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Questions tagged [debian]

Questions specific to the Debian official distribution (stable, testing, or unstable); if you are using a derivative of Debian (e.g. Mint, Ubuntu, Kali, etc), then use that distribution’s tag instead.

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How do I run 32-bit programs on a 64-bit Debian/Ubuntu?

I have a 64-bit (amd64 a.k.a. x86_64) Debian or Ubuntu installation. I need to run 32-bit (i386/i686) programs occasionally, or to compile programs for a 32-bit system. How can I do this with a ...
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Wi-Fi problems using ASUS USB-N13 adapter (realtek)

I have recently bought an ASUS Wi-Fi adapter (USB-N13), and I seem to be having some trouble with it. Every so often, the Wi-Fi connection just stops working, but the indicator says that I'm still ...
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How can I install more recent versions of software than what Debian provides?

Suppose I want a more recent version of software than is available for my current version of an operating system, what can I do? Cases to consider: There are semiofficial/official sources of ...
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How to find out which (not installed) Debian package a file belongs to?

On Debian systems (and derivatives): $ dpkg --search /bin/ls coreutils: /bin/ls That is, the file /bin/ls belongs to the Debian package named coreutils. But this only works if the package is ...
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Separate Network Traffic on Two Network Interfaces

I am not an R&S professional, so much of that realm of computing escapes me. Could you lend your expertise in helping understand how to go about configuring the separation of network traffic on ...
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Whither /etc/init.d/skeleton?

Long-standing advice on writing van Smoorenburg rc scripts for Debian, from many sources including the Debian Policy Manual and answers on StackExchange, until now has been: An example on which you ...
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Access to original contents of mount point

On my headless NAS I have sdf1 (a flash-card) mounted as / while /home is mounted from lv00 (an LVM volume backed by a software RAID). To be able to access the machine when the RAID fails, I have a ...
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CIFS randomly losing connection to Windows share

I have had a couple of directories mounted remotely from a Debian Jessie, in a Windows share, for a few months. In the last weeks, I keep having complaints of random disconnects from the mountpoint, ...
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Can not create SFTP user Debian 7

I have a linode and I access via ssh throw terminal. I need to create an sftp user which his default directory (and the only he can access) is /var/www/xxxxxx.com/public_html/directory Now, I did it, ...
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How to add repository from shell in Debian?

In Ubuntu one can add a repository via following command - sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair As Ubuntu is based on Debian code base, I was expecting that the same would work in ...
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Debian based system, only one gui program, nothing else

I would like to make a debian system where you can only open one GUI program at boot, no other graphical interface, no minimize, or any X apart from that program, is there a way to do it on debian if ...
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What should I do before dual-booting Windows 7 and Debian on EFI?

I'm about to purchase an Asus motherboard with EFI firmware and wanted to prepare myself for installing Windows and Debian once the hardware arrives. I was hoping that someone who has gone down this ...
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What's with all the renames: prename, rename, file-rename?

On my Debian system (well, my LMDE system, but close enough), I have at least 3 different rename programs: /usr/local/bin/rename : This is a Perl script, written by Tom Christiansen. Oddly enough, I ...
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How Smooth is Upgrading Linux kernel in Debian 8.5?

I would like to upgrade my Linux kernel to 4.7 in Debian 8.5, since it has significant better Skylake 6th generation support than the current linux kernel. In Ubuntu 16.04, the upgrade is easy. ...
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Installing Debian on Kaby Lake machine: difficulties with X.org

I just recently bought a new PC, and I am unable to install debian system proprerly. Now I will provide you in most detailed way my configuration and status: PC: CPU: i7 7700K (Kaby Lake with Intel ...
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Why is 'ls' suddenly wrapping items with spaces in single quotes?

I just noticed that on one of my machines (running Debian Sid) whenever I type ls any file name with spaces has single quotes surrounding it. I immediately checked my aliases, only to find them ...
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How do I install a single package from Debian testing or unstable on stable?

I want to install a single package (and its dependencies, but only to the extent those are not satisfiable in Wheezy) from Debian Jessie onto my Wheezy system, without upgrading "everything and the ...
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getting Checkpoint VPN SSL Network Extender working in the command line

The official Checkpoint out command line tool from CheckPoint, for setting up a SSL Network Extender VPN is not longer working from the Linux command line. It is also no longer actively supported by ...
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List packages on an apt based system by installation date

How can I list installed packages by installation date? I need to do this on debian/ubuntu. Answers for other distributions would be nice as well. I installed a lot of stuff to compile a certain ...
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Installing Steam on Debian

I have ran into some issues when it went down to install Steam on Debian. The console as well as Apper comes up with missing dependencies and the package isn't going to install.
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What is the real difference between “apt-get” and “aptitude”? (How about “wajig”?)

I know that both apt-get and aptitude are command line package management interfaces on Debian derived Linux, with different options, but I'm still somewhat confused. Under the hood, aren't they ...
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What does adduser do that useradd doesn't?

In addition to the more widespread useradd, Debian based systems also contain an additional adduser command which provides a higher level interface for adding users and some related tasks. There are ...
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Why can't I run GUI apps from 'root': “No protocol specified”?

I installed debian onto my machine last night. Now, I don't understand why I can't run GUI apps from a terminal when running as root. For example: sudo -i glxgears Generates the following output: ...
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Can I resize the root partition without uninstalling and reinstalling Linux (or losing data)?

I have started using a machine that has both Debian and Windows 7 installed. However, after installing some programs I started getting a message that there is not enough space. I knew that the system ...
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How do I replicate installed package selections from one Debian system to another? (Debian Wheezy)

I am trying to set up a staging environment in a VM, in order to test updates before applying them to my main system. In order to do so, I have done a basic installation of Debian Wheezy (same as on ...
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How to ensure exclusive CPU availability for a running process?

