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I've just paid a canaca.com vps and they seam to just install Debian.
I've said to myself, find, i already work servers on fedora core 4 - 7 and ubuntu feisty, so no probs!
but the first prob was when i found out i was on Debian Potato (2.2) and that i couldn't install php5/mysql5/apache2 ...
so i did a apt-get update | apt-get dist-upgrade and found myself working on a Debian Sarge (3.1)
i've install all modules fine, works great with my wordpress
then tried to install PHPMotion.
all module installed fine with exeption of php5-ffmpeg witch i recompile the unstable etch release for.
- libgd dont seams to work, but i am shure to have install it.
- pl (perl) modules, even in chmod 755 tried to be downloaded of browser when they should only output someting...
Your sources.list file Change the references from Sarge to Etch (or better: just plain "stable", that way you'll get the next Debian when it's released too) and upgrade again. Be aware of the Debian dev's recommendation to switch to aptitude.
You should cancel that subscription and try to get your money back. According to this link, Potato came out in 2000, and it hasn't been supported since 2003. Even Sarge is not the current, stable version of Debian. Etch has been the Stable version of Debian since April 2007. Anyone who sells a vps with Potato either has no idea what they are doing or they are simply ripping you off.
Linux sportsmotorises.com 2.6.9-023stab044.11 #1 Sun Sep 30 11:49:45 MSD 2007 i686 GNU/Linux
and my source.list is
See sources.list(5) for more information, especialy
# Remember that you can only use http, ftp or file URIs
# CDROMs are managed through the apt-cdrom tool.
#deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian stable main contrib non-free
#deb http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US stable/non-US main contrib non-free
deb ftp://ftp.ca.debian.org/debian/ stable main contrib non-free
deb http://ftp.freenet.de/debian stable main contrib non-free
deb http://security.debian.org stable/updates main contrib non-free
# Uncomment if you want the apt-get source function to work
deb-src http://http.us.debian.org/debian stable main contrib non-free
deb-src http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US stable/non-US main contrib non-f$
deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org/ etch main