Factoids requested in last 30 days (1266 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
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>.
pastebin
M: 2008-08-30
<reply> see paste
etch
M: 2010-06-20
<reply>Etch is the codename for Debian GNU/Linux 4.0, released on April 8th, 2007. Etch security support ended on 2010-02-15, this release is no longer supported. Etch users should upgrade to Lenny, ask me about <etch->lenny>. Removed from the mirrors (2010-06-20); ask me about <etch sources.list>. For old Etch ISOs, ask me about <etch iso>. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEtch http://www.debian.org/News/2010/20100121
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
no public key
M: 2008-08-18
<reply> Seeing "There are no public keys available"? This means that the Release file has been signed by a key which you do not have. If it's signed by another key which you do have, you can ignore the warning. Otherwise, you can add the key listed *AFTER* checking the validity of the signatures on the key. The current key will be linked at http://ftp-master.debian.org/
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>
debian
M: 2003-12-22
http://www.debian.org. See http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/project-history/index.en.html#contents
confmiss
M: 2011-05-10
<reply>You have to especially tell the packaging system to reinstall config files because when they are gone, it is assumed that you want them to stay deleted. "aptitude -o DPkg::Options::='--force-confmiss' reinstall $packagename" will restore them (man dpkg for details). If the package uses <ucf> for config file management, ask me about <ucf confmiss>.
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!
selftell
M: 2006-06-26
<reply> Please do not use the bot's !tell feature on #debian to see factoids for yourself (!tell me about something). Doing so could be considered spam. Instead, send a private message to the bot (dpkg) containing the factoid you want to read. For example, instead of "!tell me about foo", use "/msg dpkg foo". See also <msg the bot>
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>.
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!!
kmuto
M: 2011-08-21
<reply>*No Longer Maintained* - Unofficial images for installing Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" using a later kernel (Linux 3.2.4) are available from http://kmuto.jp/debian/d-i/ (images are on the CD mirrors). To supply additional firmware, ask me about <installer firmware>. For a USB install, use the lenny instructions: http://www.debian.org/releases/lenny/i386/ch04s03
msg
M: 2002-12-30
<reply> (1) Use private messages to the bots to reduce channel spam, but don't message people on #debian without asking permission first. Most questions should be asked on channel, so that others can benefit from the question and the answers received. (2) Always feel free to message freenode network staff. They're the people with hostnames ending in 'staff.freenode'. (3) Monosodium glutamate, a food additive (see http://truthinlabeling.org/).
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.
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>.
dpkg
M: 2012-02-10
the program used by Debian to install and remove packages, "man dpkg". Also ask me about <reference>. The main info bot in #debian is also called dpkg; ask me about <dpkgbot>.
ru
M: 2011-12-31
<reply> Это английскоговорящий канал, пожалуйста, говорите по-английски или посетите #debian-russian (irc.freenode.net) (Russian speakers please go to #debian-russian)
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>. http://wiki.debian.org/Gnome
ig
M: 2009-02-16
<reply> see installation guide
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).
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)!
pinning
M: 2008-07-31
<reply>see apt-pinning
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.
linux
C: 2000-03-26
closed
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>.
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-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.
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.
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.
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>.
java-package
M: 2013-03-07
<reply>java-package (formerly mpkg-j2se, j2se-package) provides the make-jpkg utility for creating Debian packages from manually downloaded <Java> distributions; Oracle Java 6 (update >= 10) and Oracle Java 7 are currently supported. java-package is available for Debian 7 "Wheezy" and later systems in <contrib>. http://wiki.debian.org/JavaPackage . Where possible, use <OpenJDK> instead, ask me about <install java>.
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
errors
M: 2010-06-06
<reply> If you don't tell us the exact error messages you get, we can't tell you what's wrong, and it's also useful to know exactly what command you're typing. Please look for the *first* error that occurs, as this is often the cause of later errors -- ask me about <localized errors> too. Please don't paste in the channel, use a pastebin instead; ask me about <pastebin>.
kp
M: 2009-04-08
<reply> see kernel-package
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
iceweasel
M: 2013-05-20
<reply>Iceweasel is a DFSG-free fork of <firefox>, which replaced it in Debian since 4.0 "Etch". Ask me about <why iceweasel>, <iceweasel vs firefox>, <iceweasel user-agent>. In GNOME, use gnome-default-applications-properties to change settings such as the mail reader. Since June 2013, Iceweasel in Debian <stable> is based on the Extended Support Release (ESR) branch. See also <iceweasel ntlm>. https://wiki.debian.org/Iceweasel
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>.
away
M: 2009-04-01
<reply>Do not use public away/back messages in $channel. If we want to know where you are, we'll /whois you. In BitchX, /set auto_away off; in XChat, Preferences > Chatting > General > uncheck Announce Away Messages; ask in #yourircclient if you have questions. If you continue to use public aways/backs you will be devoiced. http://sackheads.org/~bnaylor/spew/away_msgs.html
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.
why debian
M: 2009-02-19
<reply>Debian strives to maintain your freedom whilst also paying close attention to the technical aspects of making a great OS. Debian is stable, upgradable and well tested. See also http://www.debian.org/intro/free http://www.debian.org/intro/why_debian http://people.debian.org/~srivasta/talks/why_debian/ http://www.aboutdebian.com/ . As an added bonus, you get to ask questions in #debian.
aptitude
M: 2011-06-30
a terminal-based package manager that can be used in a command-line mode (aptitude install foo ; aptitude remove goo) as well as a text user interface mode (just run "aptitude"). Ask me about <why aptitude> <why not aptitude> <aptitude-fu> <aptitude docs> or see http://wiki.debian.org/Aptitude or http://tinyurl.com/3g4d4d9.
testing/unstable mix
M: 2014-08-16
<reply>«echo 'APT::Default-Release "testing";' >> /etc/apt/apt.conf», edit sources.list, copy your non-security testing lines and change one set to unstable, then apt-get update. Use apt-get -t unstable install foo; to install foo from unstable rather than testing as usual. WARNING to SYNAPTIC users: Synaptic ignores Default-Release: set Preferences->Distribution.
install kde
M: 2011-03-04
<reply> see install kde4
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>.
bdo kernel wheezy
M: 2013-06-22
<reply>A later kernel for Debian 7 "Wheezy" is available from the "wheezy-backports" repository. Ask me about <wheezy-backports> to modify your sources.list, then run «aptitude update». To install the current backported kernel: «aptitude -t wheezy-backports install linux-image-`uname -r|sed 's,[^-]*-[^-]*-,,'`». To list available backported kernel image packages: «aptitude search '?narrow(~nlinux-image,?origin(Debian Backports))'».
sex
M: 2005-03-11
<reply> updatedb; locate; talk; date; cd; strip; look; touch; finger; unzip; uptime; gawk; head; apt-get install (condom|diaphram); mount; fsck; more; yes; yes; yes; more; umount; apt-get remove --purge (condom|diaphram); make clean; sleep
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>.
siyh
M: 2009-04-29
Sooner If You Help. How? http://qa.debian.org/ , http://wiki.debian.org/BSP
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 (8.0); 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.
tum
C: 2007-11-09
<reply>see testing/unstable mix
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
cmd: wayttd (.*?)
C: 2002-11-14
($1): <reply> What Are You Trying To Do, $1?
windows
M: 2005-09-23
<reply>"PCs are like air conditioners, if you open Windows(R) they don't work." Support for Microsoft Windows operating systems is available in ##windows on irc.freenode.net.
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
cmd: confuse (.*?)
C: 2002-12-11
($1): <reply>(Yes|No), (those|what|them|where|who|how) (are|is|was) (your|their|our|my) (pants|weasel|ferret|hamster|pineapple|gouda|gerbil|badger|mushroom|snake|bacon) (today|tomorrow|yesterday), $1? (Pants|Shirts|Trousers|Breeches|Lederhosen|Wellies) of the (Monarchy|People's Republic|Dictatorship|Republic|Democracy) of (Liechtenstein|Tahiti|Swaziland|Belarus|Mongolia|Tibet|Micronesia) with extra (cheese|herring|cream|anchovies|crabpaste|ham).
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
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.)
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.
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>.
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).
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>.
deb-multimedia
M: 2008-02-11
<reply> see dmm
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>
laptop
M: 2009-06-09
<reply>All there is worth knowing about Linux and laptops can be found at http://www.linux-laptop.net/ and http://tuxmobil.org/mylaptops.html . For Thinkpads, ask me about <thinkpad>. Also ask me about <acpi>, <laptop mode>, <netbook>, <pcmcia>, <suspend>. http://wiki.debian.org/InstallingDebianOn . See also the debian-laptop mailing list: http://lists.debian.org/debian-laptop/
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>.
xorg
M: 2009-05-29
<reply>X.Org X11 is the reference implementation of the X Window System, forked from XFree86 4.4RC2 and first included in Debian 4.0 "Etch". To install, ask me about <install x>. To configure, ask me about <xorg config>. To remove, ask about <remove x>. http://wiki.debian.org/Xorg http://x.org/ #xorg on irc.freenode.net.
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.
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>.
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>.
netinstall
C: 2002-08-22
<reply> see netinst
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
search dpkg
M: 2010-09-01
<reply>You can search my database on the web at http://ircbots.debian.net/ or on IRC by asking me about <help listkeys> and <help-listvals>. My factoids are available at http://crito.ucr.edu/~dpkg/ in archives that are updated nightly and the previous 18 days are there. See also <search>.
what
C: 2002-04-23
<reply> This!
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>.
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>.
alsa one-liner
M: 2010-12-23
<reply>"aptitude -r install alsa-utils". After package installation, run alsamixer and unmute the volume levels. Some applications don't know how to talk directly to ALSA, see <devdsp>. Some ALSA drivers require firmware from userspace, ask me about <alsa firmware>. To set the default sound card, ask me about <default alsa>.
kde
M: 2012-06-08
<reply> see kde 4
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>.
dfsg
M: 2003-05-24
<reply>DFSG is the Debian Free Software Guidelines, which are explained at http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines . For a full list of DFSG-compatible/incompatible software licenses, see http://wiki.debian.org/DFSGLicenses
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-backports
M: 2010-09-06
<reply> see backports.debian.org
ot
M: 2010-06-24
<reply> see offtopic
hello
C: 2002-06-17
<reply> Hi, $who!
gnome
M: 2010-02-06
<reply>GNOME is a Desktop Environment ("DE", so are <KDE> and <XFCE>) based on GTK+. To get or delete GNOME, ask me about <install gnome> or <remove gnome> respectively. See also <gnome status>. https://wiki.debian.org/Gnome http://www.gnome.org/ #debian-gnome on irc.debian.org. GNOME-related IRC channels: https://wiki.gnome.org/Community/GettingInTouch/IRC
ntp
M: 2010-03-13
<reply>The Network Time Protocol (NTP) is used to synchronize the clocks of computer systems over a network. "aptitude install ntp" is enough to get going and synchronise your clock using the default ntp pool. http://wiki.debian.org/NTP http://www.ntp.org/ See also <set time>, <pool.ntp>.
install guide
M: 2009-02-16
<reply> see installation guide
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.
break
M: 2003-03-31
<reply>"This release is currently considered ``unstable''. That means that things *will* break if you run it." (quote from old page http://www.debian.org/releases/woody/), or http://bugs.debian.org/155873#10
bye
C: 2000-05-01
<reply> Cya, $who
beer
M: 2011-11-08
liquid gold mate
install
M: 2005-12-03
<reply> see install debian
sdn
M: 2011-10-09
<reply>see sdo
mint
C: 2008-01-13
<reply> see linux mint
purge
M: 2009-08-19
<reply> "purge" means to completely wipe away a package, including its configuration files. Use «aptitude purge $package» or «dpkg -P $package» (note: before wheezy, you can't 'apt-get purge' a package that is already removed; use aptitude or dpkg instead). To purge all "removed" packages: «aptitude purge '~c'». To restore configuration files, ask me about <confmiss>. Also ask me about <why aptitude>.
xfce
M: 2009-06-01
<reply>Xfce is a pretty nifty Desktop Environment. Lightweight, fast, compact. To install, ask me about <install xfce>. http://wiki.debian.org/Xfce http://wiki.xfce.org/faq http://www.xfce.org/ #xfce on irc.freenode.net.
equivs
M: 2010-04-19
<reply>equivs is a package that enables you to create dummy packages that tell <apt> you really have installed (through some other means) the package. aptitude install equivs, and read /usr/share/doc/equivs/*, see also <usrlocal>. A better plan is often to adapt the Debian packages to your needs, ask me about <package recompile> <uupdate> <ssb>.
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".
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
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
remove gnome
M: 2009-12-15
<reply>To remove or purge GNOME 2.x: aptitude remove ~nlibgnome ~nlibbonobo2 ~nliborbit2 ~nlibgnomeui ~nlibgnomevfs2. Use 'purge' instead of 'remove' if that's what you want (ask me about <purge>).
wifi
M: 2008-11-27
<reply> see wireless
firmware images
M: 2015-04-25
<reply> see firmware images jessie
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>.
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>.
debstats
M: 2008-07-21
<reply> debstats is managed by sussudio: http://debstats.mooo.com/ (#debian freenode) and http://members.ziggo.nl/sussudio/debian-oftc.html (#debian OFTC)
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 )
bootlogd
M: 2013-08-10
<reply>bootlogd is used to record boot messages to /var/log/boot. For Debian 7 "Wheezy" and later releases, install the bootlogd package to enable. In Debian 6.0 "Squeeze", bootlogd is provided by the sysvinit-utils package; set BOOTLOGD_ENABLE=Yes in /etc/default/bootlogd to enable.
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
blacklist-initramfs
C: 2006-11-02
<reply>If your kernel uses an initramfs image (e.g. Debian stock kernel images), you need to run «update-initramfs -u» in order to refresh its copy of blacklist table. Otherwise, early bootup won't follow your blacklist requests in e.g. /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.local.conf
your factoids
M: 2008-06-02
<reply> see search dpkg
point releases
M: 2015-04-25
<reply>Point releases are updates to <stable> and <oldstable>, fixing security and grave bug fixes. There are no point releases for Debian 8 "Jessie" yet. 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 <7.8>. https://wiki.debian.org/DebianReleases/PointReleases
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
permissions
M: 2010-12-09
<reply>For information on permissions, read «info coreutils 'File Permissions'», http://mywiki.wooledge.org/Permissions and http://www.comptechdoc.org/os/linux/usersguide/linux_ugfilesp.html . For further information, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix_permission and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chmod and follow the setuid and setgid links within. See also <ssh permissions>, <qotd232>. http://wiki.debian.org/Permissions
:)
C: 2002-10-05
<reply> oh, so nice to see you smile!
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
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>.
amd64
M: 2012-04-28
<reply>amd64 is the Debian architecture optimized for x86-64, aka AMD64. Intel Core 2, Core i3/i5/i7 and Xeon (since 2004) systems are x86-64. The AMD64 architecture also supports running Debian i386 with either a -686-pae or -amd64 kernel. See also <why amd64> and <why not amd64>.
point release
C: 2009-02-15
<reply> see point releases
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>.
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
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.
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>.
grub legacy
M: 2013-04-21
<reply>GNU GRUB (GRand Unified Bootloader) 0.9x (aka GRUB Legacy) is a powerful boot loader which can boot many OSes and understands many filesystems. To install: «aptitude install grub-legacy grub-legacy-doc». To reinstall, ask me about <fixmbr>. To migrate from LILO, ask about <lilo->grub>. See also <grub legacy errors>, <grub2>, <supergrub>. http://wiki.debian.org/Grub
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.
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>.
xsession
M: 2004-05-25
~/.xsession is used for both XDM and 'startx', when there's no ~/.xinitrc. [See: startx(1)], or best initialized as `echo -e "#! /bin/sh\nsource $HOME/.bash_profile\nsource $HOME/.xinitrc" >$HOME/.xsession'
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
automount
M: 2009-05-10
<reply> If you're running one of the desktop environments in Debian, then ask me about <kde automount>, <thunar-volman>. If you want something for the command line, then ask me about <usbmount>, <pmount> or <halevt>. For a completely different approach to automounting, ask me about <autofs>.
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.
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>.
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.
overview
M: 2013-10-12
<reply>Debian stable does not always include all the software people need or want so there is much official, semi-official, and non-official software available for stable. See http://wiki.debian.org/DebianSoftware . Ask me about <security>, <installer firmware>, <backports>, <stable-updates>, <multimedia>, <non-free>, <contrib>, <emdebian>, <debian live>. See also <grounding>, <social contract>, <introduction>.
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
google
M: 2009-04-09
<reply>Google is a search engine owned by Google Inc. whose mission statement is to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." The largest search engine on the web, Google receives over 200 million queries each day through its various services. http://www.google.com/ See also <chromium>, <gmail>, <googledns>, <googleearth>, <googletalk>, <gsoc>, <gtalk>.
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
clone
C: 2003-08-07
<reply>our $apt=Blootbot->new($apt)
install xfce
M: 2011-02-03
<reply>To install <Xfce> on established systems, ask me about <install x>, then: «aptitude install xfce4 xfce4-goodies» To install using Debian-Installer (if not using Xfce CD-1): from the Installer boot menu, select "Advanced options > Alternative desktop environments > Xfce > Install".
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>.
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.
deb
M: 2012-06-03
<reply>see .deb
they don't know
M: 2011-10-11
<reply>We're sorry your distro's channel isn't being helpful, but that doesn't make it appropriate to use #debian for non-Debian questions. Please go back to your channel and wait patiently for better help, or install Debian and party with us.
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>.
