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debian: count connections/traffic to closed ports

I got a new VPS on the same machine on which I already have a VPS. But up-/download is much slower on the new VPS. Is there a possibility to check if there are clients trying to connect to a closed ...
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debconf: DbDriver “config”: /var/cache/debconf/config.dat is locked by another process

I ran apt-get upgrade on my debian/testing system and now I get the error above. How can I fix this? shell transcript follows: 136 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 40 not upgraded. 1 not ...
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JDBC Communication link failure. iptable setup

I have a java application that runs on my work machine, but wont connect on the production server. Heres the connection code: String db = "jdbc:mysql://localhost:3306/"+database+ "?...
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How do I see the changelog for a debian/ubuntu deb package?

I'm running Ubuntu and I have a deb file installed. I've made deb packages before, so I know there is a debian changelog (debchange). Is there anyway to see the debian changelog for any package that I ...
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Settings up SVN server with MySQL authentication

The last few days I have been trying to set up my home SVN server using MySQL authentication. I believe I have all the applications installed, and hoped everything was configured right... but it still ...
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Tor + Privoxy on Debian Lenny Problems

I've followed the instructions here, to get it running on my debian server. http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/debian-ubuntu-linux-install-onionrouter-software/ Everything is installed. I've configured ...
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How to see actual size of tcp send and receive buffers?

we are on a debian system and are trying to tune the tcp/ip stack to our needs. We all know that you can set the maximum tcp buffer size with some kernel parameters like this: net.ipv4.tcp_wmem = ...
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Using ex in init scripts

I'm using ex to modify configuration files from an /etc/init.d/CONFIG script. I'm using debian squeeze (updated yesterday) My problem is: It's impossible to start ex / vi in init scripts with the vi ...
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Debian Blocked IP's

I am debugging access to a remote service via. my Debian VPS. IPTables is used and allows outward port 21 traffic. The remote service is an FTP server (which I can access from my own PC and is not ...
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Linux Server update / upgrade policy

I am running Debian Stable on all our servers. Debian Stable always gets security and other important updates time to time which includes Kernel Updates too. Do one have to immediately update all ...
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Is it better to install server applications from an official distribution, or should I download and install (and manage) my own version?

I've often seen system administrators download and install server applications, including "stock" applications such as Apache, under a dedicated /srv or /opt directory instead of installing them from ...
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Which email server should I use for Debian?

I'm on Debian 5 and I want to set up an email server for POP3, IMAP and SMTP. I heard that there are several solutions for this out there, including Cyrus. What email server (that ideally supports ...
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“aptitude -f install” fails

using debian lenny and trying to do a "aptitude -f install" I get this error message: Can't exec "locale": No such file or directory at /usr/share/perl5/Debconf/Encod ing.pm line 16. Use ...
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Using Minicom While Connected

I am running Debian on an Embedded system and am trying to use minicom to periodically get the signal strength of my USB EVDO modem using the AT+CSQ command. When the modem is not connected, I can ...
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New to RAID and redundancy

I just purchased an HP Proliant DL580 G2 server. I have never used RAID, but this system comes with: Smart Array 5i Plus Controller (integrated on system board), Dual Channel, Ultra3 (supports RAID ...
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Apt-cacher and Apt-proxy

Does anyone know the differences between apt-proxy and apt-cacher or know of a better package proxy cacher for Ubuntu? I used apt-proxy, but it hangs in weird places and gives me weird errors ...
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Looking for an addressbook (web)application that read/writes LDAP

In an existing infra-structure based on Debian/Cyrus/Exim/Horde/LDAP I'm trying to make all the clients (OSX and Windows 7, preferably also iPhone and blackberry) work with a centralized LDAP ...
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proftpd on debian - authuserfile

I have installed proftpd on my debian 4.0 server. I have modified the proftpd.conf file so that there is a statement for AuthUserFile, which points to a valid file. The file is configured per the ...
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Install PostgreSQL on Ubuntu without starting it

I want to install PostgreSQL 8.4 (or any service) on Ubuntu 10.4 (or any Linux distro) without it starting up as part of the installation. Right now when I do a sudo apt-get install postgresql-8.4 ...
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when running ps aux, it shows uids instead of users

I am running Debian 5.03. 2.6.18. When I run ps aux to look at running processes, some of them show the uid of the user, and others show the actual username. However if I run top, it shows the ...
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LVM volume group not found (debian lenny)

Earlier I solved the problem with a kind help :) http://serverfault.com/questions/170793/software-raid-1-on-debian-grub-cursor-blinking I can see the menu and can go into my XP again. However, I am ...
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software RAID 1 on Debian - GRUB cursor blinking

I have two 500GB drives, and previously I had XP installed and Debian. 6 months ago I replaced one of the drives, and only XP survived. But that's okay. I cleaned up the mess. I need to setup the ...
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Lighttpd vhost config

I am running lighttpd on Debian. Is there a way I can place my virtual host designations outside of the /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf file? I want to try for a cleaner approach, as my file is getting ...
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Ubuntu vs Debian for lighttpd and mysql servers

I am totally used to running a Debian system for my lighttpd server and MySQL. Would there be any benefits to running an Ubuntu 10.04 web and mysql server vs my Debian 5 web server any mysql servers? ...
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Remove dead HD in Raid1?

