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Debian modem problem

I'm a new Debian user, it looks like a very good choice 4 me, every thing is stable, free and easy to use. The problem is, I'm using my modem to establish a dial up connection to the internet (ppp) (...
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Font substitution with ~/.fonts.conf

I'm trying using ~/.fonts.conf to replace Helvetica with Droid Sans, here's the content of the file: <?xml version="1.0"?> <!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd"> <fontconfig> &...
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automatically agree to license agreement when using “apt-get install sun-java6-jre”

i am creating a slient setup script on an ubuntu machine that also installs additional packages. one problem i am having is that the sun java package needs a manual confirmation of the license ...
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How do i install Perl 5.10.1 on Debian, using the packaging system?

I have little to no idea about administrating Debian, but I would like to at least use that release of Perl. Googling has proven unfruitful, so i turn to you, Stackoverflow. Note: Managed to find the ...
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How to use mencoder to speed up video?

There's a webcam streaming WMV video that I can play/record with mplayer/mencoder (Debian Lenny including Debian-multimedia) just fine. I'd like to capture the video such that, when played back, it's ...
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Which Debian Version For Intel Core2 Duo T5450 @ 1.67GHz CPU

Hello I would like to install debian on my laptop. It had 3GB of RAM and an Intel Core2 Duo T5450 @ 1.67GHz CPU. I would like to download the "netinst" version of the Debian installer from the link ...
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How to restrict where a user can do in Debian

I have just added a new user in Debian but i am just wondering how i can restrict their access to other folders, really i just want them to stay in their own directory /home/username
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Install SFTP on Debian Lenny use root user to login

I am new to linux. I have a server that I have successfully installed Debian Lenny on and everything else needed for a LAMP server. But I am unsure how to setup FTP. My first attempt went horribly ...
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Setting environment variables in Linux for all processes

I am using Ubuntu 9.1 (Karmic Koala) on my server. A simple matter of setting environment variables so that they are globally available across all processes is driving me crazy and I'd appreciate ...
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Unrar files via debian command line

The unrar command does not seem to work for some files. If I unrar the files with WinRar on Windows it works without a charge. These files are password encrypted and split into multiple files.
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Windows version of Linux 'Monospace' font

I'd really like a Windows version of the 'Monospace' font. In other words that exact font, I don't mean 'I want a monospaced font for Windows'.
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Libserial Package, debain [closed]

I'm looking for the Libserial (the C++ RS232 Library) in debain but i cant find it. am i getting the name wrong?
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Howto build g++ from source *and* pass options to `configure`

I would like to rebuild g++ with my own specific settings. Here is what I did so far: sudo aptitude install build-dep g++-4.2 mkdir trial && cd trial apt-get source g++-4.2 Now I want to ...
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Debian Lenny expects udev on a vps that doesn't support it

Primary symptom: /proc/self/fd is there and normally populated, however /dev/fd is not. Process substitution therefore fails, because bash wants to create files under /dev/fd. /dev/.static/ and /dev/...
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Movie clips capture from camcorders over firewire in Debian testing/unstable

What is the best way to capture clips from camcorders over firewire? When I did it last time 1+ year ago I used Kino and the raw1394 kernel driver. When I tried to do it this week with the latest ...
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Opensolaris or debian as dev and file server?

I'm setting up a new dev and file share server for myself in the closet from my old desktop. I've been running Debian as long as I can remember and have nothing to blaim. Now I'm looking at ZFS and ...
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How to update the kernel from 2.6.16 on Debian squeeze?

I just did an update of my Debian system on my vserver from lenny to squeeze as described here. I got some errors during the install, saying that glibc couldn't be updated. I did an apt-get -f ...
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How to tell from what Ubuntu or Debian repository a package comes?

On a Debian-based system, including Ubuntu, how can one tell which repository a package will be downloaded from, without actually beginning the download? aptitude show and apt-cache info will show the ...
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Is it possible to configure Kde 4 to resize windows to half desktop size when moved to the side of the screen?

In Windows 7 You can drag a window to the edge of the screen (the mouse pointer must touch the edge), windows offers you to resize the window to exactly half of the screen size. This is actually very ...
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PcLinuxOs demands I use only one repository at time. Is it right?

I come to your presence with this question that is paralyzing my coding efforts. PclinuxOs was my distro of choice for reliability, but it is jealous and does not permit me to add repos from, say, ...
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USB joystick with Linux only works when I disconnected and reconnected its

HI! I have a problem that it can easy, but I didn't find a solution yet. When I turn on my computer using a Debian or Ubuntu and tried to use the joystick the commands of joystick doesn't pass to SO....
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Xsane is unable to detect scanner device

I'm using debian lenny, I bought a new Hp officejet j4500 scanner but the xsane is unable to detect the scanner. It says device not found. If I run xsane as root it detects and works properly it is ...
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SHELLOPTS Defaults?

Using Debian 5.0 (Lenny)...I can't find where SHELLOPTS is being set by default. I've checked: ~/.bashrc ~/.profile ~/.bash_profile (doesn't exist) /etc/bash.bashrc /etc/profile ... nowhere to be ...
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Chrome for Linux doesn't display pdf's

I am using latest chrome package for Debian and it doesn't seem to handle acrobat plugin correctly - when I open a pdf there is just nothing on the screen (kind of dark grey colour). How can I ...
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How can I make grub2 boot into Windows 7?

I had Windows 7 installed on my system, then I installed Debian testing with grub2 as its boot manager. Initially I couldn't see windows entry in grub at all, so I ran: aptitude install os-prober ...
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How to reinstall a package using apt-get?

