Factoids requested in last 30 days (629 results)

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guidelines
M: 2016-04-28
<reply> 1) Read the /topic, the FAQ, and google before asking us. 2) Don't ask to ask, just ask. 3) Don't repeat; show that you have tried to help yourself by refining the question. 4) Reading documentation (man/info pages, READMEs) is a worthwhile skill, practice it. 5) Use /msg to talk to the bots (not the people), see <msg>. 6) Be polite and patient. 7) Paste into a <pastebin>, not here. 8) No trolls or spam. 9) see <code of conduct>
ask
M: 2013-07-11
<reply>If you have a question, just ask! For example: "I have a problem with ___; I'm running Debian version ___. When I try to do ___ I get the following output ___. I expected it to do ___." Don't ask if you can ask, if anyone uses it, or pick one person to ask. We're all volunteers; make it easy for us to help you. If you don't get an answer try a few hours later or on debian-user@lists.debian.org. See <smart questions><errors>.
paste
M: 2012-05-01
<reply> Do not paste more than 2 lines to this channel. Instead, use: http://paste.debian.net/ http://pastie.org/ or http://picpaste.com/ for pics. Use wikisend.com for large files (think tar.gz) up to 100MB. Remember to tell us the URL of your paste! Cannot cut and paste? Ask me about <pastebinit>, <nopaste>, <wgetpaste>.
simple sid backport
M: 2010-11-22
<reply> First, check for a backport on <debian-backports>. If unavailable: 1) Add a deb-src line for sid (not a deb line!); ask me about <deb-src sid> 2) enable debian-backports (see <bdo>) 3) aptitude update; aptitude install build-essential; aptitude build-dep packagename; apt-get -b source packagename; 4) install the resultant debs. To change compilation options, see <package recompile>; for versions newer than sid see <uupdate>.
spanish
M: 2014-10-13
<reply> Este canal es de soporte técnico en Inglés para Debian. Si prefiere que el soporte sea en Español, puede ingresar en #debian-es tecleando /join #debian-es en la línea de chat.
es
M: 2003-09-21
<reply> see spanish
qotd0
M: 2008-04-06
<reply> see qotd(|1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9|10|11|12|13|14|15|16|17|18|19|20|21|22|23|24|25|26|27|28|29)(0|1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9)
cmd: ops (.*?)
M: 2017-11-10
($1): <reply>Hydroxide, dondelelcaro, LoRez, RichiH, mentor, abrotman, Maulkin, stew, peterS, Myon, Ganneff, weasel, zobel, themill, babilen, SynrG, jm_, somiaj, jelly, petn-randall: $nick complains about a problem (see above)
nvidia
M: 2013-05-24
<reply>Where possible, Nvidia graphic processing units are supported using the open source <nouveau> driver on Debian systems by default. To install the proprietary "nvidia" driver, see https://wiki.debian.org/NvidiaGraphicsDrivers or ask me about <nvidia dkms>, <nvidia legacy>; installing this directly from nvidia.com (i.e. with <nvidia-installer>) is _not_ supported in #debian, please go to #nvidia on irc.freenode.net.
ssb
M: 2014-03-05
<reply> see simple sid backport
backports.debian.org
M: 2013-10-23
<reply>backports.debian.org (formerly backports.org) is an official repository of <backports> for the current stable (see <jessie backports>) and oldstable (<wheezy backports>) distributions, prepared by Debian developers. Ask me about <backport caveat> and read http://backports.debian.org/Instructions/. See also <bdo kernel> <bdo mirrors> <bdo contents> <bdo list> <bdo bugs> <bdo xorg> <bdo NEW>.
backport
M: 2009-06-09
<reply>A backport is a package from a newer Debian branch, compiled from source for an older branch to avoid dependency and <ABI> complications. http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/reference/ch02.en.html (2.7.4 and 2.7.10), http://backports.debian.org/ . Ask me about <debian-backports> and <backport caveat>. See also <simple sid backport>.
etch->lenny
M: 2010-06-21
<reply>Read the release notes, ask me about <lenny release notes>. Ensure your Etch installation is up to date, ask me about <etch sources.list> (aptitude update; aptitude dist-upgrade). Then ask me about <lenny sources.list>. aptitude update; aptitude install aptitude; aptitude safe-upgrade; aptitude full-upgrade. Also ask me about <lenny> and <lenny->squeeze>.
root
M: 2003-06-17
<reply> It has been said that root is the administrative account - only use it when root power is needed. So no reading mail, compiling programs, or running applications as root. And don't even think about irc'ing as root, it increases the danger from exploits and trojans (such as bliss), or see, for example, the security advisory on BitchX http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-306
pastebin
M: 2008-08-30
<reply> see paste
backports
M: 2007-09-28
<reply> see backport
etch
M: 2010-06-20
<reply>Etch is the codename for Debian GNU/Linux 4.0, released on April 8th, 2007. Etch security support ended on 2010-02-15, this release is no longer supported. Etch users should upgrade to Lenny, ask me about <etch->lenny>. Removed from the mirrors (2010-06-20); ask me about <etch sources.list>. For old Etch ISOs, ask me about <etch iso>. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEtch http://www.debian.org/News/2010/20100121
ubuntu
M: 2012-04-09
<reply> Ubuntu is based on Debian, but it is not Debian. Only Debian is supported on #debian. Use #ubuntu on chat.freenode.net instead. Even if the channel happens to be less helpful, support for distributions other than Debian is offtopic on #debian. See also <based on debian> and <ubuntuirc>.
basic apt-get troubleshooting
M: 2015-09-21
<reply>In order to troubleshoot your problem with apt-get, apt or aptitude we need ALL OF THE FOLLOWING information: 1. complete output of your apt-get/apt/aptitude run (including the command used) 2. output from "apt-cache policy pkg1 pkg2..." for ALL packages mentioned ANYWHERE in the problem, and 3. "apt-cache policy". Use http://paste.debian.net/ to provide us with this information. Also ask me about <localized errors>.
bat
C: 2005-09-23
<reply> see basic apt-get troubleshooting
ping
M: 2009-05-26
<reply>(Yes, $who, you are online.|Yes, $who you are either online or you are not... http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20000326|pong|Sorry $who, you're not online.)
list
M: 2013-09-06
<reply> $nick: È possibile scaricare un sacco di software libero puntando il tuo browser a http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/current/multi-arch/iso-cd/debian-9.0.0-amd64-i386-netinst.iso !||<reply>$nick: Debian è un sistema operativo composto da software libero (un concetto distinto da quello di gratis): vedi http://www.debian.org/intro/free.it.html per saperne di più.||<reply>$nick: vedi http://packages.debian.org/
squeeze
M: 2014-04-17
<reply> Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" was released on 2011-02-06: http://www.debian.org/News/2011/20110205a . Security support for Squeeze ended on 2014-05-31, but ask me about <squeeze-lts>. Squeeze is the three-eyed space alien. See http://wiki.debian.org/DebianSqueeze ; ask me about <install squeeze> <squeeze release notes> <lenny->squeeze>. Currently <6.0.10>. Not to be confused with the <Xfce> archive manager.
test
M: 2009-06-21
<reply> Test failed.
nodm
M: 2011-03-07
<reply>In systemd, "systemctl set-default multi-user.target", or remove the DM package(s) with "aptitude remove gdm3 kdm lightdm lxdm nodm sddm slim wdm xdm". "echo false >/etc/X11/default-display-manager" will also disable the DM, or just hit ctrl-alt-fN to get to a console. nodm is the name of a minimal/automatic display manager (https://github.com/spanezz/nodm).
dmm
M: 2015-04-19
<reply>We recommend against using deb-multimedia.org; these unofficial packages are known to cause many hard to debug problems. They are not in Debian either because the they are poor in quality or for legal reasons. See http://deb-multimedia.org/ or ask me about <dmm stretch>, <dmm jessie>. See also <dmm list>, <dmm mirrors>, <dmm pinning>, <why not dmm>, <dmm remove>.
search
M: 2009-02-08
<reply>Please search for things rather than just asking, e.g. «apt-cache search regex», or with <aptitude search>. The following ways can locate packages that own a file (installed, or candidate for install): «dpkg -S /bin/foo», <apt-file>, <pdo> (online) and «/msg judd help file» (bot). <search dpkg> for factoids. See http://wiki.debian.org/WhereIsIt and ask me about <bot help>. See also <axi-search> <debtags> <dlocate>.
debian
M: 2003-12-22
http://www.debian.org. See http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/project-history/index.en.html#contents
confmiss
M: 2011-05-10
<reply>You have to especially tell the packaging system to reinstall config files because when they are gone, it is assumed that you want them to stay deleted. "aptitude -o DPkg::Options::='--force-confmiss' reinstall $packagename" will restore them (man dpkg for details). If the package uses <ucf> for config file management, ask me about <ucf confmiss>.
alsa-checklist
M: 2012-01-09
<reply>1) add yourself to the 'audio' group (log out & in again) 2) unmute and raise channels w/ alsamixer (also try muting some & toggle jack sense if available) 3) <pulseaudio> or other daemon stopped? 4) speakers on? 5) does "aplay /usr/share/sounds/alsa/Noise.wav" work for root? 6) purge any installed <oss4> packages to remove ALSA blacklist. See also <list alsa users>, <alsa firmware>.
testing
M: 2017-06-17
<reply>Testing is a continuously updated release between <stable> and <unstable>, currently codenamed <buster>. See http://wiki.debian.org/DebianTesting . Support in #debian-next on irc.oftc.net and ask me about <testing faq> <jessie->stretch> <testing security> <moving target> <apt-listchanges> <apt-listbugs> and <bts>. You need a sound knowledge of Debian and be prepared for a very bumpy ride. Don't use it on things that are critical!
bpo
M: 2010-09-22
<reply> see bdo
squeeze->wheezy
M: 2013-05-05
<reply>Read chapter 4 ("Upgrades from Debian 6.0") of the <release notes>. In /etc/apt/sources.list, change "squeeze" to "wheezy" (noting that <wheezy-backports> have changed on the mirrors). apt-get update && apt-get upgrade && apt-get dist-upgrade. See also <squeeze->wheezy failures>.
cmd: why is (.*?) not in testing
C: 2003-05-30
($1): $1 is not in testing for the reasons listed in https://qa.debian.org/excuses.php?package=$1
mirrors
M: 2005-08-23
<reply> see debian mirrors
anyone
M: 2009-09-27
<reply>Please do not ask if anyone can help you, knows 'something' or uses 'some_program'. Instead, ask your real question. (If the real question _was_ "does anyone use 'some_program'?" ask me about <popcon> instead.) See <ask> <ask to ask> <polls> <search> <sicco> <smart questions>.
installation guide
M: 2017-06-17
<reply> see stretch installation guide
cmd: -l (.*?)
M: 2003-12-06
($1): <reply> (ii $1 (1|2|3).(1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9)-(|1)(1|2|3|4|5)(|||.1|.2|.3) ($nick's private (porn|coin|warez|stamp) collection|ultra s3kr1t #debian package)|No packages found matching $1)
based on debian
M: 2011-10-03
<reply>Your distribution may be based on and have software in common with Debian, but it is not Debian. We don't and cannot know what changes were made by your distribution (compare http://futurist.se/gldt/). #debian only supports Debian and pure <blend>s; please respect our choice to volunteer here to help Debian users. Support for other distributions is off-topic on #debian, even if your own distro's channel is clueless or non-existent.
br
M: 2005-10-12
<reply>Este canal é apenas em inglês. Por favor, use #debian-br (/j #debian-br) para ajuda em portugues.
no
C: 2003-07-17
<reply>No Offense, or den norske debian kanalen #debian-no. For skandinaviske brukere av debian. It is the norwegian channel #debian-no for scandinavian users.
sid
M: 2011-11-14
the codename for <unstable>, named after the kid in Toy Story that breaks toys. The great thing about running sid is that when it breaks, you get to keep ALL the pieces!!
bdo
M: 2010-09-06
<reply> see backports.debian.org
doesn't work
M: 2009-05-07
<reply> "Doesn't work" is a vague statement. Does it sit on the couch all day long? Does it procrastinate doing the dishes? Does it beg on the street for change? Please be specific! Define 'it' and what it isn't doing. Give us more details so we can help you without needing to ask basic questions like "what's the error message?". Ask me about <smart questions>, <sicco> and <errors>.
unstable
M: 2011-05-06
<reply>Unstable is the status of a Debian release when packages can be added at any time, that can disrupt the integrity of the whole system! Ask me about <break>. If you have to ask whether you should use it or how, you shouldn't. http://www.debian.org/releases/unstable/ http://wiki.debian.org/DebianUnstable . See also <testing>, <sid>, <sid faq>, <apt-listbugs>, <apt-listchanges>, <bts>.
bts
M: 2007-12-07
<reply>Bug Tracking System for Debian packages, http://bugs.debian.org/ or to go directly to the bug page for a particular package/bug, try http://bugs.debian.org/packagename or http://bugs.debian.org/bugnumber . aptitude install reportbug, and check out <querybts> too. Users of unstable and testing are required to check the BTS. See also <apt-listbugs>, <reportbug>. http://wiki.debian.org/HowtoUseBTS
msg
M: 2002-12-30
<reply> (1) Use private messages to the bots to reduce channel spam, but don't message people on #debian without asking permission first. Most questions should be asked on channel, so that others can benefit from the question and the answers received. (2) Always feel free to message freenode network staff. They're the people with hostnames ending in 'staff.freenode'. (3) Monosodium glutamate, a food additive (see http://truthinlabeling.org/).
alsa checklist
C: 2007-03-10
<reply> see alsa-checklist
dpkg
M: 2012-02-10
the program used by Debian to install and remove packages, "man dpkg". Also ask me about <reference>. The main info bot in #debian is also called dpkg; ask me about <dpkgbot>.
ru
M: 2011-12-31
<reply> Это английскоговорящий канал, пожалуйста, говорите по-английски или посетите #debian-russian (irc.freenode.net) (Russian speakers please go to #debian-russian)
flash
M: 2016-10-28
<reply>Flash is frequently used to deliver interactivity, audio and video through a web browser. Ask me about <gnash> and <lightspark> for free implementations, or <adobe flash> and <pepper flash> for non-free implementations. http://wiki.debian.org/Flash, or see nasty bug #841373. See also <flash stretch>.
msg the bot
M: 2014-07-05
<reply>Please have conversations with the bots in a private message as much as possible. Instead of using "!topic" or "!tell <your nick> about <topic>" in the channel, you can just "/msg dpkg topic". See <bot help> and http://wiki.debian.org/IRC/DpkgBot to learn more and browse my factoids on-line at http://ircbots.debian.net/ . Also ask me about <judd>, which is another bot and window into the Ultimate Debian Database.
non-free
M: 2012-03-21
<reply>[non-free] a component which contains software that does not comply with the <DFSG>. To add non-free packages to your packages index, ask me about <non-free sources>. To see which non-free packages are installed ask me about <non-free list>.
fixboot
M: 2010-03-22
<reply> To reinstall <GRUB> boot to your Debian install disk/live CD, switch to the other console (Alt-F2), mount your root filesystem (mount -t ext4 /dev/whatever /target ; mount --bind /dev /target/dev ; mount -t proc none /target/proc ; mount -t sysfs none /target/sys), chroot into it (chroot /target), run "mount /boot/efi" on EFI and "update-grub && grub-install /dev/whatever". See also <rescue mode>, <dual boot guide>, <supergrub>.
lol
M: 2005-09-12
<reply> If you want to laugh, use heh or hah or bwahahaha. lol doesn't sound like laughter at all and makes you look like an AOL user.
de
M: 2010-03-12
<reply> Deutschsprachige Hilfe bekommt ihr in #debian.de (auf irc.oftc.net, irc.freenode.net oder irc.belwue.de) - German speaking users please go to #debian.de (on irc.oftc.net, irc.freenode.net or irc.belwue.de).
dpkgbot
M: 2008-06-02
<reply>Please visit http://wiki.debian.org/IRC/DpkgBot to learn how to effectively search the factoids database for FAQ, and not flood in the channel with !tell <who> about <what>. Also ask me about <msg the bot>. We ask that you learn to search for yourself first, unless it is a specific problem. Many questions are asked repeatedly, and the factoid database can be of great help to you. Ask me about <search dpkg>.
offtopic
M: 2010-05-08
<reply>#debian is primarily a support channel for Debian users. Please keep the discussions in #debian on-topic and take longer discussions and non-support questions to #debian-offtopic. Imagine the chaos if each of the hundreds of people in the channel felt the need to wander off topic for a few minutes every day.
smart questions
M: 2008-09-12
<reply>Go here to find out how to ask intelligent questions: http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html - Be sure to look at the section http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html#before - This FAQ has information to help many users solve their own problem more effectively and to help users interact more effectively with helpers. Also ask me about <reportbug>.
sources.list
M: 2017-06-17
<reply>see stretch sources.list
install gnome
M: 2014-01-14
<reply>To install GNOME: «apt-get install …» 1. 'task-gnome-desktop' (Debian installer default) 2. 'gnome' (recommended) 3. 'gnome-desktop-environment' (upstream GNOME) 4. 'gnome-core' (like 3, minus end-user applications) 5. 'gnome-session gdm3 network-manager-gnome' (minimalist, not recommended). You will need Xorg installed as well, ask me about <install x>. https://wiki.debian.org/Gnome
bot
C: 2000-06-03
<reply> I ain't no stinkin' bot. I am a finely tuned and hand crafted tool. Oh wait... I guess I am a bot (that you should not abuse).
hi
C: 2000-03-26
<reply>hello, $nick
install debian
M: 2014-05-12
<reply>There are a myriad of different ways to install Debian. See http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/debian-installer for a list of images and ask me about <netinst>, <various cd1> and <firmware images>. See also <install guide> and <d-i> for detailed instructions. (If you've never installed Debian before, you should read the install guide.)
ig
M: 2009-02-16
<reply> see installation guide
cmd: win (.*?)
