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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Why does installing Debian from DVD download many packages?

I know Debian is general purpose, so a Debian install could just as easily be a server as a desktop. It seems, however, that even with a DVD of disk1 from Debian, it is downloading a tremendous number ...
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How do I make a certain command sudo-only on Debian?

What user and group should I chown it to? All admins are in 'admins' group. How do I chmod it?
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/etc/hosts for Debian

I was trying to get a perl script that contacts a PostgreSQL database to work on a server. This script was mysteriously failing. I then realised that localhost was not in the /etc/hosts file. The ...
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Inability to use IPv4-mapped IPv6 on debian squeeze

I have a squeeze box that I'm testing ipv6 on... eth3 is the interface... if I set up an 'normal' ipv6 address (::101:c0a8:3132/120), I see expected results in ifconfig... eth3 Link ...
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Creating a .sh wrapper in my debian package

I'm trying to build a debian package for a program that uses mono. My make install target currently puts all of my binaries /usr/local/lib/mypackage, then creates a tiny executable script in ...
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How to recompile a Debian package with -Os?

There are a few larger programs I am interested in compiling with -Os. The normal method I use to patch/recompile programs is apt-get source followed by dpkg-buildpackage. I learned from the ...
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Howto set access control lists ACLs in OpenLDAP

I'm using the Debian Squeeze OpenLDAP. Where can I set ACLs? Isn't it possible to execute the access to directives with ldapmodify? There's no slapd.conf file in Debian, they use a slapd.d folder
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Automount USB drives with no GUI requirement (halevt replacement)

For minimal installations of Debian, I have been using halevt to enable automounting of USB drives. Halevt is reliable and requires no configuration aside from installing the package. Now, halevt has ...
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Debian installation media with non-free packages?

Are there any Debian DVDs (Lenny, 5.0) out there that include the non-free hardware driver components?
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Debian Lenny on Asus sabertooth X58 won't detect hard drive

I have been trying to install Debian Lenny on my new machine, alongside Windows 7 64-bit. When I get to the part where it detects my disks, it can't find any. I have a 1GB FAT32 flash drive that it ...
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Can I use and install Ubuntu packages in Debian?

I'm looking to install Linux Mint on my main work computer. Presently, I'm running Ubuntu 10.04 on it after upgrading from 9.10 (both 64bit). Previously, I have always backed up and formatted my hard ...
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Debian Lenny, Which mailserver to setup?

I want to setup a Debian box to handle all email for my domain. I can point my mx record to the box but... what software do I need on there.. I've seen Postfix and Courie.. are these okay for what I ...
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crypt() on different machines

Because of a hardware issue i need to migrate many virtual users to a new machine. Their passwords stored in MySQL encrypted with ENCRYPT which using crypt()eventually. Maybe it's my fault but salt ...
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Rebooting without shutting off?

I have been using Linux Mint Debian with Debian unstable and noticed that when I press restart, instead of going all the way back to the BIOS, then grub, then booting up, I seem to be shutting down ...
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Differences between Debian bigmem and amd64 kernels

Debian 6 has multiple Linux kernel packages, and I'm interested in two of them: linux-image-2.6.32-5-686-bigmem linux-image-2.6.32-5-amd64 Consider that: I'm not going to be running any ...
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change terminal title

I want to make a shell alias that starts a certain program and also changes the title of the terminal to the name of the program. How can I do that? In case it matters, I am running the terminal on ...
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Ubuntu vs Debian for server

What would be a better choice for a web server, Debian or Ubuntu? I mainly use Python & PostgreSQL with Nginx and sometimes PHP & MySQL. What are pros/cons of each?
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Is it possible to reinstall Debian afresh and retain all the cutomisation and data from existing installation?

I have done something stupid and messed up my Debian Squeeze installation. Now, the problem is I have enough data and sowftware installations which I dont want to repeat, is it possible to reinstall ...
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Different package versions in same suite?

I recently got this this surprising result: evolution-data-server-common: Installed: 2.30.3-2 Candidate: 2.30.3-2 Version table: 3.0.0-1 0 -10 http://debian.mirror.ac.za/debian/ ...
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lvm devices under /dev/mapper missing

I'm using Debian squeeze, and running LVM on top of software RAID 1. I just accidentally just discovered that most of the links under /dev/mapper are missing, though my system seems to be still ...
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Dual boot debian/Win XP - hidden partitions and primary partition limit

I decided it's (finally) time to make my eee a debian/WinXP dual boot. I have Windows already installed and chose to sacrifice most of an existing data partition for debian. Here's how the partitions ...
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How do I install a PHP CLI with a usable interactive prompt on Debian Wheezy?

When I install php5-cli on Debian Wheezy (currently testing), the interactive prompt is very unusable due to missing readline support (bug 341868). What's the easiest way to install a version linked ...
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Why is my CIFS share showing the same files multiple times?

I asked this on ServerFault but received no response, so I figured I'd give it a try over here instead! I have a Debian backup server running the FreeBSD kernel and a ZFS filesystem on which I store ...
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Why does my Debian VMWare virtual machine lose all network connections ~15 minutes after boot?

I’m having a strange networking problem with a Debian (6) VMWare virtual machine on my Mac. Around 15 minutes after starting it up, I can no longer SSH into, view websites served from, or ping the VM. ...
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“lsmod |grep audio” doesn't return anything?

