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Debian GNU/Linux MBR rescue steps
#Boot LINUX (Debian or SuSE install CD or Knoppix)
#mount root-drive (e.g. mount -t ext3 /dev/hda2 /mnt)
#chroot root-drive (e.g. chroot /mnt)
#check /boot/grub/menu.lst
#grub-install /dev/hda

Iceweasel Java-Plugin

  • Requires a java-jre installation
  • In /usr/lib/iceweasel/plugins/ create a symbolic link to the java-plugin ($ ln -s /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.5.0-sun/jre/plugin/i386/ns7/
  • Enable JAVA in the Iceweasel preferences
  • Restart Iceweasel and enjoy the plugin


  • Just install the "icedtea…" packages !

Gnome Panel applets missing

  • When it occurs that in the Gnome Panel some Icons are missing (e.g. volume-control, network-manager) one way to reconrigure the panel is to set it to its default settings by using the commands

$gconftool-2 —recursive-unset /apps/panel
$pkill gnome-panel

  • The panel will loose all custom configurations and will start as a default setup (like after the installation)

Gnome users-admin (Benuzter und Gruppen)

  • In the new Gnome-Versions (since version 2.17) in the users-admin GUI the button "show all users" is missing and only the users with UID > 1000 are shown
  • To enable the display of all users again, do as ROOT start the "gconf-editor" and under "apps —> gnome-system-tools —> users" enable the "show all users" key

Automount cifs/nfs in Wheezy (2013-01-20)
After a wheezy update the cifs/nfs shares had not been automounted anymore. One can add a rc-level entry to do a mount after system is up and running.
In "/etc/rc.local" enter (this runs "mount -a" after 20 seconds after runlevel 6 is reached:

sleep 20
mount -a
exit 0
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