Factoids requested in last 30 days (989 results)

Factoid KeyFactoid Value
guidelines
M: 2005-07-18
<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.
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)(0|1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9)
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.
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>.
cmd: ops (.*?)
C: 2005-08-25
($problem): <reply>Hydroxide, dondelelcaro, LoRez, RichiH, mentor, abrotman, Maulkin, stew, peterS, Myon, Ganneff, weasel, zobel, themill, babilen, SynrG, jm_, somiaj, jelly: $nick complains about: $problem
ssb
M: 2014-03-05
<reply> see simple sid backport
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>.
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
lenny->squeeze
M: 2010-11-29
<reply>Remove volatile & backports from /etc/apt/sources.list changing lenny to squeeze. Use apt-get for the upgrade: "apt-get update && apt-get upgrade && apt-get install linux-image-`uname -r|sed 's,[^-]*-[^-]*-,,'` udev". Install firmware-linux-nonfree if needed; check you have a 2.6.32 kernel installed "aptitude search '~nlinux-image~i'" and reboot into it. "apt-get dist-upgrade". READ THE <squeeze release notes>.
backports
M: 2007-09-28
<reply> see backport
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>.
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.)
squeeze
M: 2014-04-17
<reply> Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" was released on 2011-02-06 and is the oldoldstable release: 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.
list
M: 2013-09-06
<reply> $nick: È possibile scaricare un sacco di software libero puntando il tuo browser a http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/current/multi-arch/iso-cd/debian-8.0.0-amd64-i386-netinst.iso !||<reply>$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/
lenny
M: 2012-03-26
<reply>Lenny is the codename for Debian GNU/Linux 5.0, released on February 15th, 2009. Lenny security support ended on 2012-02-06, this release is no longer supported. Lenny users should upgrade to Squeeze, ask me about <lenny->squeeze>. Removed from the mirrors (2012-03-25), ask me about <lenny sources.list>. For old Lenny ISOs, ask me about <lenny iso>. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianLenny http://www.debian.org/News/2012/20120209
nodm
M: 2011-03-07
<reply>Debian does not use a specific runlevel for graphical display managers by default. Just remove the DM package(s) with "aptitude remove xdm kdm wdm login.app gdm gdm3 pdm slim". "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 (http://www.enricozini.org/sw/nodm/).
test
M: 2009-06-21
<reply> Test failed.
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>.
dmm
M: 2015-04-19
<reply>We recommend against 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 too poor in quality or for legal reasons. See http://deb-multimedia.org/ or ask me about <dmm wheezy>, <dmm jessie>. See also <dmm list>, <dmm mirrors>, <dmm pinning>, <why not dmm>, <dmm remove>
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>.
debian
M: 2003-12-22
http://www.debian.org. See http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/project-history/index.en.html#contents
why aptitude
M: 2010-10-20
<reply> aptitude has more advanced conflict/dependency resolution and will often find a solution where apt-get gives up. It can be used from the command line like apt-get plus an interactive resolver makes it much easier to recover from broken dependencies. It has advanced search capabilities (see <aptitude search>). For some upgrades, apt-get is preferred (e.g. <lenny->squeeze>, <squeeze->wheezy>). http://tinyurl.com/3g4d4d9.
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>.
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>.
mirrors
M: 2005-08-23
<reply> see debian mirrors
bpo
M: 2010-09-22
<reply> see bdo
basic apt-get troubleshooting
M: 2009-05-09
<reply> In order for us to troubleshoot your problem with apt-get, aptitude or dselect we need the following information: The complete output of your apt-get/aptitude/dselect run (including the command you used); the output from apt-cache policy PKG1 PKG2...; for the relevant packages and "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
cmd: why is (.*?) not in testing
C: 2003-05-30
($1): $1 is not in testing for the reasons listed in http://release.debian.org/migration/testing.pl?package=$1
testing
M: 2015-04-25
<reply>Testing is a continuously updated release between <stable> and <unstable>, currently codenamed <stretch>. See http://wiki.debian.org/DebianTesting and ask me about <testing faq> <jessie->stretch> <testing security> <moving target> <dda> <apt-listchanges> <apt-listbugs> and <bts>. You should have a sound knowledge of Debian packaging and be prepared for a very bumpy ride at times. Don't use it on things that are critical!
installation guide
M: 2015-04-25
<reply> see jessie installation guide
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>.
enter
M: 2009-05-16
<reply>The enter key is not a substitute for punctuation. Hitting enter unnecessarily makes it difficult to follow what you are saying. Consider using ',', '. ', ';', '...', '---', or ':' instead. If you hit enter too often, you will be autokicked by debhelper for flooding the channel.
br
M: 2005-10-12
<reply>Este canal é apenas em inglês. Por favor, use #debian-br (/j #debian-br) para ajuda em portugues.
grounding
M: 2012-05-10
<reply> Before asking in here or on the <debian-user> mailing list, you should read the Installation Guide, or if you already have Debian installed, the Debian Reference. The Debian Administrator's Handbook is also good. Ask me about <ig>, <overview>, <reference>, <refcard>, <docs>, <manuals>, <fundamentals>, <newbiedoc>, <faq>, <unix lessons>, <general cli tutorial>, <debian-handbook> (e.g. in your IRC client, type /msg dpkg reference).
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|gamp|stamp) collection|ultra s3kr1t #debian package)|No packages found matching $1)
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>.
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.
lenny sources.list
M: 2012-03-26
<reply>Debian 5.0 "Lenny" is no longer on the mirror network but can be found on archive.debian.org; you can use sources.list lines "deb http://archive.debian.org/debian/ lenny main" and "deb http://archive.debian.org/debian-security lenny/updates main". Realise that Lenny has not had security support since February 2012 and that you should upgrade to a newer, supported release. Ask me about <lenny->squeeze>.
date
C: 2007-03-13
<reply> The current date is $date $time (UTC of course, this is *NIX)
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>.
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
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
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.
alsa checklist
C: 2007-03-10
<reply> see alsa-checklist
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.
flash
M: 2008-05-18
<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
fglrx
M: 2012-08-08
<reply>fglrx / AMD Catalyst is the proprietary display driver for AMD Radeon R9 200 series, Radeon R7 200 series, Radeon HD 8000/7000/6000/5000 and FirePro graphic processing units. To install fglrx, see https://wiki.debian.org/ATIProprietary or ask me about <fglrx dkms>. This driver is incompatible with the GNOME desktop of Debian 8 "Jessie" due to lack of EGL support (ref. §5.11 <jessie release notes>), use the <radeon> driver instead.
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.
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>.
polls
M: 2004-04-08
<reply> "Does anyone have X or use Y?" is taking a poll, not asking a good question that IRC helpers can answer. Don't do it or sussudio's army of militant badgers will hurt you. Also see <ask> and <bad polls>.
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)
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>.
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>.
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>. For the non-free tracking system, see http://nonfree.alioth.debian.org/
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).
hi
C: 2000-03-26
<reply>hello, $nick
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).
ig
M: 2009-02-16
<reply> see installation guide
adobe flash
M: 2013-09-23
<reply> see flashplugin-nonfree
pinning
M: 2008-07-31
<reply>see apt-pinning
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)!
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 ext2 /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>.
debian mirrors
M: 2012-08-17
<reply>Debian mirror sites 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.
non-free sources
M: 2009-10-18
<reply>Edit /etc/apt/sources.list, ensure that the two main Debian mirror lines end with "main contrib non-free" rather than just "main", then «aptitude update». But bear in mind that you'll be installing <non-free> software. These may have onerous terms; check the licenses. See also <sources.list>.
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>.
apt-pinning
M: 2010-01-03
<reply>Pinning is a method to choose which version of a package to install when multiple versions are available from <sources.list>. Bugs are explained at http://www.xs4all.nl/~carlo17/howto/debian.html#errata . If you use stable, pinning won't help you from messing up the system, ask me about <backports> instead. http://wiki.debian.org/AptPreferences
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>.
cmd: you (.*?)
C: 2008-01-09
($1): <reply> I resemble that remark!
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.
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.
vfatrw
M: 2003-02-23
<reply> To get write access to a <vfat> partition when mounting it with fstab, use the line "/dev/partition /mount/point vfat defaults,user,uid=USERID,gid=GROUPID,umask=002 0 0" in /etc/fstab. umask=002 will make the partition rwxrwxr-x, while umask=022 will make it rwxr-xr-x. Get your user/group ids with the command "id".
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>.
java
M: 2009-06-11
<reply>Java is a cross-platform C++-like OO language. Sun, now Oracle, has released most of its Java implementation under the GPL as <openjdk>. There are other implementations packaged; for Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" systems, Sun's JRE/JDK is in <non-free> (for i386, amd64 only). Ask me about <install java>. See also <java alternatives>, <icedtea>, <java ipv6>, <java-package>. http://wiki.debian.org/Java ##java on irc.freenode.net.
install java
M: 2012-02-19
<reply>For the Java web browser plugin, install the icedtea-plugin package. For other Java programs, install the default-jre package to get the default or manually select one of openjdk-6-jre or openjdk-7-jre yourself. The old <sun-java6> packages are best avoided as Oracle now forbids Debian providing any security updates to them. See also <java alternatives>.
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.
70
M: 2010-03-12
<reply>udev has the ability to statically rename Ethernet cards based on MAC address. The addresses are configured in /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules, edit this file to change the mappings. To apply changes: «udevadm trigger» or reload the relevant driver module. See also <udev>.
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>.
sources.list
M: 2015-04-25
<reply>see jessie sources.list
kp
M: 2009-04-08
<reply> see kernel-package
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'. Jessie was frozen on November 5, 2014. Also ask me about <slushy>, <jessie freeze>.
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. See also <hold list>, <unhold>.
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
wheezy
M: 2013-05-05
<reply>Wheezy is the codename for the current <oldstable> release, Debian 7.0, released on 2013-05-04: https://www.debian.org/News/2013/20130504 . 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> <squeeze->wheezy>. Currently <7.8>.
radeon
M: 2010-02-16
<reply>Radeon is a brand of graphic processing units by AMD/ATI (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radeon). The radeon open source display driver is packaged for Debian as xserver-xorg-video-radeon, optionally install libgl1-mesa-dri for 3D acceleration. Also ask me about <radeon firmware>, <radeon audio>. https://wiki.debian.org/AtiHowTo http://x.org/wiki/radeon #radeon on irc.freenode.net. For the proprietary driver, see <fglrx>.
apt
M: 2009-01-16
<reply>Advanced Packaging Tool (APT) is a package management system used by Debian and its derivatives. There is no apt program per se; 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. 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>.
it
M: 2008-10-09
<reply>Ciao, vai su #debian-it per ricevere aiuto in italiano. Italian Speakers: Please use #debian-it, there you will get much more help.
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".
interfaces
M: 2006-07-12
<reply>Your network configuration is in the file /etc/network/interfaces ; "man 5 interfaces" for documentation, "zless /usr/share/doc/ifupdown/examples/network-interfaces.gz" for example configurations. Start and stop your networking with ifup -a and ifdown -a respectively. http://wiki.debian.org/NetworkConfiguration . See also <dhcp client>, <resolv.conf>, <static route>.
pastebinit
M: 2012-06-17
<reply>pastebinit is a command-line tool to send data to a <pastebin>. NOTE: Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" users, you must "pastebinit -b http://paste.debian.net" or configure pastebinit to use something other than pastebin.com. 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>.
stable
M: 2009-03-31
<reply>[stable] The status of a Debian release when no packages will be added, new versions introduced and changes will only fix security issues and critical bugs. Packages can be removed in rare circumstances. The current stable version of Debian is Jessie (8.1); 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
wheezy sources.list
M: 2013-05-01
<reply>A suitable /etc/apt/sources.list for Debian 7 "Wheezy" has three lines: "deb http://httpredir.debian.org/debian/ wheezy main" "deb http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main" "deb http://httpredir.debian.org/debian/ wheezy-updates main". Be sure to run «aptitude update» after editing sources.list. Also see <deb-src> <contrib> <non-free> <wheezy/updates> <wheezy-updates> <mirrors> <apt-spy> and "man sources.list".
why not aptitude
M: 2011-06-30
<reply> Aptitude is more memory intensive and slower than <apt-get>, the <ncurses> interface is always loaded regardless of being used or not. Moreover the resolver can sometimes produce unexpected results and most of <aptitude>'s former exclusive features are now available in <apt-get> as well. Ask me about <why aptitude> and see http://tinyurl.com/3g4d4d9.
alsa
M: 2009-04-13
<reply>Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) is a Linux kernel component providing device drivers for sound cards. Ask me about <install alsa>. See also <alsa-checklist>, <default alsa>, <alsa firmware>. http://wiki.debian.org/ALSA http://www.alsa-project.org/ #alsa on irc.freenode.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/
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>.
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
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.)
install x
M: 2009-05-02
<reply> To install X in Debian: "aptitude update && aptitude install xorg". You may also want to install a desktop environment - ask me about <install gnome>, <install kde>, <install xfce>, <install lxde> - or a window manager, ask me about <window manager>. To configure your X server, ask me about <xorg config>.
cmd: wayttd (.*?)
C: 2002-11-14
($1): <reply> What Are You Trying To Do, $1?
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
repeat
M: 2005-08-16
<reply> Please don't immediately repeat your question if no one answers it. If no one answers, that means that either no one knows the answer to your question, no one is willing to answer it, or you haven't provided enough information. Ask me about <ask> or <sicco> if you need help phrasing your question. If you don't get an answer here, go ahead and try asking your question on debian-user@lists.debian.org
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>.
reference
M: 2009-10-23
<reply>The Debian Reference will answer most of your questions about Debian. The latest version (v2) is at http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debian-reference/ . Read it after installing Debian and before asking for support, as it is the closest thing Debian has to a manual. You can install this too, the package name is debian-reference: «aptitude install debian-reference»
d-i
M: 2015-04-25
<reply>Debian 8 "Jessie" is now the "stable" Debian release. See http://www.debian.org/releases/jessie/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>.
ati
M: 2014-02-17
<reply>Where possible, most ATI/AMD graphics processing units are supported using the open source "radeon" driver on Debian systems by default, ask me about <radeon>. To install the proprietary "fglrx" driver, ask me about <fglrx>; installing this directly from amd.com (i.e. with the AMD Catalyst installer) is not supported in #debian, please go to #ati on irc.freenode.net.
mentors
M: 2008-01-22
the system the Debian project uses to train new people to become Debian Developers or Debian Maintainers and get their packages into the Debian archive. Ask me about <nmg>. http://lists.debian.org/debian-mentors/ http://mentors.debian.net/ #debian-mentors on irc.debian.org (irc.oftc.net).
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://httpredir.debian.org/debian/ [jessie|stretch|sid] main contrib" to your /etc/apt/sources.list, then «aptitude update». Also ask me about <non-free>, <contrib list>.
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>.
why iceweasel
M: 2008-02-25
<reply>Due to Mozilla logos licensing, Mozilla software isn't DFSG-free, so Debian distributes Mozilla software with different logos. Mozilla Corp revoked the agreement to let Debian use Mozilla trademarks, so Debian changed to non-trademarked product names. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozilla_Corporation_software_rebranded_in_Debian for more information. http://glandium.org/blog/?p=933. Ask me about <dfsg> <iceweasel vs firefox>.
release history
M: 2015-04-25
<reply>Debian releases are 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). The next release will be Stretch. http://deb.li/it56U
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>.
source
M: 2010-04-01
<reply> As an overview: to work with Debian source packages, add a <deb-src> line to your sources list; cd to a location with free space; download the source package with <apt-get source>; edit <debian/rules> to taste; use <dpkg-buildpackage> to build the new .deb. For more details, also ask me about <package recompile> <backport> <nmg> <policy> <source package>
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>.
iwlwifi
M: 2013-08-07
<reply>The iwlwifi Linux kernel driver supports several Intel 802.11n (WiFi Link, Wireless-N, Advanced-N, Ultimate-N) and 802.11ac adapters. Firmware is required, ask me about <non-free sources> and install the firmware-iwlwifi package to provide. Supported devices are listed at https://wiki.debian.org/iwlwifi . See also <iwlegacy>, <iwl7000>.
debian live
M: 2011-02-07
<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.
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>.
debian clone
M: 2011-06-24
<reply> One method of cloning Debian installs is to take a current Debian machine that is set up with the packages you want and run the command "dpkg --get-selections > ~/selectionfile". Then, after the base install on other machines use that file and do: "dpkg --set-selections < ~/selectionfile && apt-get dselect-upgrade". Also ask me about <aptitude clone>, <reinstall>, <things to backup> <apt-clone>.
oftc move
M: 2006-06-20
<reply>irc.debian.org moved to OFTC on June 4th 2006, see http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/05/msg00012.html. Operators and bots (see <fact sharing>) will remain on both networks for the foreseeable future; you're welcome to either move to OFTC with i.d.o or stay on Freenode. Questions? Ask in #debian on one or other network. See also http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2006/04/msg00333.html
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.
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>.
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>.
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>.
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
what
C: 2002-04-23
<reply> This!
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
sound
M: 2013-04-25
<reply>Ask me about <alsa>, <alsa checklist>. See also <default alsa>, <pulseaudio>.
security
M: 2011-02-06
<reply>Put "deb http://security.debian.org/ jessie/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>.
cmd: congratulate (.*?)
C: 2003-01-08
($1): <reply>(Huzzah|Good show|Woohoo|Yay|Hugs & Puppies|Nice one) $1, you did it!
kernel-package
M: 2009-05-28
<reply>[kernel-package] To compile a kernel The Debian Way(tm) "aptitude install kernel-package build-essential libncurses5-dev" and follow the instructions in /usr/share/doc/kernel-package/README.gz. You should also ask me about <make-kpkg>, <kp mantra> and <kernel build-deps>.
compiz
M: 2013-08-19
<reply>Compiz was a compositing window manager using OpenGL for rendering. Compiz hasn't been developed for some time and is no longer part of Debian (see bugs #719870 and #677864). Plenty of other window managers have the same features as compiz. For a list of available window managers, run «apt-cache showpkg x-window-manager». See also http://wiki.debian.org/Compiz http://www.compiz.org/ or #compiz on irc.freenode.net.
cmd: -i (.*?)
M: 2006-11-28
($1): (<action>installs $1 into $nick's head with a bone saw and a few screws|<action> removes a (liver|speen|kidney|lung) from $nick and replaces it with $1|<reply> package $1 is already installed)
i forgot root's password
M: 2008-10-23
<reply>see ifrp
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>.
testing security
M: 2015-05-10
<reply> The testing release does not receive full security support until just before release. Up until that time, security updates can take a few days to arrive and will often be new upstream versions which may require you to spend significant time reconfiguring applications. Don't run 'testing' on things where good security support and stability are important. See <moving target>.
debian-devel-announce
M: 2008-06-11
<reply> debian-devel-announce is an announcement list to which major Debian developments are posted. If you are running releases beyond <stable>, then YOU are part of the development process; it is your responsibility to read it (no excuses!) or risk missing important announcements. "mailx -s 'subscribe' debian-devel-announce-request@lists.debian.org < /dev/null" or http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/ See also <apt-listchanges>.
ot
M: 2010-06-24
<reply> see offtopic
debian-backports
M: 2010-09-06
<reply> see backports.debian.org
debian/rules
M: 2013-06-06
<reply>debian/rules is the makefile used when building a .deb from source, edit it to change compilation options. Some packages use sophisticated build systems that should be documented in debian/README.source. Also remember to make a new entry in debian/changelog with "~yourname" (for a backport) or "+yourname" (for a recompile) added to the version number. See also <makefile>, <hold>, <package recompile>, <source>, <unique package version>.
install guide
M: 2009-02-16
<reply> see installation guide
jessie
M: 2015-04-26
<reply>Jessie is the codename for the current <stable> 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 <8.1>.
cn
M: 2012-04-28
<reply> see zh
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".
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.
bye
C: 2000-05-01
<reply> Cya, $who
mint
C: 2008-01-13
<reply> see linux mint
xfce
M: 2009-06-01
<reply>Xfce is a pretty nifty Desktop Environment. Lightweight, fast, compact. To install, ask me about <install xfce>. https://wiki.debian.org/Xfce http://wiki.xfce.org/faq http://www.xfce.org/ #xfce on irc.freenode.net.
firmware images
M: 2015-04-25
<reply> see firmware images jessie
make-kpkg
M: 2012-12-29
<reply>make-kpkg is no longer the recommended method for building kernel packages. See <kernel handbook> for current instructions. It can be used to make a debian package for a custom kernel. See man make-kpkg, <kp mantra>. NOTE it does not automatically create header packages, needed for module-assistant and dkms.
install kde4
M: 2011-02-03
<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 Installer boot menu, select "Advanced options > Alternative desktop environments > KDE > Install".
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
firefox
M: 2013-12-17
<reply>Mozilla Firefox is replaced by Iceweasel in Debian, ask me about <iceweasel> and <why iceweasel>. For actual Mozilla Firefox® support, try #firefox on irc.freenode.net. For the latest and greatest versions of Iceweasel, ask me about <mozilla.debian.net>.
list repositories
M: 2010-06-17
<reply> To see what repository a package may have come from, try http://svn.noreply.org/svn/weaselutils/trunk/apt-listrepository , or use dpkg -l | awk '/^.i/ {print $2}' | xargs apt-cache policy | awk '/^[a-z0-9.\-]+:/ {pkg=$1}; /\*\*\*/ {OFS="\t"; ver=$2; getline; print pkg,ver,$2,$3}', or ask me about <obsolete>, or http://people.debian.org/~dannf/apt-inventory, or <bdo list>, or <dmm list>
release notes
M: 2015-04-25
<reply> see jessie release notes
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
wifi
M: 2008-11-27
<reply> see wireless
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.
iptables
M: 2010-09-10
<reply>[iptables] The user-space process used to administer iptables kernel parts on top of netfilter. Ask me about <netfilter docs>. For a proper Debian-way of setting up iptables, see http://wiki.debian.org/iptables or ask me about <iptables-restore>. http://netfilter.org/ #netfilter on irc.freenode.net. See also <ferm>, <lartc>, <masq>, <ulogd>.
cmd: pal (.*?)
