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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How would an administrator of a system prevent himself access to a file for 24 hours?

How would a single administrator go about locking himself out of a file for 24 hours? Rules: The file cannot be renamed or moved. The file is not an executable or system critical. Root access has ...
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no install buttons in extensions.gnome.org

I just got a new computer, and I wanted to install all the nice shell extensions I had on my old one. Both of them are running Debian 7.5, and have gnome shell version 3.4.2. The only difference I ...
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Mount hard drives in the same order in debian

How can I mount the hard drives always on the same /dev/sd? node? For example, how can I make the hard drive with the UUID xyz to be mounted always on the node dev/sda? The reason why I want to do ...
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Gnome doesn't start(is dead)[Debian Jessie]

Everything was working fine. I just updated some files on my computer. I turned off my PC, but when I tried to run it again it took my to a black screen and reported a few errors before that. I found ...
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How do I search Debian packages by description?

I wanted to find packages related to transmission, a BitTorrent client but couldn't find how to search package descriptions. Why do this? In certain cases, package names are not obvious; for ...
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How do I change the menu icon in budgie desktop?

I'm curious as to how to do it I've only used budgie once or twice. It shouldn't be a simple task like a right click would it?
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Running init.d script produces “start-stop-daemon: not found”

I try to start monit using: /etc/init.d/monit start I then get the error: [....] Starting daemon monitor: monit/etc/init.d/monit: 124: /etc/init.d/monit: start-stop-daemon: not found failed! ...
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where are located haskell-platform-doc documentation?

My OS is Ubuntu 14.04. I have done: sudo apt-get install haskell-platform-doc But I cannot find the corresponding documentation files. Where could I find them ? Or is there a command to launch so as ...
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How Can I Improve the Font Rendering In Firefox

my font rendering in Firefox looks terrible on pages such as facebook.com and twitter.com (see picture). I'm running Debian 8 and fiddling with hardware acceleration doesn't seem to work, how can I ...
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What's the `name` argument to `sh` for/do?

Taken from FreeBSD's man page on sh (because its the most convenient online, target platform is Debian if it matters): SH(1) FreeBSD General Commands Manual SH(1) NAME sh -- ...
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Why can't change my destktop from mate into others?

I have installed many desktop environments on my debian8.1 such as cinnamon, mate, lxde, xfce. I found that I can't select the desktop as I like ,whichever I choose, the desktop is always mate when ...
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after extension of partition grub says unknown file system

I have a vServer with Debian Wheezy running, yesterday I wanted to extend the partition but after the reboot grub2 says error: unknow filesystem. Entergin rescue mode... grub rescue> Here I am in ...
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Rolling Grub2 back to Grub on Debian Jessie (8)

I'm trying to run 'grub-install /dev/sda', it stays stuck on 'Searching for GRUB installation directory ... found: /boot/grub' after leaving it for an hour, nothing happens. I have tried removing all ...
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Set default pdf reader

When I install shutter to take screenshots, imagemagick sets itself as default PDF-reader and I am unable to change it. I would like to have evince as default PDF-reader. I have tried right click ...
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Prevent debian from hindering boot if a software-raid problem exists

I have a computer that I rarely have physical access to. All my access to that computer is done using SSH. On that computer, there's a software RAID5 using MDADM. This array contains data in one ...
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Debian 8 UEFI support

I am trying to install Debian Jessie on my new laptop. I downloaded the amd64 Live CD, but the UEFI doesn't recognize my Debian DVD ROM. I disabled the secure UEFI option, but it didn't work, UEFI ...
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How to start Debian without installation from USB

I want to build a Linux/Debian live USB Stick, to modify my partition tabel. I read that modifiing the partition table shouldn't be done while Linux is running on the hard drive. Because of that the ...
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Oh no! Something went wrong! Installing kali linux

I am trying to install a virtual machine running Kali (Formerly backtrack) 1.0.7 in 64 bit. My host machine is a 64 bit MacBook pro running 10.7.5. I am using Oracle VirtualBox version 4.3.12. The ...
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Update Wheezy to Jessie on a dual boot (with win7)

I run a dual boot laptop with Debian Wheezy and Windows 7. I would like to upgrade Debian to Jessie. I am however a bit worried as grub - which let's me choose which OS to boot on startup - is replace ...
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What's the story behind Super Cow Powers?

As we know, apt-get has Super Cow Powers and aptitude does not: $ apt-get --help | grep -i cow This APT has Super Cow Powers. $ aptitude --help | grep -i cow ...
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How to change the document root directory in debian8.1?

My apache2 installed on the debian8.1. In the configuration file /etc/apache2/apache2.conf <Directory /> Options FollowSymLinks AllowOverride None Require all denied ...
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Skype install - debian amd64. libdbus issues

I have looked quite thoroughly for an answer to this question to no avail. I am trying to install Skype on Debian amd64 (with Xfce, which shouldn't make any difference...). After installing Skype ...
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isolinux.bin is missing

I want to build a debian live CD and live USB image. It seems as if I need the following file: isolinux.bin I use following tutorial: ...
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Installing Eclipse on BeableBone Black

I'm using a beaglebone black board running "Linux beaglebone 3.8.13-bone47", which is a Debian distribution. I using "tightvncserver" on BBB and realVNC on windows, to have view a remote desktop of ...
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Unlock LUKS encrypted Debian root with key file on boot partition

I'm trying to decrypt the Debian root with a key file stored in the boot partition (decrypted partition). This will break the security, but it doesn't matter now. I have to conclude this successfully ...
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Error building nodejs from source on Debian

I keep getting the same error when running make on nodejs source code. I've looked and some common problems seem to be lack of a c compilier or install g++. I have these and have double checked. Here ...
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Virtual Wireless Access Point

Basically, I want to be able to connect to a wireless network from my laptop. Then, I want my virtual machine to acquire internet access via a bridged connection from ETH0 of the VM to the host’s ...
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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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Linux macvlan add MAC to VLAN

Is there any way Linux behave as a switch Layer 2? I have the idea of making the MAC will automatically be ditched a client to a particular VLAN. Likewise the switches are working. Examples. ...
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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 to specify a custom include directory in Debian?

