Questions related to Ubuntu Server, and server-related packages.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (2)

69
votes
18answers
88k views

How do I free up disk space?

My Ubuntu cloud server has left only 900MB of disk space. I'll just empty the directory /tmp and wondering if there is any other location to clean up.
49
votes
12answers
283k views

How do you run Ubuntu Server with a GUI?

Trying to run a Ubuntu server for the first time... But everything is in a terminal. Is there a way to switch to a GUI? Also, the server doesn't have direct access to the internet... So, is there a ...
166
votes
14answers
215k views

How do I fix my locale issue?

I am getting this message every time I do something like starting or stopping a service. perl: warning: Setting locale failed. perl: warning: Please check that your locale settings: ...
11
votes
2answers
16k views

How do I install OpenStack?

How do I install OpenStack? Is there an easier way other than official installation instructions?
31
votes
10answers
32k views

How do I install and manage RPMs?

I have a burning desire to install RPMs onto my Ubuntu installation - is this possible? Can I use Yum - or another RPM Package Management tool?
21
votes
4answers
47k views

How to set up Ubuntu as wireless accesspoint?

How can I set up my WiFi to be used as wireless access point on Ubuntu Server? I have a local Ubuntu Server, it has a wireless card in it (802.11a/b/g/n) and I really want to set it up as an 802.11n ...
182
votes
8answers
437k views

Could not reliably determine the server's fully qualified domain name?

When I restart my apache server using the command sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart I get the following error: Restarting web server apache2 apache2: Could not reliably determine the server's ...
12
votes
7answers
34k views

How do I upgrade MySQL to 5.5, am I best off waiting for it to be available through apt-get?

How would I go about upgrading MySQL to version 5.5 on Ubuntu Server 9.10? Would I be better off waiting for it to be an easy $ sudo apt-get install mysql-server job? I'm also unsure as to which ...
82
votes
5answers
125k views

How to add a PPA on a server?

The server version of Ubuntu does not have the add-apt-repository command. How can I add a Personal Package Archive (PPA) to the server without this command?
20
votes
7answers
53k views

What DLNA server to choose? [closed]

What DLNA server program should I choose and how do I set it up? It is an absolute requirement that it doesn't take a lot of resources since it will be running on a 500 MHz machine. There seems to be ...
13
votes
3answers
5k views

What is the easiest way to strip a desktop edition to a server edition?

We have installed Ubuntu desktop edition on our development server. Now that we have it in a data center we would like to strip it down to a server edition. Is there an easy way of doing so rather ...
24
votes
2answers
48k views

How do I change mirrors in Ubuntu Server from regional to main?

I have a Lucid Server (10.04) set up and I would like to change the mirror from US (or any other country) to the Main Ubuntu Mirror. For example my two first entries in sources.list are: deb ...
18
votes
1answer
5k views

What are the differences between Desktop, Server, and Alternate Installs?

I am trying to figure out what the exact difference is between the 3 different install Disks. Like what packages are different and such. For Example: - The server disk doesn't install gnome by ...
22
votes
2answers
17k views

How can I force Ubuntu to boot on a stuck boot menu?

I have Ubuntu Server 11.04, but it is headless (no monitor). The only way I want to be able to access it is remotely via SSH. But, sometimes, say after a power loss, when the server restarts, it will ...
17
votes
3answers
11k views

Access server by host name?

I have a mixed network with mostly Windows machines, a Mac, and a few Linux boxes. There is no DNS or WINS server, and adding one is outside of my control. If I put a clean install of 10.04 desktop ...
15
votes
10answers
6k views

Long wait time on login

When I log in on my server I get this: No mail. Last login: Fri Nov 5 14:22:45 2010... then I must wait for 5 sec and then is ready... wolfy@ubuntu-server:~$ Is this wait time normal or should ...
10
votes
9answers
22k views

Wireless Network in Virtualbox

I just installed my first Ubuntu Server (12.04) instance and immediately ran into the following problems: Running apt-get install or update fails (see below) Running ifconfig produces peculiar IP ...
3
votes
3answers
8k views

Correct way to apply patches to your kernel?