C: 2005-01-19
($1): <action> points at $1 and laughs(| hysterically| uproariously)
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 )
point releases
M: 2015-04-25
<reply>Point releases are updates to <stable> and <oldstable>, fixing security and grave bug fixes. You can upgrade to the latest point release by referencing a Debian <mirror> in /etc/apt/sources.list, then "aptitude update && aptitude full-upgrade". See <8.1>, <7.8>. https://wiki.debian.org/DebianReleases/PointReleases
french
M: 2003-11-18
<reply> Vous pouvez obtenir de l'aide sur Debian sur le canal #debian-fr - For help in french, please join #debian-fr
moo
M: 2007-10-17
<reply> mooooooo! I am cow, hear me moo, I weigh twice as much as you. I'm a cow, eating grass, methane gas comes out my ass. I'm a cow, you could be too; join us all! type apt-get moo; aplay /usr/lib/libreoffice/share/gallery/sounds/cow.wav
snapshots
M: 2009-12-20
<reply> see sdo
cmd: -s (.*?)
M: 2003-10-20
($1): <reply> (Package: $1: Status: install ok installed|There is no record of a $1 package|(Dingos|Badgers) ate my $1!|You Fool! $1 is installed!)
ftp must die
M: 2010-06-04
<reply> FTP MUST DIE! http://mywiki.wooledge.org/FtpMustDie . If you really just want to provide anonymous download of files, use HTTP: http://daniel.haxx.se/docs/ftp-vs-http.html
point release
C: 2009-02-15
<reply> see point releases
free ram
M: 2008-07-29
<reply>Unlike information, your computer's memory does *not* want to be free. Free RAM is wasted RAM! Linux tries to use free physical memory for caching files from disk which speeds up disk access considerably. Linux releases RAM from these caches if programs need it. If you want to know how much physical memory the free(1) tool says you have left for program use, it's 'free' + 'buffers' + 'cache'. Also ask me about <swapwake>.
reportbug
M: 2010-03-27
<reply> reportbug is used to submit bugs to the Debian <BTS>. Install reportbug, then run reportbug. Or on the web, http://www.debian.org/Bugs/, or see 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
whats my hardware
M: 2008-10-29
<reply>You can use lspci, lsusb, lsscsi, lspcmcia, lshal, hwinfo, dmidecode, and/or lshw, or even dmesg to find out what kind of hardware your machine might have, or you could crack the lid and look inside ... oooh, shiny! If you install lshw, run "lshw -html > myhardware.html" as root and you'll have a nice HTML summation. See also <myram>, <driver locator>.
ops
M: 2014-02-27
<reply>Please invoke 'dpkg: ops $problem' to call the operators to deal with a specific problem. Misuse of this will lead to a ban. Operators can also be contacted in the #debian-ops channel.
localized errors
M: 2009-06-09
<reply> Rather than hoping that we recognise what has gone wrong from the error messages in your native language, please provide any error messages in English. You can do this by setting your locale to an English one (e.g. C) prior to running the command, e.g. «LC_ALL=C apt-get -f install»
wine
M: 2009-05-02
<reply>Wine (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/ . 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>.
installit
M: 2010-09-21
<reply> Your box does not come with every application, tool and utility known to debiankind installed already. If you find that the program you've been told to use isn't there, install it. Also ask me about <search>. If someone suggests an application to you, it's highly likely that it's available via apt-get or aptitude.
sources
M: 2008-01-18
<reply> see sources.list
skype
M: 2013-06-11
<reply>Skype is a proprietary cross-platform <VoIP> service and application owned by Microsoft. Debian cannot distribute the application due to its license. See http://wiki.debian.org/skype and ask me about <skype amd64> for community-contributed information. Consider using free and secure alternatives: <ekiga>, <empathy>, <jitsi>, <linphone>.
apt-listbugs
M: 2010-01-10
<reply> apt-listbugs (aptitude install apt-listbugs) is available since Debian 3.1 "Sarge". When installed, it will fetch the list of critical <BTS> bugs that pertain to any packages being installed. It also allows you to <pin> a version to prevent upgrades to any packages you discover to be too risky. See also <apt-listchanges>.
cmd: deb-src (.*?)
C: 2011-08-16
($1): <reply>You can get apt to download source packages with a <deb-src> line in your <sources.list>. A suitable entry for the $1 release is: "deb-src http://httpredir.debian.org/debian/ $1 main contrib non-free". Remember to "apt-get update" after changing your sources.list.
hostname
M: 2009-04-10
<reply>Use «hostname foo» to set the hostname, $EDITOR /etc/hostname to set it for the next boot (create /etc/hostname if it does not exist) and $EDITOR /etc/hosts to set up local translations for a FQDN. See also 'man 1 hostname', or ask me about <mailname>. http://wiki.debian.org/HowTo/ChangeHostname
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.
shit
C: 2001-12-31
fecal matter.. scratch your ass, sniff your finger. Smell that? Shit.
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).
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>.
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 /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.
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: 2008-12-07
what keeps your box from getting r00ted, or what you do with aptitude. Do an aptitude update first, and then an aptitude upgrade. Ask me about <security>. If you upgrade to a new stable version of Debian, read its release notes first. Ask me about <squeeze->wheezy> <wheezy->jessie>.
apt-get
M: 2011-06-30
<reply>apt-get is a program (part of the apt package) used as a simple command line tool to libapt. apt-get is the original frontend for <apt>, but <aptitude> is now the recommended tool for managing packages. See also <why aptitude>, <reference>, <synaptic>, <apt-cache>, <gdebi>. http://wiki.debian.org/apt-get http://tinyurl.com/3g4d4d9
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.
wheezy-backports
C: 2013-03-21
<reply>Selected packages intended for the Debian 8 "Jessie" release but recompiled for use with "Wheezy" (7.x) can be found in the "wheezy-backports" repository. Note that wheezy-backports are on the regular mirror network, not on backports.debian.org. A suitable line for your sources.list is «deb http://httpredir.debian.org/debian/ wheezy-backports main». Also ask me about <bdo>.
sudo
M: 2010-01-09
<reply>[sudo] (Substitute User DO) Not enabled by default on Debian systems; configure /etc/sudoers first, ask me about <visudo>, <sudoers>. sudo can give limited super user privileges to specific users, or allow you to do silly things like run X apps with root permissions, or good in scripts with "username ALL = NOPASSWD: /some/program". See also <sudo path>. http://wiki.debian.org/sudo http://www.aplawrence.com/Basics/sudo.html
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>.
d-d-a
M: 2008-03-06
<reply> see debian-devel-announce
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/
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.]
live
M: 2015-07-01
<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 <live firmware>
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>
greenhouse
C: 2005-02-08
<reply> Gentoo Linux causes global warming! Needlessly recompiling everything uses power. Fossil fuels are used to generate that power. See also <diminishing returns on bogomips>. Hug a tree, use Debian!
cmd: fix (.*?)
C: 2002-07-07
($1): <action> takes $1 to the vet for a "special" visit.
stow
M: 2010-02-03
a nifty program used to manage a /usr/local/ hierarchy. It keeps all the programs separate, so you can install and remove them without playing the "which program does that file belong to" game; ask me about <stow usage>. http://www.gnu.org/software/stow . See also <usrlocal>, <uupdate>.
disk contents
M: 2011-04-14
<reply>To find out which CD or DVD image contains a particular package or source file, use the search engine at http://cdimage-search.debian.org/ . To see what a specific image contains, examine the package lists within the list-{cd,dvd} subdirectories for the relevant architecture at http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/current/ (e.g. http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/current/amd64/list-cd/).
sns syndrome
M: 2010-04-29
<reply> see sns
stfu
M: 2008-08-16
Shut The Fuck Up
ssh
M: 2010-02-17
<reply>[ssh] the Secure SHell; "aptitude install ssh" (<openssh>). Clients for other platforms include <putty> and <cygwin>. Programs to mitigate against brute-force attacks on your SSH server include <fail2ban> and <denyhosts>. See also <scp>, <sftp>, <ssh without password>, <ssh permissions>, <sshx>, <ssh linedraw>, <debug sshd>, <dropbear>, <ssh-copy-id>, <ssh verify key>.
lilo
M: 2010-06-04
<reply>LILO (LInux LOader) is an operating system boot loader for x86 systems. Documentation is packaged in lilo-doc. http://wiki.debian.org/LILO http://tldp.org/HOWTO/LILO.html http://lilo.alioth.debian.org/ . See also <grub>..
nopaste
C: 2011-09-16
<reply> nopaste is a command-line tool to send data to a <pastebin>. To paste e.g. your sources.list do "aptitude install libapp-nopaste-perl; nopaste /etc/apt/sources.list"; to paste the output of a program do e.g. "dmesg | nopaste".
cmd: anyone use (.*?)
C: 2005-03-10
($1): <reply>No, no one uses $1, not even the people who use it.
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>.
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).
release-critical
M: 2010-01-18
<reply>Release-Critical bugs are Debian bugs with critical, grave or serious severities, preventing the next release of Debian. See the graph at http://bugs.debian.org/release-critical/ or the lists at http://bugs.debian.org/release-critical/other/all.html http://udd.debian.org/bugs.cgi?release=wheezy&patch=ign&pending=ign&merged=ign&done=ign&rc=1 . See also <rc-alert>.
ftp
M: 2009-04-07
<reply>File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a method of moving files between systems using TCP/IP. There are three sane kinds of FTP: anonymous, encrypted and unprivileged (non-Unix users). Unencrypted FTP using Unix users will get your box pwn3d as fast as running windows on your firewall machine. Ask me about <ftp must die>, <scp>, <sftp>. See also <ftpd>.
sid upgrade
M: 2010-01-28
<reply> Repeat after me: Sid is NOT AN UPGRADE! Sid is meant for developers and testers, so stay away from it if you're neither. Use <stable> or <testing> instead. See also <sid upgrade test>.
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>.
uuid
M: 2009-05-21
<reply>A Universally Unique IDentifier (UUID) is used to reference disk partitions (among other things). See currently known partition UUIDs with 'blkid'. In /etc/fstab, use "UUID=dead-beef-0420-etc" as the partition name. UUIDs help to cope with device name changes such as hda->sda (<libata> transition) or changes in USB disk order discovery. <LVM> tools accept PV/VG/LV UUIDs as arguments, use {pv,vg,lv}display to acquire.
dotdeb
M: 2012-10-23
<reply>http://dotdeb.org/ is an unofficial package repository with emphasis on the <LAMP> solution stack, unsupported in #debian. To get support, read http://www.dotdeb.org/2012/08/24/how-to-post-useful-bug-reports/ and report any issues to https://github.com/gplessis/dotdeb-php5/issues . Ask me about <dotdeb alternatives>.
kfreebsd
M: 2015-04-28
<reply>Debian GNU/kFreeBSD is a port that consists of GNU userland using the GNU C library on top of FreeBSD's kernel, coupled with the regular Debian package set. kfreebsd-amd64 and kfreebsd-i386 are not official release architectures for Debian 8 "Jessie" due to quality concerns. https://www.debian.org/ports/kfreebsd-gnu/ https://wiki.debian.org/Debian_GNU/kFreeBSD_FAQ #debian-kbsd on irc.oftc.net.
which repo
M: 2014-10-30
<reply>To see what repository a package may have come from, try https://www.palfrader.org/gitweb/?p=tools/weaselutils.git;a=blob_plain;f=apt-listrepository or use dpkg -l | awk '/^.i/ {print $2}' | xargs apt-cache policy | awk '/^[a-z0-9.-]+:/ {pkg=$1}; /*\*\*/ {OFS="\t"; ver=$2; getline; print pkg,ver,$2,$3}', or ask me about <obsolete>, or http://people.debian.org/~dannf/apt-inventory, or <bdo list>, or <dmm list>
dm
M: 2010-01-09
<reply>DM means Display Manager, the app that brings up a graphical login screen and starts your login session. <xdm>, <gdm>, <kdm>, <wdm>, pdm, login.app, <slim> and <lightdm> are all examples of display managers. Ask me about <nodm> if you want to disable the DM. Or Debian Maintainer: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianMaintainer . For the deb-multimedia repository, ask me about <dmm>.
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/
cmd: prize (.*?)
M: 2004-11-11
($1): <action>gives $1 a (yogi pin|medal|beer|My Little Pony).
fonts
M: 2010-10-10
<reply>Fonts available as Debian packages are automatically configured for use via <defoma>. To add user-supplied fonts to a Debian system, ask me about <install font> or see http://wiki.debian.org/Fonts . For general font information, see http://www.nwalsh.com/comp.fonts/FAQ/ . See also <liberation>, <mscorefonts>, <ttf>.
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
exit
C: 2000-11-29
<reply> /quit you fool!
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/lib/apt* /var/lib/mysql /var/mail /var/www /var/cache/debconf /var/spool/cron ...
own repo
M: 2012-02-20
<reply>To feed your own packages into apt, you need to create a repository with a Packages file that lists the packages. If you only have a few packages and don't have very sophisticated requirements, you can use <dpkg-scanpackages>. If you want to be able add/remove packages using regular Debian tools like dput then try <reprepro> or mini-dinstall. See http://wiki.debian.org/HowToSetupADebianRepository
!
M: 2007-09-18
<reply> I'm not your csh prompt!
crunchbang
M: 2010-08-11
<reply>CrunchBang Linux is a Live CD distribution originally based on <Ubuntu>, now based on Debian as of version 10, featuring the <Openbox> window manager. It is not supported in #debian. http://www.crunchbang.org/ #crunchbang on irc.freenode.net. See <based on debian>.
free whcp
M: 2010-06-23
<reply> FOSS Web Hosting Control Panels include: <DTC>, <GNUPanel>, <ISPConfig> and <ispCP> Omega. Don't use <Webmin>. http://wiki.debian.org/HostingControlPanels
udev
M: 2009-11-19
<reply>udev is a /dev and hotplug management daemon, the Linux kernel's userspace equivalent of <DevFS>. Ask me about <udev mac>, <blacklist.conf>. See also <udev rules>, <udev squeeze>, <udev details>, <dpin>, <devtmpfs>. http://wiki.debian.org/udev #udev on irc.freenode.net.
zh
M: 2013-03-21
<reply>如果您想要得到中文的協助,請加入伺服器上的 #debian-zh (irc.oftc.net) 頻道,加入方法為在輸入框中輸入 "/server irc.oftc.net" 和 "/join #debian-zh" (不要加引號),謝謝您的合作!
xen
M: 2010-04-30
<reply>Xen is an open source virtual machine monitor / hypervisor, allowing several guest operating systems to execute concurrently on the same system. Provides paravirtualization (requiring guest OSs to be modified/ported) and hardware-assisted virtualization (for running guests unmodified). For detailed help, see http://wiki.debian.org/Xen . #debian-xen on irc.oftc.net. See also <virtualization>.
haha
C: 2001-07-16
<action> laughs!! that's funny $who!
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 <sources.list>.
rfp
M: 2014-02-18
<reply>Request For Package (RFP) is the way to ask for a piece of software to be included in Debian. See http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp, the section on that page "Adding new entries with "reportbug"" is a good place to start. Technically, a RFP is a wishlist bug filed against "wnpp" with a title beginning "RFP: ", ask me about <wnpp>. The best way of getting software packaged is to do it yourself: ask me about <nmg>.
key
M: 2007-03-04
<reply>Install the latest debian-archive-keyring package to get the latest GPG key used to sign the Debian archive.
mirror
M: 2012-05-28
<reply> see debian mirrors
fixmbr
M: 2013-10-01
<reply> see fixboot
kvm
M: 2011-02-21
<reply>Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) is a full <virtualization> solution for Linux hosts on x86 hardware with x86 guests. Packaged as qemu-kvm since Debian 6.0 "Squeeze". See http://wiki.debian.org/KVM for installation instructions, also ask me about <xve>. http://www.linux-kvm.org/page/FAQ http://www.linux-kvm.org/ #kvm on irc.freenode.net.
rules
M: 2001-02-13
<reply>1) Don't ask to ask. Just state your problem, 2) Don't repeat until 10 mins after, 3) Read and re-read the docs first, then admit it if you REALLY don't understand. You're wasting your time and ours if you haven't at least tried. 4) If your problem ain't solved, come back in 12 hrs or 24 hrs later. We're very international. 5) Be polite and patient. 6) #debian supports only Debian (see <based on debian>)
rescue mode
C: 2007-06-29
<reply> Debian-Installer has a recovery ('rescue') mode, which can be used to reinstall the GRUB or LILO boot loaders. See section 8.7 of the Installation Guide ("Recovering a Broken System") for more details; ask me about <install guide>.
timezone
M: 2011-09-15
<reply>A time zone is the standard time (aka local time) in a particular region. To change the timezone on Debian systems, execute "dpkg-reconfigure tzdata". Alternatively: "cp -b /usr/share/zoneinfo/$TZ /etc/localtime". Note that tzselect(1) does not change the timezone. Postfix users: execute "service postfix restart" to update localtime in the chroot.
kernel compile
M: 2009-04-08
<reply>[kernel compile] To (re)build the official Debian kernels, see http://wiki.debian.org/HowToRebuildAnOfficialDebianKernelPackage . For personal kernel packages, it is simpler to just use <make-kpkg>.
firmware image
M: 2010-08-08
<reply> see firmware images
vmware
M: 2010-02-23
<reply> VMware isn't part of Debian, therefore it's not supported, ask me about <vmware support>. VMware is not in Debian because it is not Free software; even though you might be able to download it for no cost, the source code is not available for some parts and Debian is not allowed to distribute it, see <dfsg>. http://wiki.debian.org/VMware #vmware on irc.freenode.net. See also <virtualization>.
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
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))'
infobot
M: 2010-09-15
<reply> Infobot is an IRC bot that is geared towards remembering "factoids", and repeating them back to people on request. It supports many additional features, such as google lookups, dictionary, spell checker, debian package checks, and more. See http://infobot.sf.net/ for more.
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>.
irssi
M: 2009-06-06
the best <IRC> client ever. "aptitude install irssi" and read http://www.irssi.org/documentation/startup . See also http://irssi.org/documentation/faq . http://www.irssi.org/ #irssi on open.ircnet.net and irc.freenode.net.
irclog
M: 2009-09-23
<reply>[irclog] #debian on <freenode> is logged at http://ibot.rikers.org/%23debian/ , #debian on <OFTC> is logged at http://thegrebs.com/irc/
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>.
nouveau
M: 2012-12-04
<reply>The nouveau project aims to build high-quality, open source drivers for Nvidia GPUs (Riva, TNT, GeForce, Quadro). Nouveau <DRM> is part of the Linux kernel, the display driver is packaged as xserver-xorg-video-nouveau (read its README.Debian file for important notes). Install the libgl1-mesa-dri package for 3D acceleration. http://nouveau.freedesktop.org/ #nouveau on irc.freenode.net.
intel
M: 2010-03-21
<reply>Intel Corporation is a semiconductor manufacturer. For support of wireless LAN adapters, ask me about <iwlwifi>, <ipw2200>, <ipw2100>. For support of Ethernet controllers, ask me about <e100>, <e1000>, <e1000e>, <igb>, <ixgbe>. For support of WiMAX devices, ask me about <i2400m-usb>. For support of integrated graphics chipsets, ask me about <intel-gfx>. See also <ia64>, <isci>, <speedstep>.
sorry
M: 2004-05-05
<reply>Don't be sorry...but if you ever go against the Debian Family again...
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.
eee
M: 2008-12-15
<reply>The Eee PC (aka RM Asus Minibook) is a <netbook> designed by Asus. Linux models are supplied with <Xandros> which is not supported in #debian, join #eeepc on irc.freenode.net for support. To install Debian, see http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEeePC for installation and configuration details. Mailing lists: http://alioth.debian.org/mail/?group_id=31309 #debian-eeepc on irc.oftc.net.
what's my wireless
M: 2007-12-08
<reply> Install the hwinfo package and execute "/usr/sbin/hwinfo --wlan", or http://linux-wless.passys.nl/ , or ask me about <whats my hardware>. See also <wireless>.
unmarkauto
M: 2010-09-13
<reply>Is apt trying to remove packages that it thinks were automatically installed? This happens when you "aptitude install gnome" and then later remove bits of it causing the gnome meta-package to be uninstalled and then all its dependencies. Fix this by running "aptitude unmarkauto packagename" on strategically chosen packages, or reinstall the <metapackage> (apt-get also has unmarkauto from squeeze onwards).
cool
M: 2002-11-30
<reply> it's spelled cool! get it right!!
samba
M: 2013-05-06
<reply>Samba is a Unix implementation of Windows file/print sharing (the SMB/CIFS protocol). http://samba.org/samba/docs/man/Samba-HOWTO-Collection/ http://samba.org/samba/docs/ http://wiki.samba.org/ #samba on irc.freenode.net. See also <swat>, <dfs>.
gentoo
M: 2013-11-13
<reply>Gentoo Linux (formerly Enoch Linux) is a ports-based Linux distribution for x86, PowerPC and Sparc64. Maybe akin to BSD. For a satirical take on it see http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2003/44/ , http://bash.org/?464385 and ask me about <greenhouse>, <funroll-loops>. #gentoo on irc.freenode.net
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>.
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/
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>.
suspend
M: 2013-01-16
<reply>Suspend can mean either suspend to disk (hibernate) or suspend to RAM. The in-kernel suspend system has worked well since Debian 4.0 "Etch". Installing the pm-utils or hibernate packages along with a front-end like gnome-power-manager or <power devil> should be enough. See also <suspend troubleshooting>, <uswsusp>, <swapwake>, <noresume>, <disable lid suspend>. https://wiki.debian.org/Suspend
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/
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>.
font
M: 2009-12-14
<reply> see fonts
eeepc
M: 2008-08-01
<reply> see eee
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; as of Debian 5.0 "Lenny", aptitude calls dist-upgrade "full-upgrade" to remove this confusion. Read man apt-get carefully. See also <why not dist-upgrade>, <full-upgrade>.
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/
ubuntu-irc
C: 2011-06-03
<reply> This is not the Ubuntu help channel. Please do /server chat.freenode.net and then /join #ubuntu. If you are using XChat, you can right-click the following link and choose connect. irc://chat.freenode.net/ubuntu
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>.
