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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debian - Package development, where's the path of compiled packages

Where's the path of compiled packages from source on debian ? for example: git clone git://github.com/lightspark/lightspark.git cd lightspark dpkg-buildpackage [...long output...] dpkg-buildpackage: ...
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Install Debian alongside Ubuntu without BIOS setup access or removable media boot possibility

The typical steps for installing involves using a USB-bootable version of Debian and then partitioning the hard-drive for the new OS. Unfortunately, my BIOS has been locked and for various reasons, I ...
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Common, accessible filesystem with very high filename size limit?

I need to extract an archive that contains files whose names are longer than 256 characters. Every common filesystem I have tried (ntfs, ext3, ext4) has a limitation on filename size at 255 or 256 ...
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Debian wheezy re - installation [duplicate]

I am new to linux and I wanted to start learning it. So, I had installed debian. But while installation, I forgot to give username and password for login and also for root. Is it possible to log in ...
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locales: modify default time format

I need to change the default time format on my Debian Wheezy system. I am following this howto. I have modified the corresponding lines in /usr/share/i18n/locales/en_US d_t_fmt ...
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Managing (Dynamic) DNS Zone Files with Puppet (Solved)

I'm running a Debian 7.0 (Wheezy) server and I have a dynamic DNS setup wherein my clients make DHCP requests and the DHCP server updates the DNS zone files with whatever IP was assigned to each ...
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How to add unity-greeter in Debian wheezy with GDM 3

There are two questions I would like to ask. How do we install unity-greeter in Debian wheezy with GDM 3 to have an Ubuntu style login screen ? How do we have a rounded-styled login box with default ...
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Ethernet-bridged OpenVPN server not accepting connections from outside

I have configured an OpenVPN server with ethernet bridging using this howto and this page regarding ethernet bridging. The server is also running Samba, Apache and Webmin. Linux klesk 2.6.32-5-amd64 ...
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Is floating-point arithmetic distro dependant?

I came across an article in Ars Technica about Raspbian that said the primary interest of the developers of it was that they wanted an OS with fully optimized for its floating-point unit, and since ...
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Mounting a drive and accessing it

I have created a partition on /dev/sdb I want to be able to go to this drive when I type: cd /name What I did, which did not work. mkdir name in /mnt mounted the /dev/sdb on /mnt/name updated ...
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can't start x11vnc without attached monitor

I'd like to setup x11vnc (or any other vnc server) to start at boot-time. The display manager is kdm, the distribution is Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS. When I try to start x11vnc, I'm getting this errors: $ ...
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ufw firewall rules for security.debian.org

What is a practical way to manage a whitelist of firewall outgoing connection rules for http://security.debian.org (on a server that blocks all outgoing connections by default)? My understanding is ...
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incorrect lines display in ssh console

I have problem with my console drawing lines. The problem is when I connect through ssh to server everything draws ok. But when I use up arrow key to show last used commands it often leaves few ...
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How to increase the size of rootfs?

So I got this error today and decided to investigate: /etc/init.d/mysql: ERROR: The partition with /var/lib/mysql is too full! ... failed! I'm not sure how... but I've filled up my rootfs ...
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Old HP nc4400 laptop on Debian, fan turns on for 10 secs, then off for 20 secs

I run Debian 7 on an HP nc4400 laptop. This is an old laptop with an Intel Centrino chipset. It runs fine except that the fan turns on for 10 seconds, then off for 20 seconds and then on for 10 ...
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Can I stop Linux from listening to a USB input device as a keyboard, but still capture events with a program?

I have a USB barcode scanner at /dev/input/event0 (/dev/input/by-id/usb-Metrologic_Metrologic_Scanner-event-kbd), and scanning a barcode causes it to send keypress events. I'm capturing these ...
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where to (apt-get) install aliases system-wide?

