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What does /etc/cron.daily/apt do?

Could someone explain what the apt script is doing in cron.daily please? I can't find any documentation on it. NOTE: I'm trying to investigate a server-server communications issue which frequently ...
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Only 5GHz networks showing, 2.4GHz networks hidden

I've just installed debian on my Lenovo E530 laptop and have been trying for the past couple of hours to get the 2.4GHz wireless to work. All of the wireless in my home and most of the places I go is ...
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How to shutdown the computer from SLiM when root login is disabled?

I installed the SLiM login manager on Debian Wheezy and disabled the root account's ability to login, as described in this Debian Wiki article, so sudo <command> must be used to run anything as ...
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dpkg-reconfigure: not found when running in cron

I have a virtual server (debian) and the clock fails to sync from time to time (probably because i save/restore state with vboxheadlesstray). To fix this issue I run dpkg-reconfigure ntp && ...
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Edit apt.conf in Debian 7.1 for Intel 64 bit

Question: Does an end user need to edit apt.conf, if it does not exist? If so, how does one express the following fields in an Intel 64 bit architecture? Architecture Architectures as shown ...
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convert display to monochrome

My Asus netbook has Debian Wheezy. I came across a weird idea. How would it look if my display screen is monochrome. Is it possible to configure X11 to make the display monochrome?
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i3 Window Manager doesn't allow full screen videos on two monitors

I'm currently using i3 Window Manager on Debian Wheezy, and as soon as I open a video in fullscreen (a YouTube video for example), and switch over to my second monitor, i3 reduces the video back to it'...
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How to regenerate /etc/apt/trustdb.gpg on Debian?

Suppose one deleted (or damaged) the following file. /etc/apt/trustdb.gpg How to regenerate it?
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Make Grub2 boot into Windows/old kernel once

How can I make Grub2 boot into windows or an old kernel once (i.e Windows becomes the default option for once and grub boots into that after the timeout)? The reason being: My keyboard usually hangs ...
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How can I know how much space software takes? [duplicate]

I am using debian (unstable). My system was partitioning with 9 GiB for /. This is not enough for me and I use already 7,5 GiB. I don't want (for now) to use gparted in order to repartitioning (it ...
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How to make some initscript start after delay at boot?

I want to run a thing that may disrupt the system (or remote access to it) if something goes wrong (for example, misconfiguration). To reduce problems I want to have a "grace period" after the system ...
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How to remove a package built from source that has the same name of another package?

I'm running Debian 7.3 and I built Python 2.7.6 from source and it was installed in /usr/local/lib/python2.7 I used checkinstall to create a .deb package so I can easily uninstall it later, the ...
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Blank lines of unknown origin when running vim after tput clear

I have a rather bizarre issue with terminal behaviour. If I execute tput clear to clear the screen, my cursor (as expected) goes to the top of the terminal. If I run vi after that (vim actually), ...
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Attempts to get DHCP lease on unplugged ethernet interface / delays boot

When I boot up (or restart networking, as show below) my Debian system, it attempts to get a DHCP lease on my network interface that is unplugged, as you'll see below, it succeeds fine on the wireless ...
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Problem with log in after change locale, maybe relate to PAM

System information: Debian Wheezy CPU: intel core i7 3770 I initially only had en_US.UTF-8 as the default language. This morning, I changed the /etc/local.gen file and un-comment the zh_CN.UTF-8 and ...
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Installing Citrix receiver on 64bit Debian Wheezy

I am trying to install Citrix receiver v. 13 on my 64 bit Debian Wheezy. I tried both amd64 as well as i386 packages (in multiarch), but I fail. i386 version first The installation looks like this: ...
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How do I install libXcursor.so.1 on Debian?

I have a Debian 7.3 vps, where I'm trying to run a Unity3d server. I get the error error while loading shared libraries: libXcursor.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or ...
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Keeping xterm terminal alive on crunchbang linux debian wheezy

I like to keep a number of terminals open at different locations on my development VM. For this I use terminator because I got a big screen and I can divide the terminals anyway I want. But after ...
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I have Debian on my server. Should I use Centos or Ubuntu version of software I need to install?

This is my server: /usr/local/bin$ uname -a Linux nn15 3.2.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.2.46-1 x86_64 GNU/Linux The software I need is offered in these versions: centos-5.3.run centos-5.6.run centos-...
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Debian one time setup after reboot

I have a pre-configured server based on Debian with some services. I, now, need to deploy it in different networks. Is there any solution to run a one time script after reboot which asks some ...
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Debian package of Tomee plus

I'm looking for Debian package of Tomee plus but I have not found anything. Also, I would like to know if it is possible to download the package( on windows) then be installed on Debian or I have to ...
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KDE: temporarily changing sound system

A little time ago, I reported a bug related to Phonon/pulseaudio. For debugging purposes I was told to disable pulseaudio so phonon can use the hardware directly. So I searched about how to disable ...
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why debian repository does not contain lokkit?

I was using lokkit in redhat, and I want to use it in debian, but it seems that debian doesn't contain it...
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How to install the latest Python version on Debian separately or upgrade?