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.]
bootlog
C: 2005-06-06
<reply> see bootlogd
debian repository
M: 2010-02-16
<reply>A Debian repository is a set of Debian packages organized into a predefined structure for fetching with <apt>. A HOWTO (outdated since <secure apt>) is available at http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/repository-howto/repository-howto . Ask me about <list repositories>.
virtualbox
M: 2011-09-28
<reply>Oracle VM VirtualBox is an almost free software virtual machine solution. To install, see https://wiki.debian.org/VirtualBox or ask me about <vbox-install jessie>, <vbox-install wheezy>. http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/User_FAQ http://www.virtualbox.org/ #vbox on irc.freenode.net. See also <vbox rename>, <vbox guest>, <vbox extpack>, <vbox migrate win>, <vdi>, <virtualization>.
unix lessons
M: 2003-09-18
(1) Don't change the permissions, (2) back up your data, (3) keep it simple, stupid, (4) read the fscking manual, (5) don't fsck with package management, (6) don't type anything you don't understand, (7) always have a boot floppy or CD, (8) read your log files, (9) the FIRST error is the one that counts, (10) don't leave your root shell until you TEST your changes, (11) don't be root when you don't have to be
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!
live
M: 2010-03-23
<reply> see debian live
cups
M: 2009-07-19
<reply>CUPS (formerly Common Unix Printing System) provides a portable printing layer for Unix-based operating systems and supports the Internet Printing Protocol. To install, ask me about <cups setup>. See also <debug cups>. http://cups.org/faq.php http://www.cups.org/ ##cups on irc.freenode.net.
lvm
M: 2008-07-21
<reply>[lvm] the Linux Logical Volume Manager (http://sources.redhat.com/lvm2/). Resources: http://tldp.org/HOWTO/LVM-HOWTO/, <lvm_tutorial>, <lvm removedisk>, <lvm movelv>, <install using lvm>, http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/410, http://sources.redhat.com/lvm2/wiki/ IRC: #lvm on irc.freenode.net.
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>.
wpa
M: 2013-05-05
<reply>Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) is a wireless encryption standard. A WPA supplicant for Debian systems is in the wpasupplicant package, read /usr/share/doc/wpasupplicant/README.Debian.gz to configure (especially "Troubleshooting" for association to hidden SSIDs). Since Debian 7 "Wheezy", it is possible to install Debian over a WPA-protected network. https://wiki.debian.org/WPA https://wiki.debian.org/WiFi/HowToUse#wpasupplicant
qotd2
M: 2004-08-07
<reply><mrvn> Broadcast message from root (Sat Aug 7 05:48:42 2004): <mrvn> The system is going down for system halt NOW! <mrvn> What the fuck is dselect/dpkg doing a reboot for? <trave11er> mrvn: for changes to take effect? ;-) <StevenK> mrvn: You *had* to move the mouse, didn't you? <mrvn> StevenK: damn, yes. I accidentally pushed it.
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>.
emacs
M: 2012-06-22
<reply>Emacs is the extensible macro editor that is already quite extensively extended. A popular editor choice with major and minor modes for almost every conceivable language and task. High priests of emacs have even been known to use emacs as their shell, and sometimes have whole systems with init=/usr/bin/emacs. http://www.gnu.org/software/emacs http://emacswiki.org/ #emacs on irc.freenode.net. See also <emacs docs>.
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".
repository
M: 2005-02-23
<reply> see debian repository
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).
mount
M: 2009-10-24
a command used to mount a device to the local filesystem. `man 8 mount`. See also <reference>, <fstab>.
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>.
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>.
mg
M: 2010-03-26
<reply> see nmg
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.
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.
kde 4
M: 2012-06-08
<reply> KDE software is based on the Qt toolkit. See http://www.kde.org/ for release news and other details. Ask me about <install kde> or <remove kde>. You can also get KDE-specific help in #debian-kde (irc.oftc.net) or in other KDE-related IRC channels: http://userbase.kde.org/IRC_Channels . Also check out http://wiki.debian.org/KDE .
fuck you
C: 2002-03-31
<reply> no, fuck you
poll
M: 2004-05-15
<reply> see polls
remove kde
M: 2009-09-12
<reply>To remove or purge KDE: aptitude remove kdelibs-data kdelibs4c2a kdelibs5 kdelibs5-data libkdecore5. Use 'purge' instead of 'remove' if that's what you want (ask me about <purge>).
init.d
M: 2009-10-26
<reply>/etc/init.d/ is where most Debian startup scripts go. To add your own, copy /etc/init.d/skeleton to /etc/init.d/myscript and make it do the appropriate thing on start and stop, at least. Then "update-rc.d myscript defaults". See "man update-rc.d" and /usr/share/doc/sysvinit and /etc/init.d/README. Also ask me about <rc.local> <runlevel>. See also <missing lsb tags>.
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/
exit
C: 2000-11-29
<reply> /quit you fool!
heh
M: 2004-12-17
<reply> Many would say that heh is #debian's favourite word, so not a good idea for your nick if you want hilighting to work. "heh" is not punctuation, so do not use it as such.
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 ...
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
fhs
M: 2010-12-09
<reply> Debian follows the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard. The filesystem is categorized by purpose, not application. This allows, for example, the easy and efficient deployment of a read-only /usr area across a number of thin clients. See http://www.pathname.com/fhs/ or install the 'debian-policy' package (/usr/share/doc/debian-policy/fhs/*), or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filesystem_Hierarchy_Standard, or "man hier".
runlevel
M: 2008-07-20
<reply> 0 is halt, 1 is single user, 2, 3, 4, 5 are multiuser, 6 is reboot. By default 2, 3, 4 and 5 are identical (there are no graphic/non-graphic runlevels), but you can configure this if you wish. Read /usr/share/doc/sysvinit/*; read /etc/init.d/README; man update-rc.d; if that doesn't make sense, consider installing <rcconf> instead. See also http://debian-administration.org/articles/212, <startup>, <file-rc>, <single-user mode>.
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
preseed
M: 2010-07-14
<reply>[preseed] Preseeding provides a way to set answers to questions asked during the Debian installation process, to allow for a streamlined or completely automated installation. The <install guide> provides an extensive appendix on preseeding with a full example. See http://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/Preseed and http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/394 . See also <debconf-set-selections>.
!
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>.
ne1
M: 2014-01-16
<reply> There is no such nick ne1. If you can't be bothered to type 'anyone' we can't be bothered to help you. IRC shorthand for "I don't have two braincells to rub together" (circa EFnet #amiga mid-90s). See <standard english>.
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
love
M: 2004-03-19
<reply>Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra, which suddenly flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come.
kept back
M: 2008-07-24
when packages have not been upgraded even though newer versions are available. This happens if dependencies cannot be resolved, packages are on hold or you used "upgrade" not "full-upgrade" and old packages need to be removed as part of the upgrade. To investigate, "aptitude -s install <kept-package>". See also http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/69 and ask me about <full-upgrade>.
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!
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>.
haha
C: 2001-07-16
<action> laughs!! that's funny $who!
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.
cmd: blame (.*?)
C: 2002-10-26
($1): <action> blames $randnick and $1 for (all the evil in the world|the end of (life|culture|the Internet|the world) as we know it)
why amd64
C: 2008-10-14
<reply>The Debian architecture that runs on 64-bit processors from AMD and Intel is called "amd64" because the architecture was first developed by AMD. AMD64 is variously known as x86-64, x64, IA-32e, EM64T and Intel 64 (most of which are the Intel marketing people changing their mind). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/x86-64
squeeze-updates
M: 2011-09-19
<reply>squeeze-updates is a suite providing updates to some packages (from <oldstable-proposed-updates>) prior to a <point release>. All packages from squeeze-updates will be included in point releases. The stable-updates suite replaces the Debian Volatile archive starting from Debian 6.0. http://www.debian.org/News/2011/20110215 . Not to be confused with <squeeze/updates>, see <squeeze security>.
sarge
M: 2009-03-30
<reply>Sarge is the codename for Debian GNU/Linux 3.1, released June 6th, 2005. Sarge security support ended on 2008-03-31, this release is no longer supported. Sarge users should upgrade to Etch, ask me about <sarge->etch>. Removed from the mirrors; ask me about <sarge sources.list>, <sarge-backports>. Get old sarge ISOs here: http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/archive/3.1_r8/ http://wiki.debian.org/DebianSarge
cmd: ubuntuirc (.*?)
M: 2011-06-04
($1): <reply>$1: 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
linus
M: 2008-09-25
The Man. or someone who pushes to have procfs replace sysctl, despite the fact for programs this makes things significantly slower. someone that doesn't comment, or at http://revolution-os.com/images/linus_at_linuxworld.jpg
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.
factoid
M: 2004-10-15
<reply>A factoid is something resembling a fact or unverified (often invented) information that is given credibility because it appeared in print, or a brief (usually one sentence and usually trivial) news item, or often-repeated information, stored to keep people from having to repeatedly explain something. This thing you're reading right now is called a "factoid".
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>)
bash
M: 2010-08-31
the Bourne Again SHell, and the default Debian shell. Ask me about <bash faq>, <bash pitfalls>, <bbg>, <abs>, <parsing ls>, <bashism>. http://wiki.debian.org/Bash #bash on irc.oftc.net and irc.freenode.net.
fixmbr
M: 2013-10-01
<reply> see fixboot
rc.local
M: 2007-04-26
<reply>/etc/rc.local is a script called by /etc/init.d/rc.local which is typically one of the last things to be run during the boot sequence. If you have commands you want run at boot, edit /etc/rc.local (don't touch /etc/init.d/rc.local). rc.local is regarded as a hack, consider writing a real init script instead, ask me about <init.d>.
python
M: 2010-02-01
<reply>Python is a very nice scripting language, easy to learn and still quite powerful and elegant if you know how to use it. See http://wiki.python.org/moin/BeginnersGuide . #python and ##python on irc.freenode.net, #python on irc.oftc.net. See also <python 2.6>, <python 2.7> and <python 3>.
firmware image
M: 2010-08-08
<reply> see firmware images
aptosid
M: 2010-09-13
<reply>aptosid (formerly sidux) is a live distribution <based on Debian> Sid. It is not supported in #debian. http://aptosid.com/ #aptosid on irc.oftc.net.
mdn
M: 2013-05-20
<reply>see mozilla.debian.net
zombie
M: 2001-06-27
<reply> A zombie process is one which has issued an exit(), but whose parent has not yet issued wait() (or one of its variants) to retrieve the exit code. This usually means the parent process is buggy. You can't kill a zombie, because it's already dead; you have to kill the parent, or just ignore the zombie.
squeeze->wheezy failures
M: 2013-05-03
<reply>Try: (a) upgrade in 2 steps: apt-get upgrade; apt-get dist-upgrade (b) apt-get dist-upgrade -o APT::Immediate-Configure=0 (c) add squeeze back into sources.list; apt-get update; try again. (d) apt-get install apt; try again (e) apt-get install badpackage; try again (f) apt-get remove badpackage; apt-get install badpackage; try again (g) dpkg -r --force-depends badpackage; apt-get -f install; try again.
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))'
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>.
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>.
keyboard
M: 2009-04-18
<reply> A keyboard is something you hit to fix segfaults, sigsegvs, and faulty hardware, or at http://store.yahoo.com/pfuca-store/ . For help configuring up your keyboard, ask me about <keymap>, <keyboard specialkeys>, <multimedia keys>, <key delay>, <capslock>. See also <cherry>.
sorry
M: 2004-05-05
<reply>Don't be sorry...but if you ever go against the Debian Family again...
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.
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.
apt recommends
M: 2014-08-11
<reply>Packages required in all but unusual cases (that is, "breakable" dependencies) are called "recommended" packages. By not installing these packages, you miss the standard functionality they provide. To disable once, "aptitude -R install packagename" or "apt-get --no-install-recommends install packagename". To disable permanently, echo "APT::Install-Recommends no;" > /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/no-recommends. See <why recommends>.
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>.
cool
M: 2002-11-30
<reply> it's spelled cool! get it right!!
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
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/
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
install alsa
C: 2007-11-10
<reply> see alsa one-liner
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>.
.
M: 2003-05-08
. ...........
cups setup
M: 2010-02-16
"aptitude install cups cups-bsd foomatic-db". Hit http://localhost:631/ and add a new printer. Enjoy! Optionally install the printconf package to automatically install attached printers. To troubleshoot printing problems, ask me about <debug cups>.
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>.
woody
M: 2009-03-30
<reply>Woody is the codename for Debian GNU/Linux 3.0, released on July 19, 2002. Security support for woody was terminated on 2006-06-30. Woody was archived on 2007-01-10, ISOs are available from http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/archive/3.0_r6/ . See also <woody sources.list> and <woody->sarge>. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianWoody
cmd: btssmite (.*?)
C: 2005-02-08
($1): <action> beats $1 around the head repeatedly with http://bugs.debian.org/ and apt-listbugs, along with a chainsaw if $1 is running testing or unstable
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/
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
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>.
debug sshd
M: 2010-02-17
<reply> To debug sshd (server), run this as root on the server: "/usr/sbin/sshd -d -p 2222". Then use "ssh -p 2222 username@servername" on the client. See also <slow ssh connect>, <ssh permissions>.
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>.
c
M: 2005-01-12
<reply> See, or S-E-E. If you're too lazy to spell it out, we're too lazy to help you.
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!
override dns
M: 2010-08-12
<reply> To instruct dhclient to use your specified nameserver rather than the one given to you by your DHCP server, echo "supersede domain-name-servers a.b.c.d, e.f.g.h;" >> /etc/dhcp/dhclient.conf, or see man 5 dhclient.conf for more information. Instead of supersede, you can also use "prepend" or "append" to add nameservers. Or remove domain-name-servers (etc.) from dhclient.conf if you prefer.
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.
cmd: laugh at (.*?)
C: 2001-10-11
($1): <reply> HAHAHA! AH-HAHA! $1 just cracks me up!
factoids
M: 2007-02-10
<reply> see your factoids
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.
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>.
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/
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>.
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>.
anybody
C: 2004-07-13
<reply> see anyone
crack
C: 2001-04-10
<reply> crack: see source of spacehogs comment on apt
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/
iceweasel backports
M: 2014-08-11
<reply> For stable releases, newer versions of Iceweasel, Icedove and Iceape can be found at http://mozilla.debian.net/ ; you will want the "release" repository. For users of testing and unstable, updated packages are normally in <experimental>; only Extended Support Release (ESR) versions are suitable for release in <stable> so only those versions can be uploaded to unstable.
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>.
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>.
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>.
newbiedoc
M: 2008-12-14
<reply>http://newbiedoc.sf.net/ -- newbies check it out! Veterans too, so you can contribute! :)
dsa
M: 2010-11-17
<reply>[dsa] Debian Security Announcement, see http://www.debian.org/security/ and http://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/ ; RSS feeds at http://www.debian.org/security/dsa (titles only) and http://www.debian.org/security/dsa-long (summaries). Ask me about <dsa lookup DSA-nnnn> for information about the packages affected. See also <tracker of doom>, <debsecan>, <dsa team>.
patch
C: 2001-04-23
just a tool to handle text file mutations according to a common format known as 'diff'. For kernel patching use (depending on type of patch): 'patch -p1 < patch.diff' or 'zcat patch.gz | patch -p1' or 'bzcat patch.bz2 | patch -p1'
init
M: 2008-05-22
the init daemon, or ask me about <runlevels>, or <inittab>
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>.
lvm_tutorial
M: 2011-11-23
<reply>IBM developerWorks article on LVM2 (2007): http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/aix/library/l-lvm2/index.html
cmd: coffee (.*?)
C: 2005-08-22
($1): <action> decants a fine (broth|brew|mug) of (organic|fair trade|organic, fair trade|hippy-blend) (Jamaican Blue Mountain|Peruvian|Colombian|Tanzanian|International Roast Caterers Blend) for $1, courtesy of $nick
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>.
acpi
M: 2009-11-12
<reply>Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) is a power management interface that gives more control to the BIOS, or horribly horribly broken, or "run this arbitrary code in ring 0", or generally better than <APM>. For a list of supported systems/BIOSes, see http://www.lesswatts.org/projects/acpi/ . See also <acpid>, <suspend>.
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.
qotd
M: 2014-10-29
<reply>Quote of the Day. Ask me about <qotd0> to get a random one. See <literal qotd0> for which numbers are used already and <qotdx> for which numbers have been voted as "replaceable". At 290 (2014-12-08).
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
judd
M: 2012-10-07
<reply>judd is a window into the Ultimate Debian Database (ask me about <udd>). Judd can look up package, PCI ID and kernel config information. See http://ircbots.debian.net/judd/ for detailed information, or ask me about <judd-packages>, <judd-hardware>, <source judd>.
gdm
M: 2010-05-02
<reply> <GNOME> Display Manager (GDM) is a <display manager> based on <xdm>, but with no original xdm code. Written with looks (and security) in mind. It uses ~/.gnomerc instead of ~/.xsession. http://wiki.debian.org/GDM http://projects.gnome.org/gdm #gdm on irc.gimp.org. Not to be confused with the General Purpose Mouse (GPM) interface, see <gpm>.
forgot mysql root password
M: 2008-10-10
<reply> If you've forgotten the <MySQL> root password, /etc/init.d/mysql stop; mysqld --skip-grant-tables; mysql -u root; use mysql; UPDATE user SET Password=PASSWORD('mynewpassword') WHERE User='root'; FLUSH PRIVILEGES; C-d; stop mysqld; /etc/init.d/mysql start See also http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.5/en/resetting-permissions.html, <mysql initial password>.
rescue
M: 2009-06-13
at http://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/FAQ ("Can I use d-i as a rescue system?"). Ask me about <rescue mode>. See also <fixmbr> and <i forgot root's password>.
ath9k
M: 2008-12-13
<reply>ath9k is a completely free (no proprietary HAL) Linux kernel driver supporting PCI/PCIe 802.11n wireless LAN devices with Atheros chips. It does not require firmware from userspace. See https://wiki.debian.org/ath9k for more information and supported devices. For Atheros 802.11n USB device support, ask me about <ath9k_htc>, <carl9170>.
