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Remove /var partition and replace it with /var into / (root) partition

I accidentaly created a /var partition and I'd like to get rid of it. Is it possible to remove this partition and use the / partition to contain /var without reinstalling the OS or do I have to ...
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Figuring out what OS is on which partition?

So I have both Ubuntu and Crunchbang installed on my laptop, and I'm trying to figure out which one is on which partition. I'm going to install another OS (probably BT) and need to know what ...
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How to safely replace one Linux distribution with another one via SSH?

I'm intending to replace a NAS's Custom Linux with Arch Linux (details at the bottom), of course wishing to preserve all user data and (due to the SSH-only headless access) attempting to be fool-proof ...
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How to mount multiple directories on the same partition?

I am installing an SSD and would like to put / on the SSD and /home, /var, and /tmp on the HDD. My current distro is Kubuntu but I would not mind trying another distro if this procedure can be ...
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Install Debian over Ubuntu using same home partition

I'm interested in changing from Ubuntu to Debian. I currently have 12.04LTS installed on its own boot partition which is separate from the /home partition. I would simply wipe the Ubuntu partition ...
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Installing Fedora along side Ubuntu

I have installed Ubuntu 10.10 by specifying "Use the entire disk" during installation. Now, I would like to install Fedora alongside Ubuntu. I would like to know whether it's possible or not. If it's ...
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If /usr partition not specified, does it go on same partition as root by default?

I plan to install Fedora Linux on a machine with an SSD and an HDD. /boot, and the root will have their own partitions on the SSD. If I want /usr to be on same partition as /, will that occur by ...
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Can I install a distro to one partition while using a distro installed on another?

I currently have two partitions with Linux distros installed on them. I am currently using one with Mint 14, and you could call the other deprecated. I just found out about the release of Mint 15, ...
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Arch Linux - installation with old iso image

Are there any issues when installing Arch Linux with an old ISO image? Generally all packages are downloaded from mirrors during installation, but I want to be sure.
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Debian Wheezy installation with preseed

I have a USB stick with netinst version of Debian Wheezy (testing). I am trying to load a preseed file, named "preseed.cfg" in the USB root folder (same folder as initrd.gz). I use GRUB and my entry ...
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Installing basic OS on a server without console

I'm having a server with some obsolete linux installed. I want to wipe everything out, have a basic Ubuntu installed, and get the IP of the server, and a default username and password. From there ...
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make a linux “from scratch” using package manager?

Is there an easy way yet to make a linux system "from scratch" using a package manager like pacman, dpkg, etc.? For example, something with which you can just say you want a working computer system ...
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Re-installing Ubuntu over a dual boot laptop

I am trying to get ubuntu back to work on my dual boot laptop (Win8 + Ubuntu 12.10). It happens that Ubuntu 12.10 is not loading, and even after checking and repairing errors from LiveCD. Further, ...
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Disconnecting drives for dual-boot installation

Related to my post about my Arch installation, I'm wondering whether the following procedure would work: Disconnect sda Install Arch normally on sdb as if on a single-drive system Disconnect sdb, ...
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How to generate grub.conf from scratch in Fedora 14?

It seems that I hit following bug in Fedora 14 - I deselected installing grub into the MBR while using the graphical installer, because I want to use an existing grub instance. Now, I want to look up ...
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Is it better to partition one drive or use separate drives?

I am a system admin with limited Linux experience, and have been tasked with setting up Cent OS 5.8 64bit install, and creating a template once complete. My main client base will be developers, and I ...
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Installing FreeBSD without removable media from CentOS 6

I've been tasked with installing FreeBSD 8 alongside CentOS 6, without the luxury of removable media. CentOS 6 is already on the machine, and running quite nicely. However, I cannot figure out how to ...
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Running the wizard again after a new system installation

I'm interested in installing Linux Mint on old laptops and giving them away. During initial installation, I'm going to add VNC (or other tools to allow remote support), but interested in leaving the ...
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Debian preseed.cfg/automatic install setup not detecting hard disks

I'm trying to build a Debian automatic install set up using a preseed.cfg file loaded into a client by PXE. The host and client are both Virtual Box VM's. Everything goes smoothly on the client ...
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Failed to boot a fresh FreeBSD 8.2 installation on an Intel SS4200-EHW

I've installed FreeBSD on an Intel SS4200-EHW which has four hard disks and a flash DOM (Disk On Module) disk through an IDE interface. I want to install FreeBSD on the Flash DOM. In order to get the ...
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System freezes upon executing any boot option in a live USB installation of Mint

Problem I'm trying to install Linux Mint 16, 64-bit, MATE using a live USB. The boot option menu itself is responsive and work as expected. However, when I execute any of said boot options, the ...
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Install Fedora20 on external HD

I've been trying to install Fedora20 on my external HD, but have run into problems. Somehow I cannot choose the hard disk to install Fedora. Here is what I've done: First, I went and downloaded the ...
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How to install Windows 8 after arch?

Okay so after a painful 3 days of fixing / changing / reformatting I have finally got Arch Linux install. Now comes the problem. I had to remove Windows when installing Arch but I still need Windows. ...
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How to override anaconda/kickstart package ordering?