C: 2003-02-16
($1): <reply> Congratulations, $1! You have won (second prize in a beauty contest|a one way ticket to (Baghdad|Cleveland|Nova Scotia|Christmas Island|Beirut|Rio de Janeiro|Fire Island|Gaza|Charlotte, North Carolina ... YeeHaw!)|the US presidency|a lifetime supply of spam|the time-life collection of vintage AOL CDs, a set of 120)!
downgrade
M: 2012-05-01
<reply>Downgrading is not, nor will ever be supported by apt. Programs change their data in a way that can't be rolled back, and package maintainer scripts support upgrades to new config file formats but not downgrades. Try: "dpkg -i olderversion.deb" or "aptitude install package=version" using "apt-cache policy package" to get the old version number. See also <partial downgrade>, <unstable->testing>, <sdo>.
adobe flash
M: 2013-09-23
<reply> see flashplugin-nonfree
debian mirrors
M: 2012-08-17
<reply>The best mirror for most users is <deb.debian.org>; other mirrors are listed at http://www.debian.org/mirror/list and ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/README.mirrors.txt and http://deb.li/map ; ask me about <apt-spy>, <netselect-apt>, <httpredir.debian.org>, <debian mirror checker>. To make a mirror, see http://www.debian.org/mirrors/ ; see also <debmirror>, <apt-mirror>, <ftpsync>, <mirror size>. #debian-mirrors on irc.oftc.net.
jessie
M: 2015-04-26
<reply>Jessie is the codename for the current <oldstable> release, Debian 8, released on 2015-04-25: http://www.debian.org/News/2015/20150426 . Jessie is the cowgirl in Toy Story 2. See http://wiki.debian.org/DebianJessie and ask me about <install jessie> <release notes> <wheezy->jessie>. Currently <8.10>.
apt-file
M: 2009-01-21
<reply>apt-file is a utility used to find which package owns a given file - or list files in a package - even if it is not installed: "aptitude install apt-file && apt-file update" ; then "apt-file search filename" to see a list of packages containing filename (can also use a regular expression; see man apt-file). You can also search online, ask me about <pdo>. See also <judd-file>, <auto-apt>, <dlocate>.
fr
M: 2011-01-27
<reply>Pour l'aide en francais, veuillez rejoindre le canal #debian-fr. Francophone users: for help in french, please go to #debian-fr.
package recompile
M: 2009-06-23
<reply> 1) Add a <deb-src> line for your current release to your sources.list 2) aptitude update; aptitude install build-essential devscripts fakeroot; aptitude -R build-dep packagename 3) as any user, apt-get source packagename 4) cd packagename-version/; ask me about <debian/rules>; 5) dpkg-buildpackage -uc -us 6) as root, dpkg -i ../packagename-version.deb. Ask me about <debian/rules>, <nocheck>, <nostrip>, <apt-get source>.
wheezy->jessie
M: 2015-04-25
<reply>Read (at least) the upgrading chapter of the <release notes> http://deb.li/ldcj . In /etc/apt/sources.list, change "wheezy" to "jessie". apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade. 3rd party repos like <dmo> are known to cause problems with the upgrade. See also <jessie sysvinit>.
yes
M: 2012-01-14
a program on Unix and Unix-like systems used to print out the specified text ('y' by default) infinitely. You should NOT use it unless you know what you are doing, because it can eat many resources.
aptitude clone
M: 2013-08-12
<reply> To clone a Debian machine using aptitude (or install your favourite packages) use aptitude search --disable-columns -F%p '~i!~M!~v' > package_list; on the reference machine; xargs aptitude --schedule-only install < package_list; aptitude install; on the other machine. This preserves information about "automatically installed" packages that other methods do not. See also <reinstall>, <things to backup>, <debian clone>, <apt-clone>.
newmaint
M: 2014-02-12
<reply>The packaging tutorial (http://deb.li/QYyI) and the New Maintainer's Guide (http://deb.li/3DiDA) are good places to start learning about Debian packaging. You should also ask me about <devref> and <policy> to understand how packages should be maintained and how they should interact with each other. Ask me about <package basics>, <mentors>, <best practices> <build without helper>. http://www.debian.org/devel/
nmg
M: 2009-11-04
<reply>see newmaint
pastebinit
M: 2017-02-07
<reply>A command-line tool to send data to a <pastebin>. To paste e.g. your sources.list do "aptitude install pastebinit; pastebinit /etc/apt/sources.list"; to paste the output of a program do e.g. "dmesg | pastebinit". See also <pastebinit config>, <nopaste>.
firmware images
M: 2017-06-17
<reply> see firmware images stretch
wireless
M: 2011-03-08
<reply>Support for your wireless LAN device is dependent on the chipset within. Don't know what you have? Ask me about <what's my wireless>. Atheros: <atheros>; Atmel: <atmel>; Broadcom: <broadcom>; Intel: <intel>; Intersil: <prism>; Marvell: <marvell>; Ralink: <ralink>; Realtek: <realtek>; TI: <acx-mac80211>; VIA: <vt665x>; ZyDAS: <zydas>. See also <crda>, <killswitch>, <wpa>. http://wiki.debian.org/WiFi
hold
M: 2014-03-14
<reply>hold is a status flag that tells the package manager to not automatically upgrade a package. To hold a package 'echo $package hold|dpkg --set-selections' or 'aptitude hold $package'. Note that "aptitude hold" is ignored by other package managers (i.e. Update Manager, synaptic, apt-get) and aptitude won't necessarily use holds set with dpkg; see Debian bug #137771 (fixed in stretch). See also <hold list>, <unhold>.
freeze
M: 2012-06-21
<reply>The 'freeze' is when large changes to testing version of Debian are stopped for few months. During this period, no new package uploads are made except to fix critical bugs or to provide documentation updates. During the freeze, bugs are squashed to 'stabilize' the release to make the new 'stable'. Stretch started to freeze in Nov 2016 and entered full freeze on 5 Feb 2017. Also ask me about <slushy>, <stretch freeze>.
wheezy
M: 2016-04-26
<reply>Wheezy is the current <oldoldstable> release, Debian 7, released on 2013-05-04: https://www.debian.org/News/2013/20130504 ; security support ended on 2016-04-25, but ask me about <wheezy-lts>. Wheezy is the rubber toy penguin with a red bow tie. See https://wiki.debian.org/DebianWheezy and ask me about <install wheezy> <wheezy release notes> <wheezy->jessie>. Final update <7.11>.
testing/unstable mix
M: 2014-08-16
<reply>«echo 'APT::Default-Release "testing";' >> /etc/apt/apt.conf», edit sources.list, copy your non-security testing lines and change one set to unstable, then apt-get update. Use apt-get -t unstable install foo; to install foo from unstable rather than testing as usual. WARNING to SYNAPTIC users: Synaptic ignores Default-Release: set Preferences->Distribution.
apt
M: 2015-08-18
<reply>Advanced Packaging Tool (APT) is a package management system used by Debian and its derivatives. APT is a C++ library of functions that are used by several command line programs for dealing with packages, notably apt-get, apt-cache, and aptitude and, from Debian 8 "Jessie" onwards, apt. See also <aptitude> <apt-get>, <apt-cache>, <apt myths>.
netinst
M: 2009-09-19
a small CD image with which you can install Debian. If, during the installation process you have a working Internet connection, you can install more packages straight away, otherwise, you will have a base install and more packages later. See http://www.debian.org/CD/netinst/ See also <various cd1>, <check iso image>, <dialup install>, <usb install>, <installer>.
tum
C: 2007-11-09
<reply>see testing/unstable mix
stable
M: 2009-03-31
<reply>[stable] The status of a Debian release when no packages will be added or version-bumped, and changes will only fix security issues and critical bugs. Packages can be removed in rare circumstances. The current stable version of Debian is Stretch (9.x); ask me about <releases>. Security bugs are fixed in stable by backporting the fix to the stable version (ask me about <security backports>). https://wiki.debian.org/DebianStable
why debian
M: 2009-02-19
<reply>Debian strives to maintain your freedom whilst also paying close attention to the technical aspects of making a great OS. Debian is stable, upgradable and well tested. See also http://www.debian.org/intro/free http://www.debian.org/intro/why_debian http://people.debian.org/~srivasta/talks/why_debian/ http://www.aboutdebian.com/ . As an added bonus, you get to ask questions in #debian.
install kde
M: 2015-06-10
<reply>The 'kde-standard' package gets you the common set-up, 'kde-plasma-desktop' and 'kde-plasma-netbook' provide minimal KDE 4 setups with respective flavouring, and 'kde-full' installs everything KDE 4. To install using Debian-Installer (if not using KDE CD-1): from the 'Software selection' dialog, choose "KDE" (use space bar to toggle selections), then "Continue".
sns
M: 2010-04-28
<reply>Shiny New Shit Syndrome is a serious disorder, which usually breaks out into an epidemic every time something new is released. If you have SNS, ask me about <backports> and <ssb>; these are better options than upgrading to <testing> because it is a <moving target>.
irclog
M: 2015-08-21
#debian on <freenode> is logged at http://ibot.rikers.org/%23debian/ , #debian on <OFTC> is logged at http://irclogs.thegrebs.com/debian/
multiarch
M: 2013-06-26
<reply>Multiarch allows you to install foreign architecture packages. For example, to allow i386 packages to be installed on an amd64 system: «dpkg --add-architecture i386 && apt-get update». See http://wiki.debian.org/Multiarch and <multiarch howto>, <multiarch failures>. For the unrelated installer that can install i386 or amd64, see <multi-arch installer>.
linux mint
M: 2010-12-03
<reply>Linux Mint is not Debian and is not supported in #debian. Please use their forums at http://forums.linuxmint.com/ or join #linuxmint-help on irc.spotchat.org for support. Linux Mint is variously based on <Ubuntu> with a "Linux Mint Debian Edition" (LMDE) also available. See also <based on debian>, <mintppc>.
squeeze sources.list
M: 2016-03-08
<reply>A suitable /etc/apt/sources.list for Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" has two lines: "deb http://archive.debian.org/debian/ squeeze main" "deb http://archive.debian.org/debian/ squeeze-lts main". Put "Acquire::Check-Valid-Until false;" in /etc/apt/apt.conf and run «aptitude update». Also see <deb-src> <contrib> <non-free> <squeeze-lts> <squeeze-updates> and "man sources.list".
debian-next
M: 2013-10-15
<reply>#debian-next is the channel for testing/unstable support on the OFTC network (irc.oftc.net), *not* on Freenode. If you get "Cannot join #debian-next (Channel is invite only)." it means you did not read it's on irc.oftc.net.
experimental
M: 2006-09-02
<reply> experimental is the bleeding edge of Debian Development. Packages here have been deemed unfit/DANGEROUS/untrustworthy/etc for release by the maintainer responsible for them. DO NOT INSTALL PACKAGES FROM EXPERIMENTAL WITHOUT KNOWING EXACTLY WHY AND WHAT YOU ARE DOING. #debian does _not_ support experimental. For an actual description, see section 4.6.4.3 of the Developer's Reference. http://packages.debian.org/experimental/
debootstrap
M: 2009-10-20
<reply>debootstrap can create a basic Debian system from scratch, without apt/dpkg. Useful for installing in a <chroot>. It is key to installing Debian GNU/Linux from a Unix/Linux system, ask me about <install guide>. http://wiki.debian.org/Debootstrap http://www.debian-administration.org/article/Installing_new_Debian_systems_with_debootstrap
version
M: 2012-04-29
<reply>Kernel: uname -r, or cat /proc/version. Package: dpkg -l _pkgname_ , or run apt-cache policy <packagename>. Miscellaneous commands: try --version on the command. For the version of Debian, ask me about <debian suite>.
start an editor war
M: 2003-04-13
<reply> (vim|zile|xemacs|pico|nvi|edlin|joe|ae|nano|emacs|"cat >") (bites|is known to (cause (sexual impotence|birth defects|brain damage|terminal cluelessness)|repel members of your preferred sex|cause ulcers|decrease your lifespan)|users (are (really backwards|clueballs)|can't think straight|need to (get (a life|out more often|laid)))|sucks|blows|doesn't deserve to be in (Debian|any Linux distribution|BSD))(.|!)
blacklist
M: 2009-11-16
<reply>To blacklist a Linux kernel module, create/edit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.local.conf and add a line similar to this (without quotes): "blacklist module_name". If this doesn't work, do 'echo "install modulename /bin/true" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.local.conf'. IMPORTANT: ask about <blacklist-initramfs>. To blacklist a module at installation time, ask me about <installer blacklist>. http://wiki.debian.org/KernelModuleBlacklisting
release history
M: 2017-06-17
<reply>Named after "Toy Story" characters. Buzz(1.1; 1996-03-14), Rex(1.2; 1996-10-28), Bo(1.3; 1997-05-01), Hamm(2.0; 1998-07-24), Slink(2.1; 1999-03-09), Potato(2.2; 2000-08-15), Woody(3.0; 2002-07-19), Sarge(3.1; 2005-06-06), Etch(4.0; 2007-04-08), Lenny(5.0; 2009-02-14), Squeeze(6.0; 2011-02-06), Wheezy(7; 2013-05-04), Jessie(8; 2015-04-25), Stretch (9; 2017-06-17). Next: Buster. http://deb.li/it56U
contrib
M: 2012-03-21
<reply>[contrib] Debian packages that contain <DFSG>-compliant software, but have dependencies not in main (possibly packaged for Debian in non-free). To get contrib packages, add lines like "deb http://deb.debian.org/debian/ [stretch|buster|sid] main contrib" to your /etc/apt/sources.list, then «aptitude update». Also ask me about <non-free>, <contrib list>.
windows
M: 2005-09-23
<reply>"PCs are like air conditioners, if you open Windows(R) they don't work." Support for Microsoft Windows operating systems is available in ##windows on irc.freenode.net.
d-i
M: 2017-06-17
<reply>Debian 9 "Stretch is now the "stable" Debian release. See http://www.debian.org/releases/stretch/debian-installer/ for images. Developers page is http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/ . If you want to make custom install CDs, start with d-i. IRC: #debian-boot on irc.oftc.net. See also <errata>, <g-i>.
keymap
M: 2012-03-15
<reply>Run "dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration" to change both your default console and X keymap; the setxkbmap utility can be used to adjust keymap settings during X operation. For setting up X keymaps, see xkeycaps, xev and ask me about <multimedia keys>.
sdo
M: 2010-04-12
<reply>http://snapshot.debian.org/ is an archive of almost all Debian packages uploaded since 2005, including those removed from the official archives because they were very buggy, unusable, broken, vulnerable or in some way non-free. This service replaces snapshot.debian.net. http://www.debian.org/News/2010/20100412
releases
M: 2011-07-28
<reply> See http://www.debian.org/releases/ for an explanation of releases. See <release history> or http://wiki.debian.org/DebianReleases for prior releases. Ask me about <stable>, <testing>, <unstable> and <introduction>.
frankendebian
M: 2011-09-25
<reply>When you get random packages from random repositories, mix multiple releases of Debian, or mix Debian and derived distributions, you have a mess. There's no way anyone can support this "distribution of Frankenstein" and #debian certainly doesn't want to even try. See if you can convince ##linux to help.
usb
M: 2010-04-24
<reply>Universal Serial Bus (USB) is a technology that has replaced the way that some peripheral devices connect to a computer. It is much faster than serial/communications and more flexible: many devices can be connected to simultaneously. USB 3.0 is supported by the Linux kernel since version 2.6.31. http://www.linux-usb.org/USB-guide/book1.html http://www.linux-usb.org/ See also <usb install>, <usbreset>.
uupdate
M: 2009-10-14
<reply> uupdate (in the <devscripts> package) upgrades a source code package from an upstream revision, or e.g. if the newest foo in debian is 1.2, and upstream is at 1.4: apt-get source foo; wget -nd http://foo.org/foo-1.4.tar.gz; cd foo-1.2; uupdate ../foo-1.4.tar.gz Ask me about <package recompile>.
webmin
M: 2010-10-04
<reply>Webmin is a lame web-based interface for unsafe system administration for Unix. Check it out at http://webmin.com/ Remember, dondelelcaro *hates* webmin. "i'd rather sit on the floor shoving table knives into live electrical outlets than run webmin on an exposed server." Removed from Debian post-Sarge, see http://bugs.debian.org/343897 . The Debian package from webmin.com is of poor quality. See <free whcp> for alternatives.
xorg
M: 2009-05-29
<reply>X.Org X11 is the reference implementation of the X Window System, forked from XFree86 4.4RC2 and first included in Debian 4.0 "Etch". To install, ask me about <install x>. To configure, ask me about <xorg config>. To remove, ask about <remove x>. http://wiki.debian.org/Xorg http://x.org/ #xorg on irc.freenode.net.
debian-backports
M: 2010-09-06
<reply> see backports.debian.org
search dpkg
M: 2010-09-01
<reply>You can search my database on the web at http://ircbots.debian.net/ or on IRC by asking me about <help listkeys> and <help-listvals>. My factoids are available at http://crito.ucr.edu/~dpkg/ in archives that are updated nightly and the previous 18 days are there. See also <search>.
jessie sources.list
M: 2015-03-28
<reply>A suitable /etc/apt/sources.list for Debian 8 "Jessie" has three lines: "deb http://deb.debian.org/debian/ jessie main" "deb http://security.debian.org/ jessie/updates main" "deb http://deb.debian.org/debian/ jessie-updates main". Be sure to run «aptitude update» after editing sources.list. Also see <deb-src> <contrib> <non-free> <jessie/updates> <jessie-updates> <mirrors> and "man sources.list".
stretch
M: 2017-06-17
<reply>Stretch is the codename for the current <stable> release, Debian 9, released 2017-06-17. "Stretch" is the rubber octopus in Toy Story 3, see http://wiki.debian.org/DebianStretch . Ask me about <install stretch>, <release notes>, <jessie->stretch>.
sid faq
M: 2011-04-16
<reply> http://deb.li/sidfaq ; it doesn't hurt to read the FAQ, even if you are using <testing>. See also http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2009/08/msg00041.html and <sid upgrade test>.
locales
M: 2009-08-05
<reply> Use 'dpkg-reconfigure locales' to get it up and running. This generates <locale> definitions and also edits /etc/default/locale which sets the $LANG environment variable at login time. Use "LANG=C command" to change the output language for a one off command, ask me about <localised errors>. See also <mac locales>. http://wiki.debian.org/Locale
what
C: 2002-04-23
<reply> This!
security
M: 2011-02-06
<reply>Put "deb http://security.debian.org/ stretch/updates main contrib non-free" in your /etc/apt/sources.list file to keep up-to-date on security updates in <stable>. Run "aptitude update" and "aptitude upgrade" (or "aptitude full-upgrade" if the updates are kept back). Also ask me about <dsa>, <security backports>, <oldstable security>, <testing security>, <unstable security>, <browser security>.
testing security
M: 2017-06-19
<reply> Security updates in testing are delayed by the normal testing migration *and* may be further delayed by missing dependencies, etc. See https://www.debian.org/security/faq#testing
ifrp
M: 2008-04-23
<reply>For GRUB: 1) press 'e' to edit the kernel setting in the grub command line (add 'init=/bin/sh' to the end of it) 2) 'fsck' your root file system, 3) 'mount -o remount,rw /', 4) 'passwd root' 5) 'mount -o remount,ro /' 6) 'reboot -d -f' (exec /sbin/init should work); For LILO: 1) 'Linux init=/bin/sh' at the LILO boot prompt (hold Shift while booting), steps 2-6 are the same; For yaboot: 1) 'Linux init=/bin/sh' at yaboot prompt.
sicco
M: 2003-01-26
<reply> Please ask sicco questions, questions that are Specific, Informative, Concise, Complete, and On-topic. Ask me about <research> and <cooperation in asking for help>.
sound
M: 2013-04-25
<reply>Ask me about <alsa>, <alsa checklist>. See also <default alsa>, <pulseaudio>.
mint
C: 2008-01-13
<reply> see linux mint
install guide
M: 2009-02-16
<reply> see installation guide
dfsg
M: 2003-05-24
<reply>DFSG is the Debian Free Software Guidelines, which are explained at http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines . For a full list of DFSG-compatible/incompatible software licenses, see http://wiki.debian.org/DFSGLicenses
cmd: congratulate (.*?)