I'm still new to Linux, so I'm still trying to understand where executables and their libraries are and how to install packages, so I have Debian Wheezy 7.3 which has these Python versions: Python 2....
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Difference between .changes and .dsc files? [manually updating package]

What is the difference between .changes and .dsc file? Debian Policy says about required field set, but misses the essence and the meaning on the whole. Why have two (actually there are three) when ...
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Debian Stable libgl1-nvidia-glx:i386 not found (trying to install Steam)

I just installed Debian and now I am trying to set up Steam. I did the first 2 steps in the 64 bit instructions and also installed ia32-libs. But when I run the following: apt-get install libgl1-...
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Bash Script To Find Debian Release Number from /etc/debian_version

The following is what I'm currently using for testing the version of Debian. Instead of doing it this way, can I make it more succinct? #!/bin/bash VERSION=NONE if [ $(cat /etc/debian_version) == '7....
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How can I build android on my debian while using eclipse ? (java dependencies problem) [closed]

I would like to compile a build for my android device (N4) with my debian (jessie). I read that I must have Java 6, but eclipse which I sometimes use seems to need java 7. For example, I uninstalled ...
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Selectively build packages with dpkg-buildpackage

When you download source codes with apt-get source command, it usually consists of multiple packages, e.g the eglibc source package contains glibc-doc, libc-bin, etc. Now with dpkg-buildpackage ...
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#!/bin/bash: No such file or directory [duplicate]

I'm sorry to ask this but I don't understand why I've got this error: line 1: #!/bin/bash: No such file or directory while running any piece of bash script like this: #!/bin/bash echo "pouet" I'...
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Does the installation computer affect performance?

I recently installed Debian Wheezy onto a hard drive I later intend to connect to a different computer, though the computers use different brands of hardware. Will this work? Or am I setting myself up ...
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Problems setting up own Cloud Lab

I'm trying to set up an own Cloud Lab on a self-built server. Server details: Board: Gigabyte Z77MX-D3H TH CPU: Xeon E3-1245 v2 16GB Crucial Ballistix CL8 1600Mhz NETWORK: ALFA AWUS036H additional ...
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netatalk use system users on Debian

I have Debian 7.3 (wheezy) installed on a VM with Mac OS X host. I didn't install UI like GNOME. Now I installed netatalk (via apt-get) to use AFP to connect my Mac to the VM. It essentially works ...
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Why does “sudo ./foo” return “./foo Command not found”?

I'm having trouble with my new Raspberry Pi. Any time I try to run ./foo, it returns -bash: ./foo: Permission denied But if I try to run sudo ./bar, then it returns sudo: ./bar: command not found ...
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Java “Could not reserve enough space for object heap” even though there is enough RAM

I am currently having some issues running Java. It won't start because of heap issues. But I have more than 9 GB Ram free (or even 16 GB if you assumed the cache would be empty). This is the error I ...
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command to reboot as non-root user

I am using LXDE on Debian. When logged in LXDE as user, I can click on the logout icon in the menu and choose one of the options: shutdown reboot logout suspend But when I type reboot or shutdown -...
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Ssh 'access denied' from one host but not the other

Consider the following scenario: I have a Debian-ssh-server setup and exposed it to the internet for some time for testing. Also I have an account which is basically configured as root in the sudoers ...
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Reset running process when certain ammount of memory is consumed

I'm running a Hydra on Rasppberry PI. There were some problems with the program, but aside from these, there is a hidden memory leak in the program. The source is pretty big and really can't find the ...
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Debian: How to resolve Xserver failure

I keep finding similar posts online but I can't really use the solutions in my case. in my /etc/bash.bashrc file, I have the following code placed at the very bottom: if [ -e /tmp/.X0-lock ]; then ...
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Wireshark or MC installation wants to remove gnome and more

I want to install wireshark or mc (Midnight Commander) with apt-get or synaptic, but I get a message that "this installation will remove a lot of actually installed packages". There are for example ...
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How to go back to original top panel in Debian Mint xfce?

Changes to the top panel in LMDE w/ xfce have corrupted the formatting; everything is flush left now. Unable to get the time, window switcher and other items to go flush right. How do I revert to the ...
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Calibre in Debian 7.3 KDE doesn't have cover browser?

Can someone please help me to activate the cover browser of Calibre in Debian 7.3 KDE desktop (32 bit architecture)? I've tried toggling the arrow button in the bottom-right corner but unlike the ...
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Debian Wheezy LXDE: Desktop icons are disappearing, how to restore them?

This happens from time to time - I will minimize a window to find out that the Desktop icons have disappeared, and when right-clicking on the Desktop, the Openbox menu is shown. I suspect this is ...
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How to enable NFS4 protocol

I have found nothing that could help me with enabling NSF4 protocol rpcinfo -u localhost nfs program 100003 version 2 ready and waiting program 100003 version 3 ready and waiting How can I add ...
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Debian: plymouth splash screen does not change

on my Debian box, I have installed Plymouth for a splash screen. I have tried updating the theme but everytime I use the commands: /usr/sbin/plymouth-set-default-theme myTHEME and then try to ...
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Removing failed disk from raid 1

my server (Debian Wheezy) has a failed disk. I have sda and sdb and according to the support of my hoster, sdb needs a replacement. I send them this information with the mdstat: http://pastebin.com/...
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Libraries crash after installing experimental version of libc6

My Debian system is not booting anymore after installing the experimental version of libc6. I've got this message on boot: /sbin/init: error while loading shared libraries: libsepol.so.1: ...
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Gnome 3 UI menus are duplicated

Just upgraded from Debian "Squeezy" to "Wheezy". When I logged in the menus were fancier as I expected with Gnome Display Manager 3. However the issue that occurred was the duplicate UI-elements. The ...
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motherboard beep

I need help. I am using a Debian machine, ARK-3360F, and I need to make it beep like it does when it starts-up. Unfortunately, there is not any other speaker than this on the machine, so the below ...
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CPU fan extremely fast even with 0% CPU [closed]

I just reinstalled my operating system (Crunchbang on Debian testing), and all of a sudden the fan is running as fast as it can even with 0% CPU. The air coming out of it is cold. The only CPU ...