Debian Configuration :: Squeeze: Grub Uses Device Name Instead Of PartID?

Feb 11, 2011

I'm configuring a machine with Debian 6. I booted from the DVD, took the defaults, and it eventually came up with a Gnome desktop. Everything worked as expected.

I then installed gcc, g++, the Debian kernel source, and built a new kernel with preemptive multitasking turned on. It built clean, I ran "make install" and it put the kernel files in /boot. I rebooted and got a kernel panic error, to the effect that it couldn't find the root filesystem.

/boot/grub/grub.cfg shows

"linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-5-686 root=UUID=1890437b-5884-4b83-97cf-62d39f63c872 ro single"

for the original install, but the entry for the new kernel has

"linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.30DW-preempt root=/dev/sda1 ro quiet"
/etc/fstab has
# / was on /dev/sda1 during installation
"UUID=1890437b-5884-4b83-97cf-62d39f63c872 / ext3 errors=remount-ro 0 1"

I've tried changing the grub entry to UUID, but the new kernel still panics. grub-mkconfig and update-grub just rebuild the split UUID=/sda1 grub.cfg. The new kernel still seems to be looking for /dev/sda1 even after changing grub.

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Debian Configuration :: Missing CD / DVD Device In Squeeze

Apr 3, 2010

I've been testing Squeeze to determine whether KDE4 is finally suitable for my primary machine. Everything seems to be working fine except for detection of IDE devices. My CD/DVD drive no longer automounts and the reason seems to be that no device is being created. My Lenny system detects the drive as /dev/hda, but no such device exists in Squeeze. During boot, Squeeze appears to detect the drive as /dev/sr0 (according to dmesg), but in fact that device does not exist either.I'm actually running the Lenny kernel, as I am unable to compile my Ralink wireless driver (rt2860sta) using the Squeeze kernel. Also, for inquiring minds, I use removable HDD drive bays on my systems to simplify testing.

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Debian Configuration :: Console Font Size Under Squeeze - Grub Screen Is Very Tiny

May 17, 2011

My Squeeze installation has the horrific 80x25 line display, and I cannot stand it. I know it can do better, because the grub screen is very tiny. I ran dpkg-reconfigure console-setup, but the offerings there aren't much better. I don't know what happened to the good ol' days of grub when all you had to do was pass vga=791 to the kernel to get a decent console size... but it seems they are gone.

I don't really understand this new v2 grub... I don't know why it was necessary to change how it was configured, when it seemed to work so exquisitely. how I would accomplish the functional equivalent of passing vga=791 (1024x768@75hz) to the kernel in grub

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Debian Configuration :: Squeeze D-u - Kernel Configuration Skipped

Jul 6, 2010

I have a set of vm's with stable, testing, and sid to keep track of how things are going. When I did an apt-get dist-upgrade with squeeze last week, things seemed to OK (350 package updates) until the end. It didn't seem to like and / or was confused by a kernel dependency.

I am not too concerned yet. Because these are in vm's, I do a snapshot before any significant change. I can futz around with impunity because I have that backup.

I re-booted, and tried the apt-get dist-upgrade again with same results. I think I also tried apt-get -f install.

So I reverted to the snapshot, and will simply try again in the future. I recall that with lenny as testing, the font-desktop was really screwed up for about a period of 6 weeks.

However, just in case someone else runs into this:

1) a re-boot worked, but the failure of apt-get made me nervous enough to revert.

2) waiting for corrections has seemed to work in the past (with a single exception with a 4-disk SCSI software RAID10 update that failed to re-boot lenny successfully after what seemed to be a minor update -- that was on a real system, not a vm. I haven't gotten back to look at that.)

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Debian :: Debian Squeeze: Grub Not Working (XP Removing Grub)?

Feb 14, 2010

I have XP and win 7. I want to triple boot with Debian.When I install, grub finds win 7 and XP and says everything should be fine, but then when I boot, only debian appears.This was fixed by doing update-grub2 after logging in.Now, I have win 7 bootloader as an option. However, when I boot into XP, and then reboot, grub disappers. he screen just says welcome to grub and then a blinking cursor.

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Debian Configuration :: TightVNC Configuration On The Squeeze?

Feb 8, 2011

I recently just installed Squeeze on an ia64 system and was having some troubles with running VNC.I get the following error, more specifically for some reason I get a malloc - memory corruption error:

Xtightvnc(9165): unaligned access to 0x60000000001ea06c, ip=0x4000000000268280
Xtightvnc(9165): unaligned access to 0x60000000001ea074, ip=0x4000000000268280
Xtightvnc(9165): unaligned access to 0x60000000001ea07c, ip=0x4000000000268280
Xtightvnc(9165): unaligned access to 0x60000000001ea084, ip=0x4000000000268280


After display all the code above, it just stops. The port 5901 is still closed - if it runs properly, would it open automatically?Is there something that is incompatible? Or am I missing some system configuration component?