I am on debian, raid1, one of the drives seems dead. root@rescue ~ # cat /proc/mdstat Personalities : [raid1] md1 : active raid1 sda2[0] 486279424 blocks [2/1] [U_] md0 : active raid1 sda1[0] ...
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how to: rescue Data from MySQL (only files on HDD left)

After eventually managing to upgrade my debian virtual server from etch to lenny. (Read here for the full story: http://serverfault.com/questions/168808/debian-upgrade-from-etch-to-lenny-fails) I now ...
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server virtualization: hypervisor (xen) or virtualbox?

Hey guys! I just set up a debian server for websites but now I need to install a windows server on the same machine because I need to run a game server (windows-only). Virtualbox is already installed ...
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Debian: Tunnel incoming connections (SSH)

Hey! Is it possible to use a SSH connection to tunnel incoming traffic to server1 to server2, so server1 acts like a proxy? Or is there a better way to do it? Cross-server connection should be ...
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debian: upgrade from etch to lenny fails

The error message is: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/debianutils_2.30_i386.deb (--unpack): trying to overwrite `/usr/sbin/add-shell', which is also in package passwd How can I solve ...
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Changing non-root user passwords from root (if you don't know the old password?) [closed]

Hey, so I created a user, and he has been sshing in and doing a lot of stuff, but he forgot his password - is there any way for me to change his password without knowing it?
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how to synchronise Linux/Debian machine

Hi I am using the Linux machine. I am configuring it for the session repication of the tomcat. My requirement is that both the machine must be synchronise with some standard time. May be with some ...
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Getting Started with vServers

Sorry to ask a newby question, but do documents describing the first steps with a Debian vServer exist on the Internet? Any kind of tutorial-like documentation for absolute beginners would also ...
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Sendmail MTA, smarthost not working

I have configured Sendmail to work with a smarthost by adding the following line to the configuration define('SMART_HOST', 'smtp.ISP.TLD')dnl and after that I issued make -C /etc/mail The mail ...
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Emulating the default Ubuntu partitioning scheme

When I install Ubuntu and tell it to use the first full disk, it creates the following partitions, numbered 1 and 5: sda1 / sda5 swap When I create two partitions manually, the partitions are ...
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webserver on VPS (Ubuntu or Debian)

I have a VPS server, I want create a webserver, and host php, ruby sites. What do you think, i need a isp control panel or lampp server (xampp for linux) is enough? I have some domain names and I want ...
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Help configuring talk/talkd

I am troubleshoot/configure "talk" http://linux.about.com/od/commands/l/blcmdl1_talk.htm Will be using it to securily communicate with other users, share logins and such and chat specially that we ...
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Changes between DHCP and Static IP. Randomly?

I have a Debian Lenny server, that was setup with DHCP at install time, but I have changed it to have a static IP instead. Now it changes between having a dhcp and a static ip almost randomly. Is ...
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How set PATH for all users in Debian?

I have a Debian Lenny server, and I would like the www-data user to have /usr/local/zend/bin in its PATH, so it can execute a script in cron as www-data. How do I add /usr/local/zend/bin to PATH, so ...
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Virtual machine (ubuntu desktop) on a debian server

I want to install an 32bit ubuntu desktop on a 64bit debian server. The host does not have any desktop environment installed and I don't want to install one but the virtual machine should be a desktop ...
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Unable to Install Samba after uninstalling?

I have removed samba using : apt-get --purge remove samba and then Manually removed the smb.conf using rm *.* after going to the Samba directory. Now While I trying to install Samba again I am ...
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Make nginx be able to access all web files when not running as root

I currently have my server setup as follows A new linux user is created for every website The websites root folder will be owned by this user and has 700 or 500 nginx runs as root:root so it can ...
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Debian process eating bandwidth like crazy… no go look for it

    I have a nice little headless Debian machine setup for small automated tasks. But a few days ago i noted there is a big bandwidth RX on this one, more than the one predicted. &...
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Checking deb dependencies against the current system

I know I can list the .deb's dependencies using dpkg --info, but is there any automated way to check those dependencies against the current system? What I'm interested in, the status: whether the ...
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milter-regex / Ubuntu or Debian

I have been using milter-regex (http://www.benzedrine.cx/milter-regex.html) on Redhat for some time and am moving to Ubuntu. When compiling the source from their website, I get errors, even though I ...
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SNMP System view not returning memory information

I've configured SNMP properly (Removed the paranoia user and alike) and set it up with Zenoss, however it seems that Zenoss can't get the memory info from the server. snmpwalk also shows no memory ...
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VMware virtual machine network devices malfunctioning

I'm running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and VMvware workstation 7.0.1 build-227600. The virtual machine i'm running in VMware is a custom distribution built on Debian Linux version 3.1. I'm still pretty much a ...
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Is adding users to the group www-data safe on Debian?

Many PHP applications do self-configuration and self-updating. This requires apache to have write access to the PHP files. While chgrp'ing them all to www-data appears like a good practice to avoid ...
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where can I download whole debian 5 packages?I want to have all the repositries offline

I want to download all debian 5's standard repositories but I haven't found yet which place I can locate for doing that. where can I find a place to download those? I've heard that there 5 dvd other ...
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apt-get update fails on Debian etch

I have a debian server running Etch. I can no longer seem to run apt-get update properly: root@charm osqa ] apt-get update Ign http://ftp.uk.debian.org etch Release.gpg Ign http://ftp.uk.debian.org ...
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Help on chroot sftp user

I have 5 sites all under /home/mainuser. I have created user in /home/user1, currently the sftp works and the user is jailed to his folder. However, I want it to have access to 2 sites in /home/...