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!
radeon firmware
M: 2015-04-28
<reply>Binary-only firmware for the radeon <DRM> driver is packaged for Debian as firmware-linux-nonfree. Without this package installed, poor 2D/3D performance in the <radeon> xorg driver is commonly experienced. To install, ask me about <non-free sources>. This is not required for use of the <fglrx> driver.
apt-zip
M: 2009-06-11
<reply> Update a non-networked computer using apt and removable media. Just aptitude install apt-zip and read the docs in /usr/share/doc/apt-zip, or ask me about <apt offline> <apt-walkabout>. http://wiki.debian.org/AptZip
beep
M: 2010-01-01
echo -ne 'a', or aptitude install beep, or ask me about <bell>, <qotd89>. For the audio player, ask me about <bmp>. For the protocol framework, see http://beepcore.org/
deb-src
M: 2011-02-05
<reply>'deb-src http://httpredir.debian.org/debian/ [wheezy|squeeze|jessie|stretch|sid] main contrib non-free' (for example), replace with your own for a local mirror. Ask me about <source> for some information about how to build stuff, make sure the "build-essential" package is installed. You might need to have linux-headers-$(uname -r) (if using a Debian kernel) and the libc6-dev packages installed.
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>.
knoppix
M: 2008-03-07
<reply>Knoppix is _not_ Debian. Seek Knoppix help in freenode's #knoppix. Knoppix is a live CD distribution which is <based on Debian>, useful as a rescue CD, to test hardware, and for situations where you have access to a computer but it isn't Debian. http://www.knoppix.org/ unofficial: http://Debian-knoppix.alioth.Debian.org/ <Debian-live> is the Debian equivalent for publishing live systems.
!!!!
C: 2000-08-16
<reply> "Multiple exclamation marks," he went on, shaking his head, "are a sure sign of a diseased mind." - Terry Pratchett, Eric
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>.
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>.
jigdo
M: 2010-08-09
<reply>Jigsaw Download (jigdo) is *the* method for downloading CD/DVD/BD images of Debian. See "Downloading Debian CD images with jigdo" at https://www.debian.org/CD/jigdo-cd/ . https://wiki.debian.org/jigdo http://atterer.org/jigdo/
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>.
multimedia
M: 2015-04-19
<reply>Debian's main repository has lots of great multimedia packages with more included in each release. Ask me about <search> to find them and <rfp> if something is not yet packaged. The old <deb-multimedia.org> is has not been a "must have" repo for for multimedia support for several releases; it now mostly contains poor quality packages or current Debian packages recompiled with incompatible with other packages in Debian.
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>.
apt-listchanges
C: 2008-06-11
<reply>apt-listchanges is a tool that displays NEWS.Debian file contents (default) and/or the changelogs of Debian packages before upgrading them (dpkg-reconfigure apt-listchanges). It is recommended for users of stable to install the apt-listchanges package, to see what is happening to their systems as security fixes are applied; it should be made _mandatory_ for users of testing and unstable. Also ask me about <d-d-a>, <apt-listbugs>.
network
M: 2009-05-10
<reply>This refers to a group of interconnected computers. The computers must be capable of transferring data to form a true network--you can't just weld a bunch of computers together. For resources, ask me about <networking>.
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>.
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.
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 systems, set "UTC" or "LOCAL" in /etc/adjtime (man 8 hwclock). For Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" systems, 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>.
yo
M: 2003-05-14
<reply> yao!||<reply> Wazzup man?
netbeans
M: 2011-01-27
<reply>NetBeans is an open source, cross-platform Integrated Development Environment (IDE) written in <Java>. Not part of the Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" release due to bug #506294. http://wiki.netbeans.org/NetBeansUserFAQ http://www.netbeans.org/ #netbeans on irc.freenode.net.
cross post
M: 2010-06-02
<reply>Posting the same question in several places at the same time (IRC channels, news groups, mailing lists, forums) is impolite; your time is NOT more valuable than everyone else's. Your question might be answered elsewhere, meanwhile we are wasting our time doing research for a problem you've already solved. Cross-posting can also make you look like a spammer and get you k:lined. See also <multiple ask> <hurry>.
mysql
M: 2010-03-16
<reply>MySQL is 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>, <mysql memory usage>.
ubuntuirc
M: 2011-06-04
<reply> see ubuntu-irc
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>.
emdebian
M: 2010-02-06
<reply>Emdebian is a binary distribution for embedded devices. It is created by the Embedded Debian project, an official Debian sub-project, which aims to make Debian GNU/Linux a mainstream choice for embedded projects. http://wiki.debian.org/Embedded_Debian http://www.emdebian.org/ #emdebian on irc.oftc.net.
fakeraid
M: 2010-04-02
<reply>Fakeraid is a term used for controller cards that advertise RAID functionality that is NOT supported by a hardware chip for parity. Most of these have only a BIOS. For use with Debian systems, it is suggested that you do not set a RAID in the BIOS and don't use dmraid, just use regular software RAID instead; ask me about <md>. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/SataRaid
mate
M: 2014-02-11
<reply>The MATE Desktop Environment is a fork of GNOME 2, available since Debian 8 "Jessie" (and also in wheezy-backports). To install, ask me about <install mate>. https://wiki.debian.org/Mate http://mate-desktop.org/ #mate on chat.freenode.net.
uefi
M: 2013-01-22
<reply>Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is a firmware interface specification, intended to replace the <BIOS> firmware interface. Debian 7 "Wheezy" and later releases support installation in (U)EFI mode on 64-bit PC systems (amd64), <secure boot> is currently not supported. http://www.uefi.org/
bug
M: 2007-05-24
<reply> see bts
kali linux
C: 2013-03-13
<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>.
wgetpaste
M: 2010-07-16
<reply> wgetpaste is a CLI application for sending text to a pastebin, its only dependencies are bash and wget. To install and use: wget http://wgetpaste.zlin.dk/wgetpaste-2.17.tar.bz2 && tar xvjf wgetpaste-2.17.tar.bz2 && cd wgetpaste-2.17 You can then use it as ./wgetpaste; e.g. dmesg | ./wgetpaste It is also safe to copy to /usr/local/bin for easier use.
shut up
M: 2005-01-01
<reply> (No, I won't, and you can't make me. :P|Kiss my shiny metal ass!)
ndiswrapper
M: 2007-11-01
<reply>NDISwrapper enables the use of Windows XP (not Vista/7/8) network device drivers within the Linux kernel (x86 and x86-64 systems only). If a Linux kernel driver is available for your device, consider using that instead; for wireless LAN devices, ask me about <wireless>. To install NDISwrapper on Debian systems, see http://wiki.debian.org/NdisWrapper . http://ndiswrapper.sf.net/ #ndiswrapper on irc.freenode.net.
tias
M: 2009-08-13
<reply>TIAS is "Try It And See".
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
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>.
dvd
M: 2009-04-16
<reply>[dvd] Digital Versatile Disc. To play a video DVD, ask me about <dvd playback>, then use either <totem>, <vlc>, <xine> or <mplayer>. To burn a DVD, ask me about <wodim> or <growisofs>. To download Debian DVD images, ask me about <iso> and <small dvd>. To buy Debian DVDs, ask me about <vendors>. To copy/rip/transcode DVD video, ask me about <dvd ripping>.
networking
M: 2013-07-23
<reply>For basic networking, «man interfaces» and see http://wiki.debian.org/NetworkConfiguration . For further information, see http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/254 and http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debian-reference/ch05 . See also <interfaces>, <wifi>, <wireless connection managers>.
kali
C: 2013-03-13
<reply> see kali linux
debian-next
M: 2013-10-15
<reply>#debian-next is the channel for testing/unstable support on the OFTC network (irc.oftc.net).
:(
C: 2002-10-05
<reply> awwwww, whats the matter??
wnpp
M: 2010-10-02
<reply> For information on packages which are not in Debian but you think should be, check the Work-Needing and Prospective Packages list at http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp (refinable list at http://wnpp.debian.net/). Use wnpp-alert (from the <devscripts> package) to see what packages you are using that are in need of help.
next
M: 2014-06-05
<reply> Another happy customer leaves the building.
squeeze-lts
M: 2014-06-02
<reply>Volunteer-provided security support for Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" will continue until 2016-02-06 for a limited set of packages for i386 and amd64. An appropriate line for your sources.list is «deb http://httpredir.debian.org/debian/ squeeze-lts main». See also the «check-support-status» command from the debian-security-support package and https://wiki.debian.org/LTS for more information. #debian-lts on irc.oftc.net.
xdm
M: 2009-08-01
<reply>[xdm] X display manager, see /usr/share/doc/xdm/README.Debian for configuration details. Ask me about <nodm> to disable.
who
C: 2001-09-16
<reply> It was the one armed man, I tell you ! || <reply>who's on first!!
virtualization
C: 2009-04-02
<reply>For resources concerning the use of Debian as a host for virtual computers, or as a guest within a virtual computer, see http://wiki.debian.org/SystemVirtualization . Also ask me about <hyper-v>, <kvm>, <linux-vserver>, <lxc>, <openvz>, <pearpc>, <qemu>, <user mode linux>, <virtualbox>, <virtual pc>, <vmware>, <xen>, <xve>, <ksm>.
bpo kernel
M: 2010-09-06
<reply> see bdo kernel
vrms
M: 2012-01-09
<reply>The Virtual Richard M. Stallman (vrms) will list the <contrib> and <non-free> packages installed on your system and for some explain why they are non-free; its list of "reasons" is horribly unmaintained however. You could just run "aptitude search '~i?or(~scontrib,~snon-free)'" to get the same package list.
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.
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>.
sudoers
M: 2011-03-21
<reply>From Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" onwards, you can grant yourself (minimally secure) root permissions for <sudo> by adding yourself to the "sudo" group: "adduser your_username sudo". See the man pages indicated by "apropos sudo" for more information.
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).
libdvdcss
M: 2013-10-21
<reply>libdvdcss is a free software library for unscrambling <CSS>-encrypted DVDs, not to be confused with <DeCSS>. It is not distributed by Debian due to legal concerns. To acquire, see http://www.videolan.org/developers/libdvdcss.html for repository and APT signing key information, then install the libdvdcss2 package.
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>.
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»
netboot
M: 2013-08-04
a Debian installation method involving the use of TFTP and DHCP (or BOOTP, RARP) servers, to provide installation media to clients on a local network. http://wiki.debian.org/PXEBootInstall - not recommended for novice users, ask me about <netinst>. See also <install guide>, <netboot miniiso>, <installer firmware>, <open firmware>.
why
C: 2008-11-16
<reply> Because!
hal
M: 2010-02-08
<reply>HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) is <freedesktop.org> project, which gives desktop software a programmatic way to examine present hardware and be notified of its changes. http://wiki.debian.org/hal http://wiki.debian.org/XStrikeForce/InputHotplugGuide http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/HalFAQ http://hal.freedesktop.org/ #hal on irc.freenode.net. Deprecated, see <devicekit> and http://wiki.debian.org/HALRemoval
gnash
M: 2010-02-16
<reply>Gnash is the GNU <Flash> movie player, developed from GPLFlash and part of the GNU project. The project aims to create a free software player and browser plugin. The browser plugins are packaged for Debian as browser-plugin-gnash (for Iceweasel/Firefox) and konqueror-plugin-gnash. http://www.gnu.org/software/gnash/ #gnash on irc.freenode.net.
usbmount
M: 2013-08-08
<reply>usbmount is a script to automatically mount/umount USB drives as they are inserted/removed. See also <pmount>.
java alternatives
C: 2008-08-04
<reply> Rather than using update-alternatives (or galternatives) to set each individual alternative for java (and there are lots of them!), use update-java-alternatives. To see a list of the valid java alternatives, use "update-java-alternatives --list". To select the amd64 openjdk-7 java runtime environment, "update-java-alternatives --set java-1.7.0-openjdk-amd64".
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.
services
M: 2011-09-27
<reply>To view and alter system services, use one or more of <rcconf>, <sysv-rc-conf>, <update-rc.d>; or use ls, ln and mv in /etc/rc?.d/ . The /etc/services file provides a port numbers list, which is updated from http://www.iana.org/assignments/port-numbers and other sources. The 'service' command (used to run an init script) is packaged for Debian in sysvinit-utils. See also <disable services>.
debian-live
M: 2010-03-23
<reply> see debian live
compile
M: 2005-01-05
<reply> tar -zxvf tarball, cd blah, ./configure, make, make install or install by hand., but for an easier way to compile the kernel, apt-get install kernel-package, or something you should only do if you're SURE there isn't already a debian package that meets your needs, and never into places that could conflict with dpkg
freebsd
M: 2011-03-13
NOT better than Debian, and it is not worse. It is just different. Admittedly one might be more interested in using FreeBSD as a server OS rather than as a desktop workstation. http://www.freebsd.org/ ##freebsd on irc.freenode.net. For the Debian port, ask me about <kfreebsd>.
thinkpad
M: 2009-05-29
<reply>[thinkpad] one of the best laptops you can buy, or a thing that dies when your car hits it (according to abrotman). Some models restrict MiniPCI card use, see http://thinkwiki.org/wiki/Problem_with_unauthorized_MiniPCI_network_card . See also <gobi>, <hdapsd>, <martian>, <slmodem>, <synaptics>, <tpb>, <trackpoint>. http://wiki.debian.org/InstallingDebianOn/Thinkpad http://www.thinkwiki.org/ ##ibmthinkpad on irc.freenode.net.
stable->testing
M: 2015-04-25
<reply>see jessie->stretch
free memory
M: 2008-07-29
<reply> see free ram
install wheezy
M: 2015-04-26
<reply>Debian 7 "Wheezy" installation images are available from https://www.debian.org/releases/wheezy/debian-installer/ . Note that this release has been superseded by Debian 8 "Jessie", ask me about <install debian>.
fixgrub
M: 2010-08-31
<reply> see fixmbr
version chasing
M: 2008-06-25
<reply> A higher version number does not mean that it's better, just newer. Debian's <stable> release might not have the latest packages, but it has packages that have been tested and bugfixed; for selected packages, you can use backports.debian.org. You should have a better reason than "newer" when considering compiling from source or using 3rd party repos. Ask me about <debian-backports>. Tell us what you're doing isn't just <sns syndrome>.
nvidia-installer
M: 2007-03-24
a clever cross-platform way of installing nvidia's proprietary drivers, which works fine on systems with stupid package managers (i.e. not so good with Debian). More specifically, prone to dying if any X or kernel-related packages are upgraded or removed. Ask me about <nvidia-graphics-drivers> instead. See also <why nvidia-installer sucks>, <remove nvidia-installer>.
startx
M: 2013-08-25
a script that starts the X Window System, configure X before starting it. See <starting gnome>, or the way god intended X to be started. Issue 'startx <command> <xclient-options> -- <server> <xserver-options>' to specify specific client to start. Session will exit when that client exits. See also <xwrapper.config>, <startx user>.
package basics
M: 2011-01-10
<reply>"Basics of the Debian package management system" is a chapter of the Debian GNU/Linux <FAQ>, which describes the Debian package format. http://www.debian.org/doc/FAQ/ch-pkg_basics . To create your own Debian packages, ask me about <nmg>.
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." This is so appropriate. 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.
luks
M: 2010-08-11
<reply>Linux Unified Key Setup (LUKS) is a disk encryption specification with a platform-independent format. http://code.google.com/p/cryptsetup/ . To access on Microsoft Windows systems, see http://sf.net/projects/freeotfe.mirror/ and <ext2read>.
packages
M: 2011-05-19
<reply> see package
webcam
M: 2009-04-06
<reply>For webcam device support in Debian, ask me about <gspca>, <uvcvideo>. See also <quickcam>, <ov51x-jpeg>, <ov511>, <m560x-driver>, <w9968cf>, <pwc>, <sn9c20x>. http://wiki.debian.org/Webcam
r8169
M: 2013-04-03
<reply>r8169 is a Linux kernel driver supporting the Realtek RTL8101, RTL8111/8168 and RTL8169 families of gigabit Ethernet chips. See also <rtl8168d>, <rtl8105e>, <rtl8402>, <rtl8411>. Not to be confused with the out-of-tree <r8168> driver.
boo
C: 2001-08-24
<action> dies from a heart attack thanks to $who
nope
C: 2000-11-26
<reply> yes
apt-secure
M: 2013-03-26
<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>.
why nvidia-installer sucks
M: 2009-09-20
<reply>nvidia-installer works fine for you today, granted. Let's say tomorrow Xorg is updated -- the nvidia driver will break. If you try to uninstall nvidia (nvidia-installer --uninstall), then you break Xorg badly. nvidia-installer overwrites files at random, and has NO CONCEPT of package management. We recommend against using it based on extensive experience. USE THE DEBIAN PACKAGES. Ask me about <nvidia>.
error
M: 2014-04-12
<reply>user error at console, abort, retry, fail? See also <doesn't work>, <errors>.
troll
M: 2008-09-10
<reply>In Internet terminology, a troll is a person who posts rude or offensive messages on the Internet, such as in online discussion forums, to disrupt discussion or to upset its participants. "Troll" can also mean the message itself or be a verb meaning to post such messages. "Trolling" is also commonly used to describe the activity. Rule #1: Don't feed the troll. Rule #2: Really, don't feed the troll. Rule #3: See rule #1.
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".
dpkg-buildpackage
M: 2009-06-23
a program in the dpkg-dev package that builds .debs from source. "aptitude install fakeroot devscripts dpkg-dev build-essential" and run 'dpkg-buildpackage -us -uc -rfakeroot' in the source directory. Ask me about <package recompile> <debian/rules> <source>.
!!!
C: 2002-03-23
<reply> see !!!!
font install
M: 2008-02-20
<reply>To install <fonts> for just one user, copy them into ~/.fonts/ and then run fc-cache -fv (or ask me about <install font kde>, <install font gnome>). To install system-wide, copy them into /usr/share/fonts/truetype/myfonts or into /usr/local/share/fonts/truetype/myfonts (but you will have to add /usr/local/share/fonts/ to your xorg.conf) and run fc-cache -fv as root.
apt offline
M: 2008-04-25
<reply>To use apt on a machine that doesn't have a network connection (if you have a separate machine that does have a network connection), read http://batmat.net/apt-offline/ch3.html . Ask me about <apt-zip>, <apt-walkabout>.
freenode
M: 2006-06-05
<reply>freenode (formerly Open Projects Network) is a service of the Peer-Directed Projects Center, an IRS 501(c)(3) corporation. They have an IRC network, irc.freenode.net, and you can visit their web page at http://freenode.net/ . You may be connected to freenode. See also <oftc> and <fact sharing>.
hacker
M: 2000-01-26
someone that hacks. See <hacking>, or an interesting essay can be found at http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/hacker-howto.html . Someone who plays with stuff, and figures things out just to satisfy his own idle curiosity.
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!
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.
sig11
M: 2009-09-08
<reply>[sig11] Process Signal 11, SEGV (Segment Violation or Segmentation Fault). The program has been smacked down by the kernel for accessing memory outside its segment; indicates a bug in the software, or, with memory-intensive software like gcc, may indicate failing RAM. See the Sig11 FAQ at http://www.bitwizard.nl/sig11/ Also ask me about <memtest>.
keyring
M: 2013-06-21
<reply> A keyring in the context of Debian are the public GPG keys used for signing the packages in the repository. Available in debian-archive-keyring or from http://ftp-master.debian.org/keys.html. Also see <apt-key-auto>, <multimedia keyring> and <public key not available>.
breadbox
M: 2002-04-01
that one female who has all the money and the other women only hang out with her because she has the money and the car. not larger than a breadbox, or and god woman, put a blanket over that!, or smaller than anything
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.
ralink firmware
M: 2011-04-12
<reply>Firmware from userspace is required by the <rt61pci>, <rt73usb>, <rt2860sta>, <rt2870sta>, <rt2800pci> and <rt2800usb> drivers. Ask me about <non-free sources>, then install the firmware-ralink package to provide.
nick completion
M: 2005-04-24
<reply> Hitting tab on a partially typed word in your IRC-client, when referencing a nickname, will increase typing productivity by miles. For example, to address exampleUser, type exam<TAB> and your IRC client will fill in the rest. Keep hitting tab if the letters you typed match more than one nick until you get the right one.
mac
M: 2011-04-16
<reply>[mac] Media Access Control, see <mac change>; Macintosh, see <apple>, <m68k>, <macbook>, <powerpc>, <macsound>; Mandatory Access Control, see <apparmor>, <selinux>, <tomoyo>; Monkey's Audio Codec, see <ape>.
irc tutorial
M: 2010-09-28
<reply> see irc primer
glibc
M: 2008-11-17
<reply>The GNU C Library (glibc) also known as libc6 in the Linux universe. glibc is the most fundamental piece of software on your machine, basically every piece of software you have installed other than your kernel depends on it, so upgrading it is essentially upgrading your entire system/debian release/version. http://www.gnu.org/software/libc/ . See also <eglibc>.
kernels
M: 2007-12-02
<reply> see kernel
secure apt
M: 2010-02-09
<reply> see apt-secure
install font
M: 2008-02-20
<reply> see font install
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/
gcc
M: 2014-06-19
<reply>The GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) is a compiler system supporting various programming languages. In order to change which version it should use, "export CC=gcc-$whatever", as /usr/bin symlinks (gcc, g++, et al) are not handled using Debian <alternatives>; see /usr/share/doc/gcc/README.Debian. See also <gcc-doc>. https://gcc.gnu.org/ #gcc on irc.oftc.net.
.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).
xfs
M: 2009-05-30
<reply> XFS is a filesystem developed by SGI for high-performance (metadata-only) journalling and large disk support. Zeroed files on power failures is fixed since Linux 2.6.17 (http://lwn.net/Articles/279036/). Supposedly not as mature, in linux, as <ext3>. Unable to be shrunk. Broken on armel and hppa prior to Linux 2.6.34 (Debian bug #423562). http://xfs.org/index.php/XFS_FAQ http://oss.sgi.com/projects/xfs/ #xfs on irc.freenode.net.
