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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Wicd cannot detect wireless networks on Debian 6 testing, Xfce, fresh install

This is on a fresh Debian 6 testing install on my U100Plus MSI Wind netbook, running with Xfce desktop environment. My laptop's wireless connection works flawlessly in Xubuntu without manual ...
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Debian linux installation cannot play sound

I am trying to get my Linux installation to play musix. I have debian linux. The contents of /etc/debian_version are: 6.0.2 I cannot seem to get any sound to play from my speakers and after looking ...
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How do I make a gnome window only available on some workspaces?

Disclaimer: Actually using Debian here, not Ubuntu, but I am knowledgeable enough to find the right packages, and compile my own if needed. I am a rather heavy user of the Multiple Desktops ...
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Unmet acroread dependencies preventing Synaptic install

In Synaptic I am getting the error: acroread: Depends: acroread-l10n-en but it is not going to be installed or acroread-l10n Depends: acroread-debian-files but it is not going to be installed ...
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Command to install linux headers fails

I need to install my linux headers for an Nvidia driver install. But I get an error when doing so: peter@peter-deb:~$ sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r) Reading package lists... Done ...
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Security with Kernel IP Forwarding Enabled

I recently enabled IP Forwarding on a production web server that also acts as a VPN server. What, if any, security issues did I just set myself up for? And are there any iptables rules I should set ...
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Chkrootkit warning about infected port 600

I run the Tiger Automatic Auditor on my Debian Linux system, and recently got emailed the following: # Running chkrootkit (/usr/sbin/chkrootkit) to perform further checks... OLD: --ALERT-- ...
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Debian: version numbers (now/then) and changelog for all upgradable packages

I'm currently have both Lenny and Squeeze installations. I want to know how to: list of all packages which are upgradable know their current and future package numbers have the changes (ChangeLog) ...
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Debian PPC on PowerMac G5 boots to blank screen

As a side project, I thought I'd try to throw Debian (squeeze) on an old G5 PowerMac. It installed just fine, but after the bootloader and kernel boot-up output, the screen goes blank. Looks like a ...
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Which Debian Architecture Should I Use? AMD Sempron 2500

I have an old computer with an AMD Sempron 2500 1.7GHz Processor and 512MB ram. I am trying to build a simple NAS for my home office. I downloaded the Debian Small CD file amd64 and i386, burnt them ...
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Disabling (or removing) X from CrunchBang home server

I've just installed crunchbang linux (based on Debian) on some really old hardware (we're talking single cores and DDR memory here) for a simple home server. However, seeing as the hardware sucks ...
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Disabling lid-closure sleep while on battery in Debian Squeeze

How do you disable lid-closure sleep at the GDM screen (not logged in) on Squeeze?
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Keyboard Problem with Debian testing and gdm3

I'm driving a Debian testing machine that is running fine. But since testing includes Linux Kernel 3 I have the following problem: While booting all is working (I mean especially the keyboard) - ...
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What reasons would prevent a machine restart from proceeding?

I am in the process of testing a fanless, atom based PC for use in an embedded application. I am running Voyage Linux version 0.7.5 on the machine. This distribution is derived from Debian Lenny. ...
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Dual boot install (Windows after Linux)

Most of the faqs/how-to for dual booting assume windows is installed with 'nix being installed in unpartitioned space. I need to go the other way, i have wheezy installed and need to install xp, so, ...
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Error installing xserver-xorg-video-* package from squeeze-backports in Debian Squeeze

I wanted to upgrade my Intel Core i[357] Integrated Graphics (Arrandale) driver so that DRI would work. But some packages were broken in the middle of the installation. username@hostname:~$ sudo ...
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How do I get DVDs to play in Debian?

I just installed Debian Live and movie or video DVDs do not play. Totem gives me this error: Could not read from resource. Opening the disk in VLC has no response. How can I play DVDs?
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In synaptic, is there a way to always expand “Details” when installing a package?

While using synaptic and update-manager in Debian (I'm using unstable), I always like to see what it is doing while installing and always manually expand the "Show installing files" and "Details" ...
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LXC container network/routing issues

I have been experimenting with LXC virtualisation in order to run virtual machines on a dedicated server, but am having trouble setting up the networking properly. I am using veth bridged networking, ...
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Is there a way to run an ssh server on an Android device?