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.
bill gates
M: 2002-03-24
the creator of all many things that are annoying, insidious, non-free, evil, and annoying. Did I mention annoying? > very annoying.
snapshot
M: 2010-04-12
<reply> see sdo
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.
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>.
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/
tasksel
M: 2009-01-07
<reply>tasksel is a program to select and install "tasks": a collection of packages for a system to perform a specific task (e.g. desktop environment, web server). Ask me about <standard task>, <server tasks> and <laptop task>. https://wiki.debian.org/tasksel
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.
oldstable
M: 2015-04-25
<reply>OldStable the previous stable version of Debian, as long as it is still supported by the security team. Wheezy (7) is oldstable. It is recommended to upgrade your system(s) to the current stable release, ask me about <oldstable->stable>. https://wiki.debian.org/DebianOldStable. See also <lifespan> <wheezy-lts>.
checkinstall
M: 2009-10-18
<reply>CheckInstall is a program that tracks all files installed by "make install" (or equivalent), creates a Debian (or other) package with those files, and adds it to the installed packages database, allowing for easy package removal or distribution. http://asic-linux.com.mx/~izto/checkinstall/ See also <stow>.
tias
M: 2009-08-13
<reply>TIAS is "Try It And See".
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>.
cmd: paste (.*?)
M: 2009-11-13
($1): <reply> $1: put your output on http://paste.debian.net/ so we can see it. DO NOT paste into the channel.
cd
M: 2009-05-29
a Compact-Disc, something that can hold about 650 megs, or a shiny silver thing that glitters, or a good beverage coaster, or change directory. To download Debian CD images, ask me about <iso>. To buy Debian CDs, ask me about <vendors>. To add a Debian CD to the APT system, ask me about <apt-cdrom>.
alternatives
M: 2012-12-27
the way Debian manages multiple applications with the same function. For more info, man update-alternatives. Have a look at the galternatives package or ask me about <update-alternatives> <java alternatives>. http://people.debian.org/~jwilk/alternatives/Contents has a recently created list of all the available alternatives-managed paths in Debian. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianAlternatives
kali
C: 2013-03-13
<reply> see kali linux
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.
en
M: 2009-05-04
<reply>The language of #debian is English. We will do our best to help you regardless of your level of English but you might be more comfortable asking for help in your own language. Ask me about your language code for more information, for example /msg dpkg br ; /msg dpkg pt ; /msg dpkg es ; /msg dpkg fr ; /msg dpkg de
:(
C: 2002-10-05
<reply> awwwww, whats the matter??
initrd
M: 2010-01-04
<reply>[initrd] Initial ramdisk, or god's way of punishing you for using a pre-built kernel image... and you WILL HAVE TO INCLUDE AN INITRD STATEMENT IN YOUR BOOTLOADER (hint, hint). Typically if you can't find your root filesystem, this is your problem, see <can't mount root>. A great system for those who understand modules or need/want root in LVM and/or md RAID. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Initrd . See also <initramfs>, <kp mantra>.
debian-next
M: 2013-10-15
<reply>#debian-next is the channel for testing/unstable support on the OFTC network (irc.oftc.net).
dd
M: 2009-12-30
an abbreviation for Debian Developer, or a utility for the low-level copying and conversion of raw data: man dd, dd if=/foo/vmlinuz of=/dev/fd0 to produce a bootable floppy, dd if=/dev/hdc of=image.iso to make an image of a CD/DVD. See also <win32 dd>, <ddrescue>, <gddrescue>.
iwlagn
M: 2012-02-11
<reply> see iwlwifi
apt-cache
M: 2010-05-09
<reply>apt-cache is a tool with several commands that query the package cache in various ways. To see versions of a package or which repository it came from, use "apt-cache policy foo", "apt-cache show foo" or "apt-cache showpkg foo" (searches for reverse dependencies). "apt-cache search foo" helps to find which packages provide or are related to foo, by searching all package descriptions. See also <which repo>.
next
M: 2014-06-05
<reply> Another happy customer leaves the building.
reboot
M: 2007-08-20
<reply> You want to reboot for WHAT?? If it's not a new kernel or a hardware change, you probably don't need to reboot. Ask me about <qotd2>.
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.
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.
custom netinst
M: 2009-06-22
<reply>To create customized Debian <netinst> images, see http://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/Modify/CustomKernel and http://wiki.debian.org/DebianCustomCD . See also <blend>.
ssbp
C: 2006-11-16
<reply> see simple sid backport
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>.
lame
M: 2014-05-07
<reply>LAME is an open source MP3 encoder, accepted into <main> in July 2011 (closing bug #90091). Applications using <GStreamer> for MP3 file output require the LAME plugin, packaged as gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly for Debian 7 "Wheezy". http://lame.sf.net/ #mp3encoder on irc.freenode.net.
debian.exe
M: 2011-08-15
<reply> see win32-loader
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.
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.
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>.
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).
harden
M: 2010-03-24
<reply>To secure and harden a Debian GNU/Linux system, ask me about <securing debian> and <security>. See also <security backports>, <tracker of doom>, <d:sbd>, <grsecurity>, <exec shield>.
why
C: 2008-11-16
<reply> Because!
startup
M: 2007-04-26
<reply> see init.d
deborphan
M: 2008-06-17
<reply> deborphan is a package that will tell you what library packages you have installed that nothing's using. If you want remove all packages use 'deborphan | xargs apt-get -y remove --purge', or a nice tool to clean up grown debians. http://deb.li/3qpqF provides a nice guide to several more steps to reclaim big chunks of HDD. Ask me about <debfoster><autoremove><unmarkauto>.
chromium
M: 2010-10-03
<reply>Chromium is an open source web browser produced by Google, based on WebKit. Google Chrome is based on Chromium. Ask me about <pepper flash>. https://wiki.debian.org/Chromium http://www.chromium.org/Home #chromium-support on irc.freenode.net. For the game formerly known as Chromium, ask me about <chromium-bsu>.
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".
debsums
M: 2012-07-28
a utility that will check a package's files against their checksums. The "-a" argument will instruct it to also check configuration files: "aptitude install debsums; debsums -a -s". Most packages come with md5sums included in the package; if apt's package cache is clean, then generate missing sums with "aptitude reinstall `debsums -l`". Ask me about <md5sums>.
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.
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>.
mesa
M: 2011-03-01
<reply>Mesa 3D is an open source implementation of the <OpenGL> API. http://mesa3d.org/ #dri-devel on irc.freenode.net. See also <glx>.
stable->testing
M: 2015-04-25
<reply>see jessie->stretch
dmm list
M: 2012-02-29
<reply>To list all packages you have installed from deb-multimedia.org: aptitude search '?narrow(?version(CURRENT),?origin(Unofficial Multimedia Packages))' --disable-columns -F%p. Note: 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). See also <which repo>.
bitch
M: 2002-11-11
<reply> You fool, you're scaring away women. Read "HOWTO Encourage Women in Linux" at http://www.nmt.edu/~val/howto.html
xyproblem
M: 2015-03-08
<reply>Slow down for a bit! Are you sure that you need to jump through that particular hoop to achieve your goal? We suspect you don't, so why don't you back up a bit and tell us about the overall objective... We know that people often falsely diagnose problems because they are too close to them -- it's easy to miss that there is a better way to do proceed. See http://mywiki.wooledge.org/XyProblem
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>.
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>.
qt
M: 2013-03-07
<reply>Qt is a cross-platform application framework developed by Digia. http://qt.digia.com/ #qt on irc.freenode.net.
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>.
netbsd
C: 1970-01-01
<reply>NetBSD is a 4.4BSD variant. http://www.netbsd.org/ See also <debian bsd>.
ipw2200
M: 2010-02-14
<reply>ipw2200 is a Linux kernel driver supporting Intel PRO/Wireless 2200 (802.11bg) and 2915 (802.11a/bg) devices. Firmware is required, ask me about <non-free sources> and install the firmware-ipw2x00 package to provide. http://wiki.debian.org/ipw2200 #ipw2100 on irc.freenode.net.
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>.
mono
M: 2009-05-17
<reply>[mono] infectious mononucleosis ("glandular fever", "kissing disease"), or a community initiative to develop an open source, cross-platform version of the Microsoft .NET development framework. http://wiki.debian.org/Mono http://wiki.debian.org/Teams/DebianMonoGroup http://www.mono-project.com/ #debian-mono on irc.oftc.net.
boo
C: 2001-08-24
<action> dies from a heart attack thanks to $who
nope
C: 2000-11-26
<reply> yes
fedora
M: 2007-06-16
<reply>Fedora is the Red Hat-derived distribution of Linux, although it is not supported by Red Hat officially, you can get help from the community: #fedora on irc.freenode.net. http://fedoraproject.org/
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>.
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".
ar
M: 2009-05-18
a program packaged in binutils to create, modify, and extract from archives (man ar), or argentina, or #debian-ar on irc.oftc.net.
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.
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>.
stow usage
M: 2010-11-30
<reply>A quick intro to <stow>: ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/stow/program-version && make && make install; cd /usr/local/stow/ ; stow program-version. Use stow -D to remove. See also <usrlocal>.
check iso image
M: 2011-08-19
<reply>To verify you have a valid and official Debian CD/DVD image, see http://www.debian.org/CD/faq/#verify . To test an ISO image was burned correctly, compare the output of «md5sum filename.iso; dd if=/dev/cdrom | head -c `stat --format=%s filename.iso` | md5sum». You should compare this md5sum to the checksum for the ISO image on the mirror. See also <check iso signature>.
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!
hurd
M: 2013-05-23
<reply>GNU Hurd (<HIRD> of Unix-Replacing Daemons) is a POSIX-compatible collection of servers which run on the Mach microkernel. It is the GNU project's replacement for the Unix kernel. https://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/ #hurd on irc.freenode.net. For the Debian GNU/Hurd port (not an official Debian release), see https://www.debian.org/ports/hurd/ and https://www.debian.org/ports/hurd/hurd-news #debian-hurd on irc.oftc.net.
openoffice.org
M: 2013-12-24
<reply>see openoffice
networkmanager
M: 2011-02-05
<reply>NetworkManager is a network management framework daemon. See /usr/share/doc/network-manager/README.Debian for setup instructions and ask me about <nm unmanaged>. http://wiki.debian.org/NetworkManager http://live.gnome.org/NetworkManager http://projects.gnome.org/NetworkManager/ #nm on irc.freenode.net. See also <nmcli>, <wireless connection managers>.
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.
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.
pdf
M: 2010-07-04
<reply>Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format for document exchange, designed by Adobe as a replacement for <PostScript>. Free software to view PDFs include <xpdf>, <kpdf>, <okular>, <evince> (all poppler based) and gv, kghostview (ghostscript-based, much slower!). Adobe Reader (acroread) is available from deb-multimedia in non-free; ask me about <dmm>. See also <edit pdf>, <pdf writer>. http://wiki.debian.org/PDF
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>.
exim4
M: 2009-06-01
<reply>Exim 4 is the default <MTA> since Debian 3.1 "Sarge". The Debian package has a debconf-driven configuration which greatly eases configuration for most run-of-the-mill applications. E-Mail is a complicated matter, so it might be necessary to read a lot of documentation to allow more advanced features. exim4 is very powerful and flexible. Find more about Debian's exim4 on http://pkg-exim4.alioth.debian.org/
secure apt
M: 2010-02-09
<reply> see apt-secure
update-rc.d
M: 2009-04-22
<reply>update-rc.d is used to manipulate System V style init script links, which are used to stop/start system services. Read the update-rc.d man page for a good introduction to Debian's boot process. For front-ends, ask me about <rcconf>, <sysv-rc-conf>, <bum>. See also <insserv>.
install font
M: 2008-02-20
<reply> see font install
kernels
M: 2007-12-02
<reply> see kernel
!!
M: 2007-07-16
<reply> see !
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>.
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.
brcmsmac
M: 2013-06-27
<reply>brcmsmac (brcm80211 prior to Linux 2.6.39) is an open source <mac80211> driver, supporting 802.11n PCIe devices based on Broadcom <BCM4313>, <BCM43224> and <BCM43225> chips. Firmware is required (bcm43xx-0.fw, bcm43xx_hdr-0.fw), ask me about <non-free sources> and install the firmware-brcm80211 package to provide. Access point and adhoc modes are supported since Linux 3.10. https://wiki.debian.org/brcm80211
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/
apache
M: 2009-02-24
<reply>Apache HTTPD is a versatile, high-performance HTTP server. Ask me about <apache2>, <install apache>, <apache manual>. See also <cnrd>, <userdir>, <htaccess>. http://wiki.debian.org/Apache http://wiki.apache.org/httpd/FAQ http://httpd.apache.org/ #httpd on irc.freenode.net.
cmd: kick (.*?)
M: 2005-01-06
($1): <action> kicks $1 in the (ass|crotch).
resolv.conf
M: 2009-04-11
<reply>/etc/resolv.conf is a resolver configuration file that contains your nameserver IPs. It is written by your DHCP client. To use different nameservers than those provided by DHCP, ask me about <override dns>. See also <fixresolvconf>.
geo http sources.list
M: 2012-06-28
<reply>To have <APT> automatically select a mirror geographically close to you, you can use a Geo-IP service from httpredir.debian.org. An example line for your sources.list is "deb http://httpredir.debian.org/debian/ jessie main". See http://httpredir.debian.org/ for more information. Unlike <cdn.debian.net>, it is safe to use with Google DNS etc because it uses HTTP 302 redirects. See also <which httpredir.debian.org>.
7.1
M: 2013-06-15
<reply>Debian 7.1 was released on June 15th, 2013. This point release corrects some serious bugs and copies security updates across to the main archive. Further details are at http://www.debian.org/News/2013/20130615 and http://httpredir.debian.org/debian/dists/wheezy/ChangeLog . To upgrade, ask me about <point release>.
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".
php
M: 2009-04-11
<reply>PHP is a scripting language. To install, ask me about <install php>. See also <php wants me to download still>, <php mysql>, <php userdir>, <phpmyadmin>, <php gd>, <pear>, <pecl>, <suhosin>, <xampp>. http://wiki.debian.org/PHP http://www.php.net/ #php on irc.oftc.net, #php and ##php 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>.
grml
M: 2009-06-18
<reply> grml is a bootable CD (Live CD) originally <based on> Knoppix, now Debian. It includes a collection of GNU/Linux software especially for users of text tools and system administrators. It can be used as a rescue system, for analyzing systems/networks or as a working environment. http://grml.org/ #grml on irc.freenode.net.
rms
M: 2008-09-25
a hacker name of Richard Stallman, founder of Free Software Foundation (fsf), (co)author of the GNU General Public licence(s), and GNU philosophy in general.
initramfs
M: 2009-05-04
the new <initrd>. See http://www.ducea.com/2006/10/10/debian-etch-kernels/ for Sarge and Etch kernel differences (forward looking as we know it prior to etch's release), or ask me about <initramfs debug>. See also <targeted>. http://wiki.debian.org/initramfs
vnc
M: 2010-02-27
<reply>Virtual Network Computing (VNC) is a platform-independent graphical desktop sharing system (i.e. provides GUI remote access). Server packages in Debian include <tightvncserver>, <vnc4server> and <x11vnc>; "apt-cache search vnc" will list other servers and clients. Ask me about <vnc setup>, see also <x-not-vnc> for an alternative. http://wiki.debian.org/VNCviewer
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.
what's my hardware
C: 2007-07-27
<reply> see whats my hardware
steam
M: 2013-12-30
<reply>Steam is a proprietary content delivery and management application for PC software with Linux support. Packaged in <testing> (non-free); amd64 users are required to enable <multiarch> and install the steam:i386 package. For help with upstream issues, ask #steamlug on irc.freenode.net. http://wiki.debian.org/Steam
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.
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>.
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.
synaptic
M: 2009-06-05
<reply>Synaptic is a graphical user interface to add, remove and reinstall packages. It has dependency handling just like apt-get and integrates well with apt-get (also behaves well with aptitude too). http://wiki.debian.org/Synaptic http://wiki.debian.org/HowToSynaptic . Not to be confused with the <synaptics> touchpad driver.
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>.
glx
M: 2010-08-27
<reply>GLX (OpenGL Extension to the X Window System) enables programs wanting to use <OpenGL> to do so, via a window provided by X Window System. http://web.archive.org/web/20080510115750/http://www.sgi.com/products/software/opensource/glx/
mozilla.debian.net
M: 2013-05-20
<reply> see iceweasel backports
about
C: 1970-01-01
<reply> see help
debian-handbook
M: 2013-04-11
<reply>The Debian Administrator's Handbook is at http://debian-handbook.info/ and can be browsed, bought and downloaded. From Debian 7 "Wheezy" onwards, it can also can be installed from the debian-handbook package. Also ask me about <books> <docs>.