.deb
M: 2009-10-30
<reply> see package
firewall
M: 2009-06-09
<reply>A firewall is a boundary - usually a computer or network appliance - between your private network and the Internet. A firewall cannot protect the computer it is running on. Ask me about <iptables>. See also <arno-iptables-firewall>, <ferm>, <firehol>.
tar
M: 2011-03-23
<reply> tar (Tape ARchive) is Unix's general purpose archive utility and associated file format. Extract tar: "tar xf foo.tar"; Extract tar.gz: "tar xzf foo.tar.gz"; Extract tar.bz2: "tar xjf foo.tar.bz2"; tar extraction command hard to remember? use apt-get install unp; unp foo.bar; Create tar.gz: "tar czf foo.tar.gz directory"; Create tar.bz2: "tar cjf foo.tar.bz2 directory".
nicktab
C: 2005-04-24
<reply> see nick completion
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>.
usb-install
M: 2009-06-05
<reply> see usb install
http.debian.net
M: 2015-05-05
<reply>see httpredir.debian.org
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.
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"
what's my hardware
C: 2007-07-27
<reply> see whats my hardware
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>.
connection refused
C: 2004-08-11
<reply> When a TCP connection (e.g. telnet somehost 80) gives the error "connection refused", it means that either the service in question is not running on the specified IP address/TCP port at all (e.g. apache has died), or that a firewall has rejected your SYN packet and sent back a rejection packet to you. It's a VERY CLEAR, EXPLICIT error message and ALWAYS means one of those two things.
apple
M: 2010-11-06
<reply>[apple] a fruit, or Apple Inc. (formerly Apple Computer, Inc.), a consumer electronics and software company. http://wiki.debian.org/InstallingDebianOn/Apple . See also <airport>, <alac>, <combo drive>, <daap>, <hfs>, <hfsplus>, <imac>, <ipod>, <m68k>, <macbook>, <mac mini>, <open firmware>, <powerpc>, <quicktime>, <superdrive>. ##apple on irc.freenode.net.
memory
C: 1970-01-01
Chips in a computer that remember data. Also commonly referred to as <RAM>.
various cd1
M: 2015-06-10
<reply>There are CD-1 choices for various DEs (Desktop Environments) - there's one for GNOME, another for KDE, one for Xfce, and another for LXDE. For example; if you wanted the Xfce CD-1 of Debian 8 "Jessie" for amd64, you'd grab -> debian-8.1.0-amd64-xfce-CD-1.iso from the mirrors. Also ask me about <firmware images>, <release notes>, <ig>, <setup.exe>.
bar
C: 2000-08-18
a <metasyntactic variable> in cahoots with <foo>, <baz> and <boo>.
rsync
M: 2009-05-18
a superior network file synchronization program. Handy for downloading a Linux kernel, e.g. rsync -avz --partial rsync.kernel.org::pub/linux/kernel/v2.6/linux-2.6.29.3.tar.bz2 /usr/local/home/peej/src/ Useful for backups as per http://www.mikerubel.org/computers/rsync_snapshots/ , see also <rsnapshot>. http://rsync.samba.org/ #rsync on irc.freenode.net.
amd
M: 2011-02-14
<reply>Advanced Micro Devices is a semiconductor manufacturer. For support of ATI/AMD graphics hardware, ask me about <ati>. See also <amd64>, <coolnquiet>, <k7>.
help
M: 2007-01-29
<reply> Enter /msg dpkg help in your IRC client, or http://www.debian.org/intro/about
undelete
M: 2007-09-21
<reply> see undeleting
localised errors
M: 2009-06-09
<reply> see localized errors
install lxde
M: 2015-06-10
<reply>To install <LXDE> on established systems, ask me about <install x>, then: «apt-get install lxde». To install using Debian-Installer (if not using LXDE CD-1): from the 'Software selection' dialog, choose "LXDE" (use space bar to toggle selections), then "Continue"; an Internet connection may be required to obtain these packages.
screen blanking
M: 2009-10-02
<reply>You can control screen blanking in console via setterm -blank (and/or your BIOS powersave settings), and in X via "xset -dpms", xscreensaver, or your desktop environment's screensaver controls. Permanent virtual console blanking adjustments can be made by editing /etc/kbd/config.
grub config
M: 2009-12-23
<reply> If all you want is to dual-boot Debian and Windows, just install the os-prober package and run update-grub. Otherwise, check /etc/default/grub, /etc/grub.d/* and http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/manual/grub#Configuration
confnew
M: 2010-10-12
<reply>[confnew] dpkg --force-confnew will force dpkg to overwrite any changes you have made to conffiles. You can also reinstall them using the following apt-get line: apt-get -o DPkg::Options::="--force-confnew" --reinstall install <packagename>; or using aptitude, aptitude -o DPkg::Options::="--force-confnew" reinstall <packagename>. See also <confmiss>.
xinitrc
M: 2009-04-15
just use ~/.xsession instead, ask me about <.xinitrc> for the reason. Also ask about <xsession>.
jessie sources.list
M: 2015-03-28
<reply>A suitable /etc/apt/sources.list for Debian 8 "Jessie" has three lines: "deb http://httpredir.debian.org/debian/ jessie main" "deb http://security.debian.org/ jessie/updates main" "deb http://httpredir.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".
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>.
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>.
lxde
M: 2009-05-30
<reply>The Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE) is available since Debian 5.0 "Lenny". To install, ask me about <install lxde>. https://wiki.debian.org/LXDE http://wiki.lxde.org/en/LXDE:Questions http://www.lxde.org/ #lxde on irc.oftc.net.
install testing
M: 2013-05-09
<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 installer>, <apt-listchanges>, <d-d-a>.
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
alsa firmware
M: 2013-01-02
<reply>Firmware from userspace is required by the Cirrus Logic Sound Fusion CS46XX (snd-cs46xx), Echo Digital Audio series, ESS Allegro/Maestro3 (snd-maestro3), Korg 1212 I/O (snd-korg1212) and Yamaha YMF (snd-ymfpci) ALSA drivers. Ask me about <cs46xx>, <echoaudio>, <maestro3>, <korg1212> or <ymfpci> respectively. For E-MU Digital Audio Systems devices, ask me about <emu10k1>.
cpufreq
M: 2010-07-28
<reply>The Linux kernel CPUfreq subsystem supports frequency scaling on mobile (and some desktop) x86, PowerPC and ARM processors. It provides an interface for throttling processor speed, to save power when the system is idle. http://wiki.debian.org/HowTo/CpuFrequencyScaling http://vger.kernel.org/vger-lists.html#cpufreq . See also <speedstep>, <coolnquiet>, <longhaul>, <intel_pstate>, <power saving>.
parted
M: 2008-07-25
<reply> GNU Parted is a partition editor, used for creation, destruction, resizing and copying, including the associated file system within. Supports Apple and sparc partition tables, can only shrink HFS/HFS+ filesystems. http://www.gnu.org/software/parted/ #parted on irc.freenode.net.
rc
M: 2009-04-18
<Release-Critical>, or Release Candidate, or "run commands": a filename extension convention used in Unix configuration files (e.g. .muttrc, .screenrc, .vimrc).
readme.debian
C: 2011-01-19
<reply> README.Debian (or README.Debian.gz) is a document found in the /usr/share/doc/$packagename/ which explains any Debian specific details in the package's operation or configuration.
clear
C: 2004-01-20
the color of water
fglrx dkms
C: 2013-05-01
<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,[^-]*-[^-]*-,,'` fglrx-driver && mkdir /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d ; echo -e 'Section "Device"\n\tIdentifier "My GPU"\n\tDriver "fglrx"\nEndSection' > /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-fglrx.conf». Restart your system to enable the <radeon> blacklist.
nat
M: 2010-07-07
<reply>Network Address Translation (NAT) modifies IP address information in packet headers during transit across a router. IP masquerading is a form of NAT. Install the <iptables> package, then read http://tldp.org/HOWTO/IP-Masquerade-HOWTO/ and http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Masquerading-Simple-HOWTO/ for more information. Related Debian packages include <arno-iptables-firewall>, <ferm>, <iptables-persistent>.
pxe
M: 2009-11-28
<reply>Pre-boot eXecution Environment (PXE) is a network boot protocol. A <TFTP> server with tsize support (such as tftpd-hpa, atftpd, dnsmasq) is required for PXE. See also <pxelinux>, <netboot>, <ipxe>.
bad polls
M: 2005-10-17
<reply> The reasons we hate polls are because: 1) they are a massive waste of IRC and bandwidth and screen real estate when asked in a 700 person channel. Did you want 700 answers? 2) They're often a prelude to isolating one helper and barraging him or her in /msg. BAD! 3) We don't care about Ubuntu, this is #debian.
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>.
undeleting
M: 2010-08-12
<reply>Linux doesn't generally support 'undeleting' files. For ext3/ext4, ask me about <ext4magic>, <ext3grep>. For ext2 *only*, use mc (Midnight Commander), umount the filesystem, and select "Undelete files" from menu. With reiserfs, jfs, xfs, you're SooL. Some desktops (GNOME/KDE) offer a trash bin. See also <photorec>, <fatback>.
ssd
M: 2009-06-23
<reply>The "Drive" in Solid-state Drive (SSD) is really a misnomer. SSD storage is basically a huge block of RAM chips that functions like a hard drive. SSD drives (obviously) are extremely expensive, but offer very high data speeds that are necessary in some applications. They can also be used as large caches on huge RAID subsystems. See also <ssd limit>.
pin
M: 2013-03-31
<reply> see pinning
udev rules
M: 2013-05-19
http://www.reactivated.net/writing_udev_rules.html
lmde
M: 2010-09-21
<reply> see linux mint
lartc
M: 2010-01-15
the Linux Advanced Routing & Traffic Control HOWTO. http://lartc.org/ #lartc on irc.oftc.net. Also ask me about <wondershaper>.
buzz
C: 2002-08-28
Debian 1.1, released June 1996 (474 packages, 2.0 kernel, fully ELF, dpkg). Ask me about <archive>.
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".
swap
C: 2008-02-21
<reply>Swap is RAM you wish you had. Generally it is said that for low amounts of RAM (say, less than 2GB), you should have twice the RAM as swap. You don't have to have a swap partition either, as you can always create a <swap file> and use that. See also <am i swapping>. http://wiki.debian.org/Swap http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swap_space#Linux
realtek firmware
M: 2013-05-04
<reply>Firmware from userspace is required by the <rtl8192e>, <rtl8192su>, <r8712u>, <rtl8192ce>, <rtl8192cu>, <rtl8192de>, <rtl8192se>, <rtl8821ae>, <r8192ee>, <r8188eu> and <r8723au> Linux kernel drivers. Firmware patches providing bug fixes for specific Realtek Ethernet controllers are also available. Ask me about <non-free sources>, then install the firmware-realtek package to provide.
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>.
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>.
reprepro
M: 2013-12-10
<reply>reprepro (formerly mirrorer) is a tool to produce, manage and sync a local repository of Debian packages. See /usr/share/doc/reprepro/short-howto.gz after package installation to set up a repository. Alternatively, ask me about <dpkg-scanpackages>.
video
M: 2009-03-31
interrupt 10h for the video BIOS. If you meant the Debian Meetings Video Archive, look at http://meetings-archive.debian.net/pub/debian-meetings/
language
M: 2009-09-29
a wonderful fucking thing that should be used properly. Every time you hurt grammar, a <knoppix> user joins. To the scientists, language is god. See <$lang>, <language per user>.
forcedeth mac
M: 2010-03-19
<reply>If you're using the <forcedeth> driver and your network card keeps changing its name each time (eth0, then eth1, then eth2, etc), ask me about <udev mac>, remove all but one entry, and replace the MAC address with "00:00:6c:*".
suck
C: 2001-07-16
an NNTP client for pulling articles from a remote news server and feeding them to your local news server
myram
M: 2010-02-14
<reply>[myram] install and run «dmidecode -t memory» as root to see RAM information. For more detailed information, install the i2c-tools package, modprobe eeprom, and run decode-dimms. Try «lshal | grep smbios» to obtain mainboard and BIOS information.
fact sharing
C: 2006-06-05
<reply>I show the same facts on both <freenode> and <OFTC>. If you update a fact on one network, it will show up on the other network.
full-upgrade
C: 2008-06-11
<reply>full-upgrade is the new name for "dist-upgrade" in aptitude from Lenny onwards. Remember that "dist-upgrade" is not about moving from one release to another but installing new packages (ask me about <dist-upgrade>); read man apt-get carefully. Some security fixes will require a "full-upgrade" not just a "safe-upgrade" to apply. Ask me about <why not dist upgrade> <dist-upgrade> <safe-upgrade> <apt-listchanges>
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.
icedove
M: 2010-02-18
<reply>Icedove is a DFSG-free fork of Mozilla Thunderbird, a cross-platform email client, replacing Thunderbird in Debian as of 5.0 "Lenny". Debian is unable to distribute Mozilla Thunderbird as-is due to trademark restrictions, see <why icedove>. Since July 2013, Icedove in Debian <stable> is based on the Extended Support Release (ESR) branch. For help with upstream issues, ask #thunderbird on irc.mozilla.org. http://wiki.debian.org/Icedove
swapwake
C: 2008-07-19
<reply>After hibernation, you can load back into memory as much as possible from swap and also load files back into the kernel's file cache to help reduce the disk thrashing that occurs when waking up after suspend-to-disk (although this doesn't seem to be needed with the kernels in lenny onwards): cat `cat /proc/[0-9]*/maps | grep / | sed 's:.* /:/:' | grep -v /dev | sort -u` > /dev/null
available
M: 2010-10-07
<reply>If /var/lib/dpkg/available is corrupted (or generating warnings about illegal version numbers etc), "apt-cache dumpavail > /var/lib/dpkg/available && dpkg --update-avail /var/lib/dpkg/available". Alternatively, you can try "rm /var/lib/dpkg/available; dselect update".
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>.
sort by size
M: 2013-01-12
aptitude search ~i -O installsize -F"%p %I", or see <sort by size sarge>, or see <dpigs>
rtl8168d
M: 2011-05-17
<reply>The Realtek RTL8111D/RTL8168D Ethernet controller is supported by <r8169> since Linux 2.6.31. Firmware patches (rtl8168d-1.fw, rtl8168d-2.fw) for use with linux-2.6 2.6.32-20 and later are packaged since firmware-nonfree 0.28, ask me about <realtek firmware>. These provide a bug fix for the controller (gigabit operation with a wider variety of cables and link partners); in many cases, the controller and driver will work without these.
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
wheezy backports
M: 2013-03-21
<reply> see wheezy-backports
debmirror
M: 2010-11-28
<reply>debmirror is a script to create a partial Debian mirror. Receiving "public key not found" errors from gpgv? Use "gpg --keyring /usr/share/keyrings/debian-archive-keyring.gpg --export | gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring trustedkeys.gpg --import" or "gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring trustedkeys.gpg --keyserver keyring.debian.org --recv-keys <key ID>" to add the required key to ~/.gnupg/trustedkeys.gpg. See also <mirrors>.
screenshot
M: 2010-04-16
<reply> To take a screenshot of your current desktop, you can probably just hit the "PrintScreen" key on your keyboard (Gnome and KDE). Alternatives include ksnapshot, gnome-panel-screenshot, the Gimp's "Acquire->Screenshot", "import -window root screenshot.jpg" (imagemagick package), scrot, xwd. For framebuffer consoles, use fbcat. http://wiki.debian.org/ScreenShots http://screenshots.debian.net/
nm
M: 2011-10-31
<reply>New Member (formerly New Maintainer) is the process through which new Debian developers are accepted into the project; see http://nm.debian.org/ and <nmg> . nm(1) is a program to list symbols from object files and libraries, or Never/No Mind, New Mexico, No Molestes (do not disturb) in spanish. See also <networkmanager>.
apt-mirror
M: 2009-10-08
<reply>apt-mirror is a tool for making a local mirror of any <APT> source. To mirror multiple architectures, specify "deb-$arch ..." in /etc/apt/mirror.list; e.g. "deb-amd64 http://httpredir.debian.org/debian testing main contrib non-free". Discussion forum: http://sf.net/projects/apt-mirror/forums/forum/197335 . http://apt-mirror.sf.net/ See also <mirrors>.
patience
M: 2008-02-29
<reply>The people here are volunteers, your attitude should reflect that. Answers are not always available.
rtl8192ce
M: 2011-04-11
<reply>The Realtek RTL8188CE and RTL8192CE are PCIe 802.11n wireless LAN chipsets (PCI IDs 10ec:8176, 10ec:8177, 10ec:8178, 10ec:8191). mac80211 vendor driver (rtl8192ce) is available since Linux 2.6.38. Firmware is required (rtlwifi/rtl8192cfw.bin), ask me about <realtek firmware> to provide. http://wiki.debian.org/rtl819x
debconf
M: 2009-11-14
<reply>[debconf] Debian's configuration management system for packages, giving a single interface for asking and storing configuration-related settings. http://wiki.debian.org/debconf http://www.fifi.org/doc/debconf-doc/tutorial.html . Not to be confused with the yearly Debian Conference (DebConf): http://wiki.debian.org/DebConf https://www.debconf.org/
youtube
M: 2011-03-29
<reply>YouTube is a video sharing website. Video download utilities include <clive>, <cclive>, <minitube>, quvi and <youtube-dl>; gcap can retrieve closed captions. For <VLC>, use Ctrl+N. The <HTML5> player can be used instead of <Adobe Flash> for supported browsers, see http://www.youtube.com/html5 ; for <Epiphany>, install the epiphany-extensions package and enable its HTML5 plugin.
gtk
M: 2013-01-01
<reply>GTK+ (GIMP Tool Kit) is a cross-platform toolkit for creating graphical interfaces. GTK+ themes can be previewed and changed using the gtk-chtheme and gtk-theme-switch utilities. http://www.gtk.org/ #gtk+ on irc.gnome.org.
debhelper
M: 2005-09-01
a collection of programs that can be used in debian/rules files to automate common tasks related to building Debian binary packages. For further documentation, see the man pages for dh_* commands. For an overview of debhelper, see the debhelper man page. #debian's eggdrop bot
;)
C: 2000-01-25
<reply>;)
forcefsck
C: 2009-04-15
<reply>To instruct your system to execute <fsck> on the next boot: "touch /forcefsck". Useful for checking the root filesystem for errors (via /etc/init.d/checkroot.sh). Alternatively, supply the -F option to shutdown(8) to create the /forcefsck advisory file, or include "forcefsck" at the kernel command line.
qotd25
M: 2004-11-24
<reply> <ananke> erps : here. let me rub my crystal ball. <erps> ananke, awesome, can I borrow that? :) <ananke> erps : nope. company policy, we can't give away our crystall balls. <erps> ahhh :( But I assume you let special people rub them for you? <ananke> erps : you're not that special
kernel handbook
C: 2010-12-14
<reply> see kernel-handbook
english
C: 2008-01-04
<reply> English as a language (and other uses) has plenty of background on wikipedia, however for #debian support, it's the primary and best supported language here. Please use other specific language channels (even if they're very idle), a related mailing list, or your best English here anyway (we'll try to cope).
armel
M: 2012-09-30
<reply>armel is the Debian <ARM> EABI port, first released with Debian 5.0 "Lenny". http://wiki.debian.org/ArmEabiPort http://www.debian.org/ports/arm/ #debian-arm on irc.oftc.net. See also <armel vs armhf>.
partition
M: 2008-06-03
<reply> You can partition your hard drive by breaking it up into one or more pieces, or "partitions". Partition manipulators include <fdisk>, <cfdisk>, sfdisk, <parted> and <gparted>. Also ask about <list partitions>. Linux Partition HOWTO: http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Partition/. Linux Partitioning mini-FAQ: http://linuxmafia.com/~karsten/Linux/FAQs/partition.html
ath9k_htc
M: 2011-06-08
<reply>ath9k_htc is a Linux kernel driver for Atheros AR9271 and AR7010-based 802.11n USB wireless LAN devices, introduced in Linux 2.6.35. Firmware is required, ask me about <atheros firmware> to provide. https://wiki.debian.org/ath9k_htc
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>.
xd
M: 2003-05-05
<reply> xD is a one-eyed, stoned, shit-eating grin, or a really unfunny smiley face like :) but worse.
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>.
kiss
C: 2002-01-01
Keep It Simple Stupid!!!
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.
nick
C: 2001-02-13
<action> looks around for someone named nick.
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.
gcc-doc
M: 2011-06-18
<reply>The man pages for <gcc> are in non-free, as they are released under the <GFDL> with invariant sections, so they do not meet the <DFSG>. To install, ask me about <non-free sources> and install the gcc-doc package. If you are looking for man pages for printf, strchr etc then install the manpages-dev package.
stable-proposed-updates
M: 2012-03-12
<reply>stable-proposed-updates is a repository containing packages being prepared for the next <point release>. While they have already been, your additional testing is most welcome prior to wider release. http://www.debian.org/releases/proposed-updates http://release.debian.org/proposed-updates/stable.html . See also <oldstable-proposed-updates>, <testing-proposed-updates>.
ram
M: 2006-05-13
(Random Access Memory) The place in your computer that programs reside when running, or usually small but very fast storage device, or unused ram is _wasted_ ram! Ask me about <free ram> or <myram>.
proposed-updates
M: 2010-09-28
<reply> see stable-proposed-updates
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.
am i swapping
M: 2005-09-26
<reply> Run "vmstat 3" and ignore the first 3 lines. If the "so" column is not 0s all the time, then you are swapping.
rt2800usb
M: 2011-08-09
<reply>Ralink 802.11n/g USB chipsets (RT2070, RT2770, RT2870, RT3070, RT3071, RT3072, RT3370, RT3572, RT5370, RT5372, RT5572) are supported by the rt2800usb Linux kernel driver. Firmware is required, ask me about <ralink firmware>. https://wiki.debian.org/rt2800usb
itp
M: 2008-04-08
<reply>Intent To Package (ITP) is a Debian <bug> filed against the <wnpp> pseudo-package, to indicate someone is working on packaging a piece of software for Debian. This is done to avoid a duplication of work.
openssl
M: 2009-04-24
the open source version of Secure Socket Layer. http://www.openssl.org/ . See also <why gnutls>.
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.
testing->unstable
M: 2008-11-04
<reply>see sid upgrade
cmd: ping (.*?)
C: 2002-07-06
($1): <action> tolls a 5-meter-bell over $1's head
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.
backports.debian.org contents
M: 2010-02-01
<reply>To see a list of packages that are available to you from Debian Backports, first add backports.debian.org to your sources (ask me about <debian-backports>) then "aptitude search ~Vbpo". To determine installed Debian Backports packages, ask me about <bdo list>.
music
M: 2001-06-12
at http://www.napster.com, ftp://ftp.scene.org/music/, ftp://Grep.is.org/cool, http://freenetproject.org/
se
M: 2012-06-03
<reply> Svensktalande debian-användare hittar du i #debian.se på FreeNode (irc.freenode.net), SE is also the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code for Sweden, it was included in the standard 1974.
