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 reduce size of swap after a system is already installed?

I'm running Debian Squeeze 6.0.5. Does the use of swap memory make my computer run slower? If so, how can I reduce the size of the swap memory after the system is already installed?
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Console ScreenSaver without X11

I'm trying to setup a very slimmed down console only Debian system to act as a simple slideshow photo display. I know that it is possible to show graphics (I guess using the framebuffer) in the ...
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Problem with keyboard and mouse in gdm3 and lightdm

Linux anarki 3.2.0-2-amd64 #1 SMP Fri Jun 1 17:49:08 UTC 2012 x86_64 GNU/Linux Distributor ID: LinuxMint Description: Linux Mint Debian Edition Release: 1 Codename: debian When my ...
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Installing Unity or Gnome 3 in Debian

I am using Debian 6 .I would like to install any of Unity or Gnome 3 desktop Environments . so guide me how could i do that ?
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How to set up firewall on Debian Squeeze

I have set up Apache, MySQL, PHP, SSH (which I use to connect to the VPS), Node.js, MongoDB and ProFTPd. Now, I want to have a firewall on the system, so that no one hacks the system. For instance, ...
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debian wireless networking through terminal

I'm starting to use the wmii windows manager and I want certain pieces of information to display on a status bar. If I were to want to display the ESSID for the network, I would have to find it ...
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Mounting a multi-partition (GPT/HFS+) USB 2.0 harddrive on Debian

I have a 3TB USB 2.0 hard-drive which has two HFS+ (Mac) partitions using GUID partition table for the partition records. It was partitioned with Mac OS Disk Utility. How can I mount these partitions ...
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How to convert a 32-bit (x86) Debian Wheezy system to 64-bit

I have a 32-bit system which runs on a 64-bit processor. How do I convert it to be all-64-bit, without re-installing? I have seen somewhere that it is doable as a result of the new Multiarch ...
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Viewing Debian documentation offline

How do I read various manuals, guides and howtos, which are usually in the form of deb packages with names ending in -doc and installed in /usr/share/doc directory?
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Is it safe to install KDE along with Gnome?

I want to install KDE on my Linux Mint Debian Edition (which as of 10 June 2012 corresponds with Debian Wheezy). I already have Cinnamon (a Gnome Shell fork) installed, which has regular Gnome 3 ...
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How to install Gnome 3 on Debian Squeeze (Gnome 2)?

I would like to remove my Gnome 2 desktop to replace it with Gnome 3, because I do not want to update to Debian Wheezy. How can I do that?
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Using nmap's sql-injection script to scan a specific web folder

I'm fairly new to linux and nmap. I'm using debian squeeze. I tried installing an SQL-injection script for nmap. I was able to successfully run a test scan agains my web server running Windows. ...
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Debian: program in boot

I just configured my new VPS with Apache, PHP, MySQL and ProFTPd. I wanted to install a smtp server, but I was advised to do a apt-get upgrade first. I did this, and I got up a blue screen where I ...
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Lightest Debian Linux Distribution : Console Only - StandAlone (not net install)

Please suggest to me the lightest Debian Linux release with console only (no GUI). Please don't suggest any net install like netinst. I need an ISO of that release which is capable to boot and install ...
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install 2.6.32.59 on squeeze

I'm suffering from a kernel bug in a production environment. The problem isn't causing a complete outage, but it's degrading service. These are soft lockups. I'd like to try a newer kernel, ...
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How to install a Debian package from internet?

I am trying to install Debian kernel sources using the following commands - sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r) It prompts me to insert the Debian disk to continue the installation. ...
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How to repair the grub on debian

I am loading Linux (Debian Lenny) on VirtualBox but there is apparently something wrong with the GRUB. When I start the system, a grub menu appears: Then I run the following commands: root ...
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Debian monitor unknown and dual monitor setup

I'm running Debian on my laptop (Thinkpad T420 if it matters), and what I am trying to do is setup the native resolution. I want it to be 1366x768 but it's stuck at 1024x768 because when I go to ...
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How to install wine-1.4 in the sid repo?

I want to install the latest version of Wine in my Debian box. There is wine_1.4-0.1_i386.deb in the pool/w/wine/ directory in the Debian mirrors. I have added testing, sid repos in the sources.list ...
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Find out exact CPU model, Mainboard, RAM / server model? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Getting information on a machine's hardware in Linux I have an "older" system here, something before 2005. 1) cat /proc/cpuinfo gives Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU ...
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Is the system time correct when no date has been set?

If I was looking through a debian log file and I come across Jan 1st 1970 08:21:34 in a log, did the action happen at 08:21:34, just the correct date had not been set? Or if no date had been set is ...
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How to disable X support for emacs

After I install emacs package on Debian 7 (Wheezy), when I start it up on a GUI terminal, it opens a GUI (GTK-based). I would rather it just run from the terminal.
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How to make Chinese characters display properly on Chromium

When I use Iceweasel (Debian version of Firefox), I can see Chinese characters found on this page, but not when using Chromium. I instead see rectangles. This is on Debian 7 (Wheezy).
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Nginx Owncloud 4 produces “No input file specified.”

I'm trying to setup an Owncloud 4 instance with nginx as a webserver. The host device is a Raspberry Pi with preinstalled Debian 6. When I try to open the URL to the Owncloud installation in a ...
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How to install gimp 2.8 on Debian Squeeze?