I'm looking to install Debian over my Android installation so as to be able to use openssh-server, as it's so much better than Dropbear. Is there an easy way to do this, or just to simply install ...
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Private Debian repository to serve selected packages to selected machines

I have a private Debian repository setup with a few custom built packages (along with other official Debian packages). All my machines have this repository(only) configured in /etc/apt/sources.list. I ...
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Running proprietary software on Linux safely [closed]

As a summer project, I'm looking to prevent any piece of proprietary software like many games I run from having access to my personal files. After looking a lot at sandboxing, I've decided that ...
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Using debuild to build shared libraries .deb

I'm trying to package a shared library using debuild to build the .deb file. In runnign dh_make the library option was selected. Have been following this guide Having managed to build the library, i'm ...
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How to make it go back to the CLI after running cnetworkmanager?

I am using Debian Squeeze on my laptop and installed network-manager with cnetworkmanager command line utility to handle my wireless connection. To get connected, I issue the command: me@debian:~$ ...
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Best practices for secure, separated virtualhost LAMP environment

What are the best practices for a Debian Squeeze + Grsecurity/PAX based system when multiple, and therefore insecure, websites must run on the same server? I mean how can I mitigate an attack, so that ...
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Cannot rotate screen in Debian Squeeze

I have 2 monitors which can rotate physically. They are working fine right now as non-mirrored, dual monitors. I went to System -> Preference -> Monitors and tried to rotate the screens. As soon as I ...
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I have an ATI Radeon HD 6300 series video card; what do I use, radeon or radeonhd driver?

I want to install the correct driver for my video card under Debian and I don't know which to install, xserver-xorg-video-radeon or xserver-xorg-video-radeonhd? I've also read some of the ...
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How do I install LXDE and the X Window System on Debian Squeeze

I recently did a netinstall of Debian Squeeze and during the install I unticked Desktop Environment because I didn't want to install Gnome as the default DE. So I end up with a command line during ...
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How to list files and folders that are not maintained by any DEB package

I am in the process of moving my files from one Debian machine to another so that I can use the old machine for a different purpose. I do not want to miss any file because I will be formatting the ...
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How to tell when a computer is idle?

I have a computer that is only used some of the time, and I was was wondering if there was a way to have it turn itself off after a period of inactivity. Here's the tricky part, if I was just ...
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How can I find out which package installed a particular executable? [duplicate]

For example, on Debian or Ubuntu, which package has the /sbin/shutdown command in it? I want to read the source of that command (and possibly modify it to report notification on desktop) and I didn't ...
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What do I need to do in order to create a quickly-installable Debian distribution?

I need to build a custom Debian-based distribution to be easily and quickly installable on multiple machines. How can I build a distribution like this and package it so I can either Install it via ...
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Problem changing the /home directory to another location

I decided to move my /home directory to a separate parition. But, since I am using more than one linux distro, I want to separate the /home directories as follows: /dev/sdax/ubuntu /dev/sdax/debian ...
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Trust a self signed PEM certificate

I have set up a proxy server with SSL using a PEM certificate. Now, there is a couple of machines of mine that I would like to trust this certificate automatically (without the web browser ...
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Mounting a network drive automatically when needed and unmount it again after some time with inactivity

I have a somewhat old NAS hosting my music collection. It is not capable of running a DAAP media server so I have mounted the music folder on my Sheevaplug (a tiny headless server running Debian) ...
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How to install StackApplet on Debian?

I would love to install StackApplet on Debian 6.0.2! I downloaded 'stackapplet_1.4.0_all.deb' and ran following command: root@debian:/home/dagrevis/Downloads# dpkg -i stackapplet_1.4.0_all.deb ...
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Installing debian on existing ubuntu - will /home folder be removed?

I want to install Debian with LXDE on partition, that already have Ubuntu 11.04 installed. I have a lot of music there, and I don't want copy it to another partition. I know that Debian installer will ...
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Installing a .deb package in home directory

Is it possible to install a .deb package completely under my home directory at debian?
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Debian unstable chroot security issues

This page describes how you can use the debootstrap utility to install a base Debian unstable/sid system on an existing Linux machine. The new install is accessible using chroot. When doing this, ...
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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 ...