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>.
openoffice
M: 2013-12-24
<reply>OpenOffice is a productivity suite based on Sun's StarOffice. http://wiki.debian.org/OpenOffice http://www.openoffice.org/ #openoffice.org on irc.freenode.net. See also <debian ooo> and <libreoffice>. OpenOffice is no longer packaged starting from wheezy, but its fork LibreOffice is: http://www.debian.org/News/2011/20110623
kernel abi
M: 2010-01-25
<reply>Debian kernel packages have an <ABI> to indicate when out-of-tree modules must be rebuilt; upgrading from a package with 3.2.0-3-amd64 to another 3.2.0-3-amd64 doesn't require fglrx/nvidia/etc to be rebuilt, but upgrading from 3.2.0-3-amd64 to 3.2.0-4-amd64 does. Development kernels intended for <experimental> have the ABI <trunk> to indicate the ABI is unmanaged. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianKernelABIChanges
help
M: 2007-01-29
<reply> Enter /msg dpkg help in your IRC client, or http://www.debian.org/intro/about
why an mta
M: 2008-10-05
<reply> An MTA should be on most Unix(ish) systems to provide a way for various services to deliver asynchronous system or error messages. This includes things like cron and at (to give you the output of jobs) and various daemons (e.g. the init script of MySQL). The MTA does not have to listen to network ports so spam and security issues are largely irrelevant. See also <nullmailer>.
kdm
C: 1970-01-01
the KDE Display Manager - an even swankier version of xdm, for the K Desktop user.
dual boot guide
M: 2014-04-29
<reply>A guide for setting up dual boot with Windows 7 can be found at http://linuxcommando.blogspot.ca/2013/12/dual-booting-debian-wheezy-and-windows-7.html . Also ask me about <fixmbr>, <supergrub>.
empty xorg.conf
M: 2011-02-08
<reply>Starting from Debian 5.0 "Lenny", /etc/X11/xorg.conf is often basically empty or non-existent, as X auto-detects your hardware and starts the X server accordingly, nothing to worry about. Ask me about <xorg config> and <xrandr> for ways to configure Xorg. See also <xorg manual config>, <xorg.conf.d>, <xorg hal>.
potato
M: 2009-03-30
<reply>Potato is the codename for Debian GNU/Linux 2.2, released August 14th, 2000. It is no longer supported. Ask me about <potato->woody> for upgrade information. See also <potato sources.list>. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianPotato
console
M: 2010-07-16
<reply>Console Guides: http://tldp.org/HOWTO/DOS-Win-to-Linux-HOWTO.html http://www.linuxcommand.org/ http://tinyurl.com/gwg2b http://www.macdevcenter.com/pub/a/mac/2005/05/20/terminal1.html http://people.ischool.berkeley.edu/~kevin/unix-tutorial/toc.html . See also <serial console>, <netconsole>.
sux
M: 2015-04-08
<reply> sux was a utility for running X apps as a different user but is no longer in Debian; ask me about <gksu> and <root x> for alternatives. Documentation for sux is at http://fgouget.free.fr/sux/ . Sux is also the way some people spell sucks and usually implies that they don't know what they are talking about; ask me about <u>.
gnome status
M: 2013-07-10
<reply>Status of GNOME 3.12 packaging can be found at http://www.0d.be/debian/debian-gnome-3.12-status.html
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>.
slink
M: 2009-03-30
<reply> Slink (Debian GNU/Linux 2.1) was released March 1999. It is no longer supported. Ask me about <slink->potato>. Get old slink ISOs here: http://mirror.debianforum.de/debian-iso-archive/slink/i386/ http://wiki.debian.org/DebianSlink
install lxde
M: 2011-02-03
<reply>To install <LXDE> on established systems, ask me about <install x>, then: «aptitude install lxde». To install using Debian-Installer (if not using LXDE CD-1): from the Installer boot menu, select "Advanced options > Alternative desktop environments > LXDE > Install".
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
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>.
jp
M: 2011-04-29
<reply>Japanese speakers: please use #debianjp on irc.debian.or.jp or speak English here.
suspend troubleshooting
M: 2011-01-12
<reply>A guide for troubleshooting suspend-to-RAM and suspend-to-disk problems is at http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Suspend_to_RAM and http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Suspend_to_disk . The tools it references are available in the Debian <uswsusp> package. See also http://kernel.org/doc/Documentation/power/basic-pm-debugging.txt
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>. http://wiki.lxde.org/en/LXDE:Questions http://www.lxde.org/ #lxde on irc.oftc.net.
tr
M: 2008-03-15
t�rk�e yardIm i�in #debian.tr (irc.freenode.net): -- if you need help in turkish, please join #debian.tr on irc.freenode.net.
really
C: 1970-01-01
<reply>yes, $who
based on
C: 2006-04-20
<reply> see based on debian
wine-unstable
M: 2015-04-25
<reply>see wine-development
readme.debian
C: 2011-01-19
<reply> README.Debian (or README.Debian.gz) is a document found in the /usr/share/doc/$packagename/ which explains any Debian specific details in the package's operation or configuration.
default alsa
C: 2010-12-23
<reply>Use the /etc/asound.conf or ~/.asoundrc configuration files to set your default sound card. See http://alsa.opensrc.org/MultipleCards for more information. You can also configure it in pavucontrol if you are using PulseAudio.
update-alternatives
M: 2003-04-08
<reply>update-alternatives is a tool for creating, removing, maintaining and displaying information about the symbolic links comprising the Debian <alternatives> system. The galternatives package provides a graphical front-end.
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.
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>.
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
dance
M: 2002-04-27
<action> gets jiggy wit it
ppa
M: 2010-11-16
<reply>[ppa] Personal Package Archive (see https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+ppas or <launchpad>). PPAs are either: (a) an easy way to grab packages based on nightly-builds/VCS snapshots or (b) an easy way for any idiot to publish a package of extremely poor quality (remember, you will run the maintainer scripts as root during install!). Choose your repos wisely. No equivalent exists for Debian yet. Ask me about <why not use a ppa>.
microsoft
M: 2014-12-15
an evil corporation based in the USA, maker of Microsoft <Windows>. Ask me about <debian.exe>.
ass
M: 2005-02-09
what you're sitting on, the thing that you're riding, possibly the thing you're admiring.
blackbox
M: 2009-05-30
a window manager for X, or tormenting mhall by hiding the unminimize button, or unique in that its icons are completely invisible, and must be accessed via the middle-click menu. Ask about <bbtools> for some of the nifty tools available. http://blackboxwm.sf.net/BlackboxFAQ #blackbox on irc.freenode.net.
xchat
M: 2010-01-21
<reply>XChat is a graphical <IRC> client similar to AmIRC. Also in violation of the GPL (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xchat#Shareware_controversy). http://xchat.org/faq/ http://xchatdata.net/Using/FAQ http://xchat.org/ #xchat on irc.freenode.net. See also <hexchat>.
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
arch linux
M: 2009-03-16
<reply>Arch Linux is an a i686 optimized linux distribution which claims to be minimalistic and fast, has binary and source based package management. http://www.archlinux.org/ #archlinux on irc.freenode.net.
gnome-volume-manager
M: 2011-03-18
<reply>gnome-volume-manager is a package for <GNOME> users that will automount removable volumes. aptitude install gnome-volume-manager pmount ; adduser username plugdev ; you will have to log out and back in before it works. Removed from Debian post-Squeeze to resolve bug #618586. See also <gnome>, <pmount>, <automount>.
apache2
M: 2013-10-16
<reply> apache2 is actually version 2.2 in Debian 7 "Wheezy" and Debian 6.0 "Squeeze"; this is a virtual package provided by a worker, ask me <apache2 mpm>. Ask me about <install apache>, <apache config>, <apache manual> and <apache backport>; see also <cnrd>, <userdir>, <apache2 ecc>. Additional help in #httpd on irc.freenode.net
repositories
M: 2010-05-25
<reply> see repos
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/
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>
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.
d
M: 2008-07-02
a systems programming language. Its focus is on combining the power and high performance of C and C++ with the programmer productivity of modern languages like Ruby and Python. Special attention is given to the needs of quality assurance, documentation, management, portability and reliability. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D_%28programming_language%29, or uninterruptible sleep (usually IO)
arch
C: 2009-03-27
a hardware architecture (i386, amd64, armel, mips, mipsel, sparc, powerpc, alpha, hppa, s390 && ia64). Also a source control revision system (GNU arch). Arch (and its twin brother ArX) resides at http://arch.fifthvision.net/, or http://www.linuxjournal.com/article.php?sid=5928, or #arch Since lenny, /bin/arch has disappeared, use "uname -m" instead, or <architecture>, or <arch linux>.
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>.
chmod
M: 2002-02-20
<reply> If you do not know how to use chmod but ask for a lesson in "Chmod 101" classes, we feel sorry for you, or simple octal, with r=4 w=2 x=1. rwxr-xr-- = (rwx) (r-x) (r--) = (4+2+1) (4+0+1) (4+0+0) = 754. or ask me about <permissions>.
motd
M: 2015-05-04
<reply>see motd jessie
qotd47
C: 2004-08-04
<reply><g4lt> okay, in a fit of complete irony, reportbug is puking on upgrade
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".
docs
M: 2008-03-10
<reply>Before asking, please read the documentation. Documentation isn't always easy to read, but that doesn't excuse you from (a) trying and (b) sending patches to improve the docs. If you don't do this, expect to be told to RTFM by impatient volunteers. Dick Brandon said that "Documentation is like sex: When it is good, it is very, very, good. And when it is bad, it is better than nothing." Ask me about <finding docs>, <manuals>.
newer wine
M: 2012-03-28
<reply> see wine-unstable
trunk
M: 2010-04-24
<reply>Trunk is a term from version control systems such as <cvs>, <svn> and <git>. The "trunk" can often be thought of as a developer's playground, the stability (or otherwise) of the code varies from project to project. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trunk_(software) . Debian 2.6.32-trunk-* kernel image/headers packages are obsolete and were removed from the archive (/msg judd kernel --release squeeze). See also <kernel abi>.
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
i-g
M: 2007-12-11
<reply>see installation guide
ian murdock
M: 2011-09-17
<reply>Ian Murdock is the creator of Debian, who then went on to create <Progeny>. He subsequently worked for Sun Microsystems, and resigned during the merger with Oracle.
ffmpeg
M: 2010-01-09
<reply>FFmpeg is a complete, cross-platform solution to record, convert and stream audio and video. The Debian ffmpeg package contains a multimedia player (ffplay), server (ffserver) and encoder (ffmpeg). Use "ffmpeg -formats" to list supported transcoding formats for ffmpeg's -target option. http://ffmpeg.org/ #ffmpeg on irc.freenode.net. See also <libav>.
bo
M: 2003-04-02
Debian 1.3, released on June 2, 1997, for the i386 architecture.. Little Bo Peep... as in, the one with the sheep. Bolivia
wow
C: 2001-09-06
a word begging with a 'w', then an 'o'. It ends with a 'w'. This means that it is reversible. It is a useful word for situations in which you wish to imply a feeling of general wow-ness. Best used in brackets following some other statement, like this: Debian is the best linux distro (wow). Also combine with exclamation marks for added wow-ity factor. (wow!!!) :)
printer
M: 2010-06-21
<reply>A printer is an output device to physical objects. Ask me about <cups>, <printconf> or use foomatic-gui for more information on how you can get your printer working under Debian. http://wiki.debian.org/SystemPrinting . See also <hplip>, <openprinting>.
debian reference
M: 2008-07-13
<reply> see reference
freenx
M: 2010-01-28
<reply>FreeNX is a GPL implementation of the <NX> server and client components. There are no FreeNX packages in official Debian repositories, see Debian bug #255850. http://wiki.debian.org/freenx http://freenx.berlios.de/ #nx on irc.freenode.net.
patience
M: 2008-02-29
<reply>The people here are volunteers, your attitude should reflect that. Answers are not always available.
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/
grsecurity
M: 2010-06-02
<reply>grsecurity is a patch set to enhance Linux kernel security: provides an ACL system, auditing capabilities and institutes measures to prevent common system exploits. Packaged for Debian as linux-patch-grsecurity2, read /usr/share/doc/linux-patch-grsecurity2/README.Debian to apply. http://www.grsecurity.net/ #grsecurity on irc.oftc.net, ##grsecurity on irc.freenode.net.
rtl819x
M: 2015-04-29
<reply>For support of Realtek 802.11n/802.11ac PCIe devices, ask me about <rtl8192ce>, <rtl8192de>, <rtl8192e>, <rtl8192se>, <rtl8723ae>, <rtl8188ee>, <rtl8723be>. For support of Realtek 802.11n USB devices, ask me about <rtl8192cu>, <r8712u>, <rtl8192u>, <r8723au>, <rtl8188eu>, <rtl8821ae>, <r8192ee>. https://wiki.debian.org/rtl819x
wheezy backports
M: 2013-03-21
<reply> see wheezy-backports
truecrypt
M: 2009-05-02
<reply>TrueCrypt is a <non-free> (under the DFSG definition) implementation of on-the-fly disk encryption that also attempts plausible deniability, something not found in other OTFE systems like <EncFS> and <LUKS>. Development of TrueCrypt ended in May 2014.
hybrid images
M: 2011-03-10
<reply>Since the 6.0 "Squeeze" release, Debian installation images for x86 systems - e.g. <netinst>, <CD1>, DVD1 - are hybrid images. These can be written directly to CD or HD Media (e.g. USB thumbdrive) without further preparation. See http://www.debian.org/News/project/2010/14/#hybrid for details. See also <install debian>, <usb install>.
pool
M: 2010-02-18
http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/1999/10/msg00052.html (proposal) and http://www.debian.org/doc/FAQ/ch-ftparchives#s-pools
bnx2
M: 2009-10-19
<reply>bnx2 is a Linux kernel driver supporting Broadcom NetXtreme II 1Gb (BCM5706/5708/5709/5716) Ethernet controllers. Firmware from userspace is required, ask me about <non-free sources> and install the firmware-bnx2 package to provide. To provide firmware for device use at Debian installation time, ask me about <installer firmware>. See also <bnx2x>.
chrome
M: 2009-10-19
Mozilla's term for a theme or skin, or "Google Chrome", a web browser by Google based on Chromium, ask me about <chromium>. For VIA UniChrome / Chrome9 support, ask me about <openchrome>.
bcm4313
M: 2013-04-30
<reply>The Broadcom BCM4313 (PCI ID 14e4:4727) - incorrectly identified as BCM4727 by Broadcom's proprietary driver - is an 802.11n PCIe wireless LAN chipset. Not supported by the <b43> driver at this time. For device support, ask about me about <brcmsmac>, <wl>. Not to be confused with the <bcm4331>.
upstart
M: 2014-02-14
<reply>Upstart is an event-based replacement for the /sbin/init daemon which handles starting of tasks and services during boot, stopping them during shutdown and supervising them while the system is running. https://wiki.debian.org/Upstart http://upstart.ubuntu.com/ #upstart on irc.freenode.net.
vmware support
M: 2007-10-13
<reply>Support for VMware products is not offered here; please go to http://vmware.com/support/ or join #vmware on irc.freenode.net.
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
kernel handbook
C: 2010-12-14
<reply> see kernel-handbook
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
ibm
M: 2003-10-07
International Business Machines - a very spiffy company - who happens to make AIX, OS/400, OS/2, and other cool operating systems, not to mention some of the most superior hardware on the market, or I Blame Microsoft, or I Buy Macintosh. Ask me about <thinkpad>.
sleep
M: 2006-06-06
for wimpy organic beings. Or, sleep is probably a poor substitute for coffee or for mortals or for the weak or the glory of the cowards and the un-caffeinateds. :-) or the activity of choice for the intelligent person or time which could be spent hacking the planet.. or .. whatever .. ZZzzzz ... fsck: warning: /dev/brain has gone countless hours without being checked. Check forced. zZZzzzz... *zonk*
gr
M: 2012-07-17
<reply> Γιά βοήθεια στα Ελληνικά παρακαλώ δοκιμάστε στο #debian-gr on irc.oftc.net (irc.debian.org). Gia voitheia sta ellinika dokimaste to #debian-gr on irc.oftc.net (irc.debian.org). For help in Greek please try #debian-gr on irc.oftc.net (irc.debian.org).
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>.
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>.
damn
C: 2001-12-03
goes to beaver mode #1. Dam building time
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.
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>.
codenames
M: 2011-02-06
<reply>Debian release codenames are buzz (1.1), rex (1.2), bo (1.3), hamm (2.0), slink (2.1), potato (2.2), woody (3.0), sarge (3.1), etch (4.0), lenny (5.0), squeeze (6.0), wheezy (7) jessie (8) and sid=Unstable. "lsb_release -sc" (lsb-release package) will display a Debian system's codename. http://www.debian.org/doc/FAQ/ch-ftparchives#s-codenames
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
red hat
M: 2009-06-12
<reply> see fedora
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.
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.
log
C: 2007-05-03
<reply> see logs
why recommends
M: 2009-10-19
<reply>From Debian 5.0 "Lenny" onwards, apt-get and aptitude both install "Recommended" packages by default. From <policy> section 7.2, Recommends, "declares a strong, but not absolute, dependency. The Recommends field should list packages that would be found together with this one in all but unusual installations." You're not that unusual, trust us. By not installing "recommended" packages you will be missing functionality.
centos
M: 2007-04-08
<reply>CentOS (Community ENTerprise Operating System) is a rebuild of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux RPMs by the community. http://centos.org/ For IRC support, join #centos on irc.freenode.net.
macbook
M: 2009-04-07
http://wiki.debian.org/MacBook . For the Pro model, ask me about <macbookpro>. For the Air series, ask me about <macbookair>. See also <laptop>.
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>.
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.
desktop groups
C: 2009-01-14
<reply>The standard groups in Debian that a desktop user would normally be in are: dialout (modem/serial usage), cdrom (CD/DVD), floppy, audio, video (video devices), plugdev (USB disks), netdev (network configuration through hal/networkmanager/wicd), powerdev (power scheme management). Ask me about <group> and <groups>.
music
M: 2001-06-12
at http://www.napster.com, ftp://ftp.scene.org/music/, ftp://Grep.is.org/cool, http://freenetproject.org/
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>.
installer
M: 2009-09-19
<reply>The Debian installer comes in many forms (CD1, netinst, DVD), but the installer you use and the system you end up with is identical in each case. The only difference is when the packages are downloaded: if you grab the DVDs then you are downloading lots of packages that you might not need; if you download the <netinst>, then when you go to install packages using aptitude later on, they will be downloaded at that time.
