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Debian GNU/Linux is a widespread Linux distribution focusing on stability, security, and the free software philosophy.

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Can I create an SSH user which can access only certain directory?

I have a Virtual Private Server which I can connect to using SSH with my root account, being able to execute any linux command and access all the disk area, obviously.I would like to create another ...
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Join multiple MP3 files (lossless)

How do you join multiple MP3 files into one? "cat" and "mp3wrap" are no good as they produce non standard MP3 files. I know I can use audacity, but when you have 1000's of MP3 files to join into one,...
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Reload a Linux user's group assignments without logging out

When assigning a user's secondary group list using:# usermod -G <grouplist> <user>is it possible to force this group assignment to take effect without logging out all running sessions?...
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How to install the real Firefox on Debian?

Debian 6 ("Squeeze") uses a rebranded version of Firefox called Iceweasel. It, however, lacks plugin support, and most of my favorites don't work.So what is best way to install the "real" Firefox on ...
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Minimal emacs24 installation on ubuntu

I need a minimal emacs 24 installation for distribution in a virtual box. When I try to install emacs-snapshot from synaptics I get tons of stuff installed like ghostscript and imagemagic and various ...
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mount dev, proc, sys in a chroot environment?

I'm trying to create a Linux image with custom picked packages.What I'm trying to do is to hand craft the packages I'm going to use on an XO laptop, because compiling packages takes really long time ...
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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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What is the relationship between Unix, Linux, Ubuntu, Debian and Android?

What is the relationship between Unix, Linux, Ubuntu, and Debian? I suspect they are all Operating Systems that are based upon one another - similar to how Windows is based on DOS. Is my suspicion ...
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How do I find out which package owns a file?

How do I find out what Debian package a file came from?
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Flash files (.swf) prompts for download instead of opening

I used to be able to drag .swf files into Chromium, and they would play just fine.Recently, that stopped working. Doesn't work in Chromium or Iceweasel. Both browsers instead prompt to download the ....
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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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Can I clone a root file system of a running server via ssh?

I want to make a backup of a running server. Every config files and everything without turning it off. How can I accomplish this? Is it ok to try copying it all? Because I had problems with the root ...
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Unable to resolve hostname to ip

On my Debian server, the hostname is set to "debian." When I tried to ping debian from another Linux machine, it says "ping: cannot resolve debian: Unknown host." When trying to ping to any other ...
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Debian grub2 update removed Windows boot option

Since I updated grub to grub 2 I no longer get the option to boot to Windows (which is unfortunately sometimes necessary for proprietary MSIE browser plugins I need to use for work).Relevant /boot/...
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sudo permission denied

I ran this code:sudo cat <<EOF | sudo sed -e "s,%,$,g" >/etc/init.d/dropboxecho "Hello World"EOFBut even though, I get "permission denied", cause you have to be root to make changes ...

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