C: 2003-01-08
($1): <reply>(Huzzah|Good show|Woohoo|Yay|Hugs & Puppies|Nice one) $1, you did it!
irc
M: 2009-07-13
<reply>IRC is Internet Relay Chat, the means to provide #debian to its patrons. Debian IRC channels are listed at http://wiki.debian.org/IRC . Please read http://wiki.debian.org/GettingHelpOnIrc . Ask me about <irc tutorial> and <faq>. See also <debstats> and <irclog>.
release notes
M: 2017-06-18
<reply>The release notes for Debian 9 "Stretch" are at https://www.debian.org/releases/stretch/amd64/release-notes/ . See also <jessie->stretch>, <stretch install guide>
firmware
M: 2011-05-04
<reply>Firmware is software to operate electronic devices, usually contained in EPROM or flash memory. Some Linux kernel drivers require firmware to be provided from userspace, notably for <WiFi> devices. Most firmware files are not part of a Debian release as they do not conform to the <DFSG>; some are available via <contrib> and <non-free> packages, ask me about <search>. See also <installer firmware>. http://wiki.debian.org/Firmware
localized errors
M: 2017-06-06
<reply>To provide command output in English instead of your native language, set your locale to an English one (e.g. C) prior to running the command, e.g. "LC_ALL=C apt-get -f install".
i forgot root's password
M: 2008-10-23
<reply>see ifrp
chroot
M: 2014-06-27
<reply>To chroot into your Debian system boot to your Debian install disk/live CD, switch to the other console (Alt-F2). Mount your root filesystem with "mount -t ext2 /dev/whatever /target" and make /dev, /proc and /sys usable with "mount --bind /dev /target/dev ; mount -t proc none /target/proc ; mount -t sysfs none /target/sys". You can then chroot into the system with "chroot /target".
kali
M: 2016-04-07
<reply>Kali Linux (http://www.kali.org/) is a security and penetration testing distribution from the creators of <backtrack>. It is based on Debian, but it is not Debian and is not supported in #debian. Seek help in #kali-linux on chat.freenode.net or http://forums.kali.org/ . Also ask me about <based on debian>, and read http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/hacker-howto.html
jessie->stretch
M: 2017-06-17
<reply>Read (at least) the upgrading chapter of the <release notes> http://deb.li/OFVv . In /etc/apt/sources.list, change "jessie" to "stretch" and remove stable-specific lines like jessie-backports. apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade. 3rd party repos like <dmo> are known to cause problems with the upgrade.
cmd: slap (.*?)
C: 2002-02-07
($1): <action> strikes a resounding *THWAP* across $1's face
b43
M: 2013-04-30
<reply>b43 is a Linux kernel driver supporting PCI/PCIe wireless LAN devices with Broadcom chips. Firmware is required, ask me about <b43-fwcutter> to provide. http://wiki.debian.org/bcm43xx #bcm-users on irc.freenode.net. For BCM4313/43224/43225 device support, ask me about <brcmsmac>. For support of the BCM4306 rev 2 and 802.11b-only devices, ask me about <b43legacy>.
bye
C: 2000-05-01
<reply> Cya, $who
nvidia dkms
M: 2013-08-02
<reply>For Debian 7 "Wheezy" and later systems. Ask me about <contrib> and <non-free sources>. «aptitude -r install linux-headers-`uname -r|sed 's,[^-]*-[^-]*-,,'` nvidia-kernel-dkms && mkdir -p /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d ; echo -e 'Section "Device"\n\tIdentifier "My GPU"\n\tDriver "nvidia"\nEndSection' > /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-nvidia.conf». Restart your system to enable the <nouveau> blacklist.
etchnhalf
M: 2010-02-15
<reply> Etch-And-A-Half -- additional packages in the Debian <4.0r4> point release providing additional support for more hardware. It included a 2.6.24 kernel along with an updated installer. As security support for Etch has ended, the Etch-And-A-Half release is no longer supported; ask me about <etch->lenny> to upgrade. http://wiki.debian.org/EtchAndAHalf http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/etchnhalf
hello
C: 2002-06-17
<reply> Hi, $who!
wifi
M: 2008-11-27
<reply> see wireless
xorg config
M: 2009-09-29
<reply>From Debian 5.0 "Lenny" onwards, xorg mostly configures itself. Resolution is set by your monitor/graphics card (unless they're broken), by your desktop environment or <xrandr>. From Debian 6.0 "Squeeze", input hotplugging saves duplicating settings and restarting X after changes. The /etc/X11/xorg.conf file is usually no longer needed and is often blank. Manual configuration is still possible, see <xorg manual config>.
backport caveat
M: 2008-11-17
<reply>Remember that in installing backports, you will be using an unusual configuration of packages that has not been tested as thoroughly as Debian stable and that newer packages have both newer features and newer bugs. Ask me about <version chasing>. Also note that you can't rely on backports to be patched quickly if vulnerabilities are discovered.
pt
M: 2008-03-25
<reply> Por favor use #debian-pt para ajuda em portugues ou #debian-br para ajuda em portugues do brasil. ( /join #debian-pt )
break
M: 2003-03-31
<reply>"This release is currently considered ``unstable''. That means that things *will* break if you run it." (quote from old page http://www.debian.org/releases/woody/), or http://bugs.debian.org/155873#10
cmd: do (.*?)
M: 2004-02-01
($1): <action> (does|refuses to do|eagerly does|reluctantly agrees to do|wonders why (he|she|it|they|we|you|those smelly goats) should do|wouldn't dream of doing) $1
raspbian
M: 2012-10-01
<reply>Raspbian is a distribution <based on Debian> made specifically for the <Raspberry Pi>. Raspbian is not Debian and it is not supported in #debian. Please use #raspbian on irc.freenode.net for support. http://www.raspbian.org/
reportbug
M: 2016-11-24
<reply> reportbug is used to submit bugs to the Debian <BTS>. Install reportbug, then run reportbug. See http://www.debian.org/Bugs/ http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/ch05s04#problem-report for some general information about using reportbug and/or for <debian-installer> bug reporting. Also ask me about <report-bugs>. http://wiki.debian.org/reportbug http://www.debian.org/Bugs/Reporting, or <reportbug MTA>
purge
M: 2009-08-19
<reply> "purge" means to completely wipe away a package, including its configuration files. Use «aptitude purge $package» or «dpkg -P $package» (note: before wheezy, you can't 'apt-get purge' a package that is already removed; use aptitude or dpkg instead). To purge all "removed" packages: «aptitude purge '~c'». To restore configuration files, ask me about <confmiss>. Also ask me about <why aptitude>.
usb install
C: 2013-03-18
<reply>You can install Debian from a USB stick/thumbdrive/pen drive/key on x86 systems, as long as your system's BIOS can boot from USB. Details are in the Installation Guide, see http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/amd64/ch04s03 and ask me about <install debian> for hybrid CD/DVD images. Use http://sf.net/projects/win32diskimager/ to write images from Windows. For BIOSes not capable of USB boot, ask me about <plop>.
point releases
M: 2017-06-17
<reply>Point releases are updates to <stable> and <oldstable>, fixing security and grave bug fixes. There are no point releases for Debian 9 "Stretch" yet. You can upgrade to the latest point release by referencing a Debian <mirror> in /etc/apt/sources.list, then "apt update && apt full-upgrade". See <8.8>. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianReleases/PointReleases.
fixmbr
M: 2013-10-01
<reply> see fixboot
noipv6
M: 2012-02-08
<reply>From Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" onwards, <IPv6> is built into the Linux kernel (excluding the loongson-2f flavour). To disable IPv6, add the kernel command line option ipv6.disable=1 to your bootloader.
sources
M: 2008-01-18
<reply> see sources.list
point release
C: 2009-02-15
<reply> see point releases
debstats
M: 2008-07-21
<reply> debstats is managed by sussudio: http://members.ziggo.nl/sussudio/debian.html (#debian freenode) and http://members.ziggo.nl/sussudio/debian-oftc.html (#debian OFTC)
snapshots
M: 2009-12-20
<reply> see sdo
your factoids
M: 2008-06-02
<reply> see search dpkg
live
M: 2017-04-28
<reply>see live jessie
amd64
M: 2012-04-28
<reply>amd64 is the Debian architecture optimized for x86-64, aka AMD64. Intel Core 2, Core i3/i5/i7 and Xeon (since 2004) systems are x86-64. The AMD64 architecture also supports running Debian i386 with either a -686-pae or -amd64 kernel. See also <why amd64> and <why not amd64>.
wine
M: 2016-05-21
ine (Wine Is Not an Emulator) is an application intended to allow execution of Microsoft Windows programs on Unix-like operating systems. Application compatibility database: http://appdb.winehq.org/ .https://wiki.debian.org/Wine http://wiki.winehq.org/HowTo http://wiki.winehq.org/FAQ #winehq on irc.freenode.net. See <mmap_min_addr> regarding use of Win16 binaries. See also <newer wine>.
moving target
M: 2009-10-22
<reply> Sure, testing might be shinier than stable, but are you prepared to be continually updating your system? Things that worked today will break tomorrow. Configuration file formats will change and you'll have to fold your changes in yet again. Testing is a moving target and if you'd rather work *with* your computer than working *on* your computer, you might not want that. See <testing security>.
upgrade
M: 2017-06-17
<reply> Upgrades keep your box from getting r00ted and reboots let you run new kernels. Stop obsessing about uptime already. It's not 1996. Refresh the lists of available packages "apt update", and then an "apt upgrade". Ask me about <security>. If you upgrade to a new stable version of Debian, read its release notes first. Ask me about <jessie->stretch>.
archive
M: 2009-11-11
a collection of files. 'tar', 'ar', 'cpio' are all archiving tools. This is *not* the same as compression, which is a separate operation. Debian Archives is the repository for old Debian releases, see http://www.debian.org/distrib/archive . For the package archive, ask me about <snapshot>. Old Debian <ISO> files are archived at http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/archive/
ls
M: 2003-05-05
<reply>CONFIG.SYS AUTOEXEC.BAT TEMP WINDOWS My Documents PROGRA~1
grub
M: 2013-04-21
<reply>GNU GRUB 2 is a portable and powerful boot loader. Ask me about <grub config> and <grub default>. To reinstall, ask me about <fixmbr>. http://wiki.debian.org/Grub2 #grub on irc.freenode.net. See also <grub legacy>.
.
M: 2003-05-08
. ...........
foo
M: 2012-06-10
the probably first <metasyntactic variable>, it's a placeholder for some other term. See http://www.catb.org/~esr/jargon/html/F/foo.html and <bar>, also read the Etymology of "Foo" (RFC3092).
next
M: 2014-06-05
<reply> Another happy customer leaves the building.
grub legacy
M: 2013-04-21
<reply>GNU GRUB (GRand Unified Bootloader) 0.9x (aka GRUB Legacy) is a powerful boot loader which can boot many OSes and understands many filesystems. To install: «aptitude install grub-legacy grub-legacy-doc». To reinstall, ask me about <fixmbr>. To migrate from LILO, ask about <lilo->grub>. See also <grub legacy errors>, <grub2>, <supergrub>. http://wiki.debian.org/Grub
install xfce
M: 2015-06-10
<reply>To install <Xfce> on established systems, ask me about <install x>, then: «apt-get install xfce4 xfce4-goodies». To install using Debian-Installer (if not using Xfce CD-1): from the 'Software selection' dialog, choose "Xfce" (use space bar to toggle selections), then "Continue"; an Internet connection may be required to obtain these packages.
google
M: 2009-04-09
<reply>Google is a search engine owned by Google Inc. whose mission statement is to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." The largest search engine on the web, Google receives over 200 million queries each day through its various services. http://www.google.com/ See also <chromium>, <gmail>, <googledns>, <googleearth>, <googletalk>, <gsoc>, <gtalk>.
partial downgrade
M: 2010-05-12
<reply> This may or may not work for you, but if you've got nothing to lose then try it: (a) change sources.list (b) aptitude update (c) aptitude and then search for the upgraded packages, hit enter on them, select the correct version (d) do the same for libc6 (e) search for broken packages by pressing "b" and then fix them in the same way (f) once you have no more broken packages, hit 'g'. See <not available>.
oftc
M: 2006-06-05
<reply>OFTC is the Open and Free Technology Community, a support/collaboration service. They have an IRC network: irc.oftc.net. You may be connected to OFTC's network. http://www.oftc.net/ See also <freenode>, <oftc move> and <fact sharing>.
rtfm
M: 2006-08-06
Read The Fucking Manual. If you want to ask a question about foo, please read man foo; before asking. If there isn't a manpage about foo, use apropos to find one. Reading manuals helps us help you. [You might try info foo as well.]
better
M: 2002-12-06
a matter of personal taste; asking "is foo better than bar?" is almost meaningless unless we know what *you* mean by "better".
firmware image
M: 2010-08-08
<reply> see firmware images
zh
M: 2015-07-27
<reply> 如果您想要以中文得到 Debian 相關的協助,請加入 irc.debian.org 或 irc.oftc.net 上的 #dot 頻道,連線與加入頻道的方法請參閱 IRC 程式之相關說明,或於網路上搜尋。謝謝您的合作!
cmd: error processing (.*?)
C: 2007-06-25
($1): <reply> $who: That isn't an error, post the whole output to a pastebin (/msg dpkg pastebin).
tracker of doom
M: 2008-11-09
<reply>The Tracker of Doom is a vulnerability database maintained by the Debian security team, viewable at http://security-tracker.debian.org/ . Ask me about <cve lookup CVE-yyyy-nnnn> to get Debian-specific information on a CVE number. See also http://www.debian.org/security/crossreferences or ask me about <debsecan> http://www.enyo.de/fw/software/debsecan/
they don't know
M: 2011-10-11
<reply>We're sorry your distro's channel isn't being helpful, but that doesn't make it appropriate to use #debian for non-Debian questions. Please go back to your channel and wait patiently for better help, or install Debian and party with us.
wpa
M: 2013-05-05
<reply>Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) is a wireless encryption standard. A WPA supplicant for Debian systems is in the wpasupplicant package, read /usr/share/doc/wpasupplicant/README.Debian.gz to configure (especially "Troubleshooting" for association to hidden SSIDs). Since Debian 7 "Wheezy", it is possible to install Debian over a WPA-protected network. https://wiki.debian.org/WPA https://wiki.debian.org/WiFi/HowToUse#wpasupplicant
flood
M: 2008-06-01
<reply> It's considered impolite to paste many lines of text on IRC. Please don't do it. Pasting one line is fine. Pasting two lines you can usually get away with. Pasting three lines will get you insulted. Pasting four or more lines will get you kicked. If you want to paste, ask me about <paste>
sns syndrome
M: 2010-04-29
<reply> see sns
things to backup
C: 2008-07-22
<reply>Some things you should back up include: /etc /home /root /usr/local /usr/src /opt /srv. Tailor to your own purposes. If you think you don't need /var, make sure you don't forget /var/lib/dpkg /var/backups /var/lib/apt* /var/lib/mysql /var/mail /var/www /var/cache/debconf /var/spool/cron ...
unetbootin
M: 2013-11-06
<reply>UNetbootin (Universal Netboot Installer) allows creation of bootable USB drives for a variety of Linux distributions. http://unetbootin.sf.net/ Not recommended for use with Debian CD/DVD images, as it mangles the installer in cruel and unusual ways, resulting in hard to debug problems. Ask me about <hybrid images>, <usb install>, <win32diskimager>.
systemd
M: 2014-02-09
<reply>systemd is a system and service manager for Linux, compatible with SysV and LSB init scripts. It is a replacement for <sysvinit>. systemd shipped as a technology preview in Debian 7 "Wheezy" and is the default init system in Debian 8 "Jessie". https://wiki.debian.org/systemd #debian-systemd on irc.oftc.net http://freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/systemd #systemd on irc.freenode.net. See also <why systemd>.
preseed
M: 2010-07-14
<reply>[preseed] Preseeding provides a way to set answers to questions asked during the Debian installation process, to allow for a streamlined or completely automated installation. The <install guide> provides an extensive appendix on preseeding with a full example. See http://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/Preseed and http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/394 . See also <debconf-set-selections>.
locale
M: 2010-09-21
<reply>A locale is a set of rules for presenting information to humans according to local conventions (date format, thousands separators, language, etc.). Ask me about <locales> to establish on a Debian system. http://wiki.debian.org/Locale http://mywiki.wooledge.org/locale
!
M: 2007-09-18
<reply> I'm not your csh prompt!
ipv6
M: 2011-02-20
<reply>Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is the next-generation IP version designed to replace IPv4. Available in Debian since <potato>, full IPv6 support was a release goal for Squeeze. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianIPv6 http://ipv6.debian.net/ http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Linux+IPv6-HOWTO/ http://www.ipv6.org/ #debian-ipv6 on irc.oftc.net, #ipv6 on irc.freenode.net. To disable IPv6 on your system, ask me about <noipv6>.
botabuse
M: 2003-08-11
<reply>lay off me you buggerererers!!11!
remove kde
M: 2009-09-12
<reply>To remove or purge KDE: aptitude remove kdelibs-data kdelibs4c2a kdelibs5 kdelibs5-data libkdecore5. Use 'purge' instead of 'remove' if that's what you want (ask me about <purge>).
fhs
M: 2010-12-09
<reply> Debian follows the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard. The filesystem is categorized by purpose, not application. This allows, for example, the easy and efficient deployment of a read-only /usr area across a number of thin clients. See http://www.pathname.com/fhs/ or install the 'debian-policy' package (/usr/share/doc/debian-policy/fhs/*), or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filesystem_Hierarchy_Standard, or "man hier".
ntfs
M: 2010-05-16
<reply>Windows NT File System (NTFS) has drivers available in Debian: the read-only Linux kernel driver and a <FUSE> driver providing write support. For information about the former, ask me about <ntfsro>. For information about read/write access, ask me about <ntfsrw>. See also <ntfsclone>, <label>. http://wiki.debian.org/NTFS
bobbitt
M: 2007-07-29
<reply>Remember Lorena Bobbitt [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorena_Bobbitt ]? Remember what she did to her husband's woody? Well, when you install binary packages from different branches onto your woody, you get the same result. Same goes for Stretch, any other Debian system, "Debian based distro", or the fire that is <rpm>, <alien>, etc.
xorg manual config
M: 2010-11-27
<reply>From Debian 5.0 "Lenny" onwards, you can often use an <empty xorg.conf>. To configure your keyboard layout for both X and console, run «dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration». If you have further things you wish to configure, use "X -configure" ("X -configure :1" if server is already active) to produce a xorg.conf template. See also <xorg hal>. http://wiki.debian.org/XStrikeForce/InputHotplugGuide
package
M: 2009-11-13
<reply> Debian .deb packages are a special form of <ar> archive which can be unpacked with "ar x pkg.deb". Inside the file control.tar.gz are conffiles, installation scripts, and a file "control" which contains the information shown with "apt-cache show pkg". Dependencies can be changed by editing this file. Install the dpkg-dev package and read "man 5 deb" for more details. A better plan is to see <package recompile> <source package>.
rc.local
M: 2018-04-06
<reply>/etc/rc.local may be used to run simple commands at boot time. It exists by default in jessie or older; in stretch you need to create it. Don't forget the <shebang> and be sure to chmod 755 it. rc.local is considered a hack, a stopgap, or a temporary band-aid; see <systemd>
jessie-backports
C: 2015-04-29
<reply> Some packages intended for Stretch (Debian 9) but recompiled for use with "Jessie" (8.x) can be found in the "jessie-backports" repository. See http://backports.debian.org/Instructions/ . A suitable line for your sources.list is «deb http://deb.debian.org/debian/ jessie-backports main». Also ask me about <bdo>.