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>.
wheezy-updates
M: 2012-10-20
<reply>wheezy-updates is a suite providing updates to some packages (from <proposed-updates>) prior to a <point release>. All packages from wheezy-updates will be included in point releases. https://wiki.debian.org/StableUpdates . Not to be confused with <wheezy/updates> which is for <security> updates.
jack
M: 2010-06-01
<reply>[jack] a colloquialism for a person who doesn't care about anything, or a CD ripping front-end (packaged as jack, http://www.home.unix-ag.org/arne/jack/), or the JACK Audio Connection Kit: a low-latency sound server, allowing multiple applications to connect to one audio device; install the jackd package to provide the current default JACK implementation. http://jackaudio.org/ #jack on irc.freenode.net.
openbox
M: 2010-01-12
<reply>Openbox is an X window manager originally based on <Blackbox> 0.65.0, then rewritten in C (no code based on Blackbox since v3.0). http://wiki.debian.org/Openbox http://openbox.org/wiki/Help:FAQ http://www.openbox.org/ #openbox on irc.oftc.net.
remove x
M: 2008-03-28
"aptitude remove x11-common" will remove X. Use "purge" instead of remove if you also want to remove X's configuration.
lfs
M: 2008-08-30
large file support (http://web.archive.org/web/20110723152405/http://www.suse.de/~aj/linux_lfs.html), or ask me about <linux from scratch>, or Log-structured File System (NetBSD)
unstable->testing
M: 2009-09-16
<reply> Since packages generally migrate from unstable to testing fairly regularly, downgrading from unstable to testing is sometimes possible (see <partial downgrade>). Alternatively change "unstable" to "testing" in your sources.list and wait for packages migrate; installing new packages during this time might be problematic, however. Ask me about <reinstall>.
why not use a ppa
C: 2010-11-16
<reply>PPAs (Ubuntu's Personal Package Archives, see <PPA>) are not built against Debian releases, they are built against Ubuntu releases. This makes using packages from them on a Debian box highly unlikely to work out well. Ask me about <ssb> <package recompile> <bobbitt>.
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". http://cinnamon.linuxmint.com/
doesnt work
M: 2008-12-15
<reply> see doesn't work
icedtea
M: 2010-03-16
<reply>IcedTea is a <Java> implementation based on <OpenJDK> and GNU Classpath, which can bootstrap OpenJDK using only free software components. It currently provides the only working free software Java web browser plugin. Packaged as icedtea-6-plugin/icedtea-7-plugin (Debian 7 "Wheezy") and icedtea6-plugin (Debian 6.0 "Squeeze"). http://icedtea.classpath.org/
desktop
M: 2005-05-19
see http://xwinman.org/
repo
M: 2010-05-25
<reply> see repository
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/*}
errata
M: 2015-04-25
<reply> see errata jessie
standard
M: 2008-06-22
<reply> see standard task
tg3
M: 2010-12-06
<reply>tg3 is a Linux kernel driver supporting Broadcom Tigon3 (aka NetXtreme I) and NetLink Ethernet controllers. Firmware from userspace (Debian Linux 2.6.29 and later kernels) is only required for support of the BCM5701 A0 controller and TCP Segment Offloading (<TSO>) functionality. Tigon3 firmware (tg3.bin, tg3_tso5.bin, tg3_tso.bin) is packaged in firmware-linux-nonfree, ask me about <non-free sources>. See also <firmware images>.
ssh without passwd
M: 2009-08-04
<reply>(1) on the client: ssh-keygen -t rsa (2) ssh-copy-id server.example.com. Ask me about <keychain> and <ssh-askpass> for ways of storing your ssh key's passphrase between uses. If you are wanting to use ssh to allow root logins for rsync backups (or something similar to that) then you might want to limit what this key can do and from where you can use it, see http://www.nanonanonano.net/linux/rootrsync for one approach.
repos
M: 2009-02-21
<reply> see sources.list
hp
M: 2010-03-14
<reply>Hewlett-Packard (HP) is an American Information Technology corporation. For information on HP ProLiant servers and Debian, ask me about <proliant>. http://wiki.debian.org/InstallingDebianOn/HP http://hp.com/go/debian . See also <hplip>, <hpsa>, <laptop>.
ignore
C: 2001-05-24
the only method a selfish person is able to deal with those who think in a different way, or the only method a busy person has to deal with annoying pests.
osx
M: 2010-06-24
<reply> see mac os x
cmd: cve lookup (.*?)
C: 2010-11-17
($1): <reply>Information about the security advisory $1 may be found at https://security-tracker.debian.org/tracker/$1
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.
germany
C: 2000-06-12
the country with the highest population of KDE developers per km^2.
yeah
M: 2005-08-25
whatever
x-not-vnc
M: 2010-01-13
<reply>Instead of running a <VNC> server on Linux, run an X server on Windows and use SSH X11 forwarding. <Cygwin> provides a free (speech) X server, MicroImages has a free (beer) one, see http://www.microimages.com/mix/mix-faq.htm . To enable X11 forwarding, ask me about <sshx>.
lts
M: 2014-05-27
<reply> see squeeze-lts
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
not debian
M: 2006-03-18
<reply> see based on debian
iceweasel user-agent
M: 2014-05-05
<reply>Iceweasel's User-Agent string includes "Firefox" by default (via general.useragent.compatMode.firefox = true). To fix sites/plugins that still don't work: (1) smack the authors (2) go to about:config and set general.useragent.override to a specific User-Agent. Using the "User Agent Switcher" extension (xul-ext-useragentswitcher package) is even easier. Remember to switch it back afterwards, or no-one will fix broken websites.
fsf
C: 1970-01-01
the Free Software Foundation, created by an executive decision by RMS under GNU. see http://www.fsf.org/ to read RMS's writings. Especially the one on "Why Software Should Not Have Owners." It's cosmic. see cosmic.
usrlocal
M: 2010-11-19
<reply>When hand-compiling software, *always* create a new directory under /usr/local, then install into it. For example: mkdir -p /usr/local/mypackage; ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/mypackage. Otherwise, it can overwrite files which should be protected by apt, which can break apt, or apt can break this application's files because it doesn't know about them. See also: <equivs>, <FHS>, </opt>, <checkinstall>, <stow>, <make your own .deb>
xmodmap
M: 2002-10-06
the tool from heaven. It fixed my backspace key to do what it's supposed to. (it modifies X keymaps), or, the tools from hell if you try to apply more than one modmap to the same session
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.
efi
M: 2013-01-22
<reply> see uefi
virtual package
M: 2005-10-05
<reply>A virtual package doesn't really exist, but represents a function which several real packages fulfill, which appears in the Provides control file field of another package. The effect is as if the package(s) providing a particular virtual package name had been listed by name everywhere the virtual package name appears. To determine what provides a foo virtual package, use "aptitude search '~Ppackagename'" or "/msg judd rprovides foo".
acl
M: 2007-05-23
Access Control List. http://acl.bestbits.at/ http://www.informatik.uni-bremen.de/agbs/live/acl_eng.html http://www.suse.de/~agruen/acl/linux-acls/online/
printk
M: 2008-07-09
see docs for <sysctl> and adjust /etc/sysctl.conf kernel.printk (3 4 1 7 or so). You can also use 'dmesg -n1' command. See http://www.kernel.org/doc/Documentation/sysctl/kernel.txt or man 5 proc /printk for meaning of the numbers (console_loglevel, default_message_loglevel, minimum_console_level, default_console_loglevel)
exim
M: 2009-05-18
<reply>Exim is a message transfer agent developed at University of Cambridge for use on Unix systems connected to the internet. It is available under the GPL and the current version in Debian is exim4. Ask me about <exim4> <exim boot stall> <exim flush queue> <why exim>. http://www.exim.org/ #exim on irc.freenode.net and irc.oftc.net.
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/
print
M: 2009-09-17
<reply>see printer
7.4
M: 2014-02-09
<reply>Debian 7.4 was released on February 8th, 2014. This point release corrects some serious bugs and copies security updates across to the main archive. Further details are at http://www.debian.org/News/2014/20140208 and http://httpredir.debian.org/debian/dists/wheezy/ChangeLog . To upgrade, ask me about <point release>.
debian-multimedia
M: 2011-06-20
<reply> see deb-multimedia
postgresql
M: 2013-10-30
<reply>PostgreSQL is a robust, mature and full-featured relational database implementing a large subset of <SQL>. Supports views, stored procedures, triggers and scripting. Packaged in Debian, read /usr/share/doc/postgresql-common/README.Debian.gz ("for the impatient"). http://wiki.debian.org/PostgreSql http://postgresql.org/ #postgresql on irc.freenode.net. See also <postgresql wheezy>, <phppgadmin>, <pg readline>, <postgresql backports>.
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
xterm
M: 2014-03-06
<reply>xterm is a terminal emulator for the X Window System. http://invisible-island.net/xterm/xterm.faq.html
rm
M: 2010-02-11
used to delete a file (syntax: rm foo), or the Grim File Reaper, or really just a wrapper around unlink(2). To prevent accidental deletions, ask me about <safe-rm>. --preserve-root is a default option since GNU coreutils 6.4, see also <-->. Release Manager, the team of people responsible for managing a Debian release. RealMedia (container format for RealVideo/RealAudio), ask me about <real codecs>.
ask to ask
M: 2005-11-16
<reply> Don't ask to ask. Don't ask if anybody can help you with x. Just ask! If you're unsure how to phrase your question, ask me about <ask>.
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>.
iwconfig
M: 2008-12-29
<reply> see wireless-tools
ssh without password
M: 2003-05-02
<reply> see ssh without passwd
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.
rt2870
M: 2013-05-05
<reply> see rt2800usb
7.2
M: 2013-10-13
<reply>Debian 7.2 was released on October 12th, 2013. This point release corrects some serious bugs and copies security updates across to the main archive. Further details are at http://www.debian.org/News/2013/20131012 and http://httpredir.debian.org/debian/dists/wheezy/ChangeLog . To upgrade, ask me about <point release>.
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>.
nullmailer
M: 2009-08-17
a minimal <MTA> for hosts which just sends directly to smart relays. Does not support /etc/aliases; define a catch-all alias in /etc/nullmailer/adminaddr instead, see adminaddr(5). http://untroubled.org/nullmailer/ See also <ssmtp>.
resolvconf
M: 2008-08-16
a package that can be used to manage your /etc/resolv.conf (the file that contains your DNS settings). Many packages including ppp, ifupdown, dhcp-client, pump, pdnsd, dnsmasq, ... are compatible with resolvconf, making it easier to manage your DNS settings. Ask me about <fixresolvconf>. See also <resolv.conf>.
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
maint-guide
C: 2005-01-30
<reply> see mg
abi
M: 2009-05-11
application binary interface (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Application_binary_interface). See also <kernel abi>.
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>.
afk
C: 1970-01-01
Away From Keyboard
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 ...
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>
proxmox
M: 2015-05-01
<reply>Proxmox Virtual Environment (Proxmox VE) is a GNU/Linux distribution <based on Debian>, providing a virtualization platform with <OpenVZ> and <KVM>. It is not supported in #debian. There's an unofficial ##proxmox channel on Freenode. For official venues, see http://pve.proxmox.com/wiki/Get_support
firmware installer
C: 2011-07-25
<reply> see installer firmware
download
M: 2009-04-04
<reply>see install debian
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>?
openjdk
M: 2011-02-25
<reply>OpenJDK is the open source release of <Java> from Oracle America (formerly Sun Microsystems). All required functionality (according to the J2SE spec) is present, but some optional stuff is missing and some stuff uses different implementations from Oracle's binary JDK. Install the default-jre package for the runtime environment or default-jdk for the development kit. http://openjdk.java.net/ #openjdk on irc.oftc.net.
so
C: 2000-04-04
<reply> are you broken?
recompile
C: 2001-07-19
Why have the source available for a kernel if your not going to use it? Dont fear the code, fear leads to hate, hate leads to anger, anger leads to The Dark side (aka windows)
.net
M: 2001-02-14
<reply> When .NET system goes online, human decisions are removed from the office environment. It contains Application Center 2000, SQL server 2000, Exchange 2000, Host Integration Server 2000, BizTalk 2000, Commerce Server 2000. They seperate every single bit of simple operation into many buzzword-servers. Don't you hate your money?
dependencies
M: 2009-10-30
one of the killer benefits of Debian. Packages have or provide dependencies on other packages. The packaging tools (apt-get, aptitude, synaptic, etc.) automatically determine these dependencies and select additional packages for installation or removal if necessary, or may have to download deb files and do dpkg -i from time to time, or they are set in the file control of a package (see <package>)
dinstall
M: 2013-05-28
the part of <dak> that processes newly uploaded packages. It is run 4 times per day at 0152 0752 1352 1952 UTC. See http://ftp-master.debian.org/#dinstall
ir
M: 2010-02-13
<reply> see infrared
bpo list
C: 2010-09-06
<reply> see bdo list
crosspost
M: 2012-07-17
<reply>see cross post
debian installer
M: 2010-01-13
<reply> see d-i
simple sid backports
C: 2007-08-07
<reply> see simple sid backport
windowmaker
M: 2009-06-08
<reply>Window Maker is a <window manager>, flexible and highly configurable. Packaged for Debian as 'wmaker'. http://www.windowmaker.info/ #windowmaker on irc.windowmaker.info.
dmo
M: 2012-11-15
<reply> see dmm
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>.
e1000e
M: 2013-08-11
<reply>e1000e is a Linux kernel driver supporting Intel PRO/1000 PCI Express Ethernet controllers, introduced at Linux 2.6.24. It does not require firmware from userspace. See also <i217>, <i218>.
why exim
C: 2008-12-13
<reply>Exim was chosen as the default MTA a long time ago: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/1997/06/msg00476.html or see http://feayn.org/~lewis/exim.txt
chat
M: 2013-05-26
<reply>This is not a chat channel, this is a Debian user support channel. Unless you have a Debian support question, please chat elsewhere, like #moocows on irc.oftc.net or ##chat on irc.freenode.net.
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.
hibernate
C: 2009-06-06
<reply> see suspend
dell
M: 2009-06-01
<reply> [dell] A wonderful company that makes very wonderful laptops, but also some extremely bad laptops, or the worst company you could ever do business with, or crap. http://wiki.debian.org/InstallingDebianOn/Dell http://linux.dell.com/ See also <laptop>, <truemobile>.
ciao
M: 2004-05-05
both hello and goodbye (casual), or a slow and old but widely known Prolog interpreter.
abrotman
M: 2008-01-16
someone we want to win the calendar poll on http://www.itsallpetesfault.org/, or obsessed with useless factoids, or "<abrotman> sgeigerbot: are you still sore at me?", or known for his often misinterpreted sense of humour, or one of the few nicks you can complete with left hand and four presses
lspci
M: 2008-03-03
a utility to display information about PCI buses in the system and their connected devices, provided by the pciutils package. Ask me about <lspci -k>, <pciids>, <pciid> or <hcl>. Use http://kmuto.jp/debian/hcl/ to match pciids to devices for the latest kernel.
hate
C: 2002-07-23
the opposite of love (see <love>)
custom d-i
M: 2010-12-08
<reply> see custom netinst
which http.debian.net
M: 2015-05-05
<reply>see which httpredir.debian.org
are you a bot
C: 2010-10-11
<reply> see bot
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.
sony
M: 2010-10-20
<reply>Sony is a very screwed up company, or someday you will drive your Sony to the Sony to pick up some more Sony. "Most people, I think, don't even know what a rootkit is, so why should they care about it?" - Thomas Hesse of Sony BMG, November 2005. See also <playstation>, <vaio>. http://wiki.debian.org/InstallingDebianOn/Sony
fire
C: 2002-06-28
<reply>Give a man a fire, and he will be warm for a day; Set a man on fire, and he will be warm for the rest of his life.
removed
M: 2010-02-07
<reply>The log of Debian package removals (including removal reasons) for this year is at http://ftp-master.debian.org/removals.txt ; for logs of previous years, see http://ftp-master.debian.org/#removed . For pending removals see http://ftp-master.debian.org/removals.html
asterisk
M: 2010-02-18
<reply>Asterisk is an open source, cross-platform telephone Private Branch Exchange (PBX). It can be used with VoIP and PSTN services. http://www.voip-info.org/wiki/view/Asterisk+FAQ http://www.asterisk.org/ #asterisk on irc.freenode.net.
dropbox
M: 2011-06-09
<reply>Dropbox is a web-based file hosting service, using cloud computing to store/share files. The closed source dropbox.com client is a mess of copyright violations and cannot be distributed by Debian (see bug #610257). The non-free but distributable <Nautilus> plugin is packaged for Debian as nautilus-dropbox (amd64 and i386 only), ask me about <non-free sources>.
stable sources.list
M: 2013-12-12
<reply>Despite the fact previous installers, countless websites and /usr/share/doc/apt/examples/sources.list (prior to apt 0.9.6) will tell you to do this, do *not* use "stable" in your sources.list; use the release code name instead (e.g. "jessie"). Upgrading between releases is no longer trivial; make sure you read the <release notes> and ask me about <wheezy->jessie>, <jessie sources.list>.
dmesg
M: 2006-01-11
<reply>dmesg is used to examine or control the kernel ring buffer. /var/log/dmesg gives you the whole thing from boot time, the `dmesg' command shows you current ring buffer contents.
diminishing returns on bogomips
C: 2007-06-22
where you spend more time compiling everything, but fare to gain less CPU time than you wasted in the first place. See also <diminishing returns>. Eg., Runtime savings vs compile time wasted.