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>.
alioth
M: 2013-11-22
<reply>Alioth (https://alioth.debian.org/) is Debian's FusionForge server, see https://wiki.debian.org/Alioth for service and technical details. #alioth on irc.oftc.net.
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>.
cinnamon
M: 2012-01-28
<reply>Cinnamon is a fork of <GNOME Shell> initially developed by the Linux Mint distribution. Packaged since Debian 8 "Jessie", ask me about <install cinnamon>. http://cinnamon.linuxmint.com/
russian
M: 2008-12-01
<reply> see ru
grub default
M: 2013-04-21
<reply>New installations of Debian 8 "Jessie" and Debian 7 "Wheezy" will have the GNU GRUB 2 bootloader installed by default on x86 systems (grub-pc package), ask me about <grub config> to configure. Upgrading from Debian 5.0 "Lenny" will offer to chainload GRUB 2 from GRUB Legacy to verify its use, see §4.7.1 of the <squeeze release notes> for more information. GRUB Legacy remains packaged, ask me about <grub legacy>.
remove systemd
M: 2015-05-01
<reply>To use an init system other than systemd in jessie, install the systemd-shim package (for logind) and remove the systemd-sysv package: aptitude install systemd-shim sysvinit-core systemd-sysv-. To stick with sysvinit for wheezy->jessie upgrades, follow the pinning advice in the release notes: http://deb.li/30Kby - See also <upstart> and <openrc>
scsi
M: 2009-09-29
<reply>SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) is a standard data pathway used mostly for hard drives and CD-ROM drives, but also a common interface for scanners and sometimes printers. Ask me about <scsi firmware>, <scsi rescan>. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCSI
querybts
C: 2004-07-09
a part of the reportbug package, it lets you view outstanding bug reports on a debbugs server. apt-get install reportbug; man querybts
supergrub
M: 2012-01-11
<reply>Super Grub Disk and Super Grub2 Disk are forks of <GRUB Legacy> and <GRUB2> respectively, which can be used to repair existing GNU GRUB installations. http://www.supergrubdisk.org/ See also <fixmbr>.
sane
M: 2009-06-09
<reply>Scanner Access Now Easy (SANE) is an <API> for raster image <scanner> hardware. Packaged for Debian as sane, xsane (GUI frontends) and sane-utils (CLI frontend, saned server). Supported device list: http://www.sane-project.org/sane-supported-devices.html . FAQ: http://www.xs4all.nl/~ljm/SANE-faq.html . To use over a network, see http://wiki.debian.org/SaneOverNetwork . http://www.sane-project.org/ #sane at irc.freenode.net.
iso mount
C: 2005-07-02
mount -t iso9660 -o loop <path_to_iso> <mount_point>
bittorrent
M: 2010-11-26
<reply>BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer (P2P) file distribution protocol. 'bittorrent' is also the name of the original BitTorrent client. Other clients include <aria2>, <azureus>, <bittornado>, <deluge>, <ktorrent>, <lftp>, <mldonkey>, <rtorrent> and <transmission>. To download Debian <stable> CD/DVD images via BitTorrent, see http://www.debian.org/CD/torrent-cd/ . #bittorrent on irc.freenode.net.
debtags
M: 2010-07-26
a way of categorising packages with tags (facets) that describe how a package can be used, what data it can read/write, what interfaces it has etc. This adds another dimension to package searching. Install the debtags package, then search either using "debtags" or "aptitude". Search (or add new tags) at http://debtags.debian.net/ . See also http://wiki.debian.org/Debtags or ask me about <aptitude search>.
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.
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/*}
java plugin
M: 2009-08-20
<reply> see install java
win32diskimager
M: 2014-01-22
<reply>win32diskimager is much more reliable than <unetbootin> for copying ISO images to USB sticks and you can download it from http://sf.net/projects/win32diskimager/ . Adjust the file mask from *.img to *.* if it doesn't show our .iso images. See <usb install> and <install debian> for further details.
why systemd
M: 2014-08-28
<reply>a tired argument. Start by reading rra's excellent analysis at https://lists.debian.org/debian-ctte/2013/12/msg00234.html Support for other init systems (sysvinit) will still be present in Debian 8. systemd-shim (in development) will allow userspace requiring some systemd APIs to work without it.
usb mount
M: 2007-10-07
<reply> see usbmount
aircrack-ng
M: 2013-09-03
<reply>aircrack-ng is a suite of <WEP> and <WPA> cracking utilities forked from aircrack. http://aircrack-ng.org/doku?id=faq http://aircrack-ng.org/ #aircack-ng on irc.freenode.net. See also <pyrit>, <weplab>.
ext3->ext4
M: 2009-04-29
<reply>To enable <ext4> features on an existing unmounted <ext3> file system (Linux 2.6.28 or later required): 'tune2fs -O extents,uninit_bg,dir_index /dev/sda1' (where sda1 is the partition containing the ext3 file system), then 'e2fsck -fD /dev/sda1' to fix modified on-disk structures. Don't forget to modify /etc/fstab and specify ext4 for the file system. Some ext4 features (e.g. flex_bg) can only be enabled during format via mke2fs.
status-recovery
M: 2005-10-02
<reply> If your dpkg status file has become corrupted, first backup the current version, and restore a backup from /var/backups/dpkg.status. If all of those are corrupted/missing, then you will have to reinstall all of the packages you currently have installed. try this: find /usr/share/doc -maxdepth 1 -mindepth 1 -type d -not -name texmf -not -name debian -printf '%f install\n'|xargs aptitude --schedule-only reinstall; aptitude install;;
germany
C: 2000-06-12
the country with the highest population of KDE developers per km^2.
segfault
M: 2011-10-31
<reply> see sig11
microcode
M: 2012-11-13
<reply>Microcode are instructions/structures for implementing high-level machine code within processors. The Linux kernel can load updated microcode on most x86 processors. Microcode patches for Intel and AMD64 CPUs are packaged for Debian as intel-microcode and amd64-microcode respectively; installing the relevant package is recommended to ensure system stability. Ask me about <non-free sources>. http://wiki.debian.org/Microcode
apt-clone
C: 2011-06-24
a utility to clone/restore the packages on an apt-based system. It will save/restore the packages, sources.list, keyring and automatic-installed states. It can also save/restore no longer downloadable packages using <dpkg-repack>.
thunderbird
M: 2012-02-04
<reply> see icedove
efi
M: 2013-01-22
<reply> see uefi
hacking
M: 2008-06-02
<reply> [hacking] a hacker doing his work. Playing with code or programs or technical devices and figuring things out to satisy curiousity, see <hacker>.... This is not cracking, see <cracking>
life
M: 2006-04-01
what you made by yourself. so if you're saying "life sucks", it is you that sucked.
netfilter docs
M: 2010-01-15
<reply> are at /usr/share/doc/iptables/html/ , http://netfilter.samba.org/unreliable-guides/ , http://www.frozentux.net/documents/iptables-tutorial/ , http://netfilter.samba.org/
funny
M: 2003-08-22
Bug report #41459; xmms: xmms eats my memory and finds it tasty. http://members.lycos.co.uk/ukrock/individual_pages/various/argentina-1.jpg
static route
M: 2007-09-29
<reply> To add a static route in Debian, just put "up /sbin/route add -net ...." for the relevant network interface in /etc/network/interfaces . See also <interfaces>.
insserv
C: 2010-05-06
<reply>insserv is a dependency-based <init> system that is compatible with <sysvinit> and is the default from Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" onwards. To use insserv, your init scripts need to have tags at the top of them that describe what they depend on, to permit the correct ordering of the init scripts; ask me about <missing lsb tags>.
install jessie
M: 2015-04-25
<reply> see install debian
debian pure blend
C: 2010-10-19
<reply>A Debian Pure Blend (formerly Custom Debian Distribution) is a subset of Debian configured to support a particular target group out-of-the-box. Not to be confused with distributions <based on Debian>. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianPureBlends http://blends.debian.org/ #debian-blends on irc.oftc.net.
why not nvidia installer
C: 2008-01-29
<reply> see why nvidia-installer sucks
ps
C: 1970-01-01
a command that reports a snapshot of active processes (`man ps' for more info). Try: `ps auxw' which will report all processes with username in wide format. or ps is fixed in 2.0.3-3, no more segfaults.
nvidia legacy
M: 2015-04-28
<reply>The Nvidia proprietary 304.125 legacy driver supports the GeForce 6xxx and 7xxx GPUs, which are no longer supported by the Nvidia proprietary unified driver. To install, see https://wiki.debian.org/NvidiaGraphicsDrivers. See also <nouveau>.
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 ...
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
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
funroll-loops
M: 2004-11-08
<reply> -funroll-loops is a favorite compile time flag of the -O9999999 crowd. It's also an interesting collection of observations about the "compile everything with random CFLAGS" phenomenon which is sweeping the land, and which <Gentoo> is a prime example. See http://www.funroll-loops.info/
spam
M: 2008-07-08
a preferred environment. SPAM; Shut up, You damn Vikings! SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM, to destroy it, try <spamassassin> (spamd+spamc), <bogofilter>, <razor>/<pyzor>, <crm114> (but be ready to train it for a week), <dspam>, http://www.craphound.com/spamsolutions.txt . See also <greylisting>, <spf>, <list spam>.
firmware installer
C: 2011-07-25
<reply> see installer firmware
policy-rc.d
M: 2012-04-03
<reply>[policy-rc.d] a mechanism to limit what init scripts are run by maintainer scripts. See http://people.debian.org/~hmh/invokerc.d-policyrc.d-specification.txt and <invoke-rc.d>. See http://ircbots.debian.net/scripts/policy-rc.d-forbid-dpkg for an example script that disables all daemon starts and stops during package installation -- tailoring it to your needs to only skip certain daemons would be advised.
7.8
C: 2015-01-10
<reply>Debian 7.8 was released on January 10, 2015. 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/2015/20150110 and http://httpredir.debian.org/debian/dists/wheezy/ChangeLog . To upgrade, ask me about <point release>. See also <7.8 suspend>.
hallo
C: 2000-04-17
<reply>alright guv ?
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>?
tz
M: 2009-06-05
<reply> see timezone
warez
M: 2004-07-01
what GNU/Linux people do not need to run their computers and talk about in mundane ubergeek parties. http://www.little-gamers.com/index.php?id=275 or http://www.blerp.org/warez/
tmpfs
M: 2012-02-25
<reply>tmpfs is a file system which keeps all files in virtual memory; you can change its default size by editing /etc/default/tmpfs. Temporary filesystems can be mounted with a line such as "tmpfs /tmp tmpfs defaults 0 0" in /etc/fstab. http://kernel.org/doc/Documentation/filesystems/tmpfs.txt
dmo
M: 2012-11-15
<reply> see dmm
eggdrop
M: 2005-03-01
<reply> Eggdrop!? I scoff at Eggdrop bots! I'll have you know, $nick, that I am a blootbot, and proud of it! If you really want to sift through the rubbish heap of Tcl, it's allegedly sitting somewhere near <ftp://ftp.eggheads.org/pub/eggdrop/>, but don't say I didn't warn you!
crap
C: 2004-12-08
if its not crap, its hilarious
apt-walkabout
C: 2008-05-15
another tool for managing the distribution and upgrade of debian packages for non-connected or low-speed links computers. See http://quozl.netrek.org/apt-walkabout/ Also ask me about <apt-zip> <apt offline>
crosspost
M: 2012-07-17
<reply>see cross post
mutt
M: 2009-05-13
<reply>mutt is the official mail user agent of Debian GNU/Linux. Has message threading, built-in <PGP> support and more configuration options than you can count. "My First Mutt": http://mutt.blackfish.org.uk/ . Internal SMTP relay support available since version 1.5.15. Receiving "No authenticators available"? Install the libsasl2-modules package. http://wiki.debian.org/Mutt http://www.mutt.org/ #mutt on irc.freenode.net.
apt-build
M: 2007-09-21
an apt-get front-end for recompiling packages; http://julien.danjou.info/projects/ . Warning -- this program will not optimize your packages for you as advertised; the gcc O flags and friends that you specify are not even parsed properly. In a breath, don't bother with it, because apt-get source/build-dep is far more useful.
hibernate
C: 2009-06-06
<reply> see suspend
package rebuild
M: 2010-04-17
<reply> see package recompile
uninstall everything
M: 2009-08-06
<reply>To uninstall just about every package from your machine except the ones in the "standard" install, try something like: "aptitude purge ~i ~pstandard+ ~prequired+ ~pimportant+". Add additional packages with a + or : after them to the end to stop them being removed. Look *carefully* at what aptitude is planning to do to make sure you agree. Ask me about <aptitude docs>.
where
C: 2000-08-19
<reply>the INETRNET DAMNIT try freecode.com, linuxapps.com and tucows.com and then winge at /dev/null
build package
C: 2001-02-10
'dpkg-buildpackage' or 'apt-get -b source <pkg>'
rtl8188ce
M: 2012-01-28
<reply> see rtl8192ce
pastebinit config
M: 2012-03-19
<reply>To configure pastebinit to use paste.debian.net, echo "<pastebinit><pastebin>http://paste.debian.net</pastebin><author>$USER</author><format>text</format><jabberid>nobody@nowhere.org</jabberid></pastebinit>" > ~/.pastebinit.xml
gpt
C: 2010-12-09
<reply>GPT (GUID Partition Table) is a disk partition format frequently used by firmware compliant with the Extensible Firmware Interface (<EFI>). util-linux's <fdisk> does not support GPT, ask me about <parted>. http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-gpt/
bugger
M: 2001-11-19
EEEWWW! I really needed that image... neat cars with wings and polkadots, conforming with the standards of HELL
are you a bot
C: 2010-10-11
<reply> see bot
baz
C: 2000-08-18
a <metasyntactic variable> in cahoots with <foo>, <bar> and <boo>.
non-free list
M: 2012-03-21
<reply>To see a list of <non-free> and <contrib> packages installed on your system, run «aptitude search '~i?or(~scontrib,~snon-free)'». See also <aptitude search>.
mbr
M: 2009-05-11
<reply>The Master Boot Record (MBR) is the first bit of code loaded from the hard drive when a PC boots. To install a clean MBR (e.g. to get rid of LILO within the MBR) from Linux "install-mbr /dev/hda"; from DOS one can run "fdisk /mbr", or ask me about <fixmbr>. See http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/howto-copy-mbr/ for guidelines on copying the MBR.
v4l
M: 2011-03-29
<reply>"Video For Linux" (Video4Linux, V4L) is a video capture <API>. The V4L1 API is obsolete and does not work with most newer V4L drivers. http://www.linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/What_is_V4L_or_DVB%3F http://www.linuxtv.org/wiki/ http://www.exploits.org/v4l #v4l on irc.freenode.net. See also <dvb>, <webcam>.
cya
M: 2003-12-22
Cover Your Ass, or l33tspeak for "see you"
mount iso
M: 2007-10-30
<reply> see iso mount
ekiga
M: 2009-06-23
<reply>Ekiga (formerly GnomeMeeting) is a H.323 and SIP compatible <VoIP> client, supporting video chat and mostly compatible with the proprietary NetMeeting program. http://wiki.ekiga.org/index.php/FAQ http://www.ekiga.org/ #ekiga on irc.gnome.org.
lm_sensors
M: 2007-12-02
<reply>lm_sensors (Linux-monitoring sensors) is a hardware health monitoring package for CPU temperature, fan speed, etc. Packaged for Debian as lm-sensors. http://www.lm-sensors.org/wiki/FAQ http://www.lm-sensors.org/ #linux-sensors on irc.freenode.net.
echo
M: 2013-08-09
<reply>ECHO...ECHo...ECho...Echo...echo...cho...ho...o.......
hahaha
C: 2001-02-18
http://www.shugashack.com/screens.x/iotd//5/thumbs/bsodirony.jpg
stable->unstable
M: 2011-05-08
<reply> If you have to ask how to do this, then you evidently don't know enough about Debian to cope with the problems that you _will_ experience; perhaps you should learn first and break second. You should upgrade to testing first in any case. Instead of running sid, ask me about <testing> <backport> <debian-backports>.
wireless connection managers
M: 2010-01-26
<reply>You either love them or hate them: tools like <network-manager>, <wicd> and wifi-radar either make your life really easy or make it hell. Connection problems are usually very hard to diagnose with these tools and they are incompatible with some wireless device drivers; that said, most of the time, they just work. Ask me about <ifscheme> for an alternative. See also <netdev>, <wifi>.
apt myths
M: 2012-03-08
<reply> Myths about APT never seem to die, the principal one being you can't mix using different APT front-ends like apt-get and aptitude. This is false. If you need further convincing, see http://tinyurl.com/3g4d4d9 and http://algebraicthunk.net/~dburrows/blog/entry/apt-system-diagram/ . See also <why aptitude> and <why not aptitude> for real reasons to choose one over the other.
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>.
tutorials
C: 2008-10-09
<reply>A very common problem is that some people prefer to follow a step-by-step tutorial that shows them how to setup their system without reading the documentation or understanding what they are doing. If something goes wrong, they have no clue whatsoever about where to look for hints, and they sometimes decide to start from scratch using a different tutorial. This is not The Proper Way.
lmsensors
M: 2005-03-24
<reply> see lm_sensors
fubar
M: 2002-01-16
Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition; it is a military term, or ask a fubar question, get a fubar answer, or the failed unibus address register in some VAXen and PDP-11s.
topics
C: 2004-11-08
<reply>I believe you meant 'topic'?
voip
M: 2012-07-11
<reply>Voice over IP (VoIP) is a series of technologies and protocols for delivery of voice communications / multimedia sessions over <IP> networks. http://voip-info.org/ #debian-voip on irc.oftc.net. See also <ekiga>, <empathy>, <linphone>.
whine
C: 2002-07-08
saying "I want you to hold my hand while I install debian because I'm too lazy to read the docs!"
ucf confmiss
C: 2011-05-10
<reply>If you need to restore a deleted config file in a package that is using <ucf> to manage its configuration files, use "UCF_FORCE_CONFFMISS=true aptitude reinstall $packagename". List the configuration files managed by ucf with "ucfq $packagename". If the package doesn't use ucf then ask me about <confmiss>.
android
M: 2011-03-13
<reply>Android is a Linux-based operating system for mobile devices. http://www.android.com/ #android on irc.freenode.net. For the related font family, ask me about <droid>. See also <adb> <lildebi> <mobile>.
qotd137
C: 2005-07-02
<reply><www> when i apt-get upgrade, my system wants to update a lot of packages <www> how to avoid that ?
nagios
M: 2010-02-14
<reply> Nagios (formerly NetSaint) is a popular open source computer system and network monitoring application. It watches hosts and services that you specify, alerting you when things go bad and again when they get better. Packaged for Debian as nagios3. http://wiki.debian.org/PkgNagios http://www.nagios.org/faqs/ #nagios on irc.freenode.net.
iwl3945
C: 2008-08-10
<reply> see iwlwifi
partitioning
M: 2008-06-03
<reply> see partition
poweroff
M: 2011-11-06
<reply>If your legacy x86-32 (i386) system does not power off after executing «shutdown -h now», add the kernel command line option acpi=off to your bootloader, then supply the power_off=1 option to the apm module (e.g. «echo options apm power_off=1 >> /etc/modprobe.d/local.conf && echo apm >> /etc/modules»). See http://bugs.debian.org/390547 for more information.
mldonkey
M: 2010-06-02
<reply>MLDonkey is an open source, cross-platform, multi-protocol (BitTorrent, Direct Connect, eDonkey, Gnutella, Kad) peer-to-peer file sharing application, originally an <eDonkey> Linux client. Controllable via web browser, GTK+ interface or telnet. Packaged for Debian as mldonkey-server and mldonkey-gui. http://mldonkey.sf.net/ #mldonkey on irc.freenode.net.
wait
C: 2007-05-17
<reply> If no-one has answered your question to your satisfaction, please wait 10 minutes before asking again. Please don't whine about your problem, about the channel, about Debian, Linux, or anything else. Just wait 10 minutes and then ask again. Ask me about <repeat> and <ask>.
welcome
C: 2000-10-30
<reply> Thank you, $nick.
grub-install
M: 2005-06-02
<reply> See all that crap in grub-install(8)? Ignore it. zless /usr/share/doc/grub/README.Debian.gz instead.
sweden
C: 2000-12-15
europe's canada, see kroner
mixing distros
M: 2013-08-22
<reply> see mixing distributions
edit pdf
M: 2010-07-28
<reply>Editing PDFs isn't that easy as they were more-or-less designed to be a read-only document format. The <pdftk> package allows you to split and merge PDFs, as does the "pdfsam" package. The pdfedit package provides a powerful but quirky PDF editor. LibreOffice Draw is also able to import PDFs as text/drawing objects which can allow some editing/commenting to be done. Also ask me about <fill pdf forms>, <pdf>.
gateway
C: 1970-01-01
The computer or device onto which the first hop needs to go to get out of your network. As you know a TCP/IP route uses many hops to get from here to there. or the name of a computer company that is making a new amiga OS that nobody knows anything about.
howto
M: 2013-01-09
<reply>Linux HOWTOs are detailed "how to" documents on specific subjects. http://tldp.org/docs.html#howto . This is where you _learn_ stuff, but ask me about <tutorials>...
bin
M: 2010-01-25
<reply> see .bin
!!!!!
C: 2002-12-13
"And all those exclamation marks, you notice? Five? A sure sign of someone who wears his underpants on his head." -- Terry Pratchett, Maskerade
bdo new
M: 2013-07-04
<reply>Packages uploaded to the <backports.debian.org> NEW queue that have yet to be accepted are visible at https://ftp-master.debian.org/backports-new.html . These packages are not available for download and will enter the backports repository once manually approved. Also ask me about <NEW>.
multiarch howto
C: 2012-12-27
http://wiki.debian.org/Multiarch/HOWTO
users
M: 2010-01-22
<reply>"Users and Groups in the Debian System": /usr/share/doc/base-passwd/users-and-groups.txt.gz
jessie sysvinit
M: 2015-04-25
<reply>see remove systemd
browser
C: 1970-01-01
Most commonly used to refer to a software program used to look at World Wide Web pages.
apt-offline
M: 2012-03-15
<reply> see apt offline
cmd: learn (.*?)