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Debian Configuration :: Dropbox Install For Debian Squeeze From Source Code

Feb 19, 2011

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Debian Configuration :: Installed Firestarter Firewall On Debian Squeeze?

Apr 5, 2011

I installed Firestarter firewall on debian Squeeze.Now i note there is a gui available in System->Administration which apparently does not need to be running all the time - its not set up to start on boot.When I boot I notice the boot message has a line saying "Starting Firestarter firewall .... failed"When I am logged in and type "/etc/init.d/firestarter status" as the Firestarter FAQs say, I get"Firestarter is running... ... (warning)"I can run the gui manually and still same message.

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Debian Configuration :: Using Tor In Squeeze?

Aug 28, 2011

When I activate Tor in Iceweasel, it forbids me access to the internet completely. Even attempting Google results in "Iceweasel is configured to use proxy server that is refusing connection".

I have seen this in Lenny, too - it was caused by activating Tor without having installed privoxy. I installed privoxy and everything was okay. In Squeeze, Tor is using polipo. Polipo is installed and running. I have not played with settings of polipo or Tor, the configuration is the same as it was after installation.

What can be wrong? I am a rather an user than a networking guru. I am connected to internet by means of DHCP, no local lans, no special routings, no additional proxies. I have already tired to reinstall polipo.

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Debian Configuration :: ATI Driver For Squeeze

Feb 15, 2010

Just installed squeeze on a new laptop(had been runny Lenny on my older one with no issues, but no sound or wireless on the new one).I decided to install the ATI drive for my Radeon Mobility 4500(or some close revision) because the fan is constantly running and based on some other postings, it seems that it could be the graphics card causing it.Downloaded the driver from ATI's site and it seemed to install fine but when starting X.

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Debian Configuration :: Downgrade From Sid To Squeeze

Jun 20, 2010

When I try to downgrade from sid squeeze I don't get GDM running just a login promt after a reboot.Have also reinstalled nvidia driver but still only login promt.I did aptitude update and aptitude full-upgrade after changing sources.list from sid to squeeze.

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Debian Configuration :: NTFS In Squeeze?

Oct 19, 2010

Got a problem mounting my Windows partition in Squeeze. It keeps refusing to mount it for me in Dolphin. I am a member of the disk and fuse groups, /dev/fuse is owned by root:fuse, and /sbin/mount.ntfs points to /sbin/mount.ntfs-3g, which in turn points to the ntfs-3g executable. I kind of need this ASAP. I am supposed to be finishing with this machine in 35min, and I am dead in the water without the ability to copy some files from the Squeeze ext4 partition over.

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Debian Configuration :: Kernel BUG In Squeeze 2.6.32-5-686 ?

Oct 21, 2010

I installed Debian Squeeze from a net install to a raid 1 array. I have been having a lot of troubles related to being able to write to one or more of the mounted drives - even touch gives me errors.

The most interesting line from dmesg is:

Here is the full output from dmesg:

I found a thread that indicated that this bug was fixed in the next kernel version: 2.6.32-6. I am willing to upgrade the kernel to get rid of my problems. Is a squeeze kernel at 2.6.32-6 or higher available? If so, where? I have not compiled my own kernel, and am not very interested in getting into that.

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Debian Configuration :: Can't Hibernate On Squeeze

Dec 20, 2010

I use my laptop at the college, and I've to suspend him frequently. So, I've decided to install the package pm-utils, to hibernate my PC, instead of power off it. When I try to do "# pm-hibernate", a tty appear, and this error is displayed :

[3506.405310] pm_op(): usb_dev_suspend+0x0/0xa [usbcore] returns -2
[3506.405310] PM: Device usb1 failed to freeze: error -2
This is the result in pm-suspend.log :
Initial commandline parameters:


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Debian Configuration :: Squeeze And Php 5.3.x - Reverting To 5.2.x?

Feb 6, 2011

I have upgraded my server to Debian 6.0 Squeeze but it looks like some of my sites are not compatible with PHP 5.3.x so I would like to revert to previous 5.2.6 version.So my question is what to do?a) Remove PHP 5.3.x from system via apt-get and install my old 5.2.6 from old archives at /var/cache/apt/archivesorb) just try to update from archives PHP to 5.2.6?

-rw-r--r--. 1 root root  2413316 May 11  2008 libapache2-mod-php5_5.2.0-8+etch11_i386.deb
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root  2413290 Oct  6  2008 libapache2-


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Debian Configuration :: No Knetworkmanager In Squeeze?