network-manager
C: 2008-06-26
<reply> see networkmanager
blend
M: 2010-10-19
<reply> see debian pure blend
mrtg
M: 2010-02-02
<reply>The Multi Router Traffic Grapher (MRTG) is used to monitor traffic load on network links and present a visual (live) representation. http://oss.oetiker.ch/mrtg/ See also <rrdtool>.
gnustep
M: 2004-04-19
a cross-platform development environment based on OpenStep, going to be really awesome, if it ever gets finished, http://www.gnustep.org/, http://www.lefinnois.net/step-art/, http://www.linuks.mine.nu/gnustep/ (tarzeau the fanboy)
vt
M: 2009-06-03
Virtual Terminal, like the console; change VTs using Alt+Left/Right or Alt+F1, Alt+F2 etc. To get from X to a VT, use Ctrl+Alt+F1 (and Alt+F7 to get back, most likely). You can also use "chvt" to switch VT. VT is also used to mean Intel VT-x or VT-d (virtualization support; the AMD counterpart is called AMD-V or Pacifica), ask me about <xve>.
sudo path
C: 2011-09-07
<reply>As of sudo version 1.8.2 (Debian 7 "Wheezy" and later releases), sudo does not include /usr/sbin and /sbin in the PATH. You must set secure_path in /etc/sudoers (as prompted by dpkg during the upgrade); see Debian bug #639841: Defaults secure_path="/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin"
wheezy installer
M: 2013-05-05
<reply> see install wheezy
pepperflashplugin-nonfree
M: 2015-04-26
<reply>Pepper Flash Player is a proprietary <flash> plugin included with the Google Chrome web browser. The pepperflashplugin-nonfree Debian package can be used to install this plugin for the <Chromium> browser, ask me about <contrib>. https://wiki.debian.org/PepperFlashPlayer
os x
M: 2010-06-24
<reply>OS X (formerly Mac OS X) is a BSD and NeXTSTEP based operating system from <Apple> Inc. A complete overhaul from previous versions of Mac OS (v1.0-9.2). http://www.apple.com/macosx/ ##apple on irc.freenode.net. See also <afp>, <hfsplus>.
homework
C: 2007-11-28
something you should do yourself.
bpo contents
C: 2009-06-11
<reply> see backports.org contents
install jessie
M: 2015-04-25
<reply> see install debian
doc
M: 2009-11-14
<reply> see docs
unhold
M: 2008-12-17
echo packagename install | dpkg --set-selections, or "aptitude unhold packagename" if the package is held in aptitude
netconsole
M: 2010-01-29
<reply>netconsole is a Linux kernel driver which logs kernel <printk> messages over UDP. It is commonly used to capture system crash information. http://kernel.org/doc/Documentation/networking/netconsole.txt . See also <serial console>.
linux from scratch
M: 2011-05-07
<reply>Linux From Scratch (LFS) is a project providing instructions for building a custom Linux system entirely from source code. http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/ #lfs-support at irc.linuxfromscratch.org.
multimedia keys
M: 2008-07-06
<reply>Multimedia keys are the special keyboard keys for doing such things as changing the volume or launching your web browser. Check to see if these keys generate a scan code using xev and set the keyboard layout correctly or assign them to a shortcut with xmodmap, kcontrolcenter, gnome-control-panel etc. See also <pbbuttons>, <tpb>. See http://tuxmobil.org/Mobile-Guide.db/mobile-guide-p2c1s8-ext-keys.html
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>.
cmd: --purge (.*?)
C: 2008-07-31
($1): <action> drinks a glass of salty water, sticks his fingers down his throat and throws up $1 all over $who and $randnick...
icecat
M: 2010-05-17
<reply>GNU IceCat is a web browser distributed by the GNU Project, formerly known as GNU IceWeasel (not to be confused with Debian's <Iceweasel>). It is a fork of Mozilla Firefox made entirely of free software, without distributing or recommending non-free software as plug-ins or addons. Not packaged for Debian, RFP in bug #637348. http://www.gnu.org/software/gnuzilla/ #icecat on irc.freenode.net.
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.
vesa
M: 2010-04-06
<reply>Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) is a mode that can be used on video cards for the framebuffer xserver and other neat stuff. Not accelerated. The vesa Xorg driver (xserver-xorg-video-vesa package) is incompatible with <KMS>.
kci
C: 2004-04-02
Keyboard-Chair Interface
pepper flash
M: 2013-10-04
<reply> see pepperflashplugin-nonfree
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.
3
C: 2002-01-15
the news item that i would like to read
sp
M: 2013-05-10
<reply> see es
pts
M: 2008-05-13
the Debian "Package Tracking System": http://packages.qa.debian.org/ a place where you can find the current status and some of the history of a given source package. http://packages.qa.debian.org/packagename for information on a specific package
antix
M: 2009-11-13
<reply> antiX is a live CD distribution based on <MEPIS>. It is not supported in #debian. http://antix.mepis.org/ #mepis on irc.freenode.net. See also <based on debian>.
uvcvideo
M: 2012-12-21
<reply>uvcvideo is the Linux USB Video Class (UVC) driver, part of the Linux kernel (since Linux 2.6.26). Supported devices are listed at http://www.ideasonboard.org/uvc/#devices . For support of Ricoh R5U87x webcams, ask me about <r5u87x>. See also <gspca>, <webcam>.
disable services sysvinit
C: 2013-05-16
<reply>From update-rc.d(8): «A common system administration error is to delete the links with the thought that this will disable the service…. However, if all links have been deleted then the next time the package is upgraded, the package's postinst … will reinstall links at their factory default locations.» Use «update-rc.d $service disable» instead.
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>.
di
M: 2008-05-15
<reply> see d-i
cd archive
C: 2008-11-01
<reply>A repository for CD images of older Debian releases is at http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/archive/
brain
M: 2002-11-19
<reply>something you don't have, $who.
clue
M: 2005-01-05
<reply> A clue is something that puts you on track to something, however you will not know for sure that the track you are put on is the right one. So, the conclusion is that whenever you get a clue you should investigate it! NOW!! Command Line User Environment, or something clueless people do without.
nintendo
M: 2011-03-06
<reply>Nintendo Co., Ltd. is a manufacturer of video game hardware and software. For Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) emulation, ask me about <fceu>, <mednafen>, <nestra>. For Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) emulation, see <bsnes>, <zsnes>. For Nintendo 64 (N64) emulation, see <mupen64plus>. For Nintendo GameBoy {,Color,Advance} emulation, see <gngb>, <mednafen>, <vba>. For Nintendo DS (NDS) emulation, see <desmume>.
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>.
7.3
M: 2013-12-15
<reply>Debian 7.3 was released on December 14th, 2013. This point release corrects some serious bugs and copies security updates across to the main archive. Further details are at http://www.debian.org/News/2013/20131214 and http://httpredir.debian.org/debian/dists/wheezy/ChangeLog . To upgrade, ask me about <point release>.
nginx
M: 2010-02-14
<reply>Nginx (engine x) is an open source HTTP server (supports FastCGI, not CGI), reverse proxy and POP3/IMAP/SMTP proxy. http://wiki.debian.org/Nginx http://wiki.nginx.org/NginxFaq http://www.nginx.net/ #nginx on irc.freenode.net. See also <httpd>.
wheezy/updates
M: 2015-04-25
<reply>On Debian 7 "Wheezy" systems, there are two repositories that you should have in your sources.list aside from your main mirror. You should have an entry for "wheezy/updates" which is security updates (ask me about <security>) and also an entry for "wheezy-updates" which is other updated packages (formerly known as volatile, ask me about <wheezy-updates>). See also <sources.list>. <lifespan> <wheezy-lts>
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.
dunno
C: 2003-01-30
what
single-user mode
M: 2010-12-14
<reply>[single-user mode] Enter 'telinit 1' as root to switch from multi-user to single-user mode. To enter this mode at boot, GRUB: choose the "single-user mode" (GRUB Legacy) or "recovery mode" (GRUB 2) boot option; LILO: press the left shift key when LILO appears, then add '1' to the boot prompt (e.g. 'LILO: linux 1').
updates
M: 2010-09-26
<reply>[updates] Ask me about <point release>, <proposed-updates>, <security>, <jessie-updates>, <wheezy-updates>. See also <apticron>, <cron-apt>.
wanker
M: 2003-04-22
giving the palm pilot a flight, massaging Kojak's head. Fuck, someone pass me the tissues.
x
M: 2007-07-08
the X Window System. See <xorg> for information about the actual implementation.
oracle
M: 2009-11-25
the world's most advanced database server, see this great installation guide: http://linux.togaware.com/survivor/Oracle_10g.html . Debian packages (for Express Edition) available at http://otn.oracle.com/ or apt repository at http://oss.oracle.com/debian/. #oracle on irc.freenode.net.
qotd232
C: 2009-02-10
<reply><bsssh> 4 is read, 2 - write, 1 - execute. According to UNIX god runs this world(777), yet devil can only read and write(666) >:P
win32-loader
C: 2011-08-15
<reply>[win32-loader] "Debian-Installer Loader" is a method of transferring Debian-Installer to a system running Microsoft Windows, which can then be restarted to install Debian. To install using CD/DVD or USB, ask me about <setup.exe>. To install from the Internet (or local Debian mirror), ask me about <win32-loader.exe>. See also <install guide>, <d-i>.
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>.
xbox
M: 2003-10-29
should be renamed to the wintendo, or http://www.penny-arcade.com/view.php3?date=2003-06-30&res=l
xp
M: 2004-12-14
<reply> Whoooz the man? Bubba is about to run away with your money again! Or ask me about ".NET". XP is not a brand name, it's an emoticon, or http://www.epic.org/privacy/consumer/microsoft/default.html, or <tarzeau> windows xp isn't modern! it's just new, or the best Linux and BSD compatible CPU currently out, or http://www.extremeprogramming.org/, or xtra pr0n, or http://www.mongoosepublishing.com/images/logos/paranoiaxp.jpg
yum
M: 2009-10-11
"Yellow dog Updater, Modified". Somewhat like <APT> for RPM-based systems. It automatically computes dependencies and figures out what things should occur in order to safely install, remove, and update RPM packages. Packaged for Debian. http://yum.baseurl.org/ #yum on irc.freenode.net.
3d
M: 2010-03-21
<reply>3D acceleration requires kernel support, X server support, some other library packages, and that your account be in the "video" group. Ask me about <nvidia>, <ati>. See also http://www.free3d.org/ for documentation references and performance benchmarks.
downgrading
M: 2010-06-04
<reply> see downgrade
tcp
M: 2002-04-22
Transmission Control Protocol, or the protocol that allows IP packets to send a stream of continuous, sequential data without holes from lost packets. See rfc793.
yep
C: 2004-10-14
WOOOOHOOOO
debianlove
C: 2008-04-06
the more I gain knowledge about Linux, the more I like Debian. Ask me about <why debian> too. For more information, see http://wiki.debian.org/
api
M: 2010-08-19
application programming interface. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Application_programming_interface
dog
M: 2009-07-27
called man's best friend, or a footstool, or god spelled backwards, or cats from www, or http://mfrost.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/gracem.jpg, or a buffering replacement for <cat>: not maintained upstream, removed from Debian post-Lenny resolve bug #518398.
social contract
C: 1970-01-01
<reply>The Debian Social Contract is the document that defines Debian's purpose, see http://www.debian.org/social_contract Summary: Debian is a 100% free software platform suitable for running all software.
meow
M: 2005-12-24
<action> breaks out in song! meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow...
iptables tutorial
M: 2010-01-15
http://www.frozentux.net/documents/iptables-tutorial/
unity
M: 2011-06-13
<reply>Unity is a shell interface for <GNOME>, part of the Ayatana project. <RFP> filed as Debian bug #609278. http://unity.ubuntu.com/
http
M: 2009-04-13
Hypertext Transfer Protocol (RFC 2616), the protocol used between a web browser and a web server. Ask me about <httpd>. For information on the Debian mirror service, ask me about <httpredir.debian.org>.
os
C: 2001-09-13
<reply>see Operating System
hardening
M: 2010-02-09
<reply> see harden
steve jobs
C: 1970-01-01
second of two founders of Apple. Also a jackass to his employees, very eccentric, the money and advertising person in early Apple years. or That Other Steve
clock
C: 2002-03-12
a device which reads out the time
ms
M: 2003-05-20
MicroSoft (icky) (see also microsoft) or milliseconds, or multiple sclerosis. Montserrat
eat
C: 2000-09-10
<action> eats $who's ass!
salut
C: 2001-01-30
<reply> (hello|howdy|salut|hola|g'day|moin|salve) $who
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 $package 2>/dev/null) = *\ installed ]]; then echo yes; fi. Note that "installed" isn't a simple concept -- is the package configured yet? is it actually scheduled for removal? See man dpkg "package states" and "selection states" for more details.
pkg scripts
M: 2012-01-19
<reply> During package installation, dpkg runs a script called "preinst", unpacks the .deb, then runs "postinst". When removing, it runs "prerm", deletes the files and then runs "postrm". These scripts can be found in /var/lib/dpkg/info/$package.{pre,post}{inst,rm}; as a last resort to fixing packaging problems, you can edit the script, e.g. by making the second line "exit 0" of a shell script. http://wiki.debian.org/MaintainerScripts
thunar-volman
M: 2011-02-02
<reply>The thunar-volman package contains the Thunar Volume Manager extension to enable automatic management of removable drives and other media. See also <thunar>.
cut
M: 2010-10-18
<reply>[cut] a utility to remove sections from each line of files, part of <coreutils>, or "constantly usable testing", ask me about <debian cut>.
decss
M: 2007-11-17
<reply>DeCSS is a computer program for decrypting content on a DVD (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeCSS). Not to be confused with <libdvdcss>.
irda
M: 2010-02-12
<reply>IrDA is an infrared wireless communication standard. To use on Debian systems: enable infrared in BIOS (if built-in), install the irda-utils package (its init script starts irattach by default), enable infrared on the other device, "cat /proc/net/irda/discovery" / irdadump to test. To provide /dev/ircomm* devices, "modprobe ircomm-tty". See also irda-utils' README.Debian. http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Infrared-HOWTO/ Not for CIR, see <lirc>.
russia
C: 2001-05-11
the world's biggest country (Rossiya eto samaya bol'shaya strana v mire)
debfoster
M: 2010-06-11
a tool to detect "orphaned" dependencies to help you get back some disk space. Also ask me about <deborphan> <autoremove> <unmarkauto> <obsolete> <uninstall everything>.
hmmm
C: 2001-09-14
<reply> I wonder...
internet
M: 2005-08-10
An internet is any set of interconnected networks. The Internet is the largest internet in the world. It is an extensive worldwide computer network made up of thousands of other, smaller business, academic, and government networks. http://www.advogato.org/proj/internet/, or known as cyberspace. It is where I live dpkg
useradd
C: 2003-06-09
a command to create users on your system.
kubuntu
M: 2008-01-21
yet another Debian derivative. It is <Ubuntu> with KDE instead of GNOME. As such, it is not Debian and is not supported on #debian (see <based on debian caveats>). For kubuntu support, please join #kubuntu on chat.freenode.net.
just ask
C: 2006-05-26
<reply> see ask
qotd181
C: 2007-01-25
<reply><rahul> god, this keyboard is getting icky
home
C: 2000-08-07
<reply> are you?
minix
M: 2002-05-07
at http://www.minix3.org, or ask me about <tanenbaum v torvalds>.
httpd
M: 2009-03-30
a generic name for a <HTTP> daemon. The most common HTTP daemon program on Linux systems is <apache>. Others include <caudium>, <cherokee>, <lighttpd>, <nginx> and <webfs>.
rotfl
C: 2002-02-08
Rolling On The Floor Laughing, something you're rather unlikely to be able to type in while you do it
debug cups
M: 2014-04-25
<reply>To debug problems with <CUPS>: «grep HINT /var/log/cups/error_log». Set "LogLevel debug" in /etc/cups/cupsd.conf and restart cupsd («service cups restart») to log basic debugging information.
bottell
C: 2012-07-13
<reply>Using the bot's tell feature reduces unnecessary noise in the channel. This sends the recipient a private message with the same information. Example: "dpkg: tell foo about bar". You can also "/msg dpkg tell foo about bar". See also <msg the bot>.
cp
C: 2000-08-23
a command used to copy a file/folder to another destination without affecting the original file/place (basic syntax: cp /this/file.blah /here/)
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
uswsusp
M: 2013-06-20
<reply>uswsusp is a package for userspace software <suspend>, including the s2ram and s2disk programs. Use of <initramfs> is required. This package was not part of the Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" release. http://suspend.sf.net/
banshee
M: 2009-12-11
a 2D/3D graphics chipset by <3dfx>, or an audio management and playback application for the <GNOME> desktop. http://banshee-project.org/support/faq #banshee on irc.gnome.org.
canada
M: 2002-12-18
not America. Or at least that's what we keep telling ourselves, eh?, or in merger talks with Australia
html
C: 2004-04-11
HyperText Markup Language, or that thing you use to write webpages.
server tasks
M: 2015-04-27
<reply>From the Debian 8 "Jessie" <install guide> §6.3.5.2: "The various server tasks will install software roughly as follows. Web server: apache2; Print server: cups; SSH server: openssh." Ask me about <tasksel>.
piss
C: 1970-01-01
what Hitler liked women to do on him.
locate
M: 2010-02-16
<reply>locate is a tool for finding files on your hard drive using a precompiled database rather than searching the actual drive using "find" (ask me about <find.cli>). Formerly provided in the findutils package, ask me about <missing locate>; <mlocate> is usually the best option.
