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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Can't swap between two bootable drives

I'm attempting to setup a 2-drive (sda, sdb) RAID 1 in my PC, using Raider to convert from my old single drive (sda) system to the new RAID 1. From sda, on sdb I ran: # raider -R1 # raider --run ...
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Debian - Boot from USB

I currently have Debian 7.0 installed on my laptop (HP Pavilion dv9700). I would now like to install Arch instead. I wrote the Arch ISO to a USB drive, but when I start up my computer, it ...
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Can't boot Debian with windows installed first

I have Windows XP already installed on my HD and I had some space left to install Debian. After I've installed Debian, I answered yes to the Grub bootloader but when booting the computer nothing ...
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Which Debian package does /etc/environment come from?

I know that /etc/profile is installed by base-files, but it doesn't look like this package installs /etc/environment: $ dpkg -S /etc/environment dpkg-query: no path found matching pattern ...
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“k” key sends focus in event

After a dist-upgrade to wheezy, my "k"-Key misbehaves. When typed in a gnome-terminal, no "k" is printed. Instead the terminal seems to grab the focus and will not release it. If I drag-down the ...
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Xfce and Xscreensaver doesn't seem to consider keyboard activity “activity” - how change?

After I upgraded from Debian Squeeze to Wheezy, the combination of Xfce and Xscreensaver doesn't seem to consider keyboard activity to be user activity. Since I sometimes use only the keyboard for ...
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Failure to connect Debian NIS client to OpenSuse 12.1 server

I'm trying to connect a Debian 7.0 client to a OpenSuse 12.1 server. The nisdomainname is correct, the /etc/group, /etc/passwd and /etc/shadown all have the +::: lines, ypbind connects, but the ...
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Where does Linux store logs of WiFi networks when searching? Does it at all?

For research I wanted to try and keep a log of all the networks that my laptop sees (not connects connects to, but just gets a response from when searching) over a period of time walking around. I was ...
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lxde-rc.xml: set keybindings for PgDn

I am using LXDE, and I need to create keybinding for ALT + PgDn and ALT + PgUp in my $HOME/.config/openbox/lxde-rc.xml I already have the necessary code, the only thing missing is the correct ...
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Debian package very large compared to zip file

I've just made a debian package, when all the files are zipped together the size is 60 MB, however my .deb file made from the same directory is ~150 MB. Have I done something wrong or are there lots ...
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Need to install glibc >= 2.14 on Wheezy

I am trying to get Protractor working for performing e2e angular testing, but protractor requires Selenium which requires ChromeDriver which requires glibc 2.14. My current development box is running ...
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How to install phpmyadmin 4.0 on Debian

Is there a way to install an up-to-date phpmyadin on Debian via apt-get? I only found a PPA for Ubuntu on the that you can install with sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nijel/phpmyadmin apt-get update; ...
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How to circumvent “Too many open files” in debian

If I want to see all relevant log files of my apache2 server at once, I use tail -f /var/kunden/logs/*log /var/kunden/logs/*log /var/log/apache2/*log |grep -v robots|grep -v favicon But since those ...
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How to get new release updates for debian ( 7.1)

my sources.list file seems like this : deb http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian/ wheezy main deb-src http://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian/ wheezy main ... and executed apt-get update several times but linux ...
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Linking Ethernet interfaces

I'm quite new to Linux networking. I have a Debian PC with two Ethernet interfaces, one embedded on the motherboard and another on a PCI card. The first one, let say eth0 is connected to my router ...
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How to permanently disable Orca on Debian Wheezy?

How do I permanently disable the GNOME screen reader ("Orca") on Debian Wheezy, without breaking GNOME? I'm running Xfce. Things I have tried, or looked at: I found the command gsettings set ...
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/proc/cpuinfo showing zero cpu clock speed

I saw an interesting issue where the cpuinfo file from /proc filesystem shows the cpu clock speed as zero. It is a physical host with no virtualization. Can someone explain to me some probable reasons ...
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scp from one remote server to another remote server

I have one big file on server one and I want to copy it to server two using scp. I have the keys setup properly and I can ssh/scp to both servers from my desktop. The file I need to copy is larger ...
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How to slow down the web

You may think that your internet connection is anyway too slow, but here I have the opposite problem. I am not very good at concentration, and I believe that part of the problem is the ease with ...
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How to recompile exim4-daemon-heavy? [duplicate]

I have had a few problem with exim4 and various phone mail clients (Windows Phone in particular) that seem to result from bad mail clients together with GnuTLS. I'd like to recompile ...
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setting up sendmail on debian?

I have a LAMP localhost server setup for some development and I want to test out if my code is working. Some of the tests involve checking if the correct emails are sent out by the code at the ...
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Problem with Xorg on Debian after upgrade to Wheezy

After I upgrade to wheezy I have a strange problem. See this image http://i.imgbox.com/accFOaW4.png to see what happening to my PC. As I move my mouse, artifacts of the pointer are left all over the ...
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System cannot load Ubuntu based OS's

I built a computer a few months ago, specs listed here. I then installed Linux Mint 13, but then when I wanted to install Ubuntu, the install would start, and I would select "Install". But when it ...
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How do I disable the touchpad while I'm typing?