Feb 6, 2011

As a long time user of some other distributions I decided to switch to Debian and installed 6.0 from amd64 kde cd image.Upon logging to KDE I discovered thatant locate knetworkmanager anywhere,it doesnt autostart and I could not find it anywhere else.I am connecting through a wireless network to the Internet so I cant connect through the Ethernet to download it through apt-get for example,if it is not installed by default.lly confused,knetworkmanager is standard tool in KDE but I cant find it in Debian 6.0

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Debian :: Trying Out Squeeze / Configuration Could Not Be Loaded

Dec 14, 2010

A couple days ago I installed Debian Lenny (netinst) to my friend's laptop, a IBM Thinkpad T23. Got a black screen after gdm loaded and the laptop seemed frozen. Decided to upgrade to squeeze. I edited the apt sources file and changed all the instances of lenny to squeeze, and then upgraded.Had the same display problem, but found a web site that suggested disabling acpi. So I did that, got the sound working, (needed cs46xx firmware), and all seems to be running fine.I get some weird udev messages at boot time, but I have a feeling that's due to how I upgraded. I can't copy and paste since the messages aren't in my system log. If anybody wants more information about it, I can supply it. pgrep shows two instances of udev running so it appears the messages are only warnings.When upgrading to squeeze, I used debian mirror links. Earlier today I switched to Debian's official US repo URLs and had to upgrade about 250 packages after reloading package data.

Now, when I click on System -> Administration -> Time and Date.After a couple seconds I get a dialog box that says "The configuration data could not be loaded" in bold black letters. Underneath that in smaller letters, "You are not allowed to access the system configuration" I receive that same error when accessing "services" and "users and groups."But I can access the synaptic package manager and update manager from the administration submenu.

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Debian :: Grub Error On Squeeze

May 4, 2010

I installed squeeze with 2 drives, one for squeeze (2.6.32-3-amd64 using 120GB hdd), and one for my old winxp. I used LVM with ext4 on /root, /home, and ext2 for /boot. The install gave me grub 1.98.

When booted, screen says
Loading Grub
Welcome to Grub

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Debian :: Squeeze Won't Find Grub

Aug 23, 2010

I decided to upgrade to Squeeze from Etch.

not upgrade, but moving from etch to squeeze.

Clean new install. Format disks, re-partition...etc.

All goes perfectly well, until I reboot into my newly installed Squeeze.

After the messages from the bios motherboard, there is a black screen with a flashing cursor, and nothing else happens. Now it should have been the GRUB coming up and asking which system to boot into. But there is nothing at all on my screen.

I thought I've done something wrong during install, so I formated the disks again, and re-installed squeeze again. Just paying close attention to every message, before I went further.

And AGAIN, when rebooting into the system, there is nothing on the screen.

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Debian Configuration :: Does Live-helper Not Like Sid Or Squeeze?

Apr 13, 2010

I have been trying to build a Debian-live-version for some time using live-helper. It works fine if I choose lenny as distribution. With sid I always get into trouble.Sometimes live-helper does't find any aufs-modules but it stops looking for them if I keep the options as simple as above.What is the problem of live-helper's to build on sid or squeeze (which I have met similar troubles with)?

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May 28, 2010

Alright, first Squeeze wouldn't create an initial RAM disk even with "--initrd" specified. Now I don't need one and it's creating one for me even though I don't want one! How do I stop this? I'm beginning to feel like I am using Windows in the sense that it's doing things on its own. Don't make me a RAM disk unless I say so!

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Debian Configuration :: Accidentally Upgraded Squeeze To Sid?

Jun 16, 2010

I just noticed that I had a sid line on my sources.list, at the end of all squeeze lines, and I've been updating more or less regularly. Does the ordering imply some sort of "preference", so that the first lines are preferred over the subsequent ones, or is it all about the latest version?After removing that line, and taking a look at my installed packages with synaptic, all the "latest versions" of the packages seem to be the ones that are already installed, and I click on properties, and there are no older versions available, only "##.##-### (testing)". Emphasis on "testing", rather than "sid" or "unstable". Of course I didn't check all of them, but about a dozen, and none deviated from that pattern. However, I went to double check on the web pages about the packages, and it seems that many of the squeeze's packages are at the same version of sid. I couldn't yet find one that is not.perhaps the sole fact that the sid line was on sources.list is enough to know that something happened -- as I don't recall having ever set up those configuration files about preferred sources/pins or however it's called), and suggestions on how to proceed? My hunch would be to just downgrade things gradually as they eventually fail (as I did with geeqie, which is why I suspect that there is some mess), but leave everything alone. Not try to fix what is not quite broken. And if it fails too often, go full-blown sid.

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Debian Configuration :: CUPS Not Working In Squeeze?