At first, the question seems to be a little bit silly/confusing as the OS does the job of managing process execution. However, I want to measure how much some processes are CPU/IO-bound and I feel ...
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What packages are installed by default in Debian? Is there a term for that set? Why some of those packages are `automatically installed` and some not?

It's a very simple question, but I wonder, is there a term to refer to the subset of packages that is automatically installed by Debian distribution? I though that it had something to do with ...
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Better method for acting on IP address change from the ISP?

I have a Debian server at home. The server is my router and provides VPN access to the outside. I do not have a static IP address; the lease time given by the ISP is two hours. This cable cell which ...
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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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SSH tunnel through middleman server - how to connect in one step (using key pair)?

My question is basically how to turn my existing two steps into one step. I have a working SSH tunnel set up between two computers using a middleman server like this: Kubuntu_laptop--->nat_fw---&...
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How to create a DEB file manually?

I want to create a DEB file manually. I would like to just provide a folder which contains data to install, and a script to be executed after installation. Is this possible?
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Purpose and typical usage of /etc/rc.local

The header looks like this: #!/bin/sh -e # # rc.local - executed at the end of each multiuser runlevel # # Make sure that the script will "exit 0" on success or any other # value on error. What is ...
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How to install CUDA Toolkit 7/8/9 on Debian 8 (Jessie) or 9 (Stretch)?

How to install Cuda Toolkit 7.0 or 8 on Debian 8? I know that Debian 8 comes with the option to download and install CUDA Toolkit 6.0 using apt-get install nvidia-cuda-toolkit, but how do you do this ...
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What is the difference between the “jessie” and “jessie-updates” distributions in /etc/apt/sources.list?

The debian wiki page for the apt sources list gives this example file: deb http://httpredir.debian.org/debian jessie main deb-src http://httpredir.debian.org/debian jessie main deb http://httpredir....
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Is there a command that outputs ONLY the packages explicitly installed by the user? (ubuntu/debian)

I have tried searching for this but there seems to be no command that can output a list of packages (ideally in Ubuntu) that I have installed, not including any dependencies.
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Debian 9, APT, and “GPG error: … InRelease: The following signatures were invalid:”

I publish a Debian repository. It was signed with a 4096-bit GPG key, and has been merrily in use from Debian 7 and Debian 8 systems for some time. Recently, one of my users reported that Debian 9 ...
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Why is the rename utility on Debian/Ubuntu different than the one on other distributions, like CentOS?

On CentOS, the rename command uses two simple strings, from and to. rename from to file... while on Debian/Ubuntu it uses a perl-style regular expression. rename [ -v ] [ -n ] [ -f ] perlexpr [ ...
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rc.local Not working Debian 8

I'm trying to start a Shell Script on boot/startup I tried to edit the /etc/rc.local file, but it didn't work #!/bin/sh -e # # rc.local # # This script is executed at the end of each multiuser ...
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startx autologin does not run in /etc/inittab in after Debian Jessie update

I installed a minimal Debian system (stable) without GUI, switched to testing/jessie to be able to get the Cinnamon desktop, but X didn't start on boot. If I log in as myself at the CLI, I can type ...
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Not sure what starts this systemd unit file

So I've been looking at the openvpn configuration on my Debian 9 based server and found something that I cannot explain in the systemd unit files for the openvpn daemon. The daemon itself is starting ...
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Simplest way to send one-line mail out via command line using gmail?

Using Raspbian and Ubunntu 16.04 LTS so need a generic Linux solution. Requirement is simple: I need a way to send one-line email messages from the command line. I have set up a gmail account just ...
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How to enable diffie-hellman-group1-sha1 key exchange on Debian 8.0?

I am unable to ssh to a server that asks for a diffie-hellman-group1-sha1 key exchange method: ssh 123.123.123.123 Unable to negotiate with 123.123.123.123 port 22: no matching key exchange method ...
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What is $debian_chroot in .bashrc?

What is the debian_chroot variable in my bashrc file? and what is it doing here? PS1='${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\u@\h:\w\$ '
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How to undo sudo add-apt-repository?

I run sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/indicators to install my-weather-indicator but it requires GTK3 and I don't want to proceed. So I'd like to undo that command. I'd checked my /etc/apt/...
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How do I install “non-free firmware” (wifi driver) from USB? (Debian)

I just installed Debian on laptop, it tells me Some of your hardware needs non-free firmware files to operate. The firmware can be loaded from removable media, such as a USB stick or floppy. ...
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locale not found/setting locale failed - what should I do?

I've installed Debian 7 i386 on my VPS (OpenVZ). Everything works fine, except locales - any attempt to install anything shows: [...] perl: warning: Setting locale failed. perl: warning: Please check ...
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Can't get Intel HD 5500 graphics to work with Debian

I'm using Debian 8, but my integrated graphics card does not seem to be used. This is on an Asus Zenbook UX303 which uses HD 5500 integrated graphics: $ sudo lspci -vnn | grep VGA -A 12 00:02.0 VGA ...
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Debian - how to run a script on startup as soon as there is an internet connection ready for use?

I am running Debian 7 Wheezy and I need to start some screens on startup as soon as there is a fully functional internet connection. However, not, if the internet connection broke and was connected ...
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Automounting USB sticks on Debian

I'm running Debian Squeeze on a plug computer (so SSH only, no GUI) and what I'm trying to do is get it so that when a USB stick is plugged in, it gets automatically mounted. What I've done is ...
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How to install GCC 5 on debian jessie 8.1

I tried many solutions to install update for my gcc compiler on debian server. None of them worked. I need the compiler update to use new features of c++11, as this provides a stable libcxx11 ABI, and ...