I'm looking to disable the touchpad in Crunchbang 11 (Waldorf) while I am typing. The processes I've found online do not work for me. All guides I have found (this thread, for instance) indicate to ...
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Alternative Window Manager [closed]

Is there a window manager, easy to install on Debian, that uses very little resources? I only need bash and Firefox/Chrome, java and flash. And maybe something like notepad++ for Linux. Though I'm ...
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Debian 7 on Macbook

I have just installed Debian 7.1 on my Macbook Pro 9,2. I'm trying to get the keyboard backlight to work properly. I can press the F5/F6 keys to get an OSD to show up on the screen, but the ...
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OpenGL acceleration stopped working after upgrading to Wheezy

After upgrading recently from Squeeze to Wheezy, my 3D acceleration suddenly stopped working. I'm using IBM Thinkpad T60 with ATI M52 [Mobility Radeon X1300]. I found in Xorg.0.log: [ 48286.173] ...
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Losing static IP and and getting DHCP IP

I have a Debian 7.1 machine that is our internal intrusion detection system running snort. It has started flaking on me and will pull a DHCP address even though I have it set to static. This happens ...
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Environment variable for ip address

I see somewhere people use: IF_ADDRESS="$(echo "$IP4_ADDRESS_0" | cut -d'/' -f1)" to get the IP address in a network configuration script. In my system, I create a script under the directory ...
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Grey background in vncviewer remote desktop

I keep getting a grey background in my VNC viewer on my VPS, like so: My .vnc/xstartup is as follows: #!/bin/sh unset SESSION_MANAGER exec /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc gnome-session ...
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Configure courier to forward certain mails to external addresses

I have a debian 6.0 server with courier/courier-mta set up and some local domains. Now I want to create some forwards for some email address that should go directly to external addresses as there are ...
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useradd --no-log-init [comprehension question]

TLDR: How is useradd --no-log-init actually used [in GNU/Linux [Debian]? I read the command's man and info page about this option as: »user will not be listed in the lastlog and faillog files ...
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equivs-build / apt-get: how to preserve directory

I'm building some packages for a private repository using equivs-build. The files are installing ok using apt-get install but when I go to remove them they are trying to delete the whole folder ...
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Best practices for packaging self created software for Debian

I've got Debian packaging for a piece of software I've written. This software probably is too specialized to be part of Debian. In any case, for now I have no plans to try to include it in Debian. ...
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What is Archive field in Release file used for?

For example current Release file for Wheezy is following: Archive: stable Origin: Debian Label: Debian Version: 7.1 Component: main Architecture: amd64 Now I can't find description of this Archive ...
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Pinning and local repos

I can't quite wrap my head around pinning in Debian. I'm trying to automatically install a package first from our local project repo, then from our local stable repo and then from official Debian ...
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Installing Linux distros manually from live cd without installer

I am trying to install a debian based linux and I think its installer is broken. The live cd works fine, but the setup process always gets stuck at 9% and shows an error ("can't complete setup"). Is ...
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IRC user configuration for irssi/ircd-hybrid on Debian

Running programs as root is dangerous, What's the best way to create a new low privileged user for Irssi and ircd-hybird on Debian?
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LIRC does not start after reboot

If I compile LIRC with this patched lirc followed by install using make install it works fine and launches without any error. However, after a reboot the same command fails with following error : ...
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Set persistent routing table on Debian

I have modified my routing table by deleting one rule, and adding two new rules for my second interface eth1: route del -net 10.1.2.0 netmask 255.255.255.0 route add -host 10.1.2.51 eth1 route add ...
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Debian on Mac via reFINd: New Partitions doesnt Boot

im trying to get on Debian via the refind Bootmanager. I was able to create partitions on HDD (Swap + /) and install Debian, but i couldn't install a bootloader on the installation, nor Grub neither ...
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Black screen TTYs1-6 (KDE)

Since I installed KDE and removed Gnome, when I switch to any TTY1-6 I got a black screen. Switching back to TTY7 works fine. I don't know why is this happening, but I guess that some needed package ...
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Debian Squeeze apt-get update issue with HWRAID repositories

I'm running an inherited Debian Squeeze server (read: I just got this new job and the server was setup by the last guy), and I'm having an issue on the apt-get. The error at the end that comes up when ...
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GNOME Panel Completely Blank

I had rebooted my laptop running Debian while it was in a perfectly fine running state. After the reboot, I log in again, and the top GNOME panel is completely blank. I only have one panel as I use ...
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apt-get purge does not uninstall completely

I have installed emacs with apt-get. I tried to remove it later on, but the binary is left. root@ionian:/home/gauthier# apt-get --purge remove emacs Reading package lists... Done Building dependency ...
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why do I have two different results if I run a program through terminal(as root) or /etc/init.d(or /etc/rc.local)

Background: I use Debian Lenny on an embedded device uname -a Linux device 3.4.0 #83 Sun May 26 17:07:14 CEST 2013 armv4l GNU/Linux I have a C code (say my_C_program) that calls a board specific ...
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Should I use the VirtualBox Guest Additions from the host ISO or the Debian pool?

I'm running VirtualBox 4.2.16 on a Mac OS X 10.8.4 host. Inside a virtual machine, I'm running Debian Sid, up-to-date as of today (7/23/13). I want to install Guest Additions. Should I install them ...
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building Debian package fails at dh_auto_install stage

I'm trying to build a very simple debian package. I have two files, main_file and functions, they are both shell scripts, functions is sourced by main_file. There are no dependencies on any external ...
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How do I install PHP5.4.16 on Debian Wheezy?

I used to be able to install php-5fpm=5.4.16-1~dotdeb.1, but it seems that this package is no longer available from the latest dotdeb packages. Here are the steps I tried. Append the following two ...
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chkconfig does not display runlevel links correctly

I am using chkconfig to manipulate runlevel links on my Debian System (LSBInitScripts). I have noticed some inconsistencies, for example According to chkconfig, the script umountiscsi.sh is turned ...