I am making a Debian package that contains bash aliases. Where should these aliases be installed, so that they are available system-wide? The "right" place would be /etc/bash.bashrc, but this file ...
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Lock to launcher/Pin to taskbar in Debian Wheezy/Gnome (was possible in Squeeze)

In Debian Squeeze, if I right clicked on something in the Applications menu I could lock it to the top bar. I upgraded to Debian Wheezy and now if I right click it just opens the program. I'm using ...
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Specifying a dependency of a version greater than N and less than M

Is it possible to specify the dependency of another library that is within a specific range of versions? Like: Depends: Lib (<= 4) -- dependency of a library that has version less or equal to 4 ...
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apt-get dist-upgrade wants to remove too much packages

I'm upgrading from Mint 13 to Mint 15 using apt-get dist-upgrade. It want to remove 277 packages, which I find quite a lot. Among those packages are acroread, xmlcopyeditor, wine1.4, skype and others. ...
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How to change title bar name color in KDE4 on Debian7?

How can I change the colour of the white text (title bar name?) marked as red to something else then white?
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apt-get: install modified package with dependencies

I have downloaded a Debian package lxde, together with all its dependencies: apt-get install --no-install-recommends lxde --download-only So now, I have all packages in my /var/cache/apt/archives. ...
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Waking an Ibook G4 (powerpc) running Debian Linux from suspend based on timer

I have recently received an Ibook G4 from a friend. I plan to use it as a server and have installed Debian Wheezy (7.0.0, release version) on it. However, I would like to suspend it at some points ...
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Using newest kernel version on an older system

I always compile my own kernel, and therefore I am not reliant on the distribution kernel (in my case Debian). I have always wondered, whether there is an optimal combination of userspace and ...
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Disable GNOME on a Debian Install

I'm very new to Linux, and I'm setting up a Debian server. Since I don't have any need for a GUI most of the time, I'd like to disable it from running at startup and wasting system resources. ...
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CUPS: Can't set option for halftoning algorithm after upgrade from Debian squeeze to wheezy

After upgrading my main Debian box from squeeze to wheezy recently, I couldn't set the option for my printer's halftoning algorithm any more. It appears that the upgrade of cups that happened during ...
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Debian not reachable via its hostname in LAN

My debian is not discoverable via its hostname in my LAN. I have a couple of other ubuntu machines in the LAN and they are all pingable via their hostnames. on my debian: pi@raspberrypi ~ $ ...
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Automount of NTFS USB partitions on Gnome fails if device name is sdb (FAT32 is OK)

When I plug a USB storage device (i.e. USB key) on my computer with Gnome, the filesystems available on the device are automatically mounted (in /media/<partition-label>), and a file explorer ...
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Displaying all sysvinit init scripts

Is there some tool that displays all available init scripts (on Debian), short of one having to remember a location like /etc/init.d, not to mention that not everything in there is an init script?
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Remote presentation display

I have two Debian machines. One is connected to a projector for a presentation, and the other is a netbook that doesn't have a working VGA output. How can I play a presentation on the netbook, but ...
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No bluez device after pactl list sources short

I am using pulseaudio on a Raspberry Debian (Wheezy) but my bt-headset(Iqua BHS-611) does not show up in sources or sinks. What I did: I followed the Raspbian Wheezy Installation Guide at: ...
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pg_dump version mismatch on Debian

I'm running PostgreSQL on Debian Unstable/Sid. I've got the current versions (9.1) of postgresql, postgresql-client, postgresql-client-common (143) installed. The problem I'm having is trying to run ...
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apt installing more packages than specified as dependencies

I was trying to install texmaker from the repository. For installing the texlive I followed the steps described here. For this the control file I used is this. It has the file texlive-binaries in it. ...
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Debian, virtualenv, IPython notebook and matplotlib inline plots

I have been using IPython notebook on both OSX and Windows 7 for a while. Now I'm trying to create a minimal system for me to work on Debian 7 (Wheezy). I installed: LXDE Python2.7 python-dev ...
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Automating tasks on a website on a headless server

I want to automate a task which can only be done on a website (with prior login) on my debian server. There is no public API available, so I can't use one. Is there a way to do so? I thought about a ...
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Installing debian 7 besides windows 8

I ask this question in superuser but no one can answer my question, I hope any one can help me: I bought a VAIO laptop which Windows 8 preinstalled on it in UEFI mode. Now I want to install Debian 7 ...
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Upgrading Debian Squeeze to Wheezy - Should updatedb.conf be kept or replaced?