squeeze-lts
M: 2014-06-02
<reply>Volunteer-provided security support for Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" ended on 2016-02-29 for a limited set of packages for i386 and amd64. An appropriate line for your sources.list is «deb http://archive.debian.org/debian/ squeeze-lts main».
lobotomy
C: 2000-06-11
<reply>your wish is my command, $who
why amd64
C: 2008-10-14
<reply>The Debian architecture that runs on 64-bit processors from AMD and Intel is called "amd64" because the architecture was first developed by AMD. AMD64 is variously known as x86-64, x64, IA-32e, EM64T and Intel 64 (most of which are the Intel marketing people changing their mind). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/x86-64
not available
M: 2010-04-29
<reply>To get a list of packages you have installed now, that are not available from any repository in your sources.list: aptitude search '?narrow(?not(?archive("^[^n][^o].*$")),?version(CURRENT))'
pulseaudio
M: 2011-12-07
<reply>PulseAudio (formerly Polypaudio) is a cross-platform network sound server, intended as a drop-in replacement for <ESD>. Packaged for Debian since 4.0 "Etch", read /usr/share/doc/pulseaudio/README.Debian after installation for configuration recommendations; Debian specific how-to is at http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?t=12497 . http://pulseaudio.org/wiki/FAQ http://pulseaudio.org/ #pulseaudio on irc.freenode.net.
factoid
M: 2004-10-15
<reply>A factoid is something resembling a fact or unverified (often invented) information that is given credibility because it appeared in print, or a brief (usually one sentence and usually trivial) news item, or often-repeated information, stored to keep people from having to repeatedly explain something. This thing you're reading right now is called a "factoid".
apt-spy
M: 2015-04-29
<reply>The apt-spy utility can automatically create a list of APT data sources to /etc/apt/sources.list.d/apt-spy.list, based on bandwidth tests. Not part of the Debian 8 "Jessie" release due to bug #779468. See also <netselect-apt> <sources.list>.
deb-src
M: 2016-11-16
<reply> You can have apt download the <source package> from which a <binary package> was compiled using a "deb-src" line in your <sources.list>. A line like "deb-src http://deb.debian.org/debian sid main" does NOT make any binary packages available. Ask me about <source> <package recompile> <ssb>; make sure the "build-essential" package is installed. You might need linux-headers-$(uname -r) package installed.
dont break debian
C: 2014-09-16
https://wiki.debian.org/DontBreakDebian
python
M: 2010-02-01
<reply>Python is a very nice scripting language, easy to learn and still quite powerful and elegant if you know how to use it. See http://wiki.python.org/moin/BeginnersGuide . #python and ##python on irc.freenode.net, #python on irc.oftc.net. See also <python 2.6>, <python 2.7> and <python 3>.
best
M: 2007-07-07
<reply>Best for what? Please define what you mean by "best". Gloria Gaynor! Tina Turner! Aretha Franklin! Men without Hats! Women without Hats! Men at Work! Women at Play! Anyone for Tennis!
pastebin.com
M: 2013-03-21
<reply>pastebin.com mangles input, takes forever to load, often makes us enter a CAPTCHA to see your paste and fills the screen with ads. Please use a different site, like http://paste.debian.net/
irc primer
M: 2010-03-10
<reply>"A Short IRC Primer": http://www.irchelp.org/irchelp/ircprimer.html . See also "The IRC Prelude": http://www.irchelp.org/irchelp/new2irc.html
bdo list
M: 2012-02-29
<reply> To list all packages you have installed from <debian backports>: «aptitude search '?narrow(?version(CURRENT),?origin(Debian Backports))' --disable-columns -F%p»; apt must know about the origin repository for this to work (i.e. you have a 'deb' line for it in sources.list and 'apt-get update' has been run). To list all backported packages available for your system: «aptitude search '?origin(Debian Backports)'». See also <which repo>.
chat
M: 2013-05-26
<reply>This is not a chat channel, this is a Debian user support channel. Unless you have a Debian support question, please chat elsewhere, like #debian-offtopic, or #moocows on irc.oftc.net or ##chat on irc.freenode.net.
wl
M: 2013-04-30
<reply>Broadcom's proprietary wireless LAN driver (wl, aka broadcom-sta) supports devices based on the Broadcom BCM4311, BCM4312, BCM4313, BCM4321, BCM4322, BCM43224, BCM43225, BCM43227, BCM43228, BCM43142, BCM4331, BCM4352 and BCM4360 chips. To install (amd64 and i386 only), see https://wiki.debian.org/wl . Most of these chips are also supported by the open source <b43> and <brcmsmac> drivers.
cmd: man (.*?)
C: 2010-06-26
($1): <reply>man $1 is probably at http://manpages.debian.org/$1 where you can view many Debian man pages. Ask me about <docs> <dmp> <grounding> <search>.
dist-upgrade
M: 2009-02-15
<reply> dist-upgrade tells apt to also install/remove packages when handling dependencies; security updates may require a dist-upgrade to install (they introduce new packages). Dist-upgrade does not mean changing from stable to testing; apt and aptitude both call dist-upgrade "full-upgrade" to remove this confusion. Read man apt-get carefully. See also <why not dist-upgrade>, <full-upgrade>.
fstab
M: 2009-05-27
a file that lets the `mount' command know what mountable things (partitions, drives, etc) are in your system. Try `man 5 fstab` for more information on it. See also <label>, <uuid>.
iso
M: 2009-04-16
<reply>[iso] CD image, a file containing an ISO 9660 standard filesystem. Debian CD/DVD images are available at http://www.debian.org/CD . Also ask me about <netinst> and <check iso image>. To download via BitTorrent or Jigdo, ask me about <bittorrent>, <jigdo>. Debian CD image FAQ: http://www.debian.org/CD/faq/ See also <vendors>, <cd1>, <missing iso>, <blu-ray disc>, <iso mount>, <iat>.
logs
M: 2000-03-06
<reply> Logs are what you should always check when you have a problem, they live in /var/log/ . For #debian logs, ask me about <irclog>.
man
M: 2010-06-26
a little guy that knows everything about Linux... just do "man commandname" and he will teach you all about commandname. You can search for the appropriate man page with "apropos term". Enable <tab completion> in your shell to fill in the man page names. Man pages are available online too, ask me about <dmp>. See also <docs> <grounding>.
keyboard
M: 2009-04-18
<reply> A keyboard is something you hit to fix segfaults, sigsegvs, and faulty hardware, or at http://store.yahoo.com/pfuca-store/ . For help configuring up your keyboard, ask me about <keymap>, <keyboard specialkeys>, <multimedia keys>, <key delay>, <capslock>. See also <cherry>.
window manager
M: 2009-06-15
<reply>A window manager is a special application class which decorates and manages windows for the X server. To list available window managers in your system, run «apt-cache showpkg x-window-manager». Not to be confused with a desktop environment such as <GNOME> or <KDE>. To set your system-wide default window manager, use «update-alternatives --config x-window-manager». For a guide to available window managers, see http://xwinman.org/
policy
M: 2011-05-13
<reply>policy is the document that defines how Debian packages should (and must!) interact with each other and with the user to make sure we have a high-quality, stable distribution. You can find it at http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ or in the debian-policy package. Those who fail to understand Debian Policy are doomed to reimplement it, poorly. See also <best practices> <nmg> <mentors>.
testing installer
M: 2013-12-16
<reply>Repeat after me: the testing installer is for testing the <installer>, not for installing <testing>. To install testing, do a minimal installation using the <stable> installer and ask me about <stable->testing>. Installer bugs should be filed against the debian-installer pseudopackage. https://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/
utc
M: 2013-09-06
<reply>Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is the standard by which the world regulates clocks and time (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coordinated_Universal_Time). For Debian 7 "Wheezy" and later, set "UTC" or "LOCAL" in /etc/adjtime (man 8 hwclock). For Debian 6.0 "Squeeze", set the UTC option in /etc/default/rcS appropriately (man rcs). For all systems, run «service hwclock.sh restart» to apply changes. See also <windows utc>.
backup
M: 2008-01-26
<reply>A backup is something you should do *ALWAYS*. if you value your sh*t in the least. Otherwise eons of built-up data can go BYE BYE FOREVER one day if you do not; either by HD malfunction, intentional evil by crackers, mischievous glak elves invading your system, or large magnets getting out of hand. Pay the dollars for a tape system or CDR and use <tar> (optionally with bzip2 at lowest compression). See <things to backup>.
powerpc
M: 2010-02-05
<reply>PowerPC is a <RISC> architecture (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PowerPC). See "Debian for PowerPC" at http://www.debian.org/ports/powerpc . Debian CDs are not (and cannot be made) bootable on Old World PowerMacs. Information on proper partitioning is at http://www.alaska.net/~erbenson/doc/mac-fdisk-basics.txt . See also <macsound>, <yaboot>, <quik>, <bootx>, <ppc64>. #debianppc on irc.oftc.net and irc.freenode.net.
factoids
M: 2007-02-10
<reply> see your factoids
free
M: 2009-05-30
defined in English with many different meanings of which only one refers to cost. Easier in French, or 'free beer' = gratuit / 'free speech' = libre, or http://www.debian.org/intro/free, or http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/categories.html, or free (procps) tells you how much memory is used/wasted ("Mem:") and how much is being necessarily used/could be freed ("-/+ buffers/cache:"), see also <free ram>.
i love you
C: 2002-04-01
<reply>(I love you too, $who.|The feeling's not mutual|I hope you mean in the platonic sense :/)
woody
M: 2009-03-30
<reply>Woody is the codename for Debian GNU/Linux 3.0, released on July 19, 2002. Security support for woody was terminated on 2006-06-30. Woody was archived on 2007-01-10, ISOs are available from http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/archive/3.0_r6/ . See also <woody sources.list> and <woody->sarge>. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianWoody
xrandr
M: 2009-04-08
a command-line interface to the <RandR> extension; used to set the screen size, orientation and/or reflection. http://wiki.debian.org/XStrikeForce/HowToRandR12
broadcom
M: 2009-07-11
<reply>Broadcom Corporation is an integrated circuits supplier. For wireless LAN chipset drivers, ask me about <b43>, <brcmsmac>, <rndis_wlan>, <wl>. For Ethernet controller support, ask me about <bnx2>, <bnx2x>, <tg3>.
rtl818x
M: 2015-04-29
<reply>Realtek 802.11b/g PCI/PCIe and USB wireless LAN chips (RTL8180, RTL8185, RTL8187, RTL8187B, RTL8187SE) are supported by the rtl8180 and rtl8187 drivers in the Linux kernel. All drivers do not require firmware from userspace. https://wiki.debian.org/rtl818x . For support of Realtek 802.11n/802.11ac devices, ask me about <rtl819x>.
multiarch failures
C: 2013-05-14
<reply> There is a set of new and interesting failures to get used to in the <multiarch> world. Ask me about <multiarch changelog> <multiarch skew>.
kernel-handbook
M: 2011-06-06
<reply>The Debian Linux Kernel Handbook http://kernel-handbook.alioth.debian.org/ - packaged as debian-kernel-handbook since Debian 7 "Wheezy" - serves as a single access point to all kernel-related documentation. See chapter 4.2 to rebuild official Debian kernel packages, see chapter 4.5 to build a custom kernel from Debian kernel source.
standard task
M: 2011-01-20
a "task" that should be installed on all machines during the installer stage. It installs packages that are important, required and standard (i.e. "aptitude install ~pstandard ~prequired ~pimportant"). Packages in the <essential> set are always installed. Also ask me about <tasksel>.
anybody
C: 2004-07-13
<reply> see anyone
tias
M: 2009-08-13
<reply>TIAS is "Try It And See".
xyproblem
M: 2015-03-08
<reply>Slow down for a bit! Are you sure that you need to jump through that particular hoop to achieve your goal? We suspect you don't, so why don't you back up a bit and tell us about the overall objective... We know that people often falsely diagnose problems because they are too close to them -- it's easy to miss that there is a better way to proceed. See http://mywiki.wooledge.org/XyProblem
time
M: 2008-08-20
found on http://www.time.gov/, or $date $time, or an illusion, and lunchtime doubly so - Ford Prefect said that. of no essence here!, or it's beer o'clock!!, or see http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debian-reference/ch09.en.html#_system_and_hardware_time and ask me about <set time>.
mysql
M: 2016-08-24
a fast and reliable open source relational database implementing a large subset of SQL. It is the world's most popular open source database. To install, ask me about <install mysql>. http://wiki.debian.org/MySql http://mysql.com/ #mysql on irc.freenode.net, #debian-mysql on irc.oftc.net. See also <mysql test>, <mysql squeeze>, <mysql checking>, <mariadb>
pastewithoutx
M: 2008-05-21
<reply>Install gpm, which gives you familiar mouse functionality from the console ; or upload a file to http://paste.debian.net; or: apt-get install w3m ; w3m http://paste.debian.net/ ; hit enter on the Big Box, it will open /usr/bin/editor where you can insert the file, then save ; then hit enter on the submit button in w3m, or the "screen" utility also provides keyboard driven copy/paste, or ask me about <paste2pastebin pipe>
bug
M: 2007-05-24
<reply> see bts
ssbp
C: 2006-11-16
<reply> see simple sid backport
checkinstall
M: 2009-10-18
<reply>CheckInstall is a program that tracks all files installed by "make install" (or equivalent), creates a Debian (or other) package with those files, and adds it to the installed packages database, allowing for easy package removal or distribution. http://asic-linux.com.mx/~izto/checkinstall/ See also <stow>.
qotd
M: 2018-03-30
<reply>Quote of the Day. Ask me about <qotd0> to get a random one. See <literal qotd0> for which numbers are used already and <qotdx> for which numbers have been voted as "replaceable". At 300 (2018-03-30).
update
M: 2002-11-28
<reply>[update] `aptitude update' grabs the Packages.gz files from their sources and refreshes the available packages. Use before an aptitude upgrade or before looking for stuff with apt-cache search. See also <updates>.
arm
M: 2011-02-14
<reply>Advanced RISC Machine (ARM) is a processor architecture. The Debian arm port was deprecated at 5.0 "Lenny" with official support dropped at 6.0 "Squeeze", ask me about <armel> for the replacement port. See also <armhf>. http://www.debian.org/ports/arm/ For help with Debian on ARM systems, join #debian-arm on irc.oftc.net.
cmd: coffee (.*?)
C: 2005-08-22
($1): <action> decants a fine (broth|brew|mug) of (organic|fair trade|organic, fair trade|hippy-blend) (Jamaican Blue Mountain|Peruvian|Colombian|Tanzanian|International Roast Caterers Blend) for $1, courtesy of $nick
modprobe
M: 2009-06-01
<reply> Add module to kernel: "modprobe foo"; Remove module from kernel: "modprobe -r foo"; Define module options: "man modprobe.conf", "echo options foo bar=baz qux=quux >> /etc/modprobe.d/local.conf". See also: "man modprobe", "man modprobe.conf", /etc/modprobe.d/* , <blacklist>.
bluetooth
M: 2007-09-07
<reply>Bluetooth is a wireless communications protocol (http://bluetooth.com/), about as secure as shouting. aptitude install bluez-utils; then run hidd --search as root. http://wiki.debian.org/BluetoothUser http://wiki.debian.org/Bluetooth/Alsa . For support of Qualcomm Atheros devices, ask me about <ath3k>. See also <btusb>.
cmd: paste (.*?)
M: 2009-11-13
($1): <reply> $1: put your output on http://paste.debian.net/ so we can see it. DO NOT paste into the channel.
lamp
M: 2013-06-15
<reply>LAMP: Linux, Apache, MySQL, {PHP,Perl,Python} server. Ask me about <install debian><install apache><install mysql><install php>. (Hmm... doesn't that make it a DAMP stack?), or "aptitude install libapache2-mod-php5 mysql-server php5-mysql". http://wiki.debian.org/LaMp, or http://geek-and-poke.com/geekandpoke/2013/6/15/the-geekpoke-old-chestnut-of-the-week
steam
M: 2015-08-24
<reply>Steam is a proprietary content delivery and management application for PC software with Linux support. Packaged in <non-free>; amd64 users are required to enable <multiarch> and install the steam:i386 package. For help with upstream issues, ask #steamlug on irc.freenode.net. http://wiki.debian.org/Steam
realtek
M: 2011-05-19
<reply>Realtek is a developer of semiconductors. Realtek Ethernet controllers are supported by the 8139too, 8139cp and <r8169> drivers in the mainline Linux kernel. For support of Realtek-based wireless LAN devices, ask me about <rtl819x> (802.11n) or <rtl818x> (802.11b/g).
cd
M: 2009-05-29
a Compact-Disc, something that can hold about 650 megs, or a shiny silver thing that glitters, or a good beverage coaster, or change directory. To download Debian CD images, ask me about <iso>. To buy Debian CDs, ask me about <vendors>. To add a Debian CD to the APT system, ask me about <apt-cdrom>.
en
M: 2009-05-04
<reply>The language of #debian is English. We will do our best to help you regardless of your level of English but you might be more comfortable asking for help in your own language. Ask me about your language code for more information, for example /msg dpkg br ; /msg dpkg pt ; /msg dpkg es ; /msg dpkg fr ; /msg dpkg de
ralink
M: 2010-02-22
<reply> Ralink Technology Corp. is a wireless LAN chipset manufacturer. Drivers for many Ralink chipsets are present in mainline Linux kernels, ask me about <rt2x00>. For support of 802.11n devices, ask me about <rt2800>.
stretch sources.list
C: 2015-05-05
<reply> A suitable /etc/apt/sources.list for "Stretch" has three lines: "deb http://deb.debian.org/debian/ stretch main" "deb http://security.debian.org/debian-security stretch/updates main" "deb http://deb.debian.org/debian/ stretch-updates main". Be sure to run «apt update» after editing sources.list. Also see <deb-src> <contrib> <non-free> <stretch/updates> <stretch-updates> <mirrors> and "man sources.list".
harden
M: 2010-03-24
<reply>To secure and harden a Debian GNU/Linux system, ask me about <securing debian> and <security>. See also <security backports>, <tracker of doom>, <d:sbd>, <grsecurity>, <exec shield>.
why
C: 2008-11-16
<reply> Because!
bots
M: 2009-11-05
<reply>We have lots of bots around to help out with different things. dpkg (<dpkgbot>) and <judd> are the main two for factoids and package information; dselect (<dselectbot>) fills in for dpkg. There's also debhelper (flooding, moderating), apt, ... Most bots are also in #debian-bots if you can't use /msg to talk to them. Be nice to the bots though; they have feelings, bleed oil and let out the <magic smoke> when angry.
check iso image
M: 2011-08-19
<reply>To verify you have a valid and official Debian CD/DVD image, see http://www.debian.org/CD/faq/#verify . To test an ISO image was burned correctly, compare the output of «md5sum filename.iso; dd if=/dev/cdrom | head -c `stat --format=%s filename.iso` | md5sum». You should compare this md5sum to the checksum for the ISO image on the mirror. See also <check iso signature>.