I am running Debian Squeeze. I installed and removed Gnome3 and reinstalled Gnome2.x (epic fail and stupidity) and in the process I have lost audio, lspci returns following # lspci | grep Audio ...
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How to remove GNOME 3 and restore GNOME 2

I am on Debian Squeeze. In over-enthusiasm I added an experimental repo and installed GNOME 3 (here is the evil discussion on installing GNOME 3 http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=60481) ...
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Why is Debian's root shell colorless?

Are there any security concerns? What is the best way to enable it?
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Where to find file transfer history from a SSH client (Debian/Linux)?

Help!! Have you ever tried dragging a folder to another folder by mistake in a graphical SSH client? Well, I did this morning, and since I wanted it to stop immediately (I could see it was about to ...
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Can't add user to sudoers file [duplicate]

I'm installing Globus Toolkit . When i try to setup Certificate , this error comes : ERROR: could not run build command: /usr/local/globus-5.0.3/sbin/gpt-build -force ...
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Where can I find which packages are on each Debian Squeeze CD?

I just installed Debian Squeeze on my E1505. In order to get my wireless card working, I'm trying to install network-manager-gnome (I already installed firmware-iwlwifi) My current question is, how ...
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intel wireless 1000 bgn not working in debian/ubuntu

First, I'm not an expert in Linux but I can fairly move and play around with the OS. The problem in short is, I was able to find wireless networks, but when I try to authenticate it, network-manager ...
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'redirect' ssh path?

Instead of using... ssh://user@mysite.net:1234/mnt/thing/usr/prj I want to use ssh://user@mysite.net:1234/prj How would I do this? It would be good if users can't access /home, /var and such. I ...
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How do I start Xvfb on startup on Debian?

I’ve got a Debian web server that I’m using for occasional screen-scraping via Selenum and Python. I use Xvfb as a virtual X server for Firefox to run on when being controlled by Selenium. Given that ...
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How on earth can I stop this CUPS-related message on my Debian 6 virtual machine?

I’ve got a Debian 6 VMWare virtual machine that I mostly use via SSH (but occasionally via the GUI). Every few minutes, the following message gets printed in my terminal: CUPS config timestamp ...
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How to change the order of the network cards (eth1 <-> eth0) on linux

Is there any way to swap network interfaces (eth1 <-> eth0) after system installation. My brand new Debian 6.0 install assigned PCI network card as "eth0" and motherboards integrated network ...
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How to make USB debian squeeze disk for PPC?

I'm using a G4 1.5ghz PPC 32bit Powerbook I followed the instructions on this site. http://mintppc.org/content/installation-mintppc-92 But could never get my powerbook to boot up from the usb ...
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listing packages in Debian, a la `dpkg -l`, but including the package origin/source

I want to list all packages of the form $ dpkg -l libav\* but in addition to this output, I would like the origin/source (I'm not sure of the preferred term) of each package. If the package doesn't ...
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Why did my package get installed to /opt?

A while back I installed couchdb from source on my debian machine. It seemed to install okay and everything worked. A few weeks later I wanted to upgrade and installed from a .deb using dpkg. ...
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Differences in package management between Debian and Arch

A discussion from this post made me curious of differences between Debian and Arch package management. Also, people tend to say that Arch is very light-weight, so I wonder what that has to do with ...
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How do you change the root password on Debian?

I want to change the password I assigned to root on my Debian webserver to something longer and more secure. Bit of an obvious newbie question, but how do I do that? I haven’t forgotten/lost the ...
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Debian 6.0 and Xen PyGrub failure

On my VPS (running Debian 6.0 on Xen with PyGrub) I get the following error when trying to upgrade the system: Searching for GRUB installation directory ... found: /boot/grub warning: grub-probe ...
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Debian lenny 5 install php-dev

I'm trying to install apt-get install php5-dev but when I run the command Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Some packages could not be ...
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Why should I use Debian 6 with FreeBSD kernel?

Debian 6 will also be available with the FreeBSD kernel. Why did they decide to to that and why should I use it?
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Differences between Debian and Ubuntu

I'm getting sick of Ubuntu's seemingly random changes. I'm thinking of switching to Debian permanently. Does anyone know if there's a list of changes between the two distros somewhere? I want to know ...
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Creating debian version dependency in a .deb package

Is it possible to create a dependency for the debian version in a .deb package? I would like to put two versions of one package into the same repository. One is for debian 5 and one for debian 6. The ...
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How often does Debian update its Stable repository?

Ever since release day (early Feb 2011), I haven't got any updates (apt-get update && apt-get upgrade). I've tried another repository (ftp://ftp.de.debian.org/debian), and it's the same thing. ...
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Two networks cannot be accessed simultaneously

I have two networks on a server. One being my internal network, and the other being an external IP address. This is on Debian Lenny. Here is my /etc/network/interfaces file: # This file describes ...
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What tools allow me to present man pages as formatted HTML on a web server?

What tools exist to make man pages available on a system available via HTTP and link topics together such that references in the SEE ALSO sections and elsewhere will become hyperlinks in the HTML ...
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USB storage devices aren't automatically mounted when inserted on a fresh install of Debian 6.0

I installed Debian 6.0 (squeeze) a few days ago on my machine. I installed the default GNOME desktop, standard settings. Unfortunately, I just noticed that when I plug in USB storage devices (external ...
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partitions problem with Debian Squeeze and Windows 7 (Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary)

I have just installed Debian Squeeze in a hard disk where also Windows 7 is installed. Now, if I run cfdisk, I get the following message: "FATAL ERROR: Bad primary partition 3: Partition ends in the ...