I am building a bootable ISO to be used to install a Linux image (Oracle Linux, 5.8). This is using anaconda with a kickstart file to select the packages to be loaded. Some of these packages are ...
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Noninteractive script running over ssh is interrupted as apt-get finishes

When I run the following non interactive script on Ubuntu Server 13.04 it's interrupted when lxc-docker package finishes installation. Script : ssh -o StrictHostKeychecking=no -t -t -i $CERT ...
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How to report back system installation progress

I'd like to do some reporting from the system setup progress for virtualised (libvirt/kvm) Ubuntu servers. I expected some kind of such system to already exist out there, but couldn't find anything. ...
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Trying to install Linux Mint 13 via Wubi, throws me into grub prompt

I'm trying to install Linux Mint 13 with Cinnamon via the 64 bit DVD image from within Windows. I've tried both installing it to C: which is my Windows system disk, but also to D: which is another ...
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How do I find out if my computer has PAE using Linux? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do the flags in /proc/cpuinfo mean? I tried installing CentOS 6.3 on my computer only to see a complaint that my computer doesn't have PAE. I am not sure if my ...
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Choose other timezone when install Debian?

Why can't I select English and choose timezone outside US?
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Removing Debian Installation Prompt

I attempted to install Debian through a CD, with the initial .exe working fine. However, when I rebooted and went through the installation procedure, my system could not tell that there was a disk ...
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Best Disk Partitioning Scheme for a Linux-based Developer Machine

Is there some kind of "best disk partitioning scheme" for a Linux-based web and application developer machine, in terms of performance, organization or others?
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Installing Freebsd as guest OS on kvm without using VNC

I want to run Freebsd as a guest OS on kVM running on Ubuntu server 10.04. All howtos mention VNC as a necessity to start and finish the installation process. Can I install freebsd on kVM without ...
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How to create a customized distribution based on Debian?

I need to create a network with a small group of users. I thought about using Debian distro within computers. To automate it, I searched for automatic installation and customization tools for Linux ...
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Is there a way to find out when an OS instance was installed on a host?

I am currently using RHEL 5.8 and SunOS 5.10 at work and Fedora 16 at home. Is there any way to find out the date when any or all of those OS instances were installed on a host? The reason I want it ...
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Do I need to format a CF before installing Linux?

I recently purchased an 8GB Patriot CF card, like this one . I also have a Syba CF/Sata adapter. I put these together into my mini-itx computer (connected via Sata cables, not USB) and booted an ...
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Where can I get Debian initial version ISOs?

I am interested in installing initial versions of Debian on VirtualBox. Can anybody tell me where I can find these ISOs?
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how install freebsd in minimum size?

I want to install a FreeBSD just to use squid cache server on it. i want to know how can i make this installation to its minimum size? i installed the boot-only ISO file on virtual box, but it took ...
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setting up script in a linux machine for scientific computation [closed]

I'd like to setup machine for test some computation in my old laptop, before replicate the tests on the server. The computation will be image-processing and machine learning, run some program, load ...
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Strange error message during CentOS 6.5 installation regarding disk containing BIOS RAID metadata?

While attempting to use an old 40GB HDD to setup a kind of junky though usable Athon 1GHz system I ran into the following error during the HDD identification/partitioning phase of the installation: ...
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How to install Debian with encrypted / and passphrase required before login-screen?

I'm trying to install Debian in my Dell inspiron 8GB ram + 500GB HD. Althought I could install it without any problems with the regular install and even with a few modifications, I'm trying to ...
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Partition scheme for installation of Debian

I'm installing Debian Wheezy on a 50 GB partition of a 500 GB Seagate SATA hard disk with 2 GB RAM. I want to use following partition scheme, but stuck at: How much (in percent) of disk space should ...
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Should the “laptop” option be selected for netbooks when installing Debian?

When installing Debian on an Eee PC netbook, the "Software selection" screen shows "Desktop environment" is selected by default, but not "Laptop". As laptops are similar to netbooks, should I ...
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Copying a working Linux instead of installing a new one [duplicate]

It is possible to move an installed Linux from one drive to another or from one disk to another by two methods: dd command which copies sector by sector including boot sector cp command, and then ...
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Installing centos server in a virtual machine

I have little Unix/Linux experience, so sorry if this sounds stupid. What I want to do is simple: I want to learn CentOs so that I can manage my own web server. I did so by buying a dedicated and ...
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Got a black screen while booting archlinux installation program

While booting the installation program (via USB), the screen goes black, it looks just like the screen has been switched off. The laptop is a Lenovo Ideapad z475 and, as per the "Beginners' Guide", ...
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How to move the existing mount point from /usr/local to /usr in Ubuntu 11.04?

I am running Ubuntu 11.04. During installation, instead of /usr, I mistakenly assigned /usr/local to a separate partition. Now I want to change the mount point to default to /usr on boot but I don't ...
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Disk is almost full on a server with CPanel

I have VHM system and I have a domain and two subdomain on this system. I tried to take a backup than after sometime I cannot access cpanel but I can access VHM. but some of the VHM options gives disk ...
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Install Arch Linux without overriding MBR

In my PC I have Linux mint XFCE & Windows XP professional. I intend to replace Windows XP with Arch-Linux. But I don't want to override Linux Mint MBR, I want to boot into Arch-Linux using sudo ...
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Bring Debian to second Position in the GRUB Menu at startup

So, I currently have BOSS Linux and I am going to install Debian (currently installing right now) And I want my older OS (BOSS linux), on the first position and the debian, (freshly installed) to be ...
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How to properly use Gentoo Linux as a supplement to an existing distribution?

While I originally wanted to entirely replace the Linux distribution my NAS uses, I meanwhile came to the conclusion that it would be better to leave the existing system as unmodified as possible and ...