You are working with debian. That's fine. We have to check where your start-stop-daemon comes from:
"whereis" gives you where the executable start-stop-daemon is located and "dpkg -S" on the executable gives you which package installes start-stop-daemon and then we check the version of this package. Please provide this output on your debian system.
debian:~# whereis start-stop-daemon
start-stop-daemon: /sbin/start-stop-daemon /usr/share/man/man8/start-stop-daemon.8.gz
debian:~# dpkg -S /sbin/start-stop-daemon
debian:~# dpkg --status dpkg | grep Version
Which version of debian do you use? Stable, Testing, Sarge, Etch?