Jul 6, 2010

I don't print much, but tonight needed to print and found that none of the printers were listed in Okular or Openoffice, then when I tried to open Cups Administration http://localhost:631/ I got the error message Connection to Server Refused

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Debian Configuration :: Sloow Nfs After Upgrade To Squeeze?

Aug 22, 2010

1) old a1300 laptop: P3 800, 256 MiB RAM, HDD, PC-CARD NIC. from lspci: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8169 Gigabit Ethernet (rev 10) with debian (i386), previously lenny, now squeeze. running as server.


Smaller files seem to transfer faster, but I have no idea why. I've checked with ethtool that both NICs are running at 1000Mb/s, and both are connected to the same Gigabit switch. The HDD in the laptop had previously provided (nfs) transfer speeds of 12-13 MiB/s. The options in fstab on the client are what I've changed them to since, while trying to fix the problem. Can't remember exactly what they were, but rsize, wsize and nfsvers are some I put there trying to fix it.

I had considered buying a new, faster HDD for the laptop, but that is certainly out of the question until this is resolved. Edit: Is this the right place to ask about this? I did wonder if the 'General Questions' category was a better fit.

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Debian Configuration :: Cannot Change Prompt In Squeeze

Dec 3, 2010

I looked into my shell 'profile' on my running lenny and copied the PS1 definition over to my [virtual] new squeeze machine, but astoundingly, the prompt does not change!

The prompt always remains to be like this:${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}u@h:w$

This does definitively not stem from 'profile' and I cannot find, where it is defined and how I can override this. If I do it interactively, in a terminal [terminal running in Gnome], it works like expected. In that script, even if I use 'unset PS1',followed by PS1= ... / export PS1, it does not change,Someone with the knowledge and/or a good idea would be great!

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Jan 25, 2011

1st post in Debian Forums, just came from Arch...and segmentation fault and wine are the 2 special reasons for my return, it's a great distro but i miss the stable part of the deal.I'm a performance guy and i want to know what you use for mobile broadband connection (USB Pen) with exception of course of network manager, even with 8GB of RAM to deal with i want to keep my Debian Squeeze simple, better said:netcfg / wicd for networkpptp client for vpn........ for mobile broadband

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Debian Configuration :: Squeeze Server Not Responding?

Feb 5, 2011

I have a Mac G3 and Squeeze 2.6.32-5-686 on an ethernet wired. Works fine with Lenny kde but only in one direction with squeeze kde4. Mac pings squeeze box ok but response is "server may be down or offline". Squeeze connects to Mac normally. Squeeze installed with server option. How do I enable eth0? I need some direction

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Debian Configuration :: Moving From Testing To Squeeze?

Feb 9, 2011

I have an older system that has been running testing for about 4 years. Originally I was running testing for several packages that were not yet available in stable. However, now that this system has a more crucial role in the network I have considered moving it to stable in hopes that it I can gain some insurance on it's uptime. It is important to note that I have never had a problem with the testing distribution and would be quite content to continue running it; I do want to know my options though.

I have not yet updated the system since the stable release of squeeze, I am considering to change my sources from testing to stable and just let apt take care of the rest. Anyone have any experience with such a thing? After searching Google I have found some solutions to force a downgrade, but that is really not what needs to be done here. I suppose I should have switched my sources to squeeze some time ago and this probably would have worked itself out.

A similar question is what happens a couple of years from now when another release happens. Have you had good luck updating from old stable to stable? I've run testing on several machines now for several years and have went through freezes and dist-upgrades several times with no major problems at all. Will I see the same stability if I move to the stable distribution?

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Feb 9, 2011

I just setup a new squeeze debian 6 server, it will work as proxy server with squid. But I have an issue when i want to install sarg (sarg-report), i cannot find the package thru aptitude/apt-get, however it was present in lenny distribution. Is it a miss in squeeze, is it discontinued or should I add a specific entry in /etc/apt/sources.list? (currently squeeze main, squeeze/updates main)

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Debian Configuration :: Squeeze: GPT Support In Grub2?

Feb 14, 2011

I have just upgraded from Lenny to Squeeze, and followed the D-I recommendation to upgrade to Grub2. However, the server will no longer boot - giving a 'missing operating system' error, so it's not getting very far in the boot loader process. I have read, in various location that Grub2 supports GPT, but my efforts to fix the situation have met with little success.

I have managed to boot the system using SuperGrub2 (recovery live cd) and can start up successfully from there. However, when I try to fix the grub installation using the Debian wiki recommendation, I'm met with:

<host>:/# grub-install /dev/sda
/usr/sbin/grub-setup: warn: This GPT partition label has no BIOS Boot Partition; embedding won't be possible!.


The attached disk is 4.5TB of RAID 5 disk behind an Adaptec 5405 if that's useful.

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