wireless-tools
M: 2009-08-02
<reply>The wireless-tools package provides utilities for manipulating Linux Wireless Extensions (wext), including iwconfig and iwlist. It also provides wireless-* ifupdown hooks to /etc/network/interfaces, read /usr/share/doc/wireless-tools/README.Debian for more information. To connect to networks which use WPA encryption, ask me about <wpa>.
laptop task
M: 2015-04-27
<reply>Laptop task packages for Debian 8 "Jessie": acpi, avahi-autoipd, bluetooth, powertop, iw, wireless-tools, wpasupplicant. Ask me about <tasksel>.
libav
C: 2011-08-09
<reply>Libav is a complete, cross-platform solution to record, convert and stream audio and video. Libav is a fork of <FFmpeg> and replaces it in Debian as of the 7.x "Wheezy" release. Multithreaded decoding is available since libav 4:0.7~rc1-1 (bug #575600); MP3 encoding support is available since libav 4:0.7.1-2 (bug #587904). http://libav.org/faq.html http://libav.org/ #libav on irc.freenode.net.
torvalds
C: 2000-11-26
<reply> see linus
amiga
M: 2002-01-21
a series of excellent computers manufactured by Commodore from 1985 until sometime in the early 1990s when they went belly up thanks to the marketing department, now trying to make their Nth comeback into the computing market, or the machines doing fast 3d graphics when windows couldnt even BEEP very well
disable service
C: 2013-05-16
<reply>see disable services
autologin
M: 2007-07-27
<reply>If you want an insecure box that boots into a session with your user. Xdm cannot do autologin but gdm and kdm can if you really want them to. (But do you?)
register
M: 2009-07-15
<reply>$nick: /msg nickserv help
diminishing returns
C: 2007-05-28
where you spend more money/time/resources to get LESS in return. What's your cost worth?
parsing ls
C: 2009-09-16
<reply>Trying to manipulate the output of "ls" isn't a very good idea at all: the output varies when you change locales or even between different versions of coreutils (let alone between linux and other unices). The output of ls was never designed to be fed into other programs and if you have odd characters like spaces or newlines in your filenames then you will strike trouble. See http://mywiki.wooledge.org/ParsingLs
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/
jessie sysvinit
M: 2015-04-25
<reply>see remove systemd
freedom
C: 2003-06-14
the ultimate virtue. Without freedom we are no better than any other animal. I'd rather die on my feet than live on my knees.
australia
M: 2003-01-22
known to be the ass end of the world, but we spell it 'arse', or http://www.satirewire.com/news/jan02/australia.shtml, or a small island with mini-lines when it comes to Internet access
qotd183
M: 2007-05-26
<reply><purplepenguins> I can't get double buffering to work <Flashylight> just add some ketchup
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
m68k
M: 2010-05-31
<reply>[m68k] Motorola 680x0 CPU family. Used in old world Apple Macintosh, Amiga, Palm, old Sun workstations and various VME bus systems. Linux m68k runs on some of these, ucLinux should run on the less powerful models. As of Debian 4.0 "Etch", the m68k port is not a release architecture. http://www.debian.org/ports/m68k/ http://wiki.debian.org/M68k http://www.linux-m68k.org/faq/faq.html #debian-68k on irc.oftc.net. See also <basilisk>.
shush
C: 2001-05-23
<reply> Fine, I'll shut up.
finding docs
M: 2010-07-26
<reply>Documentation is available in /usr/share/doc/packagename/ (esp. the README.Debian files!), man command, apropos command, info command, apt-cache search -- "-doc$". Some packages have a -doc package (perhaps in non-free, ask me about <gcc-doc>, <gdb-doc>). Also ask me about <list docs>, <debian system>, <debwiki>, <search>. http://debian.org/doc/ http://wiki.debian.org/DebianDocumentation http://tldp.org/ http://newbiedoc.sf.net/
slim
M: 2009-09-17
<reply>SLiM (Simple Login Manager) is a <display manager> based on Login.app. http://slim.berlios.de/
rootkit
M: 2010-02-17
a set of tools that replace the standard Unix utilities like ls and ps in order to hide certain files and processes from the admin. It is a good thing to have a copy of these tools on disk, but that only helps against the weaker rootkits (that don't modify the kernel in place). See also <system compromise recovery>, <chkrootkit>, <rkhunter>.
now
M: 2000-12-14
<reply> THERE!!!... no - nevermind, ya missed it.
5
C: 2003-03-28
the holy number of Discordianism.
cow
M: 2011-09-21
a Turing complete language at http://www.bigzaphod.org/cow/, or http://www.nichtlustig.de/toondb/050529.html, or the apt-get easter egg which says moo, or see <cow theory>, or copy-on-write, or a big animal that says <moo>
infrared
M: 2010-02-12
<reply> see irda
macbookpro
C: 2009-01-31
<reply>The MacBook Pro is a laptop series produced by Apple Inc., succeeding the PowerBook G4. http://wiki.debian.org/MacBookPro . See also <bcm4331>, <laptop>.
backbox
C: 2011-04-10
<reply>BackBox Linux is a distribution based on <Ubuntu>, developed to perform penetration tests and security assessments. It is not supported in #debian. http://www.backbox.org/ #backbox on irc.autistici.org. See also <based on debian>.
archlinux
C: 2009-03-16
<reply>see arch linux
apt-recommends
C: 2010-03-29
<reply> see apt recommends
hybrid image
M: 2011-03-10
<reply> see hybrid images
web
M: 2014-09-16
<reply>Web (formerly Epiphany until GNOME 3.4) is a WebKit-based web browser and the primary browser of <GNOME>. https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Web/FrequentlyAskedQuestions https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Web #epiphany on irc.gnome.org.
right
M: 2004-12-14
<reply> right, (adj): 1) The opposite of left. 2) What cafuego says.
wtf
M: 2005-05-21
(What|Who|Where|Why|When) The Fuck
dak
M: 2009-07-05
<reply>dak (debian archive kit) is the set of scripts that manage the Debian archives. See http://ftp-master.debian.org/git/dak.git or http://anonscm.debian.org/gitweb/?p=mirror/dak.git for the code. dak transfers packages from unstable to testing (and from incoming to unstable) at {1,7,13,19}:52 UTC each day. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianDak
serial console
M: 2010-07-29
<reply>A serial console can be used to administrate a system or capture kernel crash/panic information. http://kernel.org/doc/Documentation/serial-console.txt . You will also want your bootloader to use the serial console. See also <netconsole>.
mv
M: 2005-09-04
move, mv, mv, mv, mv, mv, mv, mv, mv, mv
dude
C: 2006-08-27
<reply>like, y'knoow.
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.
sigh
M: 2011-09-21
<reply> We are living hard times, pal.
reboot required
C: 2012-01-31
<reply> If you've upgraded your kernel package you need to reboot to start running the new kernel. Unless the <kernel abi> has changed, uname -r doesn't tell you whether this is needed or not, instead compare /proc/version to the package version: if ! grep -q $(dpkg-query -f'${Version}' -W linux-image-$(uname -r)) /proc/version; then echo "Reboot required"; fi
iceweasel vs firefox
M: 2013-08-05
<reply>The main difference between iceweasel and firefox is the icon. The rendering engine is the same, the preferences are the same, the handling of plugins like flash is the same. Ask me about <iceweasel doesn't work> <iceweasel user-agent> <why iceweasel> <iceweasel backports>.
lan
C: 1970-01-01
(Local Area Network) A small isolated network at one office location. Most office computers are connected to a LAN, but may also be connected to the Internet, or a <WAN>.
debian handbook
M: 2012-05-11
<reply> see debian-handbook
mac os x
M: 2013-08-01
<reply> see os x
0
M: 2001-10-15
1, or 0, or a number damnit!!
drink
M: 2003-02-06
<reply> *SLUUUUURP* *SLUUUUURP* some kawfee
lvm2
C: 2006-04-06
<reply>see lvm
friend
C: 1970-01-01
<reply> man, /usr/share/doc/<package>/*, what else
pieces
M: 2011-11-15
<reply> see sid
facts
C: 1970-01-01
<reply> Facts are the things you should use when you add informational factoids.
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>.
g-i
M: 2010-02-14
<reply>[g-i] The Debian graphical installer is available for the amd64, i386 and powerpc architectures. These are based on X11 since Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" (DirectFB was previously used). To launch on amd64 and i386, select "Graphical installer" in installer boot menus or enter "installgui" at the prompt. See http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/apds06 and http://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/GUI for more information. See also <d-i>.
config
M: 2007-05-04
ask me about <conffile>, or to find the name of a CONFIG option from the name of the module, type: find /usr/src/linux/ -name Makefile -exec grep CONFIG {} ; |grep "nameofmodule", or, if you're being pedantic: find /usr/src/linux/ -type f -name Makefile | xargs grep CONFIG | grep modulename
cdimage
M: 2009-06-28
<reply> see iso
coke
C: 2003-11-03
not the drug and not the beverage, but a formidable hacker. Don't mess with him!
default
M: 2005-09-22
<reply> If you don't know any better, always choose the default.
linux-kbuild-2.6
M: 2011-05-08
http://wiki.debian.org/HowToRebuildAnOfficialDebianKernelPackage#The_story_of_linux-tools
qotd182
C: 2007-03-06
<reply>[zen of unix processes] <teledyn> wait, if false runs and fails as its supposed to, doesn't that mean it succeeded?
open
C: 2000-05-03
not closed.
ma
M: 2009-05-31
milliampere(s), or Morocco, or <module-assistant>
ucf
M: 2011-05-10
<reply> ucf (Update Configuration File) is a framework used by packages to allow intelligent merging of modified configuration files with maintainer changes in postinst scripts. See apt-cache show ucf; or /usr/share/doc/ucf/ for more information. See also <ucf confmiss>.
service
C: 2009-04-23
<reply> see services
mintppc
C: 2011-03-24
<reply>MintPPC (formerly Linux MintPPC) is a Linux distribution for <PowerPC> systems based on <Linux Mint> LXDE and Debian. It is not supported in #debian or #debianppc. http://mintppc.org/ #mintppc on irc.freenode.net.
optimus
M: 2013-04-15
<reply> see bumblebee
donate
M: 2008-04-22
<reply> If you like Debian and are able to donate hardware, services or money, please do so. See http://www.debian.org/donations and http://www.spi-inc.org/donations
serial
M: 2006-01-13
a means of operation meaning in series, or one after the other. Ask me about <serial port>, <serial console>.
8.0
M: 2012-10-30
<reply> see jessie
debra
C: 2000-11-25
<reply> see debra murdock
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/
os/2
M: 2003-04-03
<reply> see os2, or <RedRabbit> guys does os/2 mean only half an operating system?
box
C: 2000-12-07
that on which debian is housed
crazy
C: 2001-04-22
<reply> you so cuhraaazy, $nick
wat
M: 2009-07-18
No such word; try "what".
know
C: 2005-11-23
<reply> Any fool can know, the point is to understand. - Albert Einstein
basic apt troubleshooting
C: 2013-10-08
<reply>see bat
libc5
C: 1970-01-01
an old Linux-only library, not related to GNU libc (<glibc>).
mother
C: 2000-05-07
<reply> are you my mother?
mysql-server
M: 2010-01-04
<reply> see install mysql
xandros
M: 2009-11-17
<reply>Xandros Corporation produces the Xandros Desktop Linux distribution, originally based on <Corel Linux>. It is not supported in #debian. Eee PC users with pre-installed Xandros: ask for assistance in #eeepc on irc.freenode.net. http://www.xandros.com/ See also <presto>, <based on Debian>.
mia
M: 2015-01-14
missing in action. status of missing unknown. as opposed to KIA, POW, or AWOL. https://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/developers-reference/beyond-pkging.html#mia-qa
irclogs
C: 2010-05-06
<reply> see irclog
qotd184
C: 2007-06-05
<reply><FrozenSpoon> okay. 3.0 woody. I assume a direct woody->etch upgrade should be fairly smooth?
touch
C: 1970-01-01
a cool command used to create an empty file or used to change file timestamps on existing files. For additional info, man touch.
raspberry
M: 2012-10-01
<reply> see raspberry pi
money
M: 2006-05-25
the root of all evil, but see http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines
crash
M: 2010-06-14
<reply> If you have applications that just can't help but keep shooting themselves in the head, causing you to lose unsaved data, look through /proc/kcore and you might be able to salvage some of the lost data, e.g. 'cat /proc/kcore | strings > kcore-file' then 'less kcore-file'. See also <netconsole>, <serial console>.
/etc/hosts
M: 2010-12-04
<reply>/etc/hosts is a static lookup table for hostnames. "man 5 hosts" for more information and example content. To change your system's hostname, ask me about <hostname>.
england
C: 2000-08-02
england rox. it is probably the best place in the world to live, except for the Netherlands, of course
7
M: 2007-03-08
see sqrt(12345678987654321), or the standard port for ECHO, or this monkey gone to heaven
internet explorer
M: 2003-05-19
browser monopolistically merged with all versions of Windows since Win95OSR2, or sometimes seen on Macs
del
M: 2004-06-04
delete, or a key on the keyboard
installation report
M: 2010-06-03
http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/ch05s04#submit-bug
why not amd64
C: 2012-04-28
<reply>Some applications developed specifically for i386 need special ia32 support libraries and as such may not work properly or at all on Debian AMD64. Consider using Debian i386 instead.
good morning
C: 2003-12-22
the only good morning is a dead morning.
cowsay
M: 2010-04-30
a configurable talking cow, or an absolutely vital program for turning text into happy ASCII cows, or what asg uses to combat the evil Outlook(TM) stationary that is sent to him. xcowsay (http://www.doof.me.uk/xcowsay/) is packaged for squeeze.
bullshit
C: 1970-01-01
<reply>DRINK!
amarok
M: 2009-05-22
an audio player for <KDE>. http://wiki.debian.org/Amarok http://userbase.kde.org/Amarok http://amarok.kde.org/ #amarok on irc.freenode.net.
dont break debian
C: 2014-09-16
https://wiki.debian.org/DontBreakDebian
hdn
M: 2012-08-18
<reply> see http.debian.net
v
M: 2004-01-04
at http://objectcentral.com/ (Portable C++ GUI Framework) or velocity, or the roman numeral for five, or a highly caffeinated "energy drink" thats availible in Australia and in some parts of the UK. XFire runs on this stuff. very for lazy people
bit
C: 1970-01-01
This is the smallest unit of measure in a computer. It isrepresented by a 0 (off) or 1 (on). You can think of a bit as a switch.If it's in the on position, it's a 1, and if the switch is off, it's a 0. All parts of your computer communicate in bits if you go to the lowest level.
si
M: 2010-11-27
Slovenia. For Slovene speakers / Kanal za slovenske uporabnike -> #debian.si on irc.oftc.net.
database
M: 2005-10-17
a set of (key,value) tuples
stable-updates
M: 2015-04-25
<reply> see jessie-updates
cpu
M: 2008-03-23
<reply>The Central Processing Unit (CPU) can be thought of as the brains of the computer. When most people think of processors, they think of Intel. The Pentium and Pentium Pro are CPUs, the Intel Core 2 Duo is a newer CPU. The most popular alternative to Intel is probably AMD. http://wiki.debian.org/HowToIdentifyADevice/CPU
earth
C: 1970-01-01
<reply> Welcome to Earth(R) a Subsidiary of Microsoft(R)
mars
C: 1970-01-01
at http://www.altara.org/mars.html (Java-based network services status monitor) or at http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mgs/movpics/anim/anim.html
domain
M: 2003-06-14
<reply> Want your own domain, but have a dynamic IP address? For cheap? Register your domain with one of the registrars and use soa.granitecanyon.com as primary/secondary DNS. Register your host with www.ddts.net. Make a CNAME record for your domain that points to your dhis hostname. Easy and cheap. icdomains.comjoker.com
imac
M: 2011-04-16
<reply>iMac is a range of Macintosh desktop computers produced by Apple Inc. Intel and PowerPC (G3, G4, G5) models are supported by the Debian operating system, ask me about <install debian>. See also <amd64>, <powerpc>. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/iMac
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>.
mpeg
M: 2001-09-04
(Moving Pictures Expert Group) This is a format for compressing video in a format similar to JPEG. It works. or some formats to compress sounds and motion pictures, or playable with gtv or mplayer, or only similar to jpeg in the same sense that cheese is similar to pesco sauce.
hird
C: 2001-06-17
<reply>[HIRD] Hurd of Interfaces Representing Depth. Ask me about <hurd>.
ravenbird
C: 2003-06-02
so cool
8
C: 2005-02-28
not a substitute for "ait" or "ate" or any other combination of letters.
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>.
linux-kbuild
M: 2010-08-09
<reply> see linux-kbuild-2.6
goat
C: 1970-01-01
<reply>billy goat gates drinks beer and grins..you win||<reply>billy goat gates is pecked by penguin..you loose|<reply>two billy gates goats...how very unattractive
noresume
C: 2010-06-20
the boot parameter that you can add to your kernel boot command line so that the kernel doesn't try to resume back into your running session after <suspend>. Be warned that you will lose any unsaved work and your filesystems will be left in an inconsistent state as you effectively crash the kernel.
lifespan
M: 2014-04-17
<reply>The security team tries to support a <stable> distribution for about one year after the next stable distribution has been released, except when another stable distribution is released within this year. For the <squeeze> release, there is a volunteer effort to extend security support to a total of five years; ask me about <squeeze-lts>. http://www.debian.org/security/faq#lifespan
arabic
C: 2013-03-21
<reply> مرحبا! للحصول على الدعم باللغة العربية لتوزيعة دبيان جنو\لينيكس , الرجاء التوجه الى قناة ##debian-ar
toshiba
M: 2010-10-27
<reply>Toshiba Corporation is a Japanese multinational conglomerate. http://wiki.debian.org/InstallingDebianOn/Toshiba . See also <laptop>, <toshutils>.
like
C: 2001-04-10
<reply> like, totally radical, like duh, no way $who
os-prober
M: 2013-04-29
<reply>os-prober is a utility for detecting other installed operating systems. <UEFI> support was added at os-prober 1.58. http://joeyh.name/code/os-prober/ . See also <grub config>.