C: 2004-11-26
($1): <action> smacks $1 over the head with a 20 lbs (thesaurus|(dictionary|thesaurus)).
hardening
M: 2010-02-09
<reply> see harden
api
M: 2010-08-19
application programming interface. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Application_programming_interface
os
C: 2001-09-13
<reply>see Operating System
rolling
M: 2013-07-04
<reply>Testing is not a rolling release in the strict sense of the word. It is a test platform, currently codenamed <stretch>. It is part of the Debian development process and is gradually being built into the next <stable>. Please go to #debian-next on irc.debian.org for support. See <moving target>.
gnome-shell
M: 2011-09-18
<reply>The GNOME Shell is the core user interface for the <GNOME> desktop as of version 3, replacing GNOME Panel. http://wiki.debian.org/GnomeShell http://live.gnome.org/GnomeShell/FAQ http://live.gnome.org/GnomeShell #gnome-shell on irc.gnome.org. See also <mutter>, <cinnamon>.
ha
M: 2008-12-16
High Availability, or <search> heartbeat, or 12.5% of an LOL
installed test
M: 2011-03-02
<reply>To test in a script if a package is installed, you can: if dpkg -l $package 2>/dev/null | grep -q ^.i; then echo yes; fi or if [[ $(dpkg-query -f'${Status}' --show $package 2>/dev/null) = *\ installed ]]; then echo yes; fi. Note that "installed" isn't a simple concept -- is the package configured yet? is it actually scheduled for removal? See man dpkg "package states" and "selection states" for more details.
hey
M: 2005-07-02
<reply>Hello
ia32-libs
M: 2012-12-12
<reply> ia32-* packages provide a subset of libraries from <i386> for <amd64> systems. They are typically needed by 32-bit only software (such as <skype> or <wine>) and have been obsoleted in Debian 7 "Wheezy" by the introduction of <multiarch>. Wheezy users should ask me about <upgrade ia32 libs> for upgrade instructions.
apt-get source
C: 2009-06-23
the way to download the debian source for your packages. Run apt-get source and compile packages as a non-root user. Ask me about <source> <deb-src>. If you have several deb-src lines in your sources.list, then you will need to use "apt-get source packagename=version" to control what source version is downloaded (apt-get source ignores the -t option). Also ask me about <package recompile> <simple sid backport>
brazil
M: 2001-01-26
a very beautiful country! He has a project called debian-br, with open discusions at #debian-br, or at debian-br.sourceforge.net, or the name of an extremely cool and surreal movie that is worth watching.
joystick
C: 1970-01-01
<reply>A joystick is an input device first found on arcade game machines, then home game systems, and finally on computers. It consists of any stick-like object that can be moved in four or more directions. Usually, there's a button in the vicinity of the joystick. The joystick Debian package contains test and calibration utilities; calibration settings can be saved using jscal-store for loading at device insertion time via <udev>.
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.
buildd
M: 2006-05-06
Debian's automated build system that automatically compiles everything it finds. http://buildd.debian.org/ http://wiki.debian.org/buildd
aircrack
C: 2008-05-29
<reply> see aircrack-ng
name
M: 2003-04-11
<reply>The name "Debian" comes from the names of its creator, Ian Murdock, and his wife, Debra. (See http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/project-history/)
cunt
M: 2005-04-26
a pussy, or Completely Useless No-hope Twat. Can't Understand Normal Thinking, or at http://www.limmy.com/playthings/xylophone/
apt_preferences
M: 2008-07-31
<reply> see apt-pinning
apt.conf
C: 2003-04-11
see man 5 apt.conf
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>.
dmm jessie
M: 2013-08-26
<reply> see dmmj
firmware images jessie
C: 2015-04-25
<reply>Unofficial <netinst> images - containing non-free Debian <firmware> packages - for installing Debian 8 "Jessie" are available from http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/unofficial/non-free/cd-including-firmware/current/ . See also <install guide>.
armhf
M: 2012-09-30
<reply>armhf is a port of Debian requiring a floating-point unit (FPU) found in modern <ARM> hardware. It explicitly targets version 7 of the ARM architecture (i.e. not the Raspberry Pi), using the hard-float version of the ARM EABI. The armhf architecture was introduced at Debian 7.0 "Wheezy". http://wiki.debian.org/ArmHardFloatPort #debian-arm on irc.oftc.net. See also <armel vs armhf>.
debian logo
M: 2013-08-06
<reply>The Debian Open Use Logo is distributable under the LGPLv3 or later and is available in a variety of formats (jpg, png, svg, eps, pdf) from http://www.debian.org/logos . Usage of the logo shouldn't be confusing or misrepresenting as per the trademark policy http://www.debian.org/trademark http://www.debian.org/News/2013/20130301. Also ask me about <debian logo font> or see http://wiki.debian.org/DebianLogo
force-overwrite
C: 2005-09-20
<reply> The reason you have been told to use --force-overwrite is because some packages in unstable are buggy and either have missing Conflicts: or contain files that they shouldn't. Check the BTS and make sure that a bug has been filed about the package in question (ask me about <bts>) then run dpkg -i --force-overwrite /path/to/.deb or apt-get -o DPkg::Options::="--force-overwrite" install <foopackagename>;
cdd
M: 2010-10-19
<reply> see debian pure blend
china
M: 2009-05-25
<reply> see cn
debug
C: 2002-09-23
<action> DeBuggers $1
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>.
plesk
M: 2009-05-12
<reply>Parallels Plesk Panel (formerly Plesk) is a proprietary web hosting control panel. Not supported in #debian, ask me about <free whcp> for alternatives. http://www.parallels.com/support/plesk/ http://forum.parallels.com/ ##plesk on irc.freenode.net.
pcmcia
M: 2009-11-28
<reply>[pcmcia] PC Card (originally PCMCIA) is a hardware expansion technology for laptop computers. Install the pcmciautils package to provide PCMCIA initialisation tools. No socket driver loaded? (e.g. old system with ISA-to-PCMCIA bridge): modprobe i82365, tcic or i82092 and add the working module's name to /etc/modules. To identify a PC Card device, see http://wiki.debian.org/HowToIdentifyADevice/PC_Card . See also <cis>.
whats up
C: 2001-02-13
<reply> nothing much mate, you ?
forcedeth
M: 2010-04-11
<reply>forcedeth is the open source nVidia Ethernet driver for nForce motherboards, part of the Linux kernel since version 2.4.23. See also <forcedeth mac>.
mini.iso
C: 2009-06-11
<reply>mini.iso is a super small ISO that utilizes the <netboot> images to fetch <d-i> and all components over the network. Only contains a boot loader, kernel and initrd, typically ~20MB. Start at http://debian.org/distrib/netinst#verysmall ("Tiny CDs, ...") and work your way until you find the mini.iso for your architecture.
smart question
M: 2008-09-12
<reply> see smart questions
plymouth
M: 2011-02-05
<reply>Plymouth presents a graphic animation while the boot process occurs in the background. It is designed to be used with <DRM> modesetting drivers and replaces both <usplash> and <splashy>. Read /usr/share/doc/plymouth/README.Debian to enable. http://wiki.debian.org/plymouth http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/Plymouth #plymouth on irc.freenode.net.
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
transition
M: 2012-02-12
<reply>A transition occurs when changes in a package require alterations to several other packages which depend on it. To do this, many packages using the package are updated, either being recompiled or updated to a new version; packages blocking a transition might be removed from <testing> so it can complete. Transitions can become very large and complex, involving tens or even hundreds of packages. http://release.debian.org/transitions/
cfdisk
C: 2002-06-30
<reply> cfdisk is a curses/slang based disk partition table manipulator, part of util-linux.
recover
C: 2003-03-18
http://recover.sourceforge.net/
scanner
M: 2010-04-16
a device used to copy an image from a physical source (e.g. photograph) into a computer. Ask me about <sane>. Users in the 'scanner' <group> can access locally connected scanner devices.
france
M: 2004-08-05
<reply> see french
evolution
M: 2010-03-17
<reply>Evolution (formerly Ximian Evolution) is an email client and personal information manager for <GNOME>, an <Outlook> clone. Specify "hostname:port" for the SMTP server if using a port other than TCP 25. http://live.gnome.org/Evolution/FAQ http://projects.gnome.org/evolution/ #evolution on irc.gimp.org.
shush
C: 2001-05-23
<reply> Fine, I'll shut up.
3g
M: 2009-11-30
<reply>3G is a generation of standards for mobile phones and mobile telecommunications services (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3G). If you have a 3G/3G+/HSDPA modem, you may wish to see http://www.pharscape.org/Linux-and-3G.html to get it working on Linux. http://wiki.debian.org/Modem/3G . See also <usb_modeswitch>.
blank
M: 2009-09-29
<reply> see screen blanking
stfw
M: 2005-05-24
Search The Fucking Web, a modern incarnation of <RTFM>. http://google.com/ http://www.google.com/help/index.html http://groups.google.com/ http://unix.rulez.org/~calver/pictures/bart.gif http://tldp.org/
poulsbo
M: 2013-05-16
<reply>Poulsbo is the codename of Intel's first System Controller Hub, found in several <netbooks>. Its GMA 500 graphics core is not supported by the intel Xorg driver (RFP xserver-xorg-video-psb, bug #533450). A 2D <KMS> framebuffer driver (gma500_gfx, formerly psb_gfx) was introduced at Linux 2.6.39. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_Controller_Hub#GMA_500_Linux_support http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_GMA#PowerVR_based_chips_on_Linux
mariadb
M: 2015-04-28
<reply>MariaDB is a community-developed fork of <MySQL>, intended to be a backward compatible drop-in replacement. Packages are available for Debian 8 "Jessie" and later releases. https://mariadb.org/ #maria on irc.freenode.net.
mysql memory usage
C: 2009-09-29
<reply>To help reduce the memory usage of MySQL server, disable "innodb" tables (this can save around 100MB memory): echo -e "[mysqld]\nskip-innodb" > /etc/mysql/conf.d/skip-innodb.cnf ; invoke-rc.d mysql restart
atheros firmware
M: 2013-01-25
<reply>Firmware from userspace is required by the <ar9170usb>, <ath9k_htc> and <ath3k> USB device drivers. Ask me about <non-free sources>, then install the firmware-atheros package to provide; this package is not required for the <ath5k> or <ath9k> drivers, and not required for any Atheros Ethernet device. Firmware for the <carl9170> driver is provided by the firmware-linux-free package.
-l
C: 2011-11-03
<reply>Files in package $who-pr0n: /srv/$who-pr0n/$who.jpg
morning
C: 2001-09-14
the early day after yesterday
dvdripping
M: 2009-11-22
<reply>To rip and/or encode DVD content, ask me about <dvd::rip>, <dvdbackup>, <handbrake>, <mencoder>, <ogmrip>. Or just use vobcopy. See also <libdvdcss>, <mencoder rip dvd>.
mirror size
M: 2011-06-28
<reply>To see the size of the Debian archive for each architecture, see http://www.debian.org/mirrors/size . To make your own mirror, ask me about <mirrors>.
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/
annoy penix
C: 2002-08-29
<reply> (quit|exit)
g-i
M: 2015-06-10
<reply>[g-i] The Debian graphical installer (based on X11) is available for the amd64, i386 and powerpc architectures. To launch on 64-bit and 32-bit PC systems, select "Graphical install" from the installer boot menu. See https://debian.org/releases/stable/amd64/ch05s01#graphical and https://debian.org/releases/stable/amd64/ch06s01#gtk-using for more information. See also <d-i>.
weechat
M: 2009-11-19
<reply>WeeChat is a light and extensible cross-platform <IRC> client that promises a lot, and has some unique features like console nick list and horizontally split windows. http://weechat.org/files/doc/weechat_faq.en.html http://weechat.org/ #weechat on irc.freenode.net.
8.0
M: 2012-10-30
<reply> see jessie
quiet
C: 2003-07-11
<action> ok, ok, I will be quiet. When you start making sense, that is.
speedstep
M: 2009-12-05
<reply>SpeedStep is an Intel CPU frequency scaling feature available on some mobile processors (Mobile Pentium III 600 MHz and faster, all Mobile Pentium 4 and later) and most modern desktop processors. Ask me about <cpufreq>. The Atom D410, D510 and Celeron M processors do not feature SpeedStep. See also <coolnquiet>, <power saving>.
shutdown
M: 2008-02-06
"shutdown -h now", or ask me about <poweroff>.
yaboot
M: 2013-01-09
<reply>yaboot is a <PowerPC> bootloader for Open Firmware based systems (New World Apple Macintosh, IBM RS/6000, IBM pSeries, IBM OpenPower). ybin installs yaboot to a bootstrap partition and can create boot menus for Linux and Mac OS (X). HOWTO: http://www.alaska.net/~erbenson/doc/yaboot-howto.html . http://yaboot.ozlabs.org/ Not for Old World Apple Macintosh systems, ask me <quik>.
disk
C: 2002-04-17
that which stores Debian, its packages, your resume, and other junk. ;)
user mode linux
M: 2013-10-22
<reply>User Mode Linux (UML) is a port of the Linux kernel to user mode, so you can run one or more Linux hosts inside a running Linux system, each with its own scheduler, process table, etc. http://wiki.debian.org/UserModeLinux http://user-mode-linux.sf.net/ #uml on irc.oftc.net.
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.
jfgi
C: 2005-02-05
just fucking google it
service
C: 2009-04-23
<reply> see services
mixing
C: 2010-11-24
<reply> see mixing distros
desktop environments
M: 2009-05-01
<reply>Desktop environments available for installation on Debian systems include <GNOME>, <KDE>, <XFCE> and <LXDE>. See also <window manager>.
cmd: bye (.*?)
C: 2003-06-07
($1): Cya, $1
$
M: 2004-07-02
a dollar sign, or not an S.
because
M: 2004-08-05
<reply> Why?
pirate
M: 2004-08-09
a robber and murderer in international waters. See <http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/words-to-avoid.html#Piracy>
cmd: thank (.*?)
C: 2005-08-20
($1): <action>thanks $1
p7zip
M: 2010-12-15
<reply>p7zip is a Unix port of the 7-Zip file archiver, supporting the <7z> compressed archive file format. It does not store the owner/group of the file (ref. p7zip-full README). Use 7za (p7zip-full package) to extract password-protected archives. http://p7zip.sf.net/
dvd ripping
C: 2009-01-02
<reply> see dvdripping
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.
os/2
M: 2003-04-03
<reply> see os2, or <RedRabbit> guys does os/2 mean only half an operating system?
basic apt troubleshooting
C: 2013-10-08
<reply>see bat
what do you mean
C: 2000-04-17
<reply> I mean what I mean!
cmd: curse (.*?)
C: 2002-07-03
($1): <reply> May (the fleas of a thousand camels infest your most sensitive regions|you be reincarnated as a Windows XP administrator), $1!
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>.
irclogs
C: 2010-05-06
<reply> see irclog
status recovery
C: 2006-02-17
<reply> see status-recovery
sensors
M: 2007-04-25
<reply> see lmsensors
qotd184
C: 2007-06-05
<reply><FrozenSpoon> okay. 3.0 woody. I assume a direct woody->etch upgrade should be fairly smooth?
debconf-set-selections
C: 2010-07-14
a way of answering configuration questions prior to installing the package (e.g. specifying a mysql password or accepting the Sun Java licence in advance). Install the package in your test environment and run "debconf-get-selections" (debconf-utils package) to get the appropriate key names.
raspberry
M: 2012-10-01
<reply> see raspberry pi
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.
dont break debian
C: 2014-09-16
https://wiki.debian.org/DontBreakDebian
hdn
M: 2012-08-18
<reply> see http.debian.net
good morning
C: 2003-12-22
the only good morning is a dead morning.
swf
M: 2008-05-27
a shockwave format file for web stuff - it's copyrighted and requires director or similar to create multimedia shockwave files .. alternatively you can create them with PHP's SWF functionality - see http://reality.sgi.com/grafica/flash/ for details on libswf, or for another swf output library, check out ming.
fdisk
M: 2008-07-24
<reply> fdisk is the name used for several hard disk partition table editor programs for PC compatible computers. Before a hard disk can be used by an operating system on a PC, it must be divided into one or more logical disks called partitions. Ask me about <partitioning>, <gparted>.
mixing distributions
M: 2013-08-22
<reply>Mixing distributions is a bad idea. Running Ubuntu packages on Debian systems (or vice-versa) causes problems with package naming and versioning. Don't expect anybody to help you with your system if you do this.
nox
C: 2007-04-19
<reply> see nodm
lightspark
M: 2014-04-12
<reply>Lightspark is an experimental, high-performance <Flash> player and browser plugin, aiming to support newer formats and the AVM2 virtual machine. The Mozilla browser plugin is packaged for Debian 7 "Wheezy" as browser-plugin-lightspark. http://lightspark.github.io/ #lightspark on irc.freenode.net.
wassup
C: 1970-01-01
<reply> $who: Wassup G.
helo
M: 2004-12-12
<reply>501 Syntax: HELO hostname
logo
M: 2009-05-17
Logic Oriented Graphic Oriented, a weird graphical language, but don't tell Seymour that, or ask me about <debian logo>.
djb
M: 2004-12-17
an arrogant jerk, or Daniel J. Bernstein, author of <qmail>, <djbdns>, etc., or at http://cr.yp.to/djb.html, or a UNIX coding and mathematics genius, or an ego-maniac. See <wanker>.
.bin
M: 2010-12-28
<reply>[.bin] NOT a meaningful filename extension. "aptitude install file", then run file on your .bin and see what it is (or, read it with less). Or read the README file that should have come with it. If it looks like a shell script, try "sh myfile.bin". .bin is the extension used by some JDK installers (which are executable files) and is also a Macintosh archive format (MacBinary). If it is a CD image, ask me about <bin-cue>.
bdo contents
C: 2010-09-06
<reply> see backports.debian.org contents
jessie release notes
M: 2015-03-21
<reply> Release notes for Debian 8 "Jessie" are at http://www.debian.org/releases/jessie/releasenotes . See also <wheezy->jessie>, <install guide>.
dmp
C: 1970-01-01
<reply> see debian man pages
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.
install mate
M: 2015-06-10
<reply>To install <MATE> on established systems, ask me about <install x>, then: «apt-get install mate-desktop-environment» (for more things, also install mate-desktop-environment-extras). To install using Debian-Installer: from the 'Software selection' dialog, choose "MATE" (use space bar to toggle selections), then "Continue".
l10n
M: 2010-11-20
an abbreviation for localization, which is a long word used a lot in some circles, so it's shortened by effectively saying "L, then 10 more letters, then N", get it? http://wiki.debian.org/L10n http://lists.debian.org/debian-l10n-$language
ho
M: 2003-04-08
a derisive term for a promiscuous woman most often used in (american) english, or one of the many bits of african-american slang that white people have appropriated
vcs
M: 2010-03-03
<reply>A version control system (aka revision control system, source code management) is a system for managing multiple revisions of information. See <arch>, <cvs>, <darcs>, <git>, <mercurial>, <sccs>, <subversion>.
dmmj
M: 2013-08-26
<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/ jessie 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>.
gtfo
M: 2015-06-29
get the fsck out. Not really appropriate language for the <professional> environment that #debian should be.
bongswat
C: 2006-04-22
"Hit the bong, man!"
why nvidia installer sucks
C: 2012-08-07
<reply> see why not nvidia installer
stretch
M: 2015-04-28
<reply>The release following Debian 8 "Jessie" is codenamed "Stretch" (the rubber octopus in Toy Story 3) and will be Debian 9: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2014/11/msg00005.html. See http://wiki.debian.org/DebianStretch
ch
C: 2009-05-25
Switzerland or Confoederatio Helvetica. There is also a Swiss Debian Association: http://debian.ch/ which lives in #debian.ch . See also #linux.ch on Freenode.
install apache
M: 2013-10-16
<reply> Work out what worker you need (apache2-mpm-prefork if you want to use PHP) and install that package. Ask me about <apache2 mpm> for other worker packages; <apache it works> for initial configuration; <install php>, <apache manual>, <apache2-ssl-certificate>, <suexec> and <apache backport>.
sparkylinux
C: 2013-04-05
<reply>SparkyLinux is a Linux distribution based on <testing>. It is not supported in #debian. http://sparkylinux.org/ See also <based on debian>.
armel vs armhf
C: 2012-09-30
<reply>Debian supports two different architectures of ARM processor: <armel> supports processes like the Sheeva/Guru/DreamPlug and Raspberry Pi, while <armhf> supports newer chips. See /proc/cpuinfo for the exact details of your hardware. If «readelf -A /path/to/binary | grep Tag_ABI_VFP» returns anything, then the binary is for armhf, not armel.
firmware iso
M: 2010-08-08
<reply> see firmware images
apache it works
M: 2009-02-23
<reply> To set up your new apache: a2dissite default; cd /etc/apache2/sites-available; sed 's/RedirectMatch/#RedirectMatch/' <default >local; a2ensite local; invoke-rc.d apache2 reload . Also ask me about <apache config>, <apache manual>.
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.
cmd: man (.*?) (.*?)