It seems that my aptitude is somehow broken sudo aptitude update 0% [Working]Segmentation fault dmesg [223282.616599] aptitude[30972]: segfault at 67707f ip 7f954dcfae5d sp 7ffff5a5f950 error 4 in ...
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NVidia drivers in Debian testing

I was trying to compile the nvidia (proprietary) drivers yesterday (there is some old version in Debian testing, 173.something I believe), but it failed miserably. Anyone managed to fix the problem? ...
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Mouse support on console

Can someone please remind me which package I need to install to use mouse in the standard (non X-windows) terminal?
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Disk operations freeze Debian

I have just installed Debian testing on my new desktop and I am not very happy with performance - when I perform a disk intensive operation, e.g. upgrade packages in the system, everything seems to ...
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Debian Lenny: is my system up-to-date?

Howto find out if a Debian Lenny 64-bit is up-to-date? When I run sudo aptitude update it only tells me something like ... Hit http://ftp.de.debian.org lenny Release Hit http://ftp.de.debian.org ...
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Cannot install mc using apt-get

I'm trying to install mc using apt-get: apt-get install mc ... and get the following error: Failed to fetch http://ftp.debian.org/debian/pool/main/m/mc/mc_4.6.2-2_i386.deb 404 Not Found [...
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Have: Debian - Doesn't work: Internet - Need: make or automake

I recently installed Debian Lenny 5.0.3 on a macbook (black, model 4,1). The system seems to work. However, I found out that my ethernet port is not working (I have only used wireless so far), and ...
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Monitoring systems fans and temperatures

I am trying to use GKrellM (http://members.dslextreme.com/users/billw/gkrellm/gkrellm.html) to monitor my system's fans/temperatures (I am trying to undervolt the fans a bit to make the systems ...
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Single application through OpenVPN tunnel (Debian Lenny)

I'm using Debian Lenny and I want to tunnel rtorrent only through a OpenVPN tunnel. I have a tunnel running, the config file looks like this: client dev tun proto udp remote openvpn.xxx.com 1194 ...
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Change keyboard layout in Linux

could someone remind me which package do I need to reconfigure to change the default console keyboard layout in Debian?
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What is the relationship between s2disk and hibernate?

On a Debian system, there are packages called uswsusp and hibernate. The former contains a program named s2disk, the latter contains a program called hibernate. Superficially, these both do the same ...
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how to add a SMB (samba) password for a user in Debian, when there is no smbpasswd binary?

I have samba installed on a Debian server of mine, and I use libpam-smbpass to keep UNIX and SMB passwords in sync. Passwords are only changed from unix logins via shell at the moment. However, just ...
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Trying to install Rmagick on Debian

One of things you need to do to get Rmagick installed apt-get install libmagick9-dev When I try that I get the following errors Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree... Done Some ...
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How can I run systemsettings in super user mode in kde 4.3.4

I am trying to set up samba server on my box, and the easiest way seems to be to use the kde4 samba setting dialog. I need to run it as super user though. I tried su - systemsettings but the ...
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Debian system drive upgrade: copy filesystems from MBR partitions to GPT?

My home server runs Debian Lenny, and I'm about to upgrade the system drive to a larger drive. In the process, I want to take the opportunity to reorganize the partitions and resize them. For ...
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Vim and mouse with ssh from Mac to Linux

I certainly know it's possible to make the mouse work in Vim on a remote session to a Linux machine from my Mac, but I haven't figured out just how. Daily vim gives a tip on making it work but if I ...
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What exactly is the sh command?

I can't figure out what the sh command is? http://unixhelp.ed.ac.uk/CGI/man-cgi?sh Does it execute a file? like in tomcat: sh /usr/local/tomcat/bin/shutdown.sh Sorry, just confused.
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SOCKS5 Proxy Setup on Debian

Is there a package I can install in debian that will create a SOCKS5 proxy on some port? (preferably with authentication) I'd like to use this with uTorrent. If not, how do you setup a socks5 proxy ...
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Making aptitude less verbose

People say that aptitude on Debian is so much better than apt-get, but I find it less usable. (See examples below.) Is there any configuration magic for aptitude to get rid of those useless status ...
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Can it cause problems to switch from apt-get to aptitude?

I've been thinking about switching to aptitude, but I've heard people say "if you're already using apt-get, you should wait until your next installation to switch." Why do people say this? What sort ...
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Aptitude vs. apt-get: Which is the recommended (aka the “right”) tool to use?

Some time ago I read that aptitude is the preferred tool for installation on Debian-based systems. But when you search around on how to administer a Debian-based system, then aptitude is rarely ...
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Which Debian package architecture am I using?

What's the command to find out which Debian package architecture I'm using? eg, on a 64 bit x86, I'm expecting something like amd64, i386 on 32 bit x86 and darwin-x86_64 from OSX 10.6 (via Fink).
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Demystifying Font Appearance on Linux : The Proper Way

Can someone enlighten me on the way font appearance (hinting, antialiasing) works? As far as I understand, There is .fonts.conf There are individual font settings for Gnome, XFCE and KDE (or do they ...
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What could be causing problems with network install of Debian?

I'm trying to perform a Network install of Debian on a spare PC I have. I'm using Windows XP Pro as my "server" machine and the "client" has a clean Hard Drive with several network cards in that can ...
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Add USB Keyboard to Sheevaplug (Debian 2.6)?

Totally unfamiliar with Linux, I try to add a USB keyboard to a Sheevaplug headless ARM computer running Linux debian 2.6.22.18 Accessing the Sheevaplug from a shell (remote, via Ethernet) ... login ...