debian-handbook
M: 2017-05-24
<reply>The Debian Administrator's Handbook is at http://debian-handbook.info/ and can be browsed, bought and downloaded. From Debian 7 "Wheezy" onwards, it can also be installed from the debian-handbook package. Also ask me about <books> <docs>. PDF at https://debian-handbook.info/download/stable/debian-handbook.pdf
list alsa users
M: 2009-07-07
<reply> To see what processes are using (and perhaps blocking) your sound device:«ps `lsof +D /dev -F rt | awk '/^p/ {pid=$1} /^t/ {type=$1} /^r0x74..$/ && type == "tCHR" {print pid} /^r0xe..$/ && type == "tCHR" {print pid}' | cut -c 2- | uniq`». Alternatively, «fuser -v /dev/snd/* /dev/dsp /dev/mixer»
flashplugin-nonfree
M: 2013-09-23
<reply>Adobe Flash Player is proprietary (non-free) software. The easiest way to install it is with the flashplugin-nonfree package, ask me about <contrib>. WARNING: installing flashplugin-nonfree will NOT automatically keep the plugin updated. Read more on https://wiki.debian.org/FlashPlayer. Try «update-flashplugin-nonfree --install» if the installation didn't seem to work or to update the plugin.
bumblebee
M: 2013-04-15
<reply>The Bumblebee project aims to provide support for the Nvidia Optimus GPU switching technology on Linux systems. GeForce 400M (4xxM) and later mobile GPU series are Optimus-enabled; if «lspci -nn | grep '\''[030[02]\]'» returns two lines, the laptop likely uses Optimus. Packaged for Debian <jessie> and <wheezy-backports>. http://wiki.debian.org/Bumblebee http://bumblebee-project.org/ #bumblebee on irc.freenode.net.
kernels
M: 2007-12-02
<reply> see kernel
kernel handbook
C: 2010-12-14
<reply> see kernel-handbook
install stretch
M: 2017-06-17
<reply> see install debian
fart
M: 1970-01-01
<action> farts, releasing large quantities of methane and sulfur dioxide. "Evacuate the channel! GO! *gag* SAVE YOURSELVES *cough* MOVE *choke* MOVE!"
wheezy release notes
C: 2013-02-19
<reply>Release notes for Debian 7 "Wheezy" are at http://www.debian.org/releases/wheezy/releasenotes . See also <squeeze->wheezy>, <install guide wheezy>.
faq
M: 2009-04-17
<reply>[faq] Frequently Asked Questions. The #debian FAQ is at http://wiki.debian.org/DebianIRC . The Debian GNU/Linux FAQ is at http://www.debian.org/doc/FAQ/ . Ask me about <search dpkg> to search my database for FAQ links. Many other FAQ are listed at http://wiki.debian.org/FAQ . Read the FAQs!
fish
M: 2009-05-09
<reply>"Give a man a fish and you'll feed him a day. Teach him how to fish and he'll feed himself for the rest of his life." Instead of asking us to tell you exactly what to do, ask us which documentation to read, read them, then come back and ask specific questions which aren't covered.
intel-gfx
M: 2010-03-21
<reply>[intel-gfx] The intel <Xorg> driver provides 2D/3D support for Intel integrated graphics chipsets, including the i810, 915{G,GM}, 945{G,GM,GME}, 946GZ, 965{G,GM,Q}, G33, Q33, Q35, G35, GM45, G45, Q45, G43 and G41; the <GMA 500> is not supported. Packaged for Debian as xserver-xorg-video-intel, see also <intel-gfx shadow>. http://x.org/wiki/IntelGraphicsDriver https://01.org/linuxgraphics/ #intel-gfx on irc.freenode.net.
quit
C: 1970-01-01
<reply> try /quit
secure apt
M: 2017-02-24
<reply>[apt-secure] Starting with version 0.6, <APT> performs signature checking of the Release file for all archives. See http://wiki.debian.org/SecureApt , "man apt-secure" and chapter 7 of the Securing Debian Manual (ask me about <securing debian>) for more information. The archive signing key can be found at https://ftp-master.debian.org/keys.html . See also <key>, <no public key>. https://wiki.debian.org/RepositoryFormat
xorg.conf.d
M: 2011-02-08
<reply>xorg can use files ending in the suffix .conf in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d for additional configuration. It is preferred to use an <empty xorg.conf> and create files (e.g. 20-nvidia.conf, 20-radeon.conf, 20-wacom.conf) there in order to configure a single device. You might have to create the directory yourself (mkdir /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d). See also "man 5 xorg.conf".
boo
C: 2001-08-24
<action> dies from a heart attack thanks to $who
http.debian.net
M: 2015-05-05
<reply>see httpredir.debian.org
zfs
M: 2017-01-11
<reply>ZFS (originally Zettabyte File System) is a file system / logical volume manager developed by Sun Microsystems (http://deb.li/7xXU). The Debian GNU/kFreeBSD kernel since 7.2 has ZFS support, the userland utilities are packaged as zfsutils. Native Linux support from zfsonlinux.org, #zfsonlinux channel on freenode, is included in Debian starting with <stretch> and <jessie-backports> with some caveats due to license conflicts.
pdf
M: 2010-07-04
<reply>Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format for document exchange, designed by Adobe as a replacement for <PostScript>. Free software to view PDFs include <xpdf>, <okular>, <evince> (all poppler based) and gv, kghostview (ghostscript-based, much slower!). Adobe Reader (acroread) is available from deb-multimedia in non-free; ask me about <dmm>. See also <edit pdf>, <pdf writer>. http://wiki.debian.org/PDF
b43-fwcutter
M: 2013-08-21
<reply>Device firmware required by the <b43> and <b43legacy> drivers is proprietary and unable to be distributed by the Debian Project. The b43-fwcutter utility (packaged in contrib) can extract this firmware from Broadcom's binary drivers. Debian packages to download, extract and install firmware are available; ask me about <contrib> and use «apt-cache search firmware-b43» to list. http://wiki.debian.org/bcm43xx#b43-b43legacy
brcmsmac
M: 2013-06-27
<reply>brcmsmac (brcm80211 prior to Linux 2.6.39) is an open source <mac80211> driver, supporting 802.11n PCIe devices based on Broadcom <BCM4313>, <BCM43224> and <BCM43225> chips. Firmware is required (bcm43xx-0.fw, bcm43xx_hdr-0.fw), ask me about <non-free sources> and install the firmware-brcm80211 package to provide. Access point and adhoc modes are supported since Linux 3.10. https://wiki.debian.org/brcm80211
irc tutorial
M: 2010-09-28
<reply> see irc primer
stretch freeze
M: 2017-02-06
<reply>Stretch is frozen as of 2017-02-05; see https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2017/02/msg00001.html or <freeze>, <slushy>.
dpms
M: 2011-01-08
<reply>VESA Display Power Management Signaling (DPMS) is a graphics card power management standard. The DPMS <xorg> extension is enabled by default. It can be adjusted via «xset dpms $standby-sec $suspend-sec $off-sec» or within <xorg.conf>.
.xinitrc
M: 2001-02-21
<reply>The optional customisation script ~/.xinitrc is used for running X as startx, and ~/.xsession is for when using X from a Display Manager like xdm or kdm. .xinitrc is discouraged in Debian, as if you just use ~/.xsession it will work from both startx and the display manager, as documented in startx(1).
obsolete
M: 2010-04-28
<reply> If you remove a repository from your sources.list (e.g. removing <dmm>), then you should check what packages you have installed from the other repository. Synaptic and aptitude have a "Obsolete and Locally Created Packages" list. Or, "aptitude search ~o". Note this doesn't include packages that exist in the repo at a different version to the one you have installed; see <not available> <list repositories>.
qotd9
C: 2004-05-10
<reply> <caphuso> linagee: so, now would be a good time to start reading the fucking manual before i start fucking you
parrot os
C: 2017-01-04
<reply>Parrot OS (https://www.parrotsec.org/) is a security and penetration testing distribution. It is based on Debian testing, but it is not Debian and is not supported in #debian. Seek help in #parrot on irc.frozenbox.org or try the mailing lists at http://lists.parrotsec.org/listinfo. Also ask me about <based on debian>.
why not dmm
C: 2012-09-28
<reply>The deb-multimedia.org repository was once the only way of getting good multimedia support. By the release of Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" this was mostly not true and for Debian 7 "Wheezy" this situation is even better. Libraries from dmm are known to cause incompatibilities with packages from Debian; packages may not meet the <DFSG> so are not allowed in Debian. Use dmm as a last resort; ask me about <dmm pinning> and <dmm remove>.
grml
M: 2009-06-18
<reply> grml is a bootable CD (Live CD) originally <based on> Knoppix, now Debian. It includes a collection of GNU/Linux software especially for users of text tools and system administrators. It can be used as a rescue system, for analyzing systems/networks or as a working environment. http://grml.org/ #grml on irc.freenode.net.
install testing
M: 2017-06-17
<reply>Daily built <netinst> images to install <testing> are available from http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/ . The chance of the testing installer being broken on any given day is quite high. Instead, do a minimal installation using the stable installer and ask me about <stable->testing>. Also ask me about <testing>, <apt-listchanges>, <d-d-a>.
multiarch changelog
C: 2013-05-14
<reply>If dpkg complains that it can't "overwrite shared /usr/share/doc/$package/changelog.Debian.gz" for packages marked "Multi-Arch: same", force dpkg to overwrite the files with «apt-get -o DPkg::Options::="--force-overwrite" install $package». BinNMUs performed since July 2013 should not have this problem, as debhelper splits up the changelog. Ask me about <multiarch> <multiarch failures> <binNMU>.
multiarch skew
C: 2013-05-14
<reply>Packages that are marked as co-installable across different architectures can only be installed if the version for each architecture is identical. If the <buildd> network has not kept up, you cannot install them. If only one arch is binNMU'd, you cannot install them. Wait for a while until it is sorted out. Ask me about <multiarch> <multiarch failures>.
autofs
M: 2008-09-17
<reply>autofs is a kernel-based automounter that mounts remote shares when directories are accessed. Some regard it as a hackish p.o.s. and the 5 minute default timeout for unmounting is unlikely to be what you want. http://wiki.debian.org/AutoFs http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/127 . For hotplugging support for USB storage, ask me about <automount>.
ppa
M: 2010-11-16
<reply>[ppa] Personal Package Archive (see https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+ppas or <launchpad>). PPAs are either: (a) an easy way to grab packages based on nightly-builds/VCS snapshots or (b) an easy way for any idiot to publish a package of extremely poor quality (remember, you will run the maintainer scripts as root during install!). Choose your repos wisely. No equivalent exists for Debian yet. Ask me about <why not use a ppa>.
localised errors
M: 2009-06-09
<reply> see localized errors
potato
M: 2009-03-30
<reply>Potato is the codename for Debian GNU/Linux 2.2, released August 14th, 2000. It is no longer supported. Ask me about <potato->woody> for upgrade information. See also <potato sources.list>. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianPotato
thx
M: 2006-10-03
<reply> THX (R), the next generation surround sound, developed by a George Lucas company. (mplayer is not certified), or just say "Thanks"
bar
C: 2000-08-18
a <metasyntactic variable> in cahoots with <foo>, <baz> and <boo>.
empty xorg.conf
M: 2011-02-08
<reply>Starting from Debian 5.0 "Lenny", /etc/X11/xorg.conf is often basically empty or non-existent, as X auto-detects your hardware and starts the X server accordingly, nothing to worry about. Ask me about <xorg config> and <xrandr> for ways to configure Xorg. See also <xorg manual config>, <xorg.conf.d>, <xorg hal>.
proxmox
M: 2015-05-01
<reply>Proxmox Virtual Environment (Proxmox VE) is a GNU/Linux distribution <based on Debian>, providing a virtualization platform with <LXC> and <KVM>. It is not supported in #debian. There's an unofficial ##proxmox channel on Freenode. For official venues, see http://pve.proxmox.com/wiki/Get_support
qemu
M: 2011-02-21
<reply>QEMU is a fast PC emulator. http://qemu-buch.de/cgi-bin/moin.cgi/FrequentlyAskedQuestions http://www.qemu.org/ #qemu on irc.freenode.net. See also <kvm>, <virtualization>.
securing debian
M: 2009-12-08
<reply>The Securing Debian Manual describes the security of the Debian GNU/Linux operating system and within the Debian project. http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/securing-debian-howto/ Packaged for Debian as harden-doc. See also <manuals>.
metapackage
M: 2009-06-05
<reply>A metapackage is a package that normally exists for convenience. It has no content, it just depends on other packages so that you don't have to have a hundred things on an apt-get/aptitude command line. The version of a metapackage can be misleading -- look at what it depends on instead (see the kde metapackage for an example).
parrot
C: 2017-01-09
<reply>see parrot os
ssd
M: 2017-04-14
<reply>Solid-State Drives are basically nonvolatile RAM chips used for long term storage. There are at least 3 types: SATA (no problem), NVMe (no problem since Linux 3.3), and eMMC (not yet supported). See also <ssd limit>
default alsa
C: 2010-12-23
<reply>Use the /etc/asound.conf or ~/.asoundrc configuration files to set your default sound card. See http://alsa.opensrc.org/MultipleCards for more information. You can also configure it in pavucontrol if you are using PulseAudio.
firmware installer
C: 2011-07-25
<reply> see installer firmware
qotd20
C: 2004-06-30
<reply><ceige> dpkg: I'm not stupid! I use MSN!
xinitrc
M: 2009-04-15
just use ~/.xsession instead, ask me about <.xinitrc> for the reason. Also ask about <xsession>.
cmd: give (.*?) (.*?)
M: 2006-04-28
($1,$2): <action>gives $1 $2
lts
M: 2016-06-05
<reply>Debian Long Term Support (LTS) is a project to extend the lifetime of all Debian stable releases to (at least) 5 years. Debian LTS is not handled by the Debian security team, but by a separate group of volunteers and companies. Ask me about <wheezy-lts> and see https://wiki.debian.org/LTS for more information. #debian-lts on irc.oftc.net.
commands
M: 2006-01-24
The Linux command reference may be found here: http://justlinux.com/nhf/Command_Reference and here: http://justlinux.com/nhf/Shells/Basic_Console_Commands.html
cmd: be (.*?) barbie
C: 2007-11-13
($1): But $1 is soooooo hard! :`( Ken, call me a waaaaahbulance *cry*
dmm remove
C: 2012-09-28
<reply>If you want to remove the packages from deb-multimedia.org and reinstall the packages from Debian repositories, one could do this: dpkg --remove --force-depends $(aptitude search '?narrow(?version(CURRENT),?origin(Unofficial Multimedia Packages))' --disable-columns -F%p); remove the dmm repository from sources.list; apt-get update; apt-get install -f; install the still missing packages which were removed in the former process ...
grsecurity
M: 2016-03-14
<reply>Patch set to enhance Linux kernel security: ACL system/auditing/measures against common system exploits. In Debian as linux-patch-grsecurity2, see /usr/share/doc/linux-patch-grsecurity2/README.Debian to apply. Packaged as kernel for sid since 2016, search https://packages.debian.org/search?keywords=linux-image%20grsec http://www.grsecurity.net #grsecurity on <oftc>, ##grsecurity on <freenode>
ncurses
M: 2003-09-03
a free clone of curses, a library for the management of in- and output for character-cell based terminals and terminal emulators. If you want to install ncurses, you most likely want to: aptitude install libncurses5-dev
debian suite
C: 2012-04-14
<reply>cat /etc/debian_version (or lsb_release -sc). Or check /etc/apt/sources.list. If unsure about the distribution, $ cat /etc/{*version*,*release*,*issue*} should grab almost all distributions.
jp
M: 2011-04-29
<reply>Japanese speakers: please use #debianjp on irc.debian.or.jp or speak English here.
42
M: 2004-11-26
the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything. or 6 * 8 or hexadecimal for ascii 'B' or 10!/86400, or what you get when you multiply 6 by 9. (base 13), or a number that silly people use, or the number of roads a man walks down. in Douglas Adams' book, or *not* the meaning of life
security backports
M: 2008-07-16
<reply> Debian incorporates security fixes into the version currently in <stable>. This is non-trivial so it may take a couple days. Backporting security fixes means that you can update the package without problems like changed behaviour that would come with updating to a new version of the software. The upstream version number doesn't change in the Debian package when this is done; check the changelog or the <tracker of doom>.
mips
M: 2011-05-17
<reply>MIPS is a <RISC> architecture (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIPS_architecture). Debian's MIPS port consists of two ports (debian-mips and debian-mipsel) differing in binary endianness. See http://www.debian.org/ports/mips/ for more information, supported machines and related links. See also <install guide>. http://lists.debian.org/debian-mips/ http://www.linux-mips.org/ #mipslinux on irc.freenode.net.
tor
M: 2010-06-06
<reply> The Onion Router (Tor) is a low-latency anonymous communication system. Packaged for Debian, only enables the onion proxy by default. For use on OFTC, ask me about <oftc tor>. Tor is not allowed on freenode's #debian (http://freenode.net/policy.shtml#tor), ask me about <tor-sasl>. https://torproject.org/ #tor on irc.oftc.net.
pciid
M: 2010-05-04
<reply>The PCI ID helps us work out how to support your PCI hardware. It looks like [abcd:1234] in the output of "lspci -nn". Ask the bot "judd" to match the PCI ID of the device, e.g. "/msg judd pciid 8086:284b". Some hardware uses alternate means of detection: beware of some false positives+negatives. See also <judd-hardware>, <local pciid>. To find out what currently installed kernel modules your hardware is using, run "lspci -k".
really
C: 1970-01-01
<reply>yes, $who
more
M: 2006-08-28
<reply>'more' is a program on Unix and Unix-like systems used to view (but not change) the contents of a text file one screen at a time. It is similar to less, but only allows forward navigation through the file (although newer implementations allow for limited backward movement). See also <less>.
buzz
C: 2002-08-28
Debian 1.1, released June 1996 (474 packages, 2.0 kernel, fully ELF, dpkg). Ask me about <archive>.
raspberry pi
M: 2012-11-09
<reply>The Raspberry Pi is an open hardware design based on a Broadcom system-on-a-chip, requiring <non-free> <firmware>. Debian's <armel> port works fine, but does not use the Pi's hardware floating point unit. Debian's <armhf> port targets a newer revision of the ARM chip than is in the Pi, so armhf will not work on it. http://wiki.debian.org/RaspberryPi http://www.raspberrypi.org/ #raspberrypi on irc.freenode.net.
ban
C: 2001-02-21
a way of getting rid of annoying pests, especially trolls
jessie/updates
M: 2015-03-21
<reply>On Debian 8 "Jessie" systems, there are two repositories that you should have in your sources.list aside from your main mirror. You should have an entry for "jessie/updates" which is security updates (ask me about <security>) and also an entry for "jessie-updates" which is other updated packages (see <jessie-updates>). See also <sources.list>.
bcm4313
M: 2013-04-30
<reply>The Broadcom BCM4313 (PCI ID 14e4:4727) - incorrectly identified as BCM4727 by Broadcom's proprietary driver - is an 802.11n PCIe wireless LAN chipset. Not supported by the <b43> driver at this time. For device support, ask about me about <brcmsmac>, <wl>. Not to be confused with the <bcm4331>.
cmd: cve lookup (.*?)
