/X11/misc" ...
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How to install Fedora from an ISO on a USB?

I have a Fedora 14 x86_64 iso image and I want to install it using a USB stick. How do I get this stick to boot up, and use the image to start the installation? I'm running Debian.
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Debian sed: can't read

I'm trying to run a command to remove require_once from php files from here (code below), but I am getting the error: sed: can't read -: No such file or directory I am in the correct folder; ...
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How to make a distro be fullscreen on VirtualBox?

I'm running Debian as host and I fail to get Debian, Ubuntu, and Fedora guests to be fullscreen. Changing video memory didn't help. NOTES: I haven't tried any other distro I didn't create WinXP ...
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TightVNC not running gnome-session

I have a Debian Lenny box with Gnome desktop. I've installed Tightvnc server on it and would like to see a Gnome session when connecting from another computer using VNC viewer. But for some reason it ...
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upgrade xdebug without using apt?

I'm running debian 5.0.6 and have installed xdebug 2.0.3 via aptitude. Now I want to install PHPUnit, and when trying to do it through pear, I get the error that PHPUnit wants a more recent xdebug ...
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In new users's home directory create sub-directory with a specific group and permissions

Linux will copy the the contents of /etc/skel when a new user is created. I want to have a sub-directory in each user's home directory, MyStevedore. I want this directory to have the owner be the new ...
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31 Debian CDs — Why? and which do I need for a vanilla desktop install?

I've been using Linux (Ubuntu) for a couple of months now, and I want to try Debian to see how different it is. Well, I've already found a couple of differences.. The first one that Debian-Live ...
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How to install Adobe Acrobat Reader in Debian?

I've got deb http://debian-multimedia.org squeeze main in "/etc/apt/sources.list", but wajig update && wajig install acroread results in: E: Package ‘acroread’ has no installation candidate ...
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How to upgrade PHP to 5.3 on Debian 5.0 (Lenny)?

I currently have PHP 5.0 installed on my Debian VPS and was wondering how I would be able to upgrade it to PHP 5.3 and keep all of my installed modules running.
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What is $debian_chroot in .bashrc?

What is the debian_chroot variable in my bashrc file? and what is it doing here? PS1='${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\u@\h:\w\$ '
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Debian server on a Intel Core i3 and Intel Q57 Chipset - will it work?

I want to build a Debian server (running samba, postfix, apache - without X11) on a Intel Core i3 / Intel Q57 Chipset system. I'm relativly new to the Linux-World but had driver issues already within ...
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PPC Debian: eth0: switching to forced 10bt / 100bt

I recently installed debian on an old G4 iMac, and everything is working fine except that the console is constantly spammed with alternating eth0: switching to forced 10bt eth0: switching to forced ...