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Failure booting my custom kernel

I compiled and installed a custom Linux kernel using Debian kernel-package. Everything went OK: .deb files were created and custom vmlinuz and initrd.img were created in /boot and /boot/grub/menu.lst ...
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Debian and Ubuntu power management

I use Debian normally, but whenever Ubuntu releases a new version I tend to use it for some time. In the newer version a lot of changes have been made. In Ubuntu I observed that the backup battery ...
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Debian squeeze: how to disable synaptics touchpad

I just did a huge full-upgrade (been a while since the last so a lot of stuff changed) and also upgraded to kernel 2.6.30. After this I'm having some annoyances with the touchpad: the worst thing is ...
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Does Debian have a x86-64 Distro?

Looks like Debian has AMD64 and IA64 versions, but does not have a x86-64 version, is this correct? Or AMD64 includes x86-64?
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Preventing auto-restart of nautilus on gnome 2.28

Cheers! I dislike disobedience from my system. When I want to explicitly kill Nautilus with kill or killall, I am no longer able to do so. Previously I could disable this erroneous behavior (which ...
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A development machine in VirtualBox - (Debian-min vs Arch Linux vs recommend-one)

I have few years of experience on Linux, mainly Ubuntu (dual-boot). Now I am shifting to Windows, and installing Linux in VirtualBox, Personal Use and Evaluation License (PUEL). I am looking for a ...
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Active partitions with Windows 7 and Debian

On, my system I originally installed Windows 7 and then after that Debian. At this point GRUB would appear and I could choose to boot either Win 7 or Debian. Now after upgrading to the latest version ...
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depends but it is not going to be installed - debian

I'm using debian lenny (stable). I'm trying to downgrade firefox (iceweasel) 3 to latest 2. I uninstalled iceweasel, created pin, added etch repo, updated apt... and i'm getting: apt-get install ...
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How can I map Win + L to lock screen in KDE4?

How can I map the keyboard shortcut to locking a session in KDE 4?
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how to add oldstable repository to sources.list in debian

How do i enable some of oldstable (Etch) packages in my stable (Lenny) Debian install? I'm asking especially about last part of line, what do i write there - oldstable? Or that won't work?
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bbdock or bbutton for Debian/Lenny fluxbox?

I've been getting into the fluxbox window manager more and more, especially using it's more minimal styles. Currently I'm just using Debian/Lenny's default setup. I'm looking for a utility which ...
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With Debian, how can I remove a directory that isn't empty?

In Debian, I want to remove a subdirectory of my home directory. When I try to remove it (with sudo), I get a message saying the directory is not empty, but I cannot see any file inside the directory ...
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How do I get back the default Samba configuration file (Debian-based system)?

I recently installed Samba and I messed up the /etc/samba/smb.conf file. How do I get the original configuration back?
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downgrading firefox3 (iceweasel) to 2 in debian lenny

How do i downgrade iceweasel 3 to 2 in lenny? I tried to use pinning but i think something went wrong (maybe with version i wrote in /etc/apt/preferences) and now 'there's no package available' when i ...
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Installing Mercurial on Debian Lenny

today I've installed Mercurial on Debian, but then realized it was the 1.0 version that is not compatible with new the repository format. I'm not sure which course of action to take, install Mercurial ...
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The internal architecture of apt management system?

To make it more concrete, what's the relationship among apt-get, apt-file, apt-cache, aptitude and dpkg? I know that aptitude is the friendly front end to dpkg - so is apt-get, but less friendly. So ...
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Why is the new Amarok prompting me for Wallet password on start?

Why is the new Amarok prompting me for Wallet password on start? How can you switch it off? What is it used for anyway? Its not the kind of software that needs external passwords etc....
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After partition tool GParted take a screen snapshot, where is the file located?

After partition tool GParted is done with the partitioning, I looked at the details and the further details of each action by clicking on them. To save it as a record, I took 2 screen snapshots too ...
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Unicode characters in bibtex

I am struggling with unicode chars in bibtex (Debian). I have the following entry in my .bib file: @Book{bjork2009, author = {Tomas Björk}, title = {Arbitrage Theory in Continuous Time}, publishe = ...
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How to search for debian packages with command line?

I do know http://packages.debian.org/ provide the search facillity. The problem is how could I search the packages with just command line?
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Firefox Flash & Quicktime plugins under Debian and OpenSolaris?

Please excuse this newbie question: I've got installations of Debian 5 and OpenSolaris 2009.06, both of which have Firefox 3.5.3 setup and running. Unfortunately: 1.Firefox under Debian can't play ...
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How to upgrade to Debian sid from a Ubuntu jaunty on top

I'm trying to migrate from Ubuntu jaunty to Debian sid in order to avoid changing the port every 6 months on Ubuntu. I'm planning to replace the ubuntu respo by the Debian one in /etc/apt/source.list ...
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finding L2 cache size in Linux

I wanted to know how to find L2 cache size in Linux... for L1 cache size, I am doing the following pico /proc/cpuinfo what about L2 cache size?
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Change the default codepage from latin1 to utf8 on a linux machine

How can I change the default codepage/charset on a linux system from latin1 to utf8? I need to do this on two systems, one is running Ubuntu and the other Debian.
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libreadline.so.5: No such file or directory

I just tried running a program installed through a .deb package and get this error: error while loading shared libraries: libreadline.so.5: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory ...
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VMware Workstation - Set up networking etc

I've created a Debian VM in Vmware workstation 6.5 - Called, "Debian" I'm planning to install Subversion, trac etc... on here. How can I set up the VM to be accessed from my Windows 7 host machine? ...
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OS choice between: Debian, gNewSense, and OpenSolaris

I am planning to migrate from Mac OS X and Windows to either a Unix or Linux distribution, i.e. I am a Linux/Unix beginner. Right now the following caught my interest: Debian: Well established with ...
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Is there a way to make FFmpeg seek faster to an end of file on a network share?