C: 2010-11-17
($1): <reply>Information about the security advisory $1 may be found at https://security-tracker.debian.org/tracker/$1
wm
M: 2006-07-26
<reply>see window manager
ian murdock
M: 2018-03-29
<reply> Ian Murdock was the creator of Debian, who then went on to create <Progeny>. He subsequently worked for Sun Microsystems, and resigned during the merger with Oracle.
i386
M: 2016-05-07
<reply>Debian's i386 port is for some subset of the 32-bit x86 instruction set as has grown organically over the years. From Debian 6 Squeeze onwards, only 586 machines and newer are supported, while from Debian 9 Stretch, only 686 processors will be supported. See http://deb.li/3yPPV
show sources.list
C: 2011-02-14
<reply>Please pastebin the contents of your /etc/apt/sources.list and /etc/apt/sources.list.d/*.list. The easiest way to do this is to pastebin the output of: head -v -n -0 /etc/apt/sources.list{,.d/*}
good
M: 2005-08-01
<reply> see better But we all know exim4 is better then postfix ;)
installer firmware
M: 2017-06-29
<reply>see installer firmware stretch
wayttd
C: 2002-10-14
<reply> What Are You Trying To Do?
doesnt work
M: 2008-12-15
<reply> see doesn't work
squeeze-backports
M: 2013-06-03
<reply>Selected packages intended for the "Wheezy" (7.x) release of Debian but recompiled for use with "Squeeze" (6.0) can be found in the "squeeze-backports" repository. A suitable line for your sources.list is «deb http://httpredir.debian.org/debian-backports/ squeeze-backports main». squeeze-backports will continue to be supported for the lifetime of <squeeze-lts>. Also ask me about <bdo>.
dontbreakdebian
C: 2014-09-16
<reply>see dont break debian
sysvinit
M: 2014-02-10
<reply>sysvinit is an essential package providing System-V-like init utilities (e.g. /sbin/init) required to boot a Debian system. zless /usr/share/doc/sysv-rc/README.runlevels.gz . As of sysvinit 2.88dsf-3, concurrent (parallel) booting is the default when <dependency based startup> is enabled. sysvinit hasn't been able to correctly boot the Linux kernel since 2003, which is why alternatives have been actively pursued.
vlc
M: 2010-12-27
<reply>VLC media player is a free software multimedia player developed by the VideoLAN project. For DVD support, ask me about <dvd playback>. http://www.videolan.org/support/faq.html #videolan on irc.videolan.org.
don't break debian
C: 2014-09-16
<reply>see dont break debian
packaging
M: 2012-11-08
<reply>See http://mentors.debian.net/intro-maintainers for information on how to package for Debian. Also ask me about <nmg> <package basics> <policy> <mentors> and <best practices>.
rt2800
M: 2013-05-05
<reply>For support of Ralink 802.11n PCI wireless LAN devices, ask me about <rt2800pci>. For support of Ralink 802.11n USB wireless LAN devices, ask me about <rt2800usb>.
chmod
M: 2002-02-20
<reply> If you do not know how to use chmod but ask for a lesson in "Chmod 101" classes, we feel sorry for you, or simple octal, with r=4 w=2 x=1. rwxr-xr-- = (rwx) (r-x) (r--) = (4+2+1) (4+0+1) (4+0+0) = 754. or ask me about <permissions>.
cmd: go (.*?)
C: 2004-09-04
($1): <action> (sing in the style of Ricki Lake's audience) Go $1, go $1, just damn go. Home.
freecode
M: 2004-08-25
<reply>Freecode (formerly freshmeat) is _the_ place to search for whatever piece of software you know of/have heard of/dreamt of. http://freecode.com/
qotd101
C: 2004-11-03
<reply><nvz> abrotman: nope.. just wakin up and seeing Guerin thats all
package rebuild
M: 2010-04-17
<reply> see package recompile
codenames
M: 2011-02-06
<reply>Debian release codenames are buzz (1.1), rex (1.2), bo (1.3), hamm (2.0), slink (2.1), potato (2.2), woody (3.0), sarge (3.1), etch (4.0), lenny (5.0), squeeze (6.0), wheezy (7) jessie (8) stretch (9) and sid=Unstable. "lsb_release -sc" (lsb-release package) will display a Debian system's codename. http://www.debian.org/doc/FAQ/ch-ftparchives#s-codenames
dpi
M: 2009-05-19
<reply>Your Dots Per Inch (DPI) setting affects the size of your fonts. Remove any explicit DPI settings in /etc/X11/xinit/xserverrc or your display manager's configuration file, and X should autodetect your DPI. If not, add DisplaySize Width_in_millimeters Height_in_millimeters to Section "Monitor" in /etc/X11/xorg.conf, ask me about <xorg config>. http://scanline.ca/dpi/
why not use a ppa
C: 2010-11-16
<reply>PPAs (Ubuntu's Personal Package Archives, see <PPA>) are not built against Debian releases, they are built against Ubuntu releases. This makes using packages from them on a Debian box highly unlikely to work out well. Ask me about <ssb> <package recompile> <bobbitt>.
glxgears
C: 2006-06-12
an OpenGL demo, or <bogomips> for graphics cards. It is not a benchmark. In fact, in recent versions you must pass it the -iacknowledgethatthistoolisnotabenchmark option in order to report FPS information. Provided by the mesa-utils package.
installer
M: 2009-09-19
<reply>The Debian installer comes in many forms (CD1, netinst, DVD), but the installer you use and the system you end up with is identical in each case. The only difference is when the packages are downloaded: if you grab the DVDs then you are downloading lots of packages that you might not need; if you download the <netinst>, then when you go to install packages using aptitude later on, they will be downloaded at that time.
firmware iso
M: 2010-08-08
<reply> see firmware images
joke
M: 2004-11-22
<reply>Stop abusing the bot already.
details
M: 2004-07-26
<reply> If you want help on a topic, you HAVE to say more than "it doesn't work, help!" or else you'll get no help whatsoever. Give as many details as you can or else no one can give any suggestions. For most questions, you should at least give your arch (amd64 for most people), your Debian <version>, and your kernel version. Give exact error messages where applicable.
goal
C: 2010-07-15
<reply>Describe your goal, not what you think the solution is.
httpredir.debian.org
M: 2017-02-13
<reply>The httpredir.debian.org redirector (based on HTTP 302s) was shutdown on 2017-02-13 and replaced by <deb.debian.org>. Existing entries in sources.list will keep working as the DNS entries for httpredir.debian.org have been pointed to deb.debian.org.
pong
M: 2003-05-28
the best name on IRC e.g. /ping pong, or *the* classic video game
cat
M: 2006-03-29
a program in Unix and Unix-like operating systems that concatenates the contents of files, reading from a list of files and/or standard input in sequence and writing their contents in order to standard output. cat takes the list of files as arguments but also interprets the argument "-" as standard input. See also <more> and <less>.
cmd: why isn't (.*?) in testing
C: 2007-09-11
($1): $1 is not in testing for the reasons listed in https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/$1
basic apt troubleshooting
C: 2013-10-08
<reply>see bat
jack
M: 2010-06-01
<reply>[jack] a colloquialism for a person who doesn't care about anything, or a CD ripping front-end (packaged as jack, http://www.home.unix-ag.org/arne/jack/), or the JACK Audio Connection Kit: a low-latency sound server, allowing multiple applications to connect to one audio device; install the jackd package to provide the current default JACK implementation. http://jackaudio.org/ #jack on irc.freenode.net.
russian
M: 2008-12-01
<reply> see ru
errata
M: 2017-06-17
<reply> see errata stretch
handbook
M: 2012-05-10
<reply>see debian-handbook
best practices
M: 2010-06-09
a collection of packaging recommendations. DD's follow best-practices when they make sense, and collaborate with other DD's to make new best-practices in instances when there is no accepted practice. Available in the Debian Developer's Reference at http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/developers-reference/best-pkging-practices
lxc
C: 2010-01-31
<reply>Linux Containers (LXC) is an open source virtualization system using kernel-level isolation. http://wiki.debian.org/LXC http://lxc.sf.net/ See also <virtualization>.
acroread
M: 2009-01-24
<reply> see pdf
repos
M: 2009-02-21
<reply> see sources.list
usrlocal
M: 2010-11-19
<reply>When hand-compiling software, *always* create a new directory under /usr/local, then install into it. For example: mkdir -p /usr/local/mypackage; ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/mypackage. Otherwise, it can overwrite files which should be protected by apt, which can break apt, or apt can break this application's files because it doesn't know about them. See also: <equivs>, <FHS>, </opt>, <checkinstall>, <stow>, <make your own .deb>
wheezy-lts
M: 2016-04-26
<reply>Security support for Debian 7 "Wheezy" from the Debian Security Team ended on 2016-04-25. The amd64, i386, armel and armhf architectures receive additional long term support (LTS) via <wheezy/updates> until 2018-05-31. See http://deb.li/2aC for excluded packages. No changes to /etc/apt/sources.list are needed for wheezy-lts.
rc-alert
M: 2010-01-18
a tool (provided by the <devscripts> package) for monitoring Release-Critical bugs in installed packages. Look for packages with bugs listed in Testing or Unstable (e.g. rc-alert -d TU) and ask me about <bts> and <source> for details of how to help. See also <release-critical>.
firmware images stretch
M: 2017-06-18
<reply> Unofficial <netinst> and DVD installer images containing non-free Debian firmware packages are available for installing Debian 9 "Stretch". See http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/unofficial/non-free/cd-including-firmware/current/ and ask me about <install guide>.
whoami
C: 2000-08-21
<reply>you're $who you donkey!
irclogs
C: 2010-05-06
<reply> see irclog
install sid
M: 2008-06-22
<reply>If you have to ask, you shouldn't. No, really. #debian does not normally support sid because if you are using sid, then you should be able to support yourself. Often, sid is not installable as it is frequently broken. You must first install "testing" and then "upgrade" to sid. If you don't know how to do this, then you shouldn't be using sid anyway. Ask me about <sid> <sid faq> <why not unstable>.
unhold
M: 2015-05-30
<reply>Removing a <hold> status flag can be achieved through «echo packagename install | dpkg --set-selections», or «aptitude unhold packagename» if the package is held in aptitude.
exim
M: 2009-05-18
<reply>Exim is a message transfer agent developed at University of Cambridge for use on Unix systems connected to the internet. It is available under the GPL and the current version in Debian is exim4. Ask me about <exim4> <exim boot stall> <exim flush queue> <why exim>. http://www.exim.org/ #exim on irc.freenode.net and irc.oftc.net.
jessie backports
C: 2015-04-29
<reply> see jessie-backports
not working
C: 2001-11-26
<reply> see doesn't work
ip
M: 2005-07-18
<reply>IP (Internet Protocol) is a connectionless, best-effort packet switching protocol. It provides packet routing, fragmentation and re-assembly through the data link layer. To check yours, go to http://iplookup.flashfxp.com/ or ask me about <myip>. Also <intellectual property>.
makefile
C: 1970-01-01
a file to pass rules and dependencies to <make>. A nice guide to writing makefiles can be found at http://www.la.utexas.edu/lab/software/devtool/gnu/make/Top.html
netselect-apt
M: 2010-02-14
<reply>netselect-apt uses <netselect> to determine the fastest Debian mirror respective to your location, then writes a sources.list file for use with <apt>. See also <apt-spy>.
rufus
C: 2015-06-11
<reply>rufus is a tool that can be used to make bootable USB devices under Windows. It is not recommended for use with Debian CD/DVD images, as it mangles the installer in cruel and unusual ways, resulting in hard to debug problems. Ask me about <hybrid images>, <usb install>, <win32diskimager>.
bot abuse
M: 2001-03-03
<reply>Leave me alone.. I feel abused and molested. || <action> huddles in the corner, whimpering 'please, please stop'
who am i
C: 2001-10-05
<reply> $nick shut up, you are a nobody
xy
M: 2011-03-31
<reply> see xyproblem
polish
M: 2004-05-26
spoken in #debian.pl on irc.freenode.net (not here). Or something used to make things shiny, or a really good sausage. polska -> #debian.pl
rpm
M: 2010-05-06
<reply>RPM is both the RPM Package Manager and the file format for its packages. Convert a .rpm to a <cpio> archive using the rpm2cpio tool (rpm2cpio package). <alien> can convert a .rpm package to a .deb file format; this doesn't do a very good job of converting a package for use with Debian, you should use a proper Debian package in preference to alien. Also ask me about <stow>, <checkinstall>.
well
C: 2001-07-16
<reply> That's a deep subject, $who.
ia-32
M: 2005-02-03
a synonym for <i386> (x86). In other words, if you don't know, this is what you have.
top
M: 1999-12-31
a command to "display top CPU processes," but top can handle more ('man top' for more info). Try: `top' and to quit, just 'q'.
x86
M: 2012-12-07
<reply>Debian's i386 port is for the 32-bit x86 instruction set. Kernel flavours are "486" (non-SMP) and <bigmem>/<686-pae> for <PAE> support. Packages are mostly compiled to the <486> instruction set but some packages will use later instructions unconditionally (see Debian bug #609690). Other (particularly multimedia) packages will test for the availability of extensions like <SSE> and use them if available. Perhaps you wanted <amd64>?
xorg hal
M: 2009-09-29
<reply>From Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" onwards, Xorg uses <hal> for configuration. You can configure your mouse pointers etc without having to restart X and you don't need to configure the keyboard layout for console and X separately. This vastly reduces the amount of code duplication between kernel and Xorg which reduces the amount of "bloat"; why should Xorg try to work out what devices are attached when the kernel already knows?
bpo list
C: 2010-09-06
<reply> see bdo list
qotd140
C: 2005-08-11
<reply>< greycat> either that, or fucking install mpg321. < Angel-SL> aptget < Angel-SL> ? < greycat> alias fucking=apt-get < greycat> fucking install mpg321 < asg> hah
ifconfig
M: 2011-02-01
<reply>ifconfig is used to configure or view your machine's network interfaces. Use the -a option to view all of them, or "man ifconfig" for more. It is /sbin/ifconfig which is not in the default path for normal users. See also <interfaces>, <iproute>, <myip>.
myip
M: 2005-10-25
<reply> To get your IP address: /sbin/ifconfig -a | grep "inet addr" | sed -e 's/^.*inet addr://' -e 's/ .*$//', or /sbin/ifconfig -a | awk '/inet addr:/{sub(("addr:",""));print $2}', or hostname -i, or "ip a s eth0 | grep inet | cut -d' ' -f6", or /sbin/ifconfig eth0|perl -ne 'if /addr:s*d+.\d+\.\d+\.\d+/ {print qq|$1n|}', or wget -O- checkip.dyndns.org 2>/dev/null|perl -pe 's/.+Address:\ ([\d\.]+)<.+/$1/;'
tails
M: 2012-06-16
<reply>Tails (The Amnesic Incognito Live System) is a live DVD/USB <based on Debian>, with the aim of preserving privacy and anonymity. It is not supported in #debian. https://tails.boum.org/ #tails on irc.oftc.net.
wlan
M: 2008-06-05
<reply> see wireless
+
M: 2003-04-09
a nice kitty, or a way to force me to answer in public (like, "~+foo" -> "<apt> foo is bar")
make
M: 2010-05-18
a tool to build your project. The dependencies to build your project is specified usually in a Makefile. Makefile may have targets, which can be invoked by make targetname, e.g. make love. For more, man make. See also <makefile>.
survey
C: 2003-03-17
Don't ask whether 'somebody uses <app>' unless conducting a survey. Ask the question that you want to ask.
nginx
M: 2010-02-14
<reply>Nginx (engine x) is an open source HTTP server (supports FastCGI, not CGI), reverse proxy and POP3/IMAP/SMTP proxy. http://wiki.debian.org/Nginx http://wiki.nginx.org/NginxFaq http://www.nginx.net/ #nginx on irc.freenode.net. See also <httpd>.
version epoch
M: 2009-09-03
<reply> The version number of a package has a prepended number called the "epoch". It is only added when the system for upstream version numbers changes. Example: in sarge, X was version 6.8 but in etch it was 1.1 (xfree86->xorg). But 1 < 6, so we add an epoch "2:" to signify that everything with 2: is newer (if there is no : the epoch is assumed to be "0"). See section 5.6.12 of <policy> or ask me about <compare versions> <debian revision>.
netconsole
M: 2010-01-29
<reply>netconsole is a Linux kernel driver which logs kernel <printk> messages over UDP. It is commonly used to capture system crash information. http://kernel.org/doc/Documentation/networking/netconsole.txt . See also <serial console>.
install mysql
M: 2009-09-29
<reply>To install the MySQL server, "aptitude install mysql-server". You might also want to "aptitude install php5-mysql" and ask me about <install apache> <install php>. Also check out the <phpmyadmin> package. See also <mysql checking>, <mysql memory usage>.
dpl
M: 2016-02-08
<reply>The DPL is the Debian Project Leader, an elected position that is the representative of the project (but not 'chief' in a technical or decision making sense). The current DPL is Chris Lamb. See https://www.debian.org/devel/leader
optimus
M: 2013-04-15
<reply> see bumblebee
xbmc
M: 2012-04-26
<reply>XBMC (formerly Xbox Media Center) is an open source media player application. XBMCbuntu and XBMC Live are Linux distributions based on <Ubuntu> containing XBMC, they are not supported in #debian. XBMC v13 ("Gotham") is available from <wheezy-backports>. XBMC will be renamed to Kodi for v14. http://kodi.tv/ #kodi on irc.freenode.net.
backports.debian.org mirrors
M: 2013-04-17
<reply>Mirrors of the <debian-backports> archive are listed at http://backports.debian.org/Mirrors/ . Note that from <wheezy-backports> onwards, the backports archive is on the regular mirror network.
oracle
M: 2009-11-25
the world's most advanced database server, see this great installation guide: http://linux.togaware.com/survivor/Oracle_10g.html . Debian packages (for Express Edition) available at http://otn.oracle.com/ or apt repository at http://oss.oracle.com/debian/. #oracle on irc.freenode.net.
as
C: 2010-03-19
autosearch: install apt-file and use apt-cache search <packagename> and/or apt-file search <name> , do it yourself. Don't forget to run apt-file update ;)
buster
C: 2014-12-07
<reply>The release following Debian 9 "Stretch" is codenamed "Buster" (Andy's pet Dachshund in Toy Story) and will be Debian 10. https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2014/11/msg00005.html
latest
M: 2005-05-30
not meaningful. Latest when? Latest in what distribution? Latest stable or latest development? Refer to software by its version number - that's what it's for. Refer to Debian by its codename or other identifiable feature: 'jessie' (8), 'stretch' (9), 'buster' (testing), 'sid' (unstable).
node.js
M: 2014-04-16
<reply>Node.js is an event-based server-side <JavaScript> engine packaged for Debian as 'nodejs'; Debian 7 "Wheezy" users can find this in <wheezy-backports>. Further help can be found in #node.js on irc.freenode.net. https://wiki.debian.org/Javascript/Nodejs http://nodejs.org/
mixed system
M: 2008-07-01
Read section 3.8 "How to keep a mixed system" of the APT HOWTO at http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/apt-howto/ (N.B. this document is obsolete, ask me about <reference>). Make sure you know the various different ways this can go wrong and remember: if you break it, you get to keep both pieces.