I am following the instructions located here to setup my server. It states that I have to apply a patch which I've downloaded onto the machine. My question is, the article says to use the following ...
60
votes
7answers
101k views

How can I monitor the memory usage?

I have used top to see the memory usage at the moment. But I would like to monitor the memory usage over a period of time. E.g start monitoring and then execute a few commands, and final stop the ...
30
votes
6answers
35k views

how to stop apache2, mysql from starting automatically as computer starts?

My os is 11.04. I have apache2 & mysql installed. How to stop apache2, mysql from starting automatically as computer starts?
6
votes
4answers
56k views

How do I use Ubuntu Server as file server?

In our company we would like to install Ubuntu server for file sharing, is it possible to use Ubuntu as file server for windows based client Operating systems. what is the procedure to make Ubuntu ...
8
votes
4answers
11k views

Why did my upgrade to 12.04 fail with “glibc not found” or “libc6” or “requires kernel 2.6.24” error?

I upgraded my server installation form 11.04 to 11.10, then to 12.04 over ssh. All seems almost ok - but there is a small issue with glibc, which is messing up my apt. I tried sudo apt-get install -f ...
9
votes
3answers
6k views

Updating Ubuntu server from 8.10 to 10.04

I have a VPS that has Ubuntu 8.10 Server Edition installed on it and I would like to upgrade it to 10.04. What would be the correct way of doing this? I only have ssh access to it and a ...
2
votes
1answer
12k views

Can't SSH in as root

I'm using the default installation of openssh-server for my Ubuntu 14.04 server. I can connect through the console as root like normal, with my username and password. When I try to SSH with the same ...
84
votes
5answers
125k views

Chkconfig alternative for Ubuntu Server?

I've become very accustomed to managing service startups on Redhat/RHEL platforms using chkconfig though that doesn't appear to be the Debian/Ubuntu way - How do I update runlevel information for ...
24
votes
2answers
21k views

How do I disable the blank console “screensaver” on Ubuntu Server?

How to disable blank screensaver on Ubuntu Server? There's no desktop or X, only console (command-line interface).
10
votes
3answers
10k views

How can I install Ubuntu on a device without a screen nor a keyboard?

This is tricky. I would like to install Ubuntu on a machine that is intended to work as server, and for some reason I do not have an option to connect a screen to it. I expect this may be similar to ...
25
votes
3answers
118k views

How do I configure a DHCP server?

How to configure a DHCP server in Ubuntu 12.04? I need a step-by-step tutorial if somebody has one.
25
votes
7answers
14k views

Basic Ubuntu FTP Server

I would like to setup a basic FTP server on my Ubuntu Server install. I have been playing with VSFTPD, but am having issues getting the server to allow me to create directories and copy files. I ...
21
votes
1answer
17k views

Make apt-get (or aptitude) run with -y but not prompt for replacement of configuration files?

When running apt-get -y install <packages ...> on Ubuntu 10.04 I would like apt-get (or aptitude if that makes it easier) to not prompt me when installing additional dependencies (behavior of -y ...
5
votes
2answers
22k views

Ubuntu 14.04 Server - WiFi WPA2 Personal

I just installed Ubuntu 14.04 Server and cannot get wifi configured correctly to work with WPA2 personal and could use some help. There was a simple wizard during install where I selected my SSID ...
5
votes
2answers
12k views

Resize Disk Partition on Remote VM Server

I'm running Ubuntu Server 10.04 on a remote server as a VM. I only have access to the VM. The VM is assign a disk space of 20GB, however the drive is currently only partitioned to use about 4.7GB. I ...
3
votes
2answers
6k views

Alternative printing method(s) for an unsupported printer

I have in my office, a Konica Minolta bizhub 211 multifunction printer, it works well with windows workstations... It has a lot of good features, like duplex... I haven't found any drivers for ...
5
votes
1answer
5k views

Minimal server installation

I am currently running Ubuntu Server 10.10 through a virtual machine to use as a stack for web development and a chance to get to grips with the Ubuntu command line, however I'd really like to set up ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

How do I install a puppetmaster?