M: 2011-01-18
($1,$2): <reply> man $1 $2 is probably at http://manpages.debian.org/$1/$2 , where you can view many Debian man pages. Ask me about <docs> <dmp> <grounding> <search>.
skype amd64
C: 2013-05-18
<reply>From Debian 7 "Wheezy" onwards, installing Skype on amd64 requires you to make use of <multi-arch>. «dpkg --add-architecture i386 && apt-get update && wget -O skype-install.deb http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-deb && dpkg -i skype-install.deb ; apt-get -f install». See also http://wiki.debian.org/skype#Debian_7_.22Wheezy.22
openpgp
M: 2015-01-21
Best practices for OpenPGP keys are described at https://help.riseup.net/security/message-security/openpgp/best-practices
jessie-updates
C: 2015-03-21
<reply>jessie-updates is a suite providing updates to some packages (from <proposed-updates>) prior to a <point release>. All packages from jessie-updates will be included in point releases. https://wiki.debian.org/StableUpdates . Not to be confused with <jessie/updates> which is for <security> updates.
tutorial
M: 2009-09-30
<reply> see tutorials
jvm
M: 2009-11-25
Java Virtual Machine. See also <java> and <install java>.
mem
C: 2001-01-20
You must add the string: append="mem=xxxM" (where xxx = the amount of memory installed in megabytes) to /etc/lilo.conf in the LILO global section - this applies to 2.0.x AND 2.2.x kernels on machines with broken bioses
check
C: 2000-12-20
<action>checks $who's box for security holes...found M$ IIS
binary
M: 2002-12-17
base 2, a way of coding numbers using only 0 and 1 digits instead of base 10, which has 0, 1, ... 9
debian logo font
M: 2013-08-06
<reply> The Debian logo's font is Poppl Laudation Condensed by Friedrich Poppl (http://www.identifont.com/show?U5). Note that the "i" has been changed and the text has been condensed horizontally and stretched vertically. There are free fonts that are almost the same (see http://wiki.debian.org/DebianLogo) and the Debian text is included in the vector images as an outline at http://www.debian.org/logos.
dpkg-scanpackages
C: 2012-02-20
a tool to make your own repository for apt: [1, as root] apt-get install dpkg-dev; [2, as user] mkdir -p ~/public_html/foo; cd ~/public_html/foo; [3] cp /your/packages.deb .; [4] dpkg-scanpackages . /dev/null | gzip > Packages.gz; [5, as root] Add a deb line to your /etc/apt/sources.list: "deb http://localhost/~username/foo ./" or "deb file:///home/username/public_html/foo ./". Alternatively, ask me about <reprepro>.
ba
C: 2003-04-02
Bosnia & Herzegovina
ar8151
M: 2011-05-18
<reply>The Atheros AR8151 v1.0 Gigabit Ethernet controller (PCI ID 1969:1073) is supported by the <atl1c> driver in Debian linux-image packages since linux-2.6 2.6.32-28 (bug #599771). AR8151 v2.0 (PCI ID 1969:1083) is supported by atl1c since Linux 2.6.36.
netfilter
M: 2008-04-22
<reply> see iptables
ymmv
M: 2007-11-06
an abbreviation of "Your mileage may vary."
mutter
M: 2011-06-18
<reply>Mutter ('Metacity Clutter') is a compositing window manager using the Clutter graphics library. It replaces <metacity> as the default window manager as of GNOME 3; <GNOME Shell> runs as a mutter plugin.
desktop environment
M: 2010-04-17
<reply> see desktop environments
gma 500
M: 2010-03-21
<reply> see poulsbo
ext3grep
M: 2012-03-19
<reply>ext3grep is a tool to assist in recovering deleted files from an <ext3> filesystem. http://code.google.com/p/ext3grep/ http://carlo17.home.xs4all.nl/howto/undelete_ext3.html
smxi
M: 2014-06-01
<reply>smxi is an interactive Debian system maintenance script; its sgfxi script module can install non-free graphics drivers. Not supported in #debian. http://smxi.org/ #smxi on irc.oftc.net.
jessie kernel
M: 2015-02-25
<reply>Linux 3.16 is the Linux kernel version released with Debian 8 "Jessie". See https://bits.debian.org/2014/07/kernel-version-for-jessie.html for further details and also ask me about <stable kernel>. Backported kernels will land in <jessie-backports> as usual. See also <ckt>.
sync
M: 2007-06-07
<reply> for monitor sync ranges and refresh rates, see http://monitorworld.com/monitors_home.html, or man 1 sync, man mount (search for sync options).
ar9271
M: 2010-08-01
<reply> see ath9k_htc
roundcube
M: 2013-03-16
<reply>Roundcube is an <IMAP> client written in PHP. For use with <lighttpd> on Debian 6.0 "Squeeze", enable both the fastcgi and fastcgi-php modules (bug #600050). Debian 7 "Wheezy" users: SQLite v2 support was dropped, see /usr/share/doc/roundcube-sqlite/NEWS.Debian.gz and http://wiki.debian.org/Roundcube/DeprecationOfSQLitev2 . http://www.roundcube.net/ #roundcube on irc.freenode.net. See also <imapproxy>.
recovery
C: 2007-06-29
<reply> see rescue mode
mysql utf8
C: 2007-09-05
<reply> You need to have an end-to-end utf-8 workflow. (a) the client must use utf-8 (accept-charset='utf-8') (b) mysql connection must be in utf-8 (edit my.cnf or SET NAMES 'utf8') (c) the database columns must be in utf-8 (check this with phpmyadmin or the cli tools) (d) set the encoding on generated pages to utf-8 (xml, meta or http header) (e) your browser must use a decent font. more detail see: http://www.phpwact.org/php/i18n/utf-8/mysql
8.1
M: 2015-06-02
<reply>Debian 8.1 was released on June 6, 2015. 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/2015/20150606 and http://httpredir.debian.org/debian/dists/jessie/ChangeLog . To upgrade, ask me about <point release>.
masquerading
C: 2003-07-05
<reply> see nat
derivatives
M: 2009-09-03
<Knoppix>, <Ubuntu>, <Libranet>, <Corel>/<Xandros>, <Stormix>, <Progeny>, <Linspire>, <DamnSmallLinux>, <Kurumin>, <Agnula>, <Xebian> and many others, or see http://mako.cc/talks/20050418-customizing_debian/customizing_debian_slides/img1.html, or ask me about <dfd>, <cdd>
lightweight
C: 2011-05-13
<reply><mjg59> To a first approximation, when someone says "Lightweight" what they mean is "I don't understand the problems that the alternative solves". (http://mjg59.livejournal.com/136274.html)
nvidia-kernel-dkms
C: 2011-10-25
<reply> see nvidia dkms
mexico
M: 2007-04-10
<reply> Mexico is where the gnomes come from
your mother
C: 2002-03-29
<reply> Mrs. Apt is well, thank you.
weston
M: 2013-10-27
<reply>Weston is the reference implementation of a <wayland> compositor (display server), developed by the Wayland project. Packaged in Debian <testing>. http://wayland.freedesktop.org/ #wayland on irc.freenode.net.
wayland
M: 2013-10-27
<reply>Wayland is a display server protocol and implementation library, intended as a simpler replacement for the X Window System. Ask me about <weston>. http://wayland.freedesktop.org/ #wayland on irc.freenode.net.
7.8 suspend
M: 2015-01-27
<reply>A regression in Linux 3.2.65 (part of the Debian <7.8> point release) may result in some systems failing to resume after suspending to RAM, by rebooting instead (Debian bug #774436). Fixed packages (3.2.65-1+deb7u1) were introduced as part of a <security> update to resolve this. http://womble.decadent.org.uk/blog/linux-suspendresume-regression-in-debian-78.html
octave
C: 2002-10-17
a really cool matlab-alike http://octave.org
tainted
M: 2010-10-05
<reply>Tainted is the state of your Linux kernel when non-free drivers (e.g. <fglrx>, <nvidia>, <slamr>, <slusb>, <wl>) or <ndiswrapper> are loaded into it. Kernel hackers and the Debian kernel team will not support tainted kernels. If /proc/sys/kernel/tainted has a non-zero value, the running kernel is tainted. http://kernel.org/pub/linux/docs/lkml/#s1-18
cmd: --get-selections (.*?)
C: 2013-09-22
($1): <action> selects $who's (pr0n|ultra-s3kr3t|family photos) collection
kiosk
M: 2006-03-17
/bin/su -c "/usr/bin/X11/startx" - kiosk (/usr/sbin/kiosk); kk:2345:respawn:/usr/sbin/kiosk (/etc/inittab); telinit q, or http://www.linuks.mine.nu/webkiosk/
s-p-u
M: 2010-03-03
<reply> see stable-proposed-updates
gma500
M: 2010-06-17
<reply> see gma 500
multi-arch installer
M: 2013-05-05
<reply> The multi-arch installer contains binary packages for both i386 and amd64, and architecture is chosen at install time. This does not automatically enable <multiarch>. See http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/debian-installer
debsrc3.0
M: 2010-05-17
<reply>Rather than having a long set of diffs containing the changelog and any Debian-specific patches to a package in a <diff.gz>, source packages may have a <debian.tar.gz> file instead. See http://wiki.debian.org/Projects/DebSrc3.0 for more information on how to work with the 3.0 source format. See also <policy> <nmg> <source package> <quilt>.
biff
C: 1970-01-01
a mail notification tool
andy
C: 2001-06-27
andy, the one and only. don't msg <andy> about it ;)
phone
M: 2014-03-29
<reply>see mobile
httpredir.debian.org
M: 2015-05-05
<reply>To have <APT> automatically select a mirror close to you, use the Geo-IP redirector in your sources.list "deb http://httpredir.debian.org/debian/ jessie main". See http://httpredir.debian.org/ for more information. The redirector uses HTTP 302 redirects not DNS to serve content so is safe to use with Google DNS. See also <which httpredir.debian.org>. This service is identical to http.debian.net.
udev mac
C: 2011-08-08
<reply> see 70
7-zip
M: 2010-12-15
<reply> see p7zip
light
C: 2005-10-13
"If you find yourself in a loong tunnel, stay AWAY from the light!"
evdev
M: 2008-05-02
the generic input event interface of the Linux kernel and an input driver for X.Org X11. It is probably the way to get all buttons working on your new shiny Logitech mouse. See http://web.archive.org/web/20081224081950/http://www.linux-gamers.net/modules/wiwimod/index.php?page=HOWTO+Mouse+Buttons . See also <xorg config>.
huawei
M: 2010-10-01
<reply> see 3g
bcm5716
M: 2010-06-26
<reply>The Broadcom NetXtreme II BCM5716 and BCM5716S Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express network controllers (PCI IDs 14e4:163b, 14e4:163c) are supported by <bnx2> as of linux-2.6 2.6.26-22 (part of the <5.0.5> point release).
installer firmware
M: 2015-04-25
<reply>see installer firmware jessie
iat
M: 2009-05-15
<reply>The ISO-9660 Analyzer Tool (iat) can detect the structure of many CD/DVD image formats (e.g. <B5I>, <BIN>, CDI, <MDF>, <NRG>, PDI) and convert them to ISO-9660. http://iat.berlios.de/ #ignus on irc.freenode.net. See also <bchunk>, <ccd2iso>, <uif>.
keychain
C: 2009-03-13
<reply>Keychain is an application to have SSH and/or GPG agents be run for you at a login shell. apt-cache show keychain
midori
M: 2009-07-08
<reply>Midori is a lightweight graphical web browser based on WebKit. Not part of the Debian 8 "Jessie" release due to bug #759959. http://twotoasts.de/index.php/midori/ #midori on irc.freenode.net.
lightdm
C: 2012-11-12
<reply>LightDM is a cross-desktop X display manager, packaged since Debian 7.0 "Wheezy". http://wiki.debian.org/LightDM http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/LightDM
installer firmware jessie
C: 2015-04-25
<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/jessie/amd64/ch06s04 . To include firmware within Debian <netboot> images, see http://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/NetbootFirmware . See also <firmware images>.
sparky
M: 2013-04-05
<reply>see sparkylinux
x-window-manager
C: 2000-07-28
<reply> If you want to reset your x-window-manager globally: update-alternatives --config x-window-manager
teamspeak
M: 2015-01-01
<reply>TeamSpeak is proprietary <VoIP> software allowing users to speak on a chat channel, much like a telephone conference call. TeamSpeak 2 is packaged for Debian 7 "Wheezy" as teamspeak-client and teamspeak-server, ask me about <non-free sources>; these are not compatible with TeamSpeak 3. Removed from Debian post-Wheezy to resolve bugs #735028 and #735029. See also <mumble>.
solydx
M: 2014-03-27
<reply>SolydX is a GNU/Linux distribution <based on debian> with the XFCE desktop environment. It is not supported in #debian, use #solydxk on irc.freenode.net instead. http://solydxk.com/products/solydx/
harden-doc
M: 2009-12-08
<reply> see securing debian
dll
C: 1970-01-01
(Dynamic Link Library) This is a library of procedures that programs can call with input. The DLL produces output related to that input.
bonnie
C: 1970-01-01
a File System Performance Benchmark
flash plugin
M: 2007-12-21
<reply> see flash
ulogd
M: 2009-11-08
<reply>ulogd is a daemon which listens for Netlink packets generated by iptables' ULOG target. It is an alternative to syslog for logging packets. Packets can alternatively be logged to SQL databases and as pcap files. http://www.netfilter.org/projects/ulogd/
disk space
M: 2013-09-18
<reply> Use df(1) to see a summary of the disk space used and remaining across all file systems. Use «cd /foo && du -kx --max-depth=1» to see which subdirectories of /foo are using lots of space (you can sort it with -n, too, if you wish). For space used by installed Debian packages, ask me about <sort by package size>.
halp
M: 2007-04-30
a scandinavian in trouble, or the cat who got stuck in the sand
cmd: warning: (.*?)
C: 2013-09-03
($1): <reply>$who: That isn't enough detail, post the whole output to a pastebin (/msg dpkg pastebin).
a2ps
M: 2012-09-25
<reply>a2ps converts plain text (and much more) into formatted <PostScript> files. It cannot deal with files containing unicode characters; use <iconv> to first convert to a supported encoding, or alternatively use the <paps> PostScript converter.
main
C: 2011-05-15
<reply>Debian's "main" archive area consists of <DFSG>-compliant packages, which do not rely on software outside this area to operate. These are the only packages considered part of the Debian distribution. http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ch-archive#s-main . See also <contrib>, <non-free>.
linksys
M: 2010-10-21
<reply>Linksys is a subsidiary of <Cisco> Systems (as of 2003) and is a producer of network hardware. Ask me about <nslu2>, <listvals linksys>, <what's my wireless>.
arab
M: 2005-04-29
http://www.arabeyes.org, or #arabeyes
embedian
M: 2009-05-08
<reply> see emdebian
valgrind
M: 2002-04-26
http://devel-home.kde.org/~sewardj/, or a l33t t00l to find memory l34kz, or capable of finding use of uninitialized memory and invalid reads/writes
italian
M: 2006-07-18
<reply> see it
firmware netinst
M: 2010-08-08
<reply> see firmware images
mmap_min_addr
C: 2009-10-23
<reply>mmap_min_addr is a Linux kernel tunable, specifying the minimum virtual address a process can map. Low values increase susceptibility to NULL pointer privilege escalation. The default value on Debian systems increased from 0 to 4096 as of <5.0.4>, which impacts the use of Win16 binaries with <wine>. See http://wiki.debian.org/mmap_min_addr for more information.
iwl7000
M: 2013-08-13
<reply>The Intel Dual Band Wireless AC (802.11ac, a/b/g/n compatible) 7000 series (e.g. 7260: PCI ID 8086:08b1, 3160: PCI ID 8086:08b3) is supported by <iwlwifi> since Linux 3.10. Firmware is required and packaged for Debian since firmware-iwlwifi 0.39. Debian 7 "Wheezy" users: ask me about <bdo kernel> and install firmware-iwlwifi from <wheezy-backports>. See also <btusb>.
dfd
M: 2010-10-12
<reply>[dfd] Derivatives Front Desk: http://wiki.debian.org/DerivativesFrontDesk . Press release: http://www.debian.org/News/2010/20100629 . IRC: #debian-derivatives on irc.oftc.net.
lftp
M: 2009-07-31
<reply>lftp is a FTP(S)/HTTP(S)/SFTP/FISH/BitTorrent client. Quick lftp howto: lftp foo, get blah, cd bleh, ^z to background downloads, jobs to list them. http://lftp.yar.ru/FAQ
adaptec
C: 2000-03-12
<reply>Adaptec is a computer hardware brand owned by PMC-Sierra, formerly Adaptec, Inc., a manufacturer of SCSI host adapters and other controllers. See also <aha152x_cs>, <starfire>.
tomorrow
C: 1970-01-01
<reply> tomorrow is a good day to die
podcasting
M: 2005-05-01
a horrid maketing term for "downloading", but maybe bashpodder is what you seek. || a way to 1) listen to stupid giggling twats try to make "radio"2) an RSS feed that includes enclosures - links to mp3 files - that allows you to listen to your favourite radio show on an mp3 device or a computer. See: http://ipodder.sourceforge.net, http://www.ipodder.com, http://linc.homeunix.org:8080/scripts/bashpodder/, http://www.podcastalley.com
exim4 reconfigure
C: 2005-10-22
dpkg-reconfigure exim4-config
vimpager
C: 2010-01-28
a slightly more sophisticated replacement for less.sh that also supports being set as the PAGER environment variable. Displays man pages, perldocs and python documentation properly. http://www.vim.org/scripts/script.php?script_id=1723 ; Instead of aliasing pager to less, alias pager to vimpager for example; alias pager=$HOME/bin/vimpager ; can also be used as a MANPAGER; export MANPAGER=$HOME/bin/vimpager
rt5370
C: 2011-06-20
<reply>Experimental support for Ralink RT53xx USB 802.11n devices (e.g. RT5370: USB IDs 13d3:3329, 13d3:3365, 148f:5370, 148f:5372) was added to the rt2800usb driver at Linux 3.0 (CONFIG_RT2800USB_RT53XX). Ask me about <rt2800usb>.
windows utc
M: 2013-06-20
<reply>Setting the BIOS clock to <UTC> is a little more difficult if you dual-boot with legacy operating systems that think that local time is a good choice. Windows can be instructed to handle a BIOS clock in UTC too: http://superuser.com/a/185780/130459
mobile
M: 2014-03-29
<reply>You can install Debian on your <android> based mobile device using <lildebi> or manually install Debian in a chroot: https://wiki.debian.org/ChrootOnAndroid . More advanced approaches are possible but require a lot more work, e.g. http://bonedaddy.net/pabs3/log/2012/12/03/debian-mobile/ . See also https://wiki.debian.org/Mobile and #debian-mobile on irc.oftc.net.
jessie installation guide
C: 2015-03-21
<reply> The Installation Guide for Debian 8 "Jessie" can be found at https://www.debian.org/releases/jessie/installmanual . See also <errata>, <jessie release notes>.
jitsi
M: 2013-10-11
<reply>Jitsi (formerly SIP Communicator) is a cross platform voice (VoIP), video conferencing and instant messaging application. It supports the <SIP> and <XMPP> protocols, along with support for other instant messaging services (e.g. AIM, ICQ, Yahoo). Packaged for Debian <unstable>. http://jitsi.org/ #jitsi on irc.freenode.net.
hexchat
M: 2013-05-20
<reply>HexChat (formerly XChat-WDK) is a fork of the <XChat> IRC client. http://hexchat.org/ #hexchat on chat.freenode.net.
compiler
M: 2005-07-26
A compiler translates a computer program from one language into another, catching any errors in syntax along the way. Most commonly, you translate some high level language, such as Haskell or C, into optimized machine language. This form of compilation puts your programs into a form that your computer can understand without any translation, thus speeding them up. loop( print random( verbose ); sleep 5 )
ybin
M: 2010-02-04
<reply> see yaboot
sdf
M: 2009-06-24
the Simple Document Format, "the Author-Friendly Markup Language". http://www.mincom.com/mtr/sdf/ http://web.archive.org/web/20020802051524/http://www.mincom.com/mtr/sdf/
invoke-rc.d
C: 2010-05-06
a way of starting or stopping daemons such as a mail server, cron, etc. invoke-rc.d has advantages over running the init script directly in that it is easier to tab complete, it will play nicely with dependency-based init systems like <insserv> and <upstart>. It can also be controlled with a <policy-rc.d> script. invoke-rc.d *must* be used in maintainer scripts -- see policy s9.3.3.2.
lmgtfy
C: 2009-07-13
a rude but oft-deserved slap in the face which simultaneously points one to the information they so easily could have found themselves by entering some simple search terms into google, especially when the answer is found in the very first result. http://lmgtfy.com/
_tor lifecycle
C: 2014-10-28
<reply>Please read Roger's blog post on the lifecycle of Tor relays - https://blog.torproject.org/blog/lifecycle-of-a-new-relay
userdel
C: 2000-01-01
to remove users from the passwd/shadow file.
bdo kernel
M: 2015-04-29
<reply>Newer kernels for Debian stable releases are available from the "jessie-backports" repository. Ask me about <jessie backports> to modify your sources.list, then run «aptitude update». To install the current backported kernel: «aptitude -t jessie-backports install linux-image-`uname -r|sed 's,[^-]*-[^-]*-,,'`». To list available backported kernel image packages: «aptitude search '?narrow(~nlinux-image,?origin(Debian Backports))'».
america
M: 2008-03-14
based on its ideal that everyone should be as similar as possible, or the most powerful nation in the capitalist world, and now, the whole world, or a shithouse country run by evil dictator-like leaders, or evil country with crazy patent law, or a continent with 35 countries
i386->amd64
C: 2014-05-09
<reply>Converting an i386 installation into an amd64 installation in-place is quite difficult. It's much easier to reinstall the system with the new architecture -- ask me about <install debian>. If you've got good backups, plenty of time and are feeling lucky, you can try http://nanonanonano.net/linux/debian/crossgrading but really... good backups...
sort by package size
C: 2008-05-02
<reply> to see a list of installed packages by installed size install dctrl-tools and run 'grep-status -FStatus -sInstalled-Size,Package -n "install ok installed" | paste -sd " n" | sort -n'
testing-proposed-updates
C: 2010-03-03
<reply>testing-proposed-updates is a repository with packages that are proposed to go directly into testing without going via unstable. It is used only in very rare circumstances when there is a real need to upload a package directly into testing that would otherwise be blocked by a transition, and especially during the <freeze> process to help updated packages get into testing. See also <stable-proposed-updates>.
build custom package
M: 2008-12-12
<reply> see package recompile
init system ranting
C: 2014-02-09
<reply> #debian is not a place for ranting about init systems; try #arguments, #moocows or /dev/null. Bugs with the necessary information on how to reproduce the problem should be reported to the relevant package in the <bts>.