hardening
M: 2010-02-09
<reply> see harden
dir
M: 2006-10-08
<reply> wrong OS, foo. CONFIG.SYS AUTOEXEC.BAT TEMP WINDOWS My Documents PROGRA~1
plop
M: 2013-02-06
<reply>Plop Boot Manager is a boot loader with built-in IDE CD-ROM and USB drivers. This allows booting from CD-ROM and USB on legacy PC systems without BIOS support. Plop Boot Manager is proprietary but free for personal and non-commercial use. http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanager/
dog
M: 2009-07-27
called man's best friend, or a footstool, or god spelled backwards, or cats from www, or http://mfrost.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/gracem.jpg, or a buffering replacement for <cat>: not maintained upstream, removed from Debian post-Lenny resolve bug #518398.
query
C: 2003-08-09
<reply> Talk dirty to me! Preferably, do so after you have typed "/query dpkg" which should open a new window/tab/whatever with most IRC clients. You can talk to me all you like and don't annoy other people with endless queries. Be aware that the stuff you write is logged, so don't get too 1337 :)
mpd
M: 2014-09-11
<reply>Music Player Daemon (mpd) is a server allowing remote access for audio file/stream playback and playlist management. Prior to version 0.17-1, Debian's mpd package did not use <dmix> by default (Debian bug #568588). http://mpd.wikia.com/wiki/FAQ http://www.musicpd.org/ #mpd on chat.freenode.net. See also <xmms2>.
mtp
M: 2014-03-16
<reply>Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) is a Microsoft protocol for transferring images, music (etc.) between a computer and a portable device. Standardized as a USB device class in 2008. The libmtp shared library provides MTP interoperability for applications including <Amarok>, <Audacious>, <Banshee> and <Rhythmbox>; <jmtpfs> provides conventional filesystem access. See also <PTP>.
social contract
C: 1970-01-01
<reply>The Debian Social Contract is the document that defines Debian's purpose, see http://www.debian.org/social_contract Summary: Debian is a 100% free software platform suitable for running all software.
less
M: 2006-03-29
<reply>[less] a program on Unix and Unix-like systems used to view (but not change) the contents of a text file one screen at a time. It is similar to <more>, but has the extended capability of allowing both forward and backward navigation through the file. Unlike vi (which can also be used to view files), less does not need to read the entire file before starting, resulting in faster load times with large files.
python 2.6
M: 2010-09-22
<reply> see python2.6
ro
M: 2014-02-11
<reply>Pentru ajutor in limba romana va rugam vizitati #debian-ro pe irc.oftc.net. Romanian users: for help in romanian, please visit #debian-ro on irc.oftc.net.
raspberry
M: 2012-10-01
<reply> see raspberry pi
unofficial
M: 2010-10-03
<reply>External package repositories are listed at http://wiki.debian.org/UnofficialRepositories . Most are not managed by the Debian project, caution in their use is advised. See also <dmm>, <dmo>.
cli
M: 2010-01-13
<reply>[cli] Command Line Interface, the best form of interface around. See http://osnews.com/story.php?news_id=6282&page=1 or ask me about <general cli tutorial>. Call-Level Interface, originally developed by SQL Access Group, but now known as Microsoft's <ODBC> standard. Common Language Infrastructure, ask me about <mono>.
clonezilla
M: 2010-04-19
<reply>Clonezilla Live is a live CD based on Debian, providing disk/partition cloning functionality similar to Symantec Ghost. Basically a front-end to <partimage>, <partclone>, <ntfsclone>, sfdisk and others. http://www.clonezilla.org/ See also <based on Debian>.
dig
M: 2005-04-30
<reply>[dig] domain information groper (DNS lookup utility) is part of dnsutils, or use <host> (in the bind9-host package) for less detail, or (informally) ack == ok == right == your beneficent and gracious presence and contributions to this universe are hereby recognized by sundry and all.
hold list
C: 2014-05-29
<reply>Packages currently on <hold> can be listed with «dpkg --get-selections | grep 'hold$'» (on hold for apt-get), or «aptitude search ~ahold» (on hold for aptitude). See also <unhold>.
hfsplus
M: 2009-12-02
<reply>HFS Plus / HFS+ (aka Mac OS Extended) is a filesystem used in modern Macintosh systems, replacing <HFS>. <MBR> partition ID: 0xAF. Supports smaller block sizes and Unix-like features (e.g. symlinks). The Linux kernel's hfsplus filesystem driver can read/write HFS+ filesystems, tools are in the hfsprogs (mkfs.hfsplus) and hfsplus packages. <parted> can resize HFS+ (shrink only) provided the start of the partition stays fixed.
python2.6
M: 2010-09-02
the default /usr/bin/python in Debian 6.0 "Squeeze". If you need python2.6 for Debian 5.0 "Lenny", you can create a squeeze chroot with python2.6 in it; backporting python2.6 is unlikely to be successful due to changes in the module layout (around 600 packages had to be altered to upgrade from python2.5 to python2.6).
x-fi
M: 2013-08-23
<reply>Sound Blaster X-Fi is a sound card series from Creative Technology. The GPL-licensed vendor driver for EMU20K1/EMU20K2 chipsets (PCI IDs 1102:0005, 1102:000b) was merged in <ALSA> as snd-ctxfi; first released with ALSA 1.0.21 and available in the Linux kernel since version 2.6.32. "Xtreme Audio" devices (CA0106/CA0110 chipsets) are supported by the snd-ca0106 (PCI ID 1102:0007) and snd-hda-intel (PCI ID 1102:0009) drivers.
raspian
C: 2012-09-12
<reply> see raspbian
siduction
C: 2011-11-14
a distribution that is <based on Debian> sid. It is not supported in #debian. Try #siduction on irc.oftc.net. http://siduction.org/
ssd limit
C: 2009-06-23
a write limit on flash disks but is unlikely to be worse than the life of a conventional hard disk drive. http://wiki.eeeuser.com/ssd_write_limit
swappiness
C: 2005-02-18
<reply>A number of Linux kernel developers debated "swappiness" - exploring when an application should or should not be swapped out, versus reclaiming memory from the cache. http://kerneltrap.org/node/3000 http://kerneltrap.org/node/3202 http://kerneltrap.org/node/3660
cmd: iyhtays (.*?)
C: 2004-06-20
($1): <reply> $1: If You Have To Ask, You Shouldn't.
broken
M: 2009-11-12
<reply> Telling us that something is broken is fairly useless. You need to tell us exactly what is failing, and what you expected it to do. Ask me about <doesn't work>.
cd1
M: 2009-02-21
<reply> see various cd1
goodbye
C: 2000-04-30
<reply>Goodbye to you too, $who
mx
M: 2004-05-21
the Mail eXchanger resource record in DNS -- it tells an <MTA> where to deliver mail for a given domain. Merry Xmas, or Mexico. Si está buscando el canal de soporte para debian relativo a México, diríjase a #debian-mx
minimal install
M: 2012-04-03
<reply>See http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/ch03s04 for required/recommended disk space. Debian keeps the base install relatively small for both hardware requirements and flexibility. As a consequence half the people are surprised that basic tools (like bzip2) are not "default" and half think that the existing base install contains too much (cron, python, ...). Also see <emdebian> <base install> <standard task>.
netselect
M: 2010-02-14
<reply> netselect takes a list of servers and uses multiple pings and traceroutes to figure out which one has the best connectivity relative to you. See also <netselect-apt>.
night
C: 2001-03-17
<reply> gnight
stable-updates
M: 2017-06-17
<reply> see stretch-updates
8.0
M: 2012-10-30
<reply> see jessie
install grub
M: 2010-07-26
<reply> see grub
cmd: --get-selections (.*?)
C: 2013-09-22
($1): <action> selects $who's (pr0n|ultra-s3kr3t|family photos) collection
debian-unofficial
M: 2012-11-15
<reply>Unofficial Maintainers (unofficial.debian-maintainers.org) was a repository of packages not available within the Debian archive, due to licensing restrictions or political reasons. It was removed after the release of Debian 6.0 "Squeeze". See also <dmm>.
apropos
C: 2002-04-27
a way to find man pages all around, and to find the program you are looking for, you can man -k <thingie> or apropos <thingie> and it will tell you the man items that match your <thingie>
debian man pages
M: 2010-06-26
<reply>[debian man pages] The "Man Page Lookup" service searches on a man page's name and section as given in the selection menu and query dialog, for pages supplied in current Debian <releases>. http://manpages.debian.org/
bdo mirrors
C: 2010-09-06
<reply> see backports.debian.org mirrors
cruft
C: 2006-05-18
a program to look over your system for anything that shouldn't be there, but is; or for anything that should be there, but isn't. To install it, type apt-get install cruft. It takes a while to run.
debian mirror checker
M: 2012-05-28
<reply>Debian mirrors have timestamp files we use to determine how recently they have been updated. Here are some statistics the mirror maintainers provide: http://mirror.debian.org/status.html and http://ftp.de.debian.org/dmc/today/ Ask me about <mirrors>. #debian-mirrors on irc.oftc.net.
good night
C: 2002-04-13
<action> ZZZZzzzzZZZZzzzz || <reply> Good night, $nick ! || <action> hugs $nick good night. || <action> falls asleep.
code of conduct
C: 2015-06-29
<reply> Debian has a code of conduct that applies to all Debian communications including the bug tracker, mailing lists and IRC channels. Its goal is to outline the behaviour and type of interactions that we want to see within the Debian community (which includes you, since you're reading this...) https://www.debian.org/code_of_conduct
local
M: 2010-02-03
like, is your system local to you? Can you physically touch it from where you're sitting, or maybe by going to another room? As opposed, say, to being 1500km from you, accessible only via air and sea (combined) travel, and installed in a restricted-access facility? This matters if we, say, try to restart your system and it doesn't. See also <rc.local>, <usrlocal>.
because
M: 2004-08-05
<reply> Why?
foobar
M: 2011-10-28
a term very generally used for absolutely anything, especially programs, files and functions. Ask me about <foo> and <bar>. It has a complex relation to another term called <fubar>. See also FTP Operation Over Big Address Records (RFC1639) and Etymology of "Foo" (RFC3092).
mtu
M: 2010-01-31
<reply>The Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) is the size of the largest packet a network protocol can transmit; tracepath (iputils-tracepath package) can find out about it. An interface's MTU can be set in /etc/network/interfaces for static interfaces only; for DHCP, use "supersede interface-mtu X" in an interface block within /etc/dhcp{,3}/dhclient.conf (Debian bug #294044). The MTU can also be given as an option to <pppd> (man 8 pppd).
shebang
M: 2009-12-21
the "hash-bang" (#!) line at the start of a script that instructs the kernel which interpreter to use. Examples: "#!/bin/sh", "#!/usr/bin/perl -w". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shebang_(Unix)
ah
C: 2001-03-14
<reply> I'm glad you understand, $who
deb.debian.org
C: 2016-11-26
<reply>deb.debian.org is a mirror network that is backed by international content delivery networks and for most users, this is the most reliable <mirror> to use in the <sources.list>. From Debian 9 "Stretch" onwards, apt queries SRV records in DNS which then send it off to a CDN. Older apt will get an HTTP redirect from deb.debian.org to the same CDNs. See http://deb.debian.org/ for more details.
hfs
M: 2009-12-02
<reply>The Hierarchial File System (HFS, aka Mac OS Standard) is the default filesystem on Mac OS prior to Mac OS X. <MBR> partition ID: 0xAF. The Linux kernel's hfs filesystem driver can read/write HFS filesystems, tools are in the hfsutils package. <parted> can resize HFS (shrink only) provided the start of the partition stays fixed. See also <hfsplus>.
7
M: 2007-03-08
see sqrt(12345678987654321), or the standard port for ECHO, or this monkey gone to heaven
avlinux
M: 2009-12-30
<reply>AV Linux (formerly A/V Linux) is a 32-bit Live DVD distribution based on Debian <squeeze> (as of version 6). It specializes in multimedia content creation using realtime-patched kernels. AV Linux is not supported in #debian. Support forum: http://remastersys.com/forums/?board=20 . http://www.bandshed.net/AVLinux.html See also <based on debian>.
base install
M: 2012-04-03
<reply>The term "base install" is often debated: if you don't select anything at the <tasksel> stage, you will end up with a very minimal system that will be missing many tools you would expect to find (at, less, file, ...). Selecting the <standard task> at the tasksel stage is highly recommended to provide you with the standard tools that should live on any unix-like machine. Also ask me about <minimal install>.
pi
M: 2014-05-12
<reply> see raspberry
intel graphics
M: 2010-03-21
<reply> see intel-gfx
bob
C: 1999-12-18
the almighty spleened one.
dmp
C: 1970-01-01
<reply> see debian man pages
mac locales
C: 2011-10-26
<reply>If you're getting "Cannot set LC_CTYPE to default locale" when connecting from an Apple Macintosh to a Debian host over ssh: (a) In Terminal, uncheck Settings->Advanced->"Set locale environment variables on startup", or (b) change SendEnv in ~/.ssh/config to not send LC_CTYPE (man ssh_config), or (c) change AcceptEnv on remote sshd, or (d) overwrite that value in your login scripts (.profile or similar).
devscripts
M: 2016-08-17
a package containing useful scripts for working with Debian source and binary packages, bugs, patches etc. Of particular interest are: <dch>, dget, <mk-build-deps>, <rc-alert>, wnpp-alert. <uscan>
freshmeat
C: 1970-01-01
<reply> see freecode
qotdx
M: 2005-10-10
<reply>no voted replaceables in the queue
rhel
M: 2006-03-22
<reply>Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is a Linux distribution targeted toward the commercial market. Red Hat undertakes to support each release of RHEL for 7 years after it first appears. New releases of RHEL come out every 18 months. As customers only pay for support, when Red Hat releases a new version of RHEL during the support period, customers may upgrade to it for no additional charge.
tab
M: 2005-07-18
part of the varndean crew, slightly slimy at times though, or a very old diet soda. tabtabtab, or what reasonably intelligent irc clients will let you use to recall the nick that most recently posted something in a channel.
penguin
M: 2001-06-25
really a carnivourous ManEating bird. And a #debian regular, or http://rio.dhs.org/penguin.html, or kewl crypto infrastructure for perl
rtl
M: 2011-03-29
<reply> see realtek
ath10k
M: 2013-09-02
<reply>ath10k is a Linux kernel driver supporting PCIe 802.11ac (a/b/g/n compatible) wireless LAN devices based on the Qualcomm Atheros QCA988x 2.0 family of chips (PCI IDs 168c:003c, 168c:abcd). Introduced at Linux 3.11. Firmware from userspace is required and not currently packaged (bug #724970), ask me about <ath10k firmware>. http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/ath10k #ath10k on irc.freenode.net.
gg
C: 2002-04-01
good game
soc
M: 2010-03-19
<reply>[SoC] System-on-a-chip, or Summer of Code, a mentoring program created by Google, see http://code.google.com/soc and http://wiki.debian.org/SummerOfCode . #gsoc on irc.freenode.net, #debian-outreach on irc.oftc.net.
tree
C: 2002-01-18
a plant made from wood
watch
M: 2013-06-18
<reply>The 'watch' file in a source package's debian directory is used to check for newer upstream versions, and to download if necessary. You can use the utilities <uscan> and <uupdate> to import a new upstream version into the Debian <source package>. http://wiki.debian.org/debian/watch
grub floppy
M: 2006-04-29
<reply>see grub floppy image
8.4
M: 2016-04-02
<reply>Debian 8.4 was released on April 2, 2016. This point release corrects some serious bugs and copies security updates across to the main archive. Further details are at https://www.debian.org/News/2016/20160402 and http://httpredir.debian.org/debian/dists/jessie/ChangeLog . To upgrade, ask me about <point release>.
crlf->unix
M: 2008-04-25
<reply>To convert to unix standard format do 'cp filename filname.old; tr -d "\r" < filename.old > filename', or in vim ':set fileformat=unix' and then ':wq!', or in perl "perl -pi -e 's/r\n/\n/g' filename", or use col, recode or flip, or for easier methods, ask me about <dos2unix>, <tofrodos>.
mirror status
M: 2012-05-29
<reply> see debian mirror checker
mk-build-deps
M: 2013-07-27
<reply>mk-build-deps is a script in the <devscripts> package that creates a package called "yourpackage-build-deps" that depends on the <build-dep> packages; combining this with apt's <autoremove> feature allows you to remove build-deps after you have installed them. mk-build-deps requires the <equivs> package to be installed too.
editor war
C: 2002-07-20
when people start talking all sorts of emotional bullshit while trying to prove superiority of the editor of their choice
but
C: 2003-09-05
not a GPL project?
cuda
M: 2013-06-11
<reply>Compute Unified Device Architecture (CUDA) is a programming framework by Nvidia, allowing for parallel general purpose computation. CUDA works with all Nvidia GPUs from the G8x series onwards. http://www.nvidia.com/object/cuda_home_new.html
ia32
C: 1970-01-01
<reply> see ia-32
live jessie
M: 2017-04-28
<reply>The Debian Live project provides pre-built Debian live system images and allows creation of your own. These can be used to install a Debian system. Live images are available from http://www.debian.org/CD/live/ . http://live.debian.net/ #debian-live on irc.debian.org. See also <live firmware>. For Debian 8 "Jessie", you CANNOT install in <UEFI> mode from a Debian Live image. See <live stretch>.
stretch sysvinit
C: 2017-05-25
<reply>To replace systemd with sysvinit in stretch, simply "apt-get install sysvinit-core" and reboot. To switch from systemd to runit, "apt-get install runit-systemd", reboot, "apt-get install runit-init", and reboot again.
default sound
M: 2010-12-23
<reply> see default alsa
python2.7
M: 2011-10-07
the default /usr/bin/python in Debian 7 "Wheezy" and the only python2.x available. python2.7 (and 2.6) won't work sensibly with lenny due to rather dramatic changes to the layout of modules (see <python2.6>). Most of the features of python2.7 can be found in 2.5+modules anyway.
installer firmware stretch
C: 2017-06-29
<reply> Debian-Installer is able to load additional <firmware>, by including it within installation media or supplying on removable media (e.g. USB stick, floppy). See http://www.debian.org/releases/stretch/amd64/ch06s04 . To include firmware within Debian <netboot> images, see http://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/NetbootFirmware . See also <firmware images>.
mac mini
M: 2009-03-16
<reply>The Mac Mini is a small desktop computer produced by Apple Inc. Contains either a PowerPC G4 or Intel Core, Core 2 or Core i5/i7 CPU. http://wiki.debian.org/MacMini http://wiki.debian.org/MacMiniIntel http://www.sowerbutts.com/linux-mac-mini/ . For PowerPC G4 models, see also <powerpc>.
tabs
M: 2001-04-12
the entry fee into the League of Indentation Heroes, or break Makefile.am's
gsoc
M: 2011-02-02
<reply> see soc
stretch-updates
C: 2017-06-16
a suite providing updates to some packages (from <proposed-updates>) prior to a <point release>. All packages from stretch-updates will be included in point releases. https://wiki.debian.org/StableUpdates . Not to be confused with <stretch/updates> which is for <security> updates.
bobbit
C: 2011-02-13
<reply> see bobbitt
d:sbd
M: 2010-03-24
<reply>"Debian: Secure by Default" (D:SbD) was a project examining available open-source security features for integration within Debian. http://d-sbd.alioth.debian.org/ See also <harden>.
debian-legal
M: 2012-05-30
http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/, or an echo chamber of arm-chair lawyers pretending they know what is happening.