I have a fairly large network, and I need to use some sort of configuration management tool to manage it. I've decided that Puppet Open Source meets my needs. How do I install it?
51
votes
4answers
50k views

How do I set up an email server?

My VPS is running Ubuntu, and I'd like to be able to receive email to my domain. How do I easily set up a mail server to do this?
24
votes
6answers
19k views

What Can Be Done To Secure Ubuntu Server?

I have a project to secure Ubuntu Server as much as I can. The server is a web hosting server. The server will be running LAMP , Mail , and DNS.
23
votes
5answers
30k views

How to have two version of PHP installed and switch easily?

I want to have both PHP 5.2.17 and PHP 5.3.5 installed on my Ubuntu machine and switch as per my necessity. How can I achieve this?
36
votes
4answers
44k views

How do I get resolvconf to regenerate resolv.conf after I change /etc/network/interfaces?

After updating /etc/networking/interfaces with something very similar to below, how do I get /etc/resolv.conf to update? I tried (as root) resolver -u, service networking restart but they didn't ...
11
votes
2answers
15k views

How do I set up a PPTP VPN on my own Ubuntu Server?

Assuming I have a Virtual Private Server from someone like Linode, running Ubuntu, how do I easily set up a PPTP VPN so that Ubuntu clients can connect to it? By default, Ubuntu offers to connect to ...
10
votes
1answer
13k views

How do I run PulseAudio in a headless server installation?

PulseAudio is the standard audio server in desktop installations. However in a server installation audio services and thus PulseAudio are not provided. How do I install and make use of PulseAudio in ...
23
votes
1answer
161k views

How do I configure my DNS settings in Ubuntu server?

According to this page it appears to be simple. However, /etc/bind does not exist on the default installation of Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS server. So, without installing any further software, how can ...
18
votes
7answers
50k views

Create USB installer to install Ubuntu from the command line?

I'm trying to create a bootable USB image to install Ubuntu on a new computer. I have done this before following the "create USB drive" instructions for Ubuntu desktop, but I don't have an Ubuntu ...
38
votes
3answers
30k views

How is /etc/motd updated?

I was wondering how /etc/motd is automatically updated (I'm on Ubuntu 10.04, server edition). I found the update-motd manpage via a web search, but that program is not installed on my machine. The ...
16
votes
5answers
65k views

How to downgrade from PHP 5.4 to 5.3

Recently I upgraded PHP to 5.4, but it seems to be failing on me because APC isn't working with it, however this gave me no choice but to downgrade to 5.3, how can I do this? I executed apt-get ...
15
votes
8answers
30k views

How to check if ubuntu desktop or server is installed?

I have a shared hosting. I have access to shell. OS is Ubuntu, and I want to check if it is server version or desktop version. When I login through shell, it shows following information: Linux ...
6
votes
3answers
2k views

How to tell Ubuntu where to install a program and how to tell where an existing program was installed?

I'm totally new to Ubuntu/Linux, using Ubuntu Server at the moment. Just trying to figure out something basic. How can you tell where you are installing a program. For example I just installed ...
4
votes
2answers
8k views

Screen Resolution “Out of Range”

I'm fairly new to Ubuntu and have just installed Ubuntu Server 12.04 on a spare machine to experiment and play with! The installation went without problem, however, whenever the OS boots the monitor ...
8
votes
4answers
2k views

How to reach a host in the same network by hostname?

I have a network which connects a couple of hosts. I would like to be able to reach other hosts from one of them using the hostname. I just discovered the ".local" domain, which is available through ...
1
vote
2answers
2k views

Server stuck at black screen after reboot

I recently put together a new server running Ubuntu Server 11.10 and it's all working great except for one little detail. Whenever I run "sudo reboot" everything works fine until I get to the grub ...