I am trying to compile my program on a Debian system via ssh and without root privileges. PRETTY_NAME="Debian GNU/Linux 7 (wheezy)" NAME="Debian GNU/Linux" VERSION_ID="7" VERSION="7 (wheezy)" I ...
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Giving a user access to the webcam

I have a user that I use to run untrusted programs (more specifically, Skype). I would like to give that user access to the webcam. I am using Debian, where the standard way to do this is to put ...
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Debian Sid / GCC5 transition : is running apt-get upgrade safe ?

I know apt-get dist-upgrade is expected to break things during the GCC5 transition, but is apt-get upgrade safe to execute ?
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Execute Perl commands from a specific IP?

I have a Debian Jessie 8 server with three unique IPv4 IPs. I connect to the server from Windows 7 via Putty. I can open three Putty windows using each of the three IPs. I am trying to execute a Perl ...
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Count number of lines of output from previous program

I'm trying to count the number of lines of output a certain program produces. The problem is, the program takes a long time to run, and I want to display the output to the user. Is there a way to ...
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How to search from a list of remote file

I've a file which contains a list of remote files: /trunk/a.java /trunk/b.java /tags/v1/a.java I need to search a string into these files' contains. But they're remote file so I need to prefix them ...
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the most minimal Debian/sid installed with debootstrap?

In the past years I used debootstrap to install my desktop Debian (daily usage) and I'm planning to use it once again, but until now I just used debootstrap default options, this time instead I'd like ...
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Flashing screen and blinking underscore at boot

After an aptitude safe-upgrade my laptop doesn't boot any more. I recorded this video of the boot process. I have access to tty1, and from there I can run startx which works without a problem. Here ...
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Failed to disable shorcut on ubuntu14.04 and debian8

I used: gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-applications "[]" gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings close "[]" to disable Alt+Tab and to disable Alt+F4 respectively. In ...
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Server not booting after Debian 8 upgrade

I recently upgraded my server to Debian 8 and the system will no longer fully boot. The server is hosted at OVH so obviously I am getting no help form them as the service is unmanaged, all they sent ...
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How reliable/portable are Nix built-ins/commands (echo, ps, sort, uniq) from Debian to other distros

I've coded a script and am wondering about it's reliability / portability. #!/bin/bash threadsPlease() { ps -mo lwp,c -p $1 | sort -gk 2 | uniq -f 1 } THREAD_LINE=$( threadsPlease $1 | grep -v - ...
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Umount network drives with systemd before shutdown

My shutdown takes quite a long time (I'm on Debian 8.1) and I found out that it can be fixed by unmounting the network drive before shutting down the system. Apparently the network gets disconnected ...
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Backup debian folder to qnap nas with rsync repeatly every day

Sorry for this dummy question, but I really stuck here. I have debian web server, which have a backup with usb hdd. I would like to get that backup and send it to my NAS. My NAS is QNAP model TS-231, ...
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Linux debian based new distro development [on hold]

I try to make debian based distro but confused because the size of debian is already 12 gb then how can i make it small ( i.e lesss than 2 gb ). If possible plz tell me steps what further i should ...
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Using USB intermet through android phone rename dev name

I had a issue every time I connect my phone and enable Internet USB, the assosiated interfaces name changes like enx$(random mac). There's a way to set the name like ppp0 vía udev? I tried vía vendor ...
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Is there any advantage of using Iceweasel and Firefox?

I used Mozilla Firefox in Windows, and now I'm using Iceweasel in Debian 6. Is there any difference to the two programs? What are the advantages and disadvantages to each program? Which one seems ...
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I can't seem to get debian 8 to boot right on powerpc g5

Every time I install it I get a message like press l for Linux, press c for cdrom and it just gets stuck there I don't know what to do. It says specifically: First stage debian GNU/Linux Bootstrap ...
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postfix/smtpd: warning: connect to Milter service unix:/var/run/opendkim/opendkim.sock: No such file or directory

I have problem with postfix on debian after upgrading from squeeze to wheezy. Postfix was configured to sign messages using dkim-filter. Before update, everything was working flawlessly, now it fails ...
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multiple systemd-fcsk message on Debian 8.1 boot

Suddenly, when booting my computer, I see several messages like this: [ 16.123575] systemd-fsck[337]: , 408::f6/00, 306::c6/00, 408::f6/00, ... and in the end: Not automatically fixing this ...
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KDE How to switch between 4 keyboard layouts?

I have KDE 4.14.2 on Debian 8.1 installed. When I have 3 layouts, switching META+Spacebar works perfectly. The problem begins when I am adding 4th layout, switching works incorrectly: I'm only able ...