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.
kbuild
C: 2009-12-02
<reply>see linux-kbuild
6.0.3
M: 2011-10-08
<reply>Debian 6.0.3 was released on October 8th, 2011. This point release corrects some serious bugs and copies security updates across to the main archive. Support for additional networking hardware (e.g. Broadcom BCM57765 and BCM57785, Intel 82576 ET2 and 82579, Realtek RTL8105E) is introduced. http://www.debian.org/News/2011/20111008 http://httpredir.debian.org/debian/dists/squeeze/ChangeLog . To upgrade, ask me about <point release>.
closed
C: 2000-05-03
not open.
nuts
C: 2002-06-04
<reply> "Scientists say 1 out of every 4 people is crazy, check 3 friends, if they are ok, you're it."
start a license war
C: 2001-09-20
<reply> (GPL r0xx0rs!|LGPL bites!|BSD license kicks (copyright StevenK))
cr
M: 2004-03-31
Costa Rica. Carriage Return, or your fecking enter key ;)
cmd: chmod (.*?)
C: 2003-10-10
($1): <action> changes $1's permissions to 0777 and tells the world.
sc
M: 2011-01-06
<reply> see social contract
ferm
M: 2010-01-15
<reply>ferm (For Easy Rule Making) is a frontend for <iptables> to maintain and set up complicated firewall rules. http://wiki.debian.org/ferm http://ferm.foo-projects.org/ #ferm on irc.freenode.net.
pdftk
M: 2010-07-28
the PDF Tool Kit -- the Swiss Army Knife for manipulating PDFs. It can add, delete and separate pages in a pdf and also perform a few other manipulations to them, including helping with filling out forms (ask me about <fill pdf forms>). Also ask me about <edit pdf> for other ideas.
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>.
testing sources.list
M: 2013-12-12
<reply>Using "testing" instead of the current codename (e.g. jessie) in your sources.list isn't as bad as using stable in your sources.list; you will just seamlessly continue to track the "testing" distribution following a release. Note that for a few months just after a release, testing can be a pretty bumpy ride... perhaps running stable would be a better idea? See also <stable sources.list>, <jessie sources.list>.
run
M: 2011-05-15
<reply>/run is a new cross-distribution location for storing transient writable files needed from system startup to shutdown, but do not require preserving across reboots. It replaces several locations in the <FHS>. http://wiki.debian.org/ReleaseGoals/RunDirectory
megaraid
M: 2013-02-24
<reply>The LSI Logic MegaRAID Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) driver and MegaRAID legacy driver are part of the Linux kernel. Support for additional hardware (backported from Linux 3.0.56) is included since the Debian <6.0.7> point release (bug #666108). See http://wiki.debian.org/LinuxRaidForAdmins for supported devices.
joe
C: 2000-04-08
<reply>The LAST ULTIMATE EDITOR, BETTER THAN ALL
then
C: 2003-06-27
<reply> Why not apt now!?
gah
C: 2003-07-12
one of the top favourite words
mac os
M: 2003-11-20
<reply>Mac OS was the previous Macintosh operating system (1984-2001, versions 1.0 to 9.2). Versions 7.5+ were really easy to use, but very unstable. Think Windows 98, but better, or what command line? See also <basilisk>, <hfs>, <os x>.
cmd: prise (.*?)
C: 2005-02-16
($1): <action>(blows $1 apart with a lightly oiled explosive|stops $1 from molesting that (sheep|goat|Welshman)|forcibly removes $1 from $1's keyboard)
kernel config
M: 2007-08-17
<reply> See /boot/config-* for debian kernels which you have installed, or http://merkel.debian.org/~jurij/ for other official kernels.
binnmu
M: 2011-07-01
binary <NMU>, which means a package was recompiled without changing the source. This often occurs when one of the libraries a package depends on has changed, and it needs to be recompiled against the newer library. The <debian revision> part of the package version normally has +b1 (+b2 etc) appended to it. http://wiki.debian.org/binNMU
firehol
C: 2009-06-08
<reply>FireHOL is a high-level <iptables> rule generator. It does not support IPv6 (Debian bug #292621). http://firehol.sf.net/faq.html http://firehol.sf.net/
debug ssh
C: 2009-11-06
<reply>see debug sshd
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
rofl
C: 2011-03-07
<reply> see rotfl
netherlands
M: 2000-09-25
a small (41526 miles^2) country in northwestern Europe (between Germany, Belgium and the North Sea. It has about 16M citizens, and is a contitutional monarchy. Capital is Amsterdam, government is in The Hague. Other major cities: Rotterdam, Utrecht, Eindhoven, Enschede.
cygwin
M: 2008-06-05
<reply> Cygwin is a <POSIX> environment for Microsoft Windows, running (among many programs) bash and gcc. Availiable from http://sources.redhat.com/cygwin/mirrors.html , or broken WRT <rsync> (https://bugzilla.samba.org/show_bug.cgi?id=2208). #cygwin on irc.freenode.net.
macsound
M: 2012-01-09
<reply>Experiencing no sound on Macintosh PowerPC hardware? A bug within the hw-detect component of Debian-Installer (of Debian 7 "Wheezy" and earlier releases) may incorrectly blacklist audio modules required for New World ROM systems; see http://bugs.debian.org/650588 and adjust /etc/modprobe/blacklist.local.conf and /etc/modules as necessary. This issue was corrected at the Debian 8 "Jessie" release.
cmd: support (.*?)
C: 2004-09-23
($1): <reply>$1 is the BEST
sysctl
C: 2009-12-20
<reply>sysctl.conf is a method of setting Linux kernel variables (such as those found in /proc/sys) early on in boot using sysctl(8). See the sysctl.conf man page for details; the procps init script applies settings from this file.
python 3
M: 2011-09-07
available from squeeze onwards and is a "supported version" of python, meaning that python module packages are starting to exist in Debian. See http://news.debian.net/2010/02/01/python-updates/
6.0
C: 2010-09-03
<reply>see squeeze
check iso signature
M: 2011-08-19
<reply>On a Debian box, you can check the installer images are legitimate using the signature file that comes with them. When downloading the ISO, also get the SHA256SUM and SHA256SUM.sign files in the same directory, then: "apt-get install -t sid debian-keyring; sha256sum debian.iso; grep debian.iso SHA256SUM; gpg --keyring /usr/share/keyrings/debian-role-keys.gpg --verify SHA256SUMS.sign". See also <check iso image>.
online
C: 1970-01-01
The term refers to anything that's on the Internet, as in "I've got this great online magazine for you to check out at www.ugeek.com."
netfilter
M: 2008-04-22
<reply> see iptables
off-topic
M: 2010-06-24
<reply> see offtopic
sms
M: 2008-05-07
Stop Making Sense, the greatest concert film ever, starring Talking Heads and directed by Jonathan Demme. Short Message Service
reactos
M: 2009-05-16
<reply>ReactOS is a free software operating system currently in development, based on the design of Windows XP/2003. It is intended to be binary compatible with Windows. http://www.reactos.org/ #reactos on irc.freenode.net.
ml
M: 2004-07-04
meta-language, a functional language used by computer science professors to frustrate their students.. Mali, or short for <Mailing List>
lulz
M: 2008-10-12
I did it all for the lulz!, or see <lol>
wheezy security
M: 2015-04-25
<reply>see wheezy/updates
hybrid iso
M: 2012-04-11
<reply> see hybrid images
grub2
M: 2013-04-22
<reply> see grub
os2
M: 2001-03-15
a nice 32-bit OS made by IBM, but was a flop as IBM didn't market it well enough. it is now dead., but could run Windows 3.1 applications. or not so dead; IBM still use it internally quite a bit
liar
C: 2001-02-11
me
why a mta
M: 2010-07-23
<reply> see why an mta
cmd: die (.*?)
C: 2003-08-18
($nick): <action> takes two shots to the head, murders $nick then crumples to the ground, lifeless...
bbtools
M: 2009-06-01
programs which highten your experience in <blackbox>: bbpager, <bbkeys>, bbmail, bbppp, bbsload and others.
7z
M: 2005-02-15
a public archive format providing high compression ratio initially implemented by the 7-zip archiver. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7z . Ask me about <p7zip>.
handbrake
M: 2010-03-12
<reply>HandBrake is a cross-platform, GPL-licensed multithreaded video transcoder. It is commonly used to convert media into formats suitable for playback on media centers and portable electronic devices. http://handbrake.fr/ #handbrake on irc.freenode.net. See also <dvd::rip>, <ogmrip>.
bash guide
C: 2010-09-01
http://mywiki.wooledge.org/BashGuide
conffile
M: 2012-02-12
<reply>A conffile is a configuration file that is given special handling by dpkg to help preserve local changes; conffiles are listed in /var/lib/dpkg/info/$pkg.conffiles or by "dpkg --status $package". See Debian <policy> §10.7 (http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ch-files.html#s-config-files) for more information. Some packages use <ucf> as alternative way of managing config files. See also <confmiss>, <confnew>, <conffile check>.
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
netatalk
M: 2013-04-23
<reply>Netatalk is an open source <AFP> server, capable of serving many Macintosh clients simultaneously. <AppleTalk> support was removed at version 3.0. http://netatalk.sf.net/
patents
M: 2011-08-21
<reply>Patents were designed to encourage innovation by providing protection for a limited period. Quite how this works for software is often unclear and varies widely between jurisdictions. The relationship between patents and Free software is discussed at http://www.debian.org/reports/patent-faq or search for patents at http://www.patents.ibm.com/ http://www.uspto.gov/ http://www.european-patent-office.org/ and http://www.jpo.go.jp/
kwin
M: 2010-01-03
<reply>KWin is the <KDE> window manager. http://userbase.kde.org/KWin #kwin on irc.freenode.net.
your mother
C: 2002-03-29
<reply> Mrs. Apt is well, thank you.
flgrx
M: 2010-04-21
<reply> see fglrx
5.0
M: 2009-04-13
<reply> see lenny
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.
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.
depmod
C: 1970-01-01
<reply> This is how the kernel module depedency list is created. It's done automatically (forcefully, even if it exists) on every boot in debian
rfs
M: 2006-10-19
Request For Sponsor, frequently used in the debian-mentors mailing list as a request from would-be Debian maintainers to find someone who will sponsor their package.
daemontools
M: 2010-06-04
<reply>daemontools is a suite of programs for managing Unix services, not to be confused with <DAEMON Tools>. Previously <non-free>, included in main as of version 1:0.76-1. http://cr.yp.to/daemontools.html
hosts
M: 2010-06-05
<reply> see /etc/hosts
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/
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
d:sbd
M: 2010-03-24
<reply>"Debian: Secure by Default" (D:SbD) was a project examining available open-source security features for integration within Debian. http://d-sbd.alioth.debian.org/ See also <harden>.
cracker
M: 2007-03-19
<reply> [cracker] defined at http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/C/cracker.html
command not found
M: 2005-03-04
<reply> Have you tried running the command as root? If it still is not found, try apt-get install <commandname>. Solves some problems. see 'hdii'
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!"
how-can-i-help
M: 2014-02-14
<reply>Want to help out with Debian and become more involved in the Debian project? The tools wnpp-alert, rc-alert (both from the devscripts package) and how-can-i-help can provide inspiration on buggy or unmaintained packages that you have installed on your system. Ask me about <wnpp>, <rc-alert>, <devscripts>, <new maintainer guide>. https://debian.org/intro/help
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.
hold list
C: 2014-05-29
<reply>Packages currently on <hold> can be listed with «dpkg --get-selections | grep 'hold$'» (on hold for apt-get), or «aptitude search ~ahold» (on hold for aptitude). See also <unhold>.
coredump
C: 1970-01-01
a slick techno/ambient/trance 128-bit mp3 stream or at http://pitfall.org/coredump/ or accessible directly at http://pitfall.org:8000/
recursion
C: 2003-06-06
<reply>~recursion
qcad
M: 2011-10-12
<reply>QCad is a computer-aided design application developed by RibbonSoft. Parts of the QCad Community Edition were released under the GPL but are no longer maintained and rely on Qt3; QCad was removed from Debian at <6.0.4> to resolve bug #645043. A free Qt4 replacement is available, ask me about <librecad>.
amazon
M: 2013-01-11
<reply>Amazon.com, Inc. is an American multinational electronic commerce company. For Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud information, ask me about <ec2>.
green
C: 2001-03-04
a colour.... one mostly unliked by stylish people. mostly liked my neards and geeks
mad
C: 2001-04-22
Rob Leslie's MPEG Audio Decoder, GPL, at http://www.mars.org/home/rob/proj/mpeg/
libre
C: 2006-04-16
"Gratis versus Libre", the distinction between no cost and freedom, a distinction not made by the word free in the English language.
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.
motd wheezy
M: 2015-05-04
<reply>The "Message Of The Day" (MOTD) may be shown to users at login time. In Debian 7 "Wheezy", motd is entirely under the control of the administrator; edit /etc/motd as desired. The dynamic part of the MOTD is in /run/motd.dynamic and is prepended to your /etc/motd; this dynamic part is generated by /etc/init.d/motd should you also need to customise it. See "man 5 motd"
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
ranting
M: 2010-06-10
<reply>Sure, you wish all your problems could be solved, but ranting or whinging in #debian is not welcome. Probably no-one in #debian can actually fix your problem so you're wasting your breath; ask me about <reportbug> and <debian-user>. By ranting, all you do is demoralise the volunteers who keep the channel running or, worse, stop them from doing more productive things for Debian.
rtl8188eu
M: 2014-03-18
<reply>Realtek RTL8188EU (USB ID 0bda:8179) and RTL8188ETV-based USB wireless LAN devices (e.g. USB IDs 0bda:0179, 2001:330f) are supported by the r8188eu staging driver, introduced at Linux 3.12. Firmware from userspace is required (rtlwifi/rtl8188eufw.bin) and packaged for Debian since firmware-realtek 0.41. Debian 7 "Wheezy" users: for device support, ask me about <bdo kernel> and install firmware-realtek from <wheezy-backports>.
wx
C: 1970-01-01
<reply> A free C(plusplus) framework to make cross-platform programming child's play. http://web.ukonline.co.uk/julian.smart/wxwin/
resize2fs
C: 2009-05-29
<reply>resize2fs is a filesystem resize utility for <ext2>/<ext3>/<ext4>, provided by the e2fsprogs package: man 8 resize2fs. Growing ext3/ext4 while online requires the resize_inode filesystem feature to be set (only possible during filesystem creation).
pepsi
M: 2002-03-29
<reply> Pepsi is far superior to coke in all countries except the US where pepsi for unknown reasons decided to use a different recipe and thus destroy their cola. Damn them.. The Superior Sleep Alternative, or jolt cola beats the crap out it
sse
M: 2012-12-07
<reply>SSE (Streaming SIMD Extensions, originally Katmai New Instructions) is an x86 instruction set extension introduced with the Intel Pentium III, providing 70 new instructions for floating point calculations. See also <3dnow>, <sse2>.
smart-questions
M: 2008-09-12
<reply> see smart questions
mirror status
M: 2012-05-29
<reply> see debian mirror checker
hush
M: 2015-05-13
<reply>see shush
one
M: 2006-01-04
there
ppc64
M: 2011-12-11
<reply>The Debian PowerPC64 port (ppc64, not officially released) supports 64-bit PowerPC CPUs with AltiVec (aka Velocity Engine, VMX) e.g. PowerPC 970/970FX/970MP, Xenon, Cell BE, PowerXCell 8i, POWER6/POWER6+, POWER7. http://wiki.debian.org/PPC64 http://debian-ppc64.alioth.debian.org/ . The POWER4/POWER4+ and POWER5/POWER5+ are 64-bit PowerPC CPUs without AltiVec, use the <powerpc> port for support of these systems.
sparky
M: 2013-04-05
<reply>see sparkylinux
basilisk
M: 2012-01-09
<reply>Basilisk II is open source, cross platform <m68k> emulator. It allows use of m68k <Mac OS> software on a different operating system, a Macintosh ROM image and copy of Mac OS (versions 7.x through 8.1 supported) are required. Packaged as basilisk2 in <contrib>. http://basilisk.cebix.net/ See also <pearpc>.
beaver
C: 1970-01-01
Wally's obnoxious little brother.
darwin
M: 2004-08-05
<reply>Darwin is an <Apple>-sourced operating system based on BSD, see also <Mac OS X>, <APSL>. Charles Darwin (1809-1882), famous for putting together the Theory of Evolution (not to be confused with <Evolution>).
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.
rn
C: 2004-07-01
the fore-runner of trn and <slrn>. It's a news reader.
tanenbaum v torvalds
C: 2004-07-12
at http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/opensources/book/appa.html
thunar
M: 2010-05-17
<reply>Thunar (originally Filer) is a file manager for the X Window System, included with <XFCE> since version 4.4. Install the <thunar-volman> package to enable automatic management of removable media. http://docs.xfce.org/xfce/thunar/faq http://docs.xfce.org/xfce/thunar/start
ufw
C: 2010-09-15
<reply>Uncomplicated firewall (ufw) is an <iptables> front-end with syntax similar to OpenBSD's Packet Filter (PF). https://launchpad.net/ufw
no_pubkey
M: 2011-03-25
<reply> see no public key
html5
C: 2011-10-15
<reply>HTML5 is the new version of the language running the web. Check your browser's support level at http://html5test.com/ . Not sufficient? Ask me about <iceweasel backports> for newer