I'm using ffmpeg to generate image previews from flv videos. The OS is Debian 5 and it's the apt version of ffmpeg. The flv files are located on a NAS share that is mounted as NFS. Getting the ...
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apt-get not adding to menu?

So I'm running Debian, with lxde. apt-getting things I want, and I felt the strange urge top play kbounce. so I used "apt-get install kbounce" and it installed fine. (I had the menu open at the time, ...
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In Ubuntu/Debian, how do I mark a package as non-auto removable?

Suppose I have a package (a Python package in this case) that I install using Synaptic. Because the version of this package is somewhat outdated, I remove it in Synaptic and then install it using ...
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How tmpfs works in Debian?

I run df -h and found on my Debian Squeeze two tmpfs directory, tmpfs 1.5G 0 1.5G 0% /lib/init/rw tmpfs 1.5G 0 1.5G 0% /dev/shm Then, I added a line in ...
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Using dpkg to install packages from a local directory

I'm refining our installer. The way it works is all our components are made into .deb files. The installer merely calls dpkg on all of them at once, along with their dependencies. This works ...
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where does 'pkg-config' takes its information from?

where does 'pkg-config' takes its information from? What files do I need when building a .deb package ?
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where does pkg-info takes its information from?

Where does pkg-info takes its information from? More precisely, where & what information do I need to put in my .deb package for pkg-info?
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Grub auto fixer

I have managed to kill Grub by upgrading windows (to windows 7) after installing linux, debian. Now i still had a spare blank partition, so i put on some pc-bsd, thinking it would havbe a decent ...
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Outlook Express ( Exchange server compatible ) alternative for Debian/Linux?

I could set it up on my Virtualbox XP partition, but is there any decent application not named Evolution ( it's just a very odd, weird buggy and unstable application IMO ).
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Reroute all requests through port 80 and other possible ports to authenticated proxy?

Disclaimer: I can't test ATM which is why I'm asking. My OS is Debian Lenny. I'm behind the intranet sometimes and have to configure proxy settings manually for a whole slew of applications. ...
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Stick with KDE 3.5?

I'm going to be installing Debian on my main desktop, that I use mainly for development and Internet use. I've used everything from GNOME, to XFCE, going through awesome and, of course KDE 2, 3 and ...
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How can I display the list of all packages installed on my Debian system?

How can I get the list of all packages installed on my Debian system (I know this one is easy)? And also a list of all packages marked as manual? I am thinking about system upgrade, but I can't ...
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Mount Windows CIFS Share with smbclient?

I'm trying to figure out how to share a network windows CIFS share ( I do not manage it ) with smbclient. Initially I tried using the default Debian Lenny mounting application in Places->Connect to ...
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Gnome - Something like Alt-Tab but corresponds to horizontal program list at bottom?

I'm on Debian/Gnome - I've always been using Alt Tab but sometimes I have 20 or so programs and I would prefer if I could jump to the program by hitting something like Alt+F1 or Ctrl+1 so if 'vim' is ...
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How do I migrate from Ubuntu to Debian?

I've been considering migrating my laptop from Ubuntu to Debian. I didn't set up a separate home partition. Is it as easy as just installing Debian over Ubuntu?
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How to read email received on a Debian server

I have a VPS (virtual private server) running Debian Linux. When I login using PuTTY the console shows - "You have mail" I have no idea on how to retrieve this email. Which software do I need to ...
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How to keep a Debian install running after several apt-get dist-upgrade

I have been using my Debian install for a while and I kept dist-upgrading because I didn't want to reinstall everything after every new Release. But now I'm starting to get a few errors at the reboot ...
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How do I install a .deb file in Ubuntu

How do I install a .deb file in Ubuntu
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How do you find out what permissions are the default for a debian package?

I have an installed debian package, upgraded many times, and the permissions on the included files are questionable. I probably changed them at some point. How do I figure out what the original ...
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Ubuntu's /etc/alternatives mechanism

I'm trying to better understand Ubuntu's /etc/alternatives mechanism. The basics are easy: it allow for multiple "providers" to be installed on the same machine, and configures which is the default. ...
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Video and LAN Cards are not recognized on Intel DG41RQ MB

My 32 bit Debian Etch with Etch-n-Half kernel 2.6.24 and Etch-n-half video driver xserver-xorg-video-intel 2.2.1-1~etchnhalf2 does not recognize my on-board LAN and Video. I can work only with VESA ...
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How to disable the screen (Linux without X)

I would like to know if there is any way I can disable the screen on a linux distro I'm using Debian. I found a few way to do that with X installed, but not without X.
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Trying to install debian - but my ethernet card isn't supported

I have a motherboard with a Intel® 82574L PCI-Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller. Supposedly the e1000e driver will support this as of 2.6.26-18 From debian bug 509199 Support for this network ...