Gimp 2.8 comes with a lot dependencies. How to install gimp 2.8 with dependencies on Debian Squeeze ?
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Linux clean install on an HP ThinClient

I'm having some issues with installing and removing stuff in Linux. I have a HP ThinClient (T5325) and was following these instructions to remove the HP OS and set up a Debian OS: ...
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Is it possible to make a chroot -bind with debian under mac os x lion?

Within Linux (e.g. Ubuntu), it is possible to mount partitions like /home, /etc, /lib from another Linux machine and bind them to /proc /sys /tmp to the host's to actually take control of the mounted ...
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libpangocairo-1.0.so.0: undefined symbol: cairo_has_show_text_glyphs error

I am using Debian Squeeze and I wanted to install Gimp 2.8. I installed a lot of packages dependencies for Gimp but I could not successfully complete the install of the Gimp package When installing ...
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How to see package version without install?

I want to see the version of a package before I install it. How can I do this?
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Login box is not showing (Debian 6)

I have a Debian 6 running in a VM for two weeks now. Today I noticed Debian is not showing the login box anymore. Instead, it shows an information box that when I click on it changes between "Debian" ...
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How do I navigate to sabnzbd.ini in Debian?

I need to locate this file, and apparently it's in ~/.sabnzbd/. Total Linux newcomer here, how do I access that file?
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How to purge package in debian without affecting other packages?

I had mysql-server-5.1 installed, then upgraded to mysql-server-5.5 and now upgraded to percona server (package percona-server-server-5.5). So now I have 2 mysql-server packages removed, but not ...
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debian lenny ftp not working?

I've installed ftp in my debian lenny virtual server with apt-get install ftp and it uses the archive ftp_0.17-18_amd64.deb. But when I type ftp command into my shell there isn't any response? When I ...
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debian, problem with DNS

When I type in "google.com," firefox tells me that the server is not found. When I type in the IP address of google, it works just fine. I was playing with this computer at another place and it ...
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How to configure FOSS ATI drivers on Debian Wheezy and ATI RS880 [Radeon HD 4250]?

Installed a fresh Debian Wheezy to enjoy Gnome 3 but it starts in fallback mode. I suppose that's because the loaded drivers do not support 3D acceleration. Installed packages I know are relevant: ...
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Global cache config of debootstrap

How should one configure the cache of debootstrap globally? I haven't found its configuration file, I have to specify the local mirror all the time.
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Debian: Must pkill -9 twm and then login with twm

I was experimenting with my Debian system (it says wheezy/sid when I log in with tty), and broke it somehow. When I start, there is a black screen with a watch cursor. It stays like that, but if I ...
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Keyboard and mouse do not function in Debian

I powered on my laptop running Debian kernel 3.3.0. After the boot process starts the X server and KDE, my keyboard and mouse do not function. Keyboard input works when I use the Recovery Console, and ...
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How can I expose JAVA_HOME to applications running under X and/or Gnome?

I'm trying to run IntelliJ from Gnome3's Applications menu, but it complains the JAVA_HOME variable is not set. I have the Java installation under my home folder. I managed to export the variable in ...
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How to determine why my computer crashed?

Yesterday, I ran a bash script for about 10 hours. When I went to use the computer, it locked up. I have an Eee PC with Debian. The screen was still visible, but the mouse or keyboard had not ...
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Debian and system clock change?

If I change my system time on Debian which files would be modified? Would it be /etc/default/rcS? Also, is default time on Debian Dec 31 1969?
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How can I determine if my processor is 64 or 32 bit? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I know that my CPU supports 64bit operating systems under Linux? I am running Debian Squeeze, how can I determine whether my processor is 64 or 32-bit? I'm ...
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How to make Compiz start automatically?

I'm using Linux Debian Squeeze and I already have compiz installed. I want metacity stop automatically boot, and instead want compiz to start automatically.
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Running 64-bit Linux with 750 MB of RAM: worth it?

I have a Debian server VPS, and the provider installed 64-bit Debian 5. Should I ask for an 32-bit install, given that I have only 750 MB RAM and I have heard that variables take more RAM on 64-bit ...
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udev randomly mixing up ethernet devices on Debian Squeeze

Installing Squeeze with newer kernels on servers with 4, 6 or more interfaces, I keep getting this really annoying problem: interfaces are always mixed up across cards, and don't even follow ascending ...
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Difference between /etc/init.d/networking restart and invoke-rc.d networking restart

Is there any real difference between /etc/init.d/networking restart and invoke-rc.d networking restart (Debian)?
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debian dead when copy over 1GB

I have a Debian Squeeze system with an AMD64 processor. When I try copy over 1 GB, the computer dies (no reboot, completely down), and the logs don't contain anything useful. The temperature of the ...
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Where does Debian store network connectivity history?

I would like to know if Debian has anywhere where it stores a history of network connectivity- IP addresses/server, DNS etc?
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Udev triggers are not firing on insert of CF card into USB card reader (anymore)

I've got a udev rule that triggers a shell script that copies photos off my CF card when I insert the card into my USB card reader. This worked fine for a while. But after a recent upgrade it has ...
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Repackaging a Debian package

I need instructions on how to do repackage a .deb package. Situation: I have a .deb package for an application with no source. I need to modify a Description field, save the file change and ...