exe
C: 2001-10-03
the extension of an executable file in the DOS, Microsoft Windows, OS/2, Symbian and OpenVMS operating systems. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EXE
deutsch
M: 2006-07-18
<reply> see de
noise
C: 2004-02-26
ASLKJAJKCHJKAHSKAJHXKJNAZASAIOUDHASJKAS
apache config
M: 2014-08-12
<reply> see apache config wheezy
sudo redirection
M: 2013-08-05
<reply><sudo> can run a command as root but what is a "command"? "sudo foo > /etc/bar" will give you "-bash: /etc/bar: Permission denied". Your shell splits "sudo foo > /etc/bar" into "run the command sudo with the argument foo" and then "stick the output into /etc/bar"; it's your own shell (not sudo!) that will create /etc/bar and it doesn't have permission to do so. Use «su -», «sudo -i», «foo | sudo tee /etc/bar».
adb
C: 2013-08-02
<reply>Android Debug Bridge (adb) is a command line utility for communicating with a connected Android-powered device or emulator instance. Packaged for Debian as android-tools-adb in <testing> and <wheezy-backports>. http://developer.android.com/tools/help/adb.html
jessie->stretch
C: 2015-04-25
<reply>First, understand that testing is a pre-release distribution without timely security support and that you will have a bumpy ride; ask me about <moving target> <testing> <testing security>. From /etc/apt/sources.list, remove stable-specific lines like jessie-updates and backports, and change jessie to stretch. apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade. If you feel you need more instructions, perhaps you should wait a while.
gnome shell
M: 2011-09-18
<reply> see gnome-shell
apt-preferences
M: 2010-12-07
<reply> see apt_preferences
unique package version
C: 2013-06-06
<reply>The version string on any package should uniquely identify that package. If you make changes to a package, increase the version number (ask me about <compare versions>). apt can sometimes distinguish between packages with the same version based on (installed-size, depends, pre-depends, conflicts, breaks, replaces) but for minor changes apt can miss this. Ask me about <package recompile> <debian/rules>.
rule 2
C: 2001-03-20
"Dont f*ck with packaging systems"
confold
C: 2012-10-16
<reply>[confold] dpkg --force-confold will force dpkg to ignore any new versions of <conffiles> in packages, e.g. «apt-get -o DPkg::Options::="--force-confold" upgrade». Note that by ignoring changes to conffiles, you may miss out important changes and packages may be left in a non-working state afterwards.
jessie-backports
C: 2015-04-29
<reply> Selected packages intended for the Debian 9 "Stretch" release but recompiled for use with "Wheezy" (8.x) can be found in the "jessie-backports" repository. Note that jessie-backports are on the regular mirror network, not on backports.debian.org. A suitable line for your sources.list is «deb http://httpredir.debian.org/debian/ jessie-backports main». Also ask me about <bdo>.
yesterday
C: 2001-01-09
<reply> all my troubles seemed so far away
cake
M: 2008-03-05
<reply>The cake is a lie.
nodata 2
C: 2010-10-03
<reply> Is apt complaining "W: GPG error: http://... Release: The following signatures were invalid: NODATA 2"? Due to a problem with the archive signing scripts on 2010-10-03, the Release.gpg file was not created correctly. This will be fixed in the next mirror pulse. Ask me about <secure apt>.
rule 7
C: 2002-01-23
"Use your common sense, damnit, it's easy and it's why you've got your head too"
cacert
M: 2014-04-03
<reply>CAcert is a community-driven certificate authority (CA) which issues free public key certificates to the public. Their CA certificates used to be shipped in Debian but were removed in March 2014 due to bug #718434, see https://lwn.net/Articles/590879/ article for a decent explanation. http://www.cacert.org/
ov51x-jpeg
M: 2012-02-08
<reply>ov51x-jpeg is an out-of-tree fork of the <ov511> driver, supporting ov51{1,8,9} <webcam> chipsets. This driver is unmaintained (Debian bug #541860). ov519-based devices are also supported by the <gspca> driver.
parallel-build
M: 2015-06-16
<reply> To enable parallel building support in a package using the dh(1) sequencer, use «dh $@ --parallel». To actually build in parallel, use «sbuild -jNUM» or specify "parallel=NUM" in the DEB_BUILD_OPTIONS environment variable. dh will then pass a -jNUM parameter (or equivilent) to the upstream build system. See policy §4.9.1 http://deb.li/5AjA , dh(1) http://deb.li/3n28i or ask me about <dh>.
dontbreakdebian
C: 2014-09-16
<reply>see dont break debian
systemd ranting
C: 2014-02-09
<reply> see init system ranting
nod
C: 2000-05-11
<action> nods
crossgrade
C: 2014-05-09
<reply> see i386->amd64
rule 5
C: 2001-03-25
"If you don't solve the problem in first 3 minutes, get your coffee handy"
lesspipe
M: 2003-03-06
input preprocessor for less and it allows you to view compressed files (.gz, .bz2) and even Debian packages, man lesspipe for more info, or add "eval `lesspipe`" to your shell .rc file for lots of less-related magic. Try less file.gz, file.tar.gz and more :)
localization
C: 2010-11-20
<reply> see l10n
lildebi
C: 2014-03-29
<reply>Lil' Debi is an <android> app designed to put Debian in a <chroot>. Please seek support in #guardianproject on irc.freenode.net. See also https://github.com/guardianproject/lildebi and <mobile>.
bcm4360
M: 2013-09-14
<reply>The Broadcom BCM4360 (PCI IDs 14e4:43a0, 14e4:4360) is an 802.11ac (a/b/g/n compatible) wireless LAN chip, found in the MacBookAir6,1 (11") and MacBookAir6,2 (13") mid 2013 laptops. Supported by Broadcom's proprietary driver since version 6.30.223.126 (packaged for Debian 8 "Jessie" as broadcom-sta). There is currently no mainline Linux kernel driver supporting BCM4360-based devices.
dvd contents
M: 2011-02-06
<reply> see disk contents
rule 6
C: 2002-02-26
"Ask a stupid question - get a stupid answer"
rule 1
M: 2006-01-04
<reply> If it's not broken, don't fix it.
rehash
M: 2011-03-22
<reply> see hash -r
cmd: scare (.*?)
C: 2007-09-16
($1): <action> swiftly pops a paper sack behind $1! HAH! made you jump!
tor-sasl
C: 2010-08-06
an alternative to regular <tor> when accessing <freenode>. See http://freenode.net/irc_servers.shtml#tor for more information.
leap second
C: 2008-12-29
A leap second will be added to atomic clocks worldwide at 23:59:60 (or near midnight) at Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) on December 31, 2008. This is the 24th leap second to be added since the first leap second was added in 1972. This is also the first leap second in three years. http://www.timeanddate.com/time/leapseconds.html
irc logs
C: 2014-03-11
<reply>see irclog
cubian
M: 2013-11-05
<reply>Cubian is a <derivative> installation image for a specific <armhf> board; #debian doesn't know what exactly the image contains. Ask in #cubian (irc.freenode.net) about issues with the image itself, #cubieboard (irc.freenode.net) about the hardware, or #linux-sunxi (irc.freenode.net) channel for kernel and driver development.
ckt kernel
C: 2015-02-25
<reply> The Linux kernel in Debian 8 "Jessie" comes with the version string "ckt" as these receive long term support as a collaboration between the Debian and Ubuntu kernel maintainers: the Canonical Kernel Team. https://lists.debian.org/debian-kernel/2014/11/msg00154.html
ckt
C: 2015-02-25
<reply> see ckt kernel
parallel
C: 1970-01-01
Meaning in unison, or many things at the same time. Most commonly refers to a computer with multiple processors that can execute multiple instructions at the same time.
multi-arch
M: 2013-05-18
<reply> see multiarch
sad
M: 2006-01-25
this channel most of the time, or that feeling you get when your hd dies
annoying nick
M: 2001-01-22
something difficult to type. Nobody likes reaching all over their keyboard to find whatsits and foozbangs. So they won't talk to you. If you're l33t3, then you might find that you're in the right place. er, the wrong place, unless you like getting laughed at...
your source
M: 2007-03-05
"Eeeek, you big pervert, don't look at me like that!", or available at http://blootbot.sf.net, or "apt-get source blootbot"
photorec
C: 2010-03-17
<reply>PhotoRec is file data recovery software (a companion program to <TestDisk>) designed to recover lost pictures, video, documents and archives from digital camera memory, hard disks and CD-ROMs. Packaged for Debian in testdisk. http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec
doc-base
C: 2011-02-12
a standardised method for Debian packages to register the documentation they include. There are several doc-base clients that will then let you browse and search the documentation, for example installing doc-central and a web server will let you browse the documentation at http://localhost/dc/ . See also http://wiki.debian.org/doc-base
i218
M: 2014-04-26
<reply>I218 is a LAN on Motherboard (LOM) device available on systems with Intel's "Lynx Point LP" Platform Controller Hub (PCH) chipset. I218-LM (PCI ID 8086:155a) and I218-V (PCI ID 8086:1559) are supported by <e1000e> driver since Linux 3.5 and in Debian 7 "Wheezy" since the <7.5> point release (bug #705959).
install cinnamon
M: 2015-06-10
<reply>To install <Cinnamon> on established systems, ask me about <install x>, then: «apt-get install cinnamon-desktop-environment». To install using Debian-Installer: from the 'Software selection' dialog, choose "Cinnamon" (use space bar to toggle selections), then "Continue"; an Internet connection may be required to obtain these packages.
7zip
M: 2010-12-15
<reply> see 7-zip
basename
M: 2000-04-01
the name of the machine up to the first dot or period of the hostname. This can be applied to basename of a full path.
rule 4
C: 2001-03-25
"First read HOWTOs, then man pages, then /var/log. After that, ask questions"
turing test
M: 2003-11-11
<reply> i got 9/10 !, or a test to see if an AI construct can convince a human that it is a human.
colombia
M: 2002-12-20
the most beautiful country in the world, or the country with most geniuses per capita in the world
penixsex
C: 2002-12-29
dd if=/dev/cock of=/dev/penix/ass bs=10in count=69 ;)
support-jeopardy
C: 2012-06-14
<reply> support jeopardy means: first you get to guess at the question ... and then you're STILL supposed to answer it. Commonly played on #debian on a daily basis and specially weekends, although only few people realize it. Just guessing at the answer without figuring out and naming the question is considered cheating
radeon audio
C: 2013-07-25
<reply>HDMI audio output with the open source <radeon> driver is disabled by default since Linux 3.0. To enable, load the radeon module with the "audio=1" parameter; ask me about <modprobe>. See also <radeon firmware>.
podcast
C: 2005-05-01
a way of downloading mp3 files through an RSS feed. See podcasting
ubuntu-br
C: 2010-03-20
<reply> Este canal e para suportar o Debian em Ingles. Por favor, /server chat.freenode.net depois /join #ubuntu-br.
hash -r
C: 2011-03-22
<reply>After changing your PATH or installing new packages, you may need to tell your shell to forget old program locations (or to forget that the command was not found). In bash, "hash -r" will do this ("help hash" for more details). In zsh, "rehash". See also <PATH>.
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
mixing releases
C: 2013-08-21
unsupported and *can* and *will* damage your system
jessie security
M: 2015-03-21
<reply>see jessie/updates
pdf edit
C: 2009-05-04
<reply> see edit pdf
3com
M: 2009-11-08
<reply>3Com is a network hardware manufacturer, a subsidiary of <HP>. There is no Linux driver available for the "3Com Corporation Mini PCI 56k Winmodem" modem-only adapter (PCI ID 10b7:1007). For support of the 3CCFEM556(B) PC Card, ask me about <3ccfem556>. See also <3c59x>, <3crxjk10075>, <3crusb20075>, <hcl>.
debian cd
M: 2010-01-14
<reply> see iso
rule 3
C: 2002-02-26
"Obey the wiser"
bof
M: 2009-06-10
<reply>"Birds Of a Feather" (flocking together), or BoF, is a term for an informal discussion scheduled on a conference program. http://catb.org/esr/jargon/html/B/BOF.html, or an insulting term meaning "Boring Old Fart".
cmd: show sources.list (.*?)
C: 2014-02-04
($1): <reply>$1: 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/*}
iptables-persistent
M: 2015-04-26
a utility to load an <iptables> rule file; see http://wiki.debian.org/iptables for more examples. You can run iptables-restore manually, from an interface hook script (see interfaces(5) for information about "pre-up" scripts) or from an init script provided by the iptables-persistent package. This package can be removed from jessie systems, it's functionality is provided by netfilter-persistent.
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 10.0. https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2014/11/msg00005.html
dpkg -s
C: 2009-05-07
how to find what installed package owns a file. Eg, dpkg -S /sbin/mount* - Ask about <apt-file> to find files in all packages (candidates for install)
penixtwit
M: 2003-02-27
<reply>where's apt?
advansys
M: 2009-11-14
<reply>advansys is a Linux kernel driver supporting SCSI host adapters from Advanced System Products. Firmware from userspace is required for Debian Linux 2.6.30 and later kernel images; ask me about <non-free sources> and install the firmware-linux-nonfree package to provide.
point
M: 2014-03-28
<reply>Point Linux is a distribution <based on Debian> which includes the <MATE> desktop. It is not supported in #debian. #pointlinux.org on irc.freenode.net. http://pointlinux.org/
iwl7260
M: 2013-07-04
<reply> see iwl7000
ktorrent
M: 2011-01-12
<reply>KTorrent is a <BitTorrent> client for <KDE>, part of the KDE Extragear collection. FAQ: http://ktorrent.org/?q=faq . http://ktorrent.org/wiki/ http://ktorrent.org/ #ktorrent on irc.freenode.net.
scsi firmware
M: 2012-01-10
<reply>Firmware from userspace is required by some SCSI host adapter drivers included in Debian Linux kernel images. Ask me about <advansys>, <qlogic>, <starfire> for more information.
anarchism
C: 2000-01-15
known as Libertarian Socialism and more info can be found in the package "anarchism"
bas
C: 2000-03-19
a really great guy
ci
C: 2001-03-23
computer illiterate
jesse
C: 2012-07-29
<reply>No, the Debian release is "jessie". Ask me about <jessie>.
dvdbackup
C: 2009-11-22
a tool to rip DVD content (optionally selected titles) from the command line. genisoimage and wodim can then be used for pre-mastering/recording. Does not support image splitting (DVD9 -> 2 x DVD5) at this time. See Debian bug #517066 for a region-free utility script. See also <dvd ripping>.
clojure
C: 2009-07-08
<reply>Clojure is a dynamic programming language (a dialect of <Lisp>) targeting the Java Virtual Machine. http://clojure.org/ #clojure on irc.freenode.net.
jessie backports
C: 2015-04-29
<reply> see jessie-backports
build without helper
C: 2014-02-12
<reply> You can build packages without using <debhelper>, but it's a lot more hard work and you don't get your package improved for free by newer versions of the helper. See http://wiki.debian.org/Courses2005/BuildingWithoutHelper for more information.
apper
M: 2013-10-26
<reply>Apper (formerly KPackageKit) is a graphical user interface to add, remove and reinstall packages that uses <APT> via PackageKit. It can perform all the actions required for updating and installing packages and can also search for multimedia codecs and file handlers. http://userbase.kde.org/Apper http://projects.kde.org/apper
_tor ops
C: 2014-12-12
<reply>Be excellent to each other!
openrc
C: 2015-05-01
<reply> OpenRC is a dependency based init system originated from <gentoo>. https://wiki.debian.org/OpenRC
rtl8111
M: 2014-05-09
<reply> see r8169
multiarch installer
M: 2013-05-05
<reply> see multi-arch installer
nodata
M: 2010-10-03
<reply> see nodata 2
comedy
C: 2000-08-09
Something that should be used sparingly and by trained professionals. Lessons are given daily at 8:35 gmt-36
bsa
C: 2000-11-13
the business software alliance, or spreaders of lies
unattended-upgrades
C: 2014-12-24
a package for installing security upgrades automatically, unattended. See https://wiki.debian.org/UnattendedUpgrades
bootx
M: 2010-02-04
<reply>BootX is an unmaintained graphical Mac OS-based bootloader which is only usable on Old World Power Macs; ask me about <quik>. Not to be confused with the Mac OS X bootloader of the same name. http://penguinppc.org/bootloaders/bootx/ BootX is _incompatible_ with New World Macintosh, ask me about <yaboot> instead.
pdisk
M: 2001-03-17
depricated use mac-fdisk, or pees on your disk
britain
M: 2002-11-29
n : a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland [syn: United Kingdom, UK, Great Britain, Britain, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland], or the USA's largest non-nuclear aircraft carrier!
gateswhine
C: 2003-07-28
<reply>http://www.blinkenlights.com/classiccmp/gateswhine.html
pacemaker
M: 2015-06-24
<reply>Pacemaker is an open source, high availability resource manager suitable for both small and large clusters. http://clusterlabs.org/. The pacemaker package was not included in Debian 8 "Jessie" but will soon be available from a separate repository created by the Debian maintainers. https://wiki.debian.org/Debian-HA/FAQ
localisation
M: 2010-11-20
<reply> see localization
apache config wheezy
M: 2014-08-12
<reply> Debian's apache2 web server uses /etc/apache2/apache2.conf and /etc/apache2/envvars. To ease long term maintenance, avoid modifying files installed from the packages and use /etc/apache2/{sites-available,mods-available,conf.d}/ instead; use a2en{mod,site} to activate. See /usr/share/doc/apache2.2-common/README.Debian.gz for more on the split config files. Also ask me about <apache config jessie>.
btusb
C: 2014-03-02
<reply>btusb is the Linux kernel's <Bluetooth> HCI USB driver, for supporting Bluetooth devices with a USB interface. Bluetooth firmware patches for Intel Wireless 7260 and 3160 devices are packaged for Debian since firmware-iwlwifi 0.39.
apache config jessie
M: 2014-08-12
<reply> Debian's apache2 web server uses /etc/apache2/apache2.conf, /etc/apache2/envvars. To ease maintenance, avoid modifying files installed from the packages and use /etc/apache2/{sites,mods,conf}-available}/*.conf instead (.conf suffix required for Apache 2.4); use a2en{mod,conf,site} to activate. See /usr/share/doc/apache2/README.Debian or http://deb.li/3jUSV for more info. Also ask me about <apache config wheezy>.
systemd debugging
C: 2014-10-24
<reply> If you have a problem with systemd, see https://wiki.debian.org/systemd#Debugging and http://freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/systemd/Debugging/ for more information on how to debug the issue. If it's a boot problem, start by using systemd.unit=rescue.target systemd.log_target=kmsg systemd.log_level=debug on the kernel command line to get more information
systemd paranoia
M: 2015-02-23
<reply> There is no need to waste your time or ours trying to eliminate the string "systemd" from the output of dpkg -l. Installed libraries that are unused are unused; libsystemd0 takes up a whopping 180kB on disk. Having the "systemd" package installed does not imply booting with systemd (that's the systemd-sysv package). Not all packages with "systemd" in their name are even from the systemd source package (see <systemd-shim>).
bta
C: 1970-01-01
Beta Test Agreement
korg1212
C: 2010-07-26
<reply>The snd-korg1212 ALSA driver (supporting the Korg 1212 I/O PCI sound card) requires firmware from userspace for device operation. Device firmware (korg/k1212.dsp) is not distributed by the Debian project; to acquire, refer to the procedure at http://wiki.debian.org/snd-korg1212
9.0
C: 2014-12-07
<reply> see stretch
rtl8168f
M: 2013-02-06
<reply> see r8169
howtos
M: 2009-11-14
<reply> see howto
rtl8168e
M: 2013-02-06
<reply> see r8169
gamepad
M: 2013-01-24
<reply>A gamepad/joypad is a game controller held in two hands, generally featuring action buttons and a direction controller. The Linux kernel input drivers support several gamepad models. The joystick Debian package contains test and calibration utilities; calibration settings can be saved using jscal-store for loading at device insertion time via <udev>. See also <xboxdrv>.
lightyear
C: 2002-04-21
9,460,800,000,000 kilometers.
ftpsync
C: 2014-04-25
<reply>ftpsync is a non-packaged scriptset for creating a Debian archive mirror. https://www.debian.org/mirror/ftpmirror . See also <mirrors>.
status file
C: 2014-10-12
<reply>installed package database is at /var/lib/dpkg/status
clojurescript
C: 2015-06-14
a new compiler for Clojure that targets JavaScript. It is designed to emit JavaScript code which is compatible with the advanced compilation mode of the Google Closure optimizing compiler.
stretch sources.list
C: 2015-05-05
<reply> A suitable /etc/apt/sources.list for "Stretch" has three lines: "deb http://httpredir.debian.org/debian/ stretch main" "deb http://security.debian.org/ stretch/updates main" "deb http://httpredir.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".
ext4magic
C: 2014-04-29
<reply>ext4magic is a utility to assist in recovering files from ext3 and ext4 filesystems. http://openfacts2.berlios.de/wikien/index.php/BerliosProject:Ext4magic
cmd: plain english (.*?)
C: 2004-10-29
($1): <reply>$1: just read the fucking error, it's in plain english!
systemd-shim
C: 2015-02-23
<reply>The systemd-shim package provides the logind interfaces that give the local user access to hardware (audio, usb sticks, suspend to ram etc); this was formerly known as ConsokeKit. Ask me about <systemd paranoia>.
j-p-u
C: 2015-06-18
<reply> see jessie-proposed-updates
retitle
C: 2012-11-09
http://www.debian.org/Bugs/server-control#retitle
https everywhere
C: 2013-12-31
<reply>HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox/Iceweasel extension, which uses rulesets to detect and force/rewrite HTTP requests to use HTTPS, for a number of major websites. Packaged for Debian as xul-ext-https-everywhere in <jessie> and <wheezy-backports>. https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere
professional
M: 2015-06-29
<reply> #debian is for user support questions and Debian users can reasonably expect professional and courteous behaviour in the channel. Crude, rude or impenetrable (l33tspeak) language are unwelcome. Also ask me about <guidelines> and <code of conduct>.
repack
C: 2015-06-17
You can use uscan's repacksuffix in debian/watch and Files-Excluded in debian/copyright to make repacking upstream tarballs easily reproducible by other folks
remove dmm
C: 2015-06-25
<reply> see dmm remove
apache2 config
C: 2014-08-12
<reply> see apache config
jessie->sid
C: 2015-04-25
<reply> see stable->unstable
debian logo origin
C: 2015-06-07
The Debian swirl is a simple, generic stroke of "rough charcoal", a standard brush shape that ships with Adobe Illustrator. https://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2005/06/msg00340.html
printscreen
C: 2015-07-03
<reply> see screenshot

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