kodi
M: 2014-11-16
<reply> see xbmc
termbin
C: 2016-11-22
you can paste to termbin.com from terminal via: cat /path/to/file | nc termbin.com 9999
update-grub
M: 2007-08-10
<reply> update-grub is a magical Debian system for maintaining the <GRUB> menu automatically whenever kernel images are installed and removed (assuming they are built using make-kpkg as they should be). Also might want to man kernel-img.conf, and have a look at the docs in /usr/share/doc/grub , do 'zless /usr/share/doc/grub/README.Debian.gz'
skolelinux
M: 2009-04-09
<reply>Skolelinux is a Debian Pure <Blend> produced by the <Debian Edu> project, see http://www.skolelinux.org/ for more details. For user/admin support, join #skolelinux on irc.oftc.net.
uvesafb
M: 2010-08-05
<reply>uvesafb is a generic <framebuffer> driver for Linux systems, providing support for non-VESA resolutions. Introduced at Linux 2.6.24. The v86d userspace helper (v86d package) is required by uvesafb, see /usr/share/doc/v86d/README.Debian after installation. http://kernel.org/doc/Documentation/fb/uvesafb.txt
coreboot
M: 2010-02-04
<reply>coreboot (formerly LinuxBIOS) is a free software project aimed at replacing the proprietary <BIOS> within most computers (over 200 mainboards are supported). http://coreboot.org/ #coreboot on irc.freenode.net.
sid sources.list
C: 2013-05-01
<reply>If you don't know enough about Debian to do this yourself, you won't know enough about Debian to fix the problems you *will* encounter. Please spend some months or years learning about Debian first. Sorry.
dpkg-repack
C: 1970-01-01
<reply> Utility to put an unpacked .deb file back together. Usage: dpkg-repack [file.deb] <package>
stretch installation guide
M: 2017-09-21
The Installation Guide for Debian 9 "Stretch" can be found at https://www.debian.org/releases/stretch/installmanual . See also <errata> and <stretch release notes>.
remove dmm
C: 2015-06-25
<reply> see dmm remove
rt3290
M: 2013-09-13
<reply>The Ralink RT3290 is a PCIe 802.11n and Bluetooth 3.0 + HS device. Its wireless LAN component (PCI ID 1814:3290) is supported by <rt2800pci> since Linux 3.6. Firmware is required and packaged since firmware-ralink 0.37. Debian 7 "Wheezy" users: ask me about <bdo kernel> and install firmware-ralink from <wheezy-backports>.
spf
M: 2010-10-14
<reply>Sender Policy Framework (formerly Sender Permitted From) is an e-mail validation system for preventing <spam>. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sender_Policy_Framework http://www.openspf.org/ #spf on irc.perl.org.
crlf
C: 2002-08-10
carriage return line forward, or ask me about crlf->unix
host
M: 2010-05-17
<reply>host is a utility for performing DNS lookups. The version bundled with BIND 9 sources is packaged for Debian as bind9-host. The obsolete NIKHEF version (packaged as host) was removed from Debian post-Lenny to resolve bug #537736. To define a system hostname, ask me about <hostname>.
pa
M: 2010-01-09
PAY ATTENTION!!!!!. Pennsylvania, or <pulseaudio>
9.4
C: 2018-03-11
<reply> Debian 9.4 was released on Mar 10, 2018. This point release corrects some serious bugs and copies security updates across to the main archive. Further details are at https://www.debian.org/News/2018/20180310 and http://deb.debian.org/debian/dists/stretch/ChangeLog . To upgrade, ask me about <point release>.
default sound card
M: 2010-12-23
<reply> see default soundcard
flash stretch
C: 2017-07-18
flashplugin-nofree package has been broken for months and was not included in stretch. To install manually obtain the flash plugin (npapi tar.gz) from https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions and unpack libflashplayer.so to /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/ (for firefox)
jessie security
M: 2015-03-21
<reply>see jessie/updates
python 2.7
C: 2010-11-08
<reply> see python2.7
1.1
M: 2009-02-16
<reply> see buzz
acs
M: 2001-05-14
Al's Circuit Simulator. Arsdigita Community System
default soundcard
M: 2010-12-23
<reply> see default sound
interface names
C: 2017-06-20
<reply>Starting with <stretch>, network interface names have changed from the previous convention of eth0, eth1/wlan0, wlan1 to names based on the device vendor or driver. This has some upsides and some downsides. For more information and options, see https://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/systemd/PredictableNetworkInterfaceNames/ or ask me about <dpni>.
nmcli
M: 2011-06-19
<reply>nmcli is a command line interface for controlling <NetworkManager>, introduced at version 0.8.1. See nmcli(1) or http://manpages.debian.org/man/1/nmcli for use cases.
when will buster release
M: 2018-04-17
<reply> Debian 10 "Buster" start the <freeze> process on 2019-01-12 and should release mid-2019. https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2018/04/msg00006.html
wwbr
C: 2017-06-18
<reply>see when will buster release
armbian
M: 2018-03-29
<reply> Armbian is a distribution <based on Debian> made specifically for several <ARM> processors. Armbian is not Debian and it is not supported in #debian. Use https://forum.armbian.com/.
ath10k firmware
M: 2014-04-08
<reply>Firmware required by the <ath10k> driver is currently not available from the <linux-firmware> repository. See http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/ath10k/firmware for more information.
can i ask a question
C: 1970-01-01
<reply>if you have a question, don't ask if you can ask it.. just ask it.. :) if somebody knows, they'll answer :)
crda
M: 2013-02-06
<reply>Central Regulatory Domain Agent (CRDA) is a <udev> helper to query/set the regulatory domain for wireless devices, packaged since Debian 7 "Wheezy". Some wireless LAN devices (e.g. Atheros) default to a strict world regulatory domain if CRDA is not present, preventing the use of channels 12 and 13. http://wireless.kernel.org/en/developers/Regulatory/#CRDA
exec shield
C: 2010-06-02
<reply>Exec Shield is a patch set for the Linux kernel on i386 (not relevant for x86_64, Debian bug #516488) to protect against stack smashing attacks and other exploits. Packaged for Debian as linux-patch-exec-shield in squeeze, see /usr/share/doc/linux-patch-exec-shield/README.Debian for more information. See also <kernel-package>. http://people.redhat.com/mingo/exec-shield/
screensaver
C: 2009-05-09
<reply>To configure the screen-blanker for virtual (text) consoles, use the setterm(1) utility or edit /etc/kbd/config for permanent changes. To configure the X screen-blanker and screen power management settings, use the xset(1) utility or set the appropriate options in xorg.conf; see "man xorg.conf | less +/^SERVERFLAGS".
dmm stretch
C: 2015-04-19
<reply>If you really need deb-multimedia.org (are you sure your information isn't five years out of date?), then (as root): echo "deb http://www.deb-multimedia.org/ stretch main non-free" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/dmm.list; aptitude update && aptitude install deb-multimedia-keyring && aptitude update. For an alternative way to load Marillat's archive key, ask me about <apt-key 1F41B907>. See <why not dmm>.
x86-64
M: 2011-01-27
<reply> see amd64
debian 1.0
M: 2005-07-12
a mistake by InfoMagic. They released an unstable version of Debian as 1.0. Google groups archives the posting by Bruce Perens announcing this at http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=m0tPBxF-000F9vC%40mongo.pixar.com . The first stable Debian release was 1.1, ask me about <buzz>.
ksh
M: 2010-12-28
<reply>The Korn shell (ksh) is a Unix shell developed by David Korn (AT&T Bell Laboratories) in the early 1980s. It is upwards compatible with the Bourne shell, also including many features of the C shell (e.g. command history) inspired by requests of Bell Labs users. Packaged as ksh, pdksh (public domain version) and mksh (MirBSD enhanced pdksh). http://www.kornshell.com/ http://web.cs.mun.ca/~michael/pdksh/ http://mirbsd.de/mksh
newcomer
C: 2018-03-29
<reply> Welcome to Debian! Here's some resources to help you on your merry way: The Debian Handbook: https://debian-handbook.info/ Reference manual: https://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debian-reference/ FAQ: https://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debian-faq/ - reading https://wiki.debian.org/DontBreakDebian is also a very good idea.
pdnsd
M: 2010-12-16
<reply>pdnsd is a proxy DNS server, which uses a permanent cache (written to disk on program exit) to assist with DNS servers that are down/unreachable; the cache can be purged via "pdnsd-ctl empty-cache". Debian's pdnsd package uses an automatic configuration file instead of /etc/pdnsd.conf by default, see /usr/share/doc/pdnsd/README.Debian for more information. Not to be confused with <powerdns>.
sad
M: 2006-01-25
this channel most of the time, or that feeling you get when your hd dies
sos
C: 2003-03-13
you fuckin' blew it
cloud
M: 2012-12-14
<reply>Cloud computing is more than just virtual servers, a workable definition from NIST is: Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. http://wiki.debian.org/Cloud
deb.sury.org
C: 2017-03-31
<reply>Short instructions for sury's php deb builds can be found at https://packages.sury.org/php/README.txt
firefox-esr
M: 2016-06-15
<reply> From 2016-06-09, the firefox-esr package replaces the iceweasel package in Debian stable releases. The iceweasel package used to track the Extended Support Releases (ESR) of Mozilla Firefox to get security fixes, what changes is the icon and the name of the binary (/usr/bin/firefox). Ask me about <firefox>.
jmtpfs
C: 2014-03-16
<reply>jmtpfs is a <FUSE> and libmtp-based filesystem for accessing <MTP> devices. Packaged for Debian in <testing> and <wheezy-backports>. https://github.com/JasonFerrara/jmtpfs
rom
M: 2008-01-21
(Read Only Memory) Memory containing a program, data, or information about the device that has been programmed onto the chip at the factory. a mud server, relative of diku. Rivers of MUD at rom.org port 9000 (defunct), or send me all your roms http://www.linuks.mine.nu/ree/ to dump them!. RoM: Request of Maintainer
snr
M: 2009-10-28
<reply> see signal-to-noise ratio
spaces
M: 2002-06-03
what you put between words, or what real men use for indentation
dch
C: 2015-01-20
a tool from the <devscripts> package that is used to manipulate changelog entries in Debian source packages. It helps get the formatting right in the changelog entry and opens the changelog in your chosen editor. dch can set versions, target releases, add template information for closing bugs, etc. It's also known as "debchange".
pony
C: 2008-01-19
http://tinyurl.com/27gcdy
signal-to-noise ratio
C: 2001-07-16
the ratio of meaningful information to irrelevant, meaningless, and/or random babble, usually used of world-writable knowledge databases, such as Usenet or slashdot.
debian epoch
M: 2010-06-14
<reply> see version epoch
install unstable
C: 2008-06-22
<reply> see install sid
redhat
C: 2016-05-19
a big corporate devil in fancy headwear
stupid questions
M: 2005-01-13
<reply> Stupid questions deserve stupid answers.
8.10
M: 2017-12-10
<reply> Debian 8.10 was released on Dec 9, 2017. This point release corrects some serious bugs and copies security updates across to the main archive. Further details are at https://www.debian.org/News/2017/20171209 and http://deb.debian.org/debian/dists/jessie/ChangeLog . To upgrade, ask me about <point release>.
npm
C: 2014-09-26
<reply>node package manager (npm) is used to install <node.js> packages.
stretch install guide
C: 2017-04-11
<reply> The Installation Guide for Debian 9 "Stretch" can be found at https://www.debian.org/releases/stretch/installmanual . See also <errata> <stretch release notes>.
bullseye
C: 2016-07-13
<reply>The release following Debian 10 "Buster" is codenamed "Bullseye" (Woody's horse in Toy Story 2) and will be Debian 11. https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2016/07/msg00002.html
grub floppy image
M: 2008-03-05
http://packages.debian.org/grub-disk, or http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/manual/legacy/Creating-a-GRUB-boot-floppy.html, or ftp://alpha.gnu.org/gnu/grub/
qotd123
C: 2015-05-14
<boudiccas> so it appears, /usr/local/bin/mv dated 3/11/13 <boudiccas> hmm, cant see where i've got it from <babilen> boudiccas: I would guess that you installed it in an attack of boudiccas-ness ;)
various cd1
M: 2017-06-17
<reply>The various CD-1 choices for different Desktop Environments are *not* created for Debian 9 "Stretch". The <nestinst> and a generic DVD-1 image are available. Also ask me about <firmware images>, <release notes>, <ig>, <setup.exe>.
brasero
M: 2010-12-22
<reply>Brasero is a CD/DVD burning application for <GNOME> supporting multiple backends. To extend its functionality, ask me about <cdrdao>, <libdvdcss>, <lame>, <vcdimager>. http://projects.gnome.org/brasero/ #brasero at irc.gimp.org.
buh
C: 2002-01-07
buhbuhlicious
debian ports
C: 2002-01-08
<reply> Debian is being / has been ported to other kernels (HURD/Beowulf), architectures (besides x86), and more....see http://www.debian.org/ports/
sig
M: 2005-04-05
a Special Interest Group, or a meeting of like-minded individuals, with the intention of drinking lots. 1337sp33k for signature
errata stretch
C: 2017-06-17
<reply>Last minute notes regarding Debian 9 ("Stretch") are listed at http://www.debian.org/releases/stretch/errata . Known problems in the installer are listed at http://www.debian.org/releases/stretch/debian-installer/#errata
huayra
M: 2014-01-20
<reply>Huayra is a derivative of Debian developed in Argentina. It is not supported in #debian; ask me about <based on debian>. Este canal es de soporte tecnico en Ingles para Debian. Solo Debian es soportado en #debian. Si prefiere que el soporte sea en espanol, por favor ingrese a #debian-es con /join #debian-es tecleado en la linea de chat. http://huayra.conectarigualdad.gob.ar/ #huayragnulinux on irc.freenode.net.
fix_python_now
C: 2003-11-21
--force-all python_2.3.2-6_all.deb
kali-magic
C: 2014-08-17
<reply>Kali Linux is just an operating system. It does not magically turn you into a hacker. It is also offtopic in #debian. Please fulfill your fantasies in #kali-linux on chat.freenode.net. See also <based on debian> and <they don't know>.
peugeot
C: 2003-05-27
a car, maybe from France, that sounds like it needs purging.
qotd290
C: 2015-04-12
<reply><karlpinc> Transparent terminals are like clear glass toilets. They sound like a good idea until you use them.
renault
C: 2008-03-12
"I tried to buy a Renault in a Renault shop, but there were no salesmen available, so I came into this Ford shop. Why won't you sell me a Renault?!"
ugt
C: 2013-01-22
<reply>Universal Greeting Time (UGT) asserts that whenever somebody enters an IRC channel it is always morning, and it is always late when the person leaves. The local time of any other people in the channel, including the greeter, is irrelevant.
srs
C: 2004-02-18
the Sender Rewriting Scheme, at http://spf.pobox.com/srs.html -- also, ask me about "spf".
watermelon
C: 2006-11-15
action scarfs a watermelon
wpad
M: 2009-03-30
<reply>The Web Proxy Autodiscovery Protocol (WPAD) is a non-standard method for clients to locate proxy automatic configuration files via DNS or DHCP. http://wiki.debian.org/ProxyAutodetectConf
dpni
M: 2018-01-13
<reply>A really simple way to disable Predictable Network Interface naming and revert back to the old interface naming, is to "ln -s /dev/null /etc/systemd/network/99-default.link" as root (without the quotes). Creating this symbolic link prevents systemd from being able to change the interface names. You will need to unplug/replug your device or reboot/reload module and you'll have an old iface name.
gringo
C: 2003-12-17
: gringo ask gringo for apt-br on #debian-br
powerdns
C: 2014-07-08
<reply>PowerDNS is a DNS server supporting a large number of different backends (e.g. BIND zone files, relational databases, LDAP). The authoritative server is packaged as pdns-server, the resolving DNS server is packaged as pdns-recursor. https://www.powerdns.com/ http://wiki.powerdns.com/ #powerdns on irc.oftc.net. Not to be confused with <pdnsd>.
v86d
M: 2010-08-05
<reply> see uvesafb
buster pool 1
C: 2017-06-16
<reply> ! themill=2019-06-15
debguide
M: 2003-08-19
http://colt.projectgamma.com/debguide.html
excuse
C: 2009-05-07
http://www.strauss.za.com/sla/support.asp
exim flush queue
C: 2008-04-17
<reply> To clean the mail queue and delete pending e-mail, use "mailq | awk '{print $3}' | xargs exim -Mrm"
is a cool bot
C: 2001-12-24
<reply> Yep, I'm cool
pdns
C: 2014-07-08
<reply> see powerdns
stretch-vbox-guest
C: 2017-11-15
Ilyas> oh, I got it working! I followed this guide https://www.linuxbabe.com/debian/install-virtualbox-guest-additions-debian-9-stretch
zfsonlinux
M: 2018-04-10
<reply>see zfs
buster pool
C: 2017-06-17
<reply> See <buster pool 1> for bets placed on when Buster will release. To add one, ask me about <buster bet>.
emu20k1
C: 2008-10-06
<reply> see x-fi
https mirror
M: 2015-06-25
<reply>Packages are authenticated by GPG signatures, so using https for mirrors does not increase the security of the packages; ask me about <secure apt>. An https connection hides the packages you download from casual listeners but they are still revealed to the mirror administrator (and anyone who insists they should know too) -- to protect against this, use <tor>.
https security.debian.org
C: 2018-01-04
<reply>Downloads from security.debian.org are protected by GPG signatures so can't be modified in transit which provides better assurance than trusting some random certificate issuer for https; ask me about <secure apt>. If you still think https is of any benefit for your downloads, then see https://deb.debian.org/ .
oldstable security
C: 2017-06-17
<reply> see jessie security
purity-off
C: 2003-11-11
the sexy exams for the purity package
qotd299
C: 2017-11-09
--> salvatore (~salvatore@151.53.60.169) has joined #debian <salvatore> Ciao! <salvatore> !LISTA <petn-randall> salvatore: Try !list
ssh locales
C: 2018-01-14
<reply> If you're getting "Cannot set LC_CTYPE to default locale" when connecting to a Debian host over ssh: (a) use 'dpkg-reconfigure locales' to add additional locales to the remote machine, or (b) change SendEnv in ~/.ssh/config to not send LC_CTYPE (man ssh_config), or (c) change AcceptEnv on remote sshd, or (d) overwrite that value in your login scripts (.profile or similar). See also <mac locales>.
automatic packaging
C: 2015-12-19
<reply> https://wiki.debian.org/AutomaticPackagingTools
debian/watch
C: 2016-08-17
<reply>see watch
qotd300
C: 2018-03-30
<reply><abrotman> mnuhmnuh: please stop making things worse
site map
C: 2018-04-02
<reply> The Debian website map is located at https://www.debian.org/sitemap
start a packaging war
C: 2006-03-04
<reply> (.deb|.tgz|.rpm|.zip|.msi) files (rule|suck|could never compete with tar xf;cd;./configure;make;make install)
uscan
M: 2016-08-17
<reply> The uscan utility from <devscripts> is a tool that looks at the <debian/watch> file in a <source package> and uses that to fetch a new upstream release if it is available. It can also repackage the tarball using the mk-origtargz utility to remove unwanted files; ask me about <Files-Excluded>.
yunohost
C: 2018-03-25
<reply>Yunohost (https://yunohost.org/) is a server operating system aiming to make self-hosting accessible to everyone. It is <based on debian> and not supported in #debian. Seek help in #yunohost or https://forum.yunohost.org/latest

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