A similar question to Upgrading Debian Squeeze To Wheezy - Should conf' files be kept or replaced?, but in my case it concerns a different conf file and I am not on Linode. I am upgrading a VMWare ...
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Apache subdomain can not be resolved

<VirtualHost *:80> ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost ServerName domain.no-ip.org ServerAlias www.domain.no-ip.org DocumentRoot /var/www/main ErrorLog ...
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What happens when I press “Shut Down” from the GUI?

I have been banging my head against this for quite a while now. It's related to this question. I would like to find out exactly what happens when I choose to shut down my Linux box from the GUI. This ...
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How can I use the tmpfs to accelerate my chrome browser start up?

Every time when I am trying to start the chrome browser, it is a little bit slow because the chrome need to load the cache and that may cause a big amount of disk IO. My distribution is Debian ...
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Can't install Linux Headers on Debian 6

I don't understand why this isn't working (I'm stumped!); root@box:/home/user# apt-get install linux-headers-2.6.32-5-686 Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state ...
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Detecting Physical Network Addresses Reliably

I'm trying to find a way to list physical (aka MAC) addresses for all network cards/interfaces attached to a certain host. The problem is, I want this functionality on my Debian live (squeeze) USB ...
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Changing timezone on Debian keeps Local Time in UTC

I'm trying to get programs to log in local time for my own sanity. I have updated my timezone with: dpkg-reconfigure tzdata But the result of that command is: Current default time zone: ...
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Xfce: Upgrade from Squeeze to Wheezy broke xfce's user policies

While using Debian squeeze, I was able to allow a user shutdown in xfce by adding users to the powerdev group (see here: xfce: Allow shutdown for non-root users). Now, I upgraded my system to Debian ...
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IPTables - Port to another ip & port (from the inside)

I currently have a NAS box running under port 80. To access the NAS from the outside, I mapped the port 8080 to port 80 on the NAS as follow: iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -p tcp --dport 8080 -j DNAT ...
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Accessing multiple wifi networks simultaneously from debian wheezy

I have got 2 wireless adapters on my machine (one built-in and the other a purchased USB wireless adapter) is there a way I can utilize different WiFi networks simultaneously? I have in mind ...
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How to build a live Debian CD/USB in Windows, bootable in EFI mode?

I tried to install the latest stable Debian release (Debian 7.0 "Wheezy") using the Debian Multi-arch netinstall (AMD64) "debian-7.0.0-amd64-i386-netinst.iso" on my laptop. My laptop has a SecureCore ...
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What is rpc.statd, what ports should it be listening on, and how to kill it?

I have found rpc.statd running from a netstat -tunap command, on several ports (TCP:59061, UDP:40594, UDP:919) on my Debian server. I believe it's to do with NFS but I'm not running an nfs server ...
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Why does Linux 3.2 kernel (Debian backport) hang during boot?

I wanted to upgrade the Linux kernel on my Debian wheezy (stable) on Thinkpad T60. I installed linux-image-3.2.0-0.bpo.4-686-pae, version 3.2.41-2~bpo60+1. The problem is it hangs during boot, just ...
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Triple Booting; Windows, Ubuntu, Linux Mint by Windows Installer

I wanted to install Linux Mint 14.1 using the Windows Installer (mint4win.exe). I copied mint4win.exe to HDD, and when I running it, it prompts me to uninstall Ubuntu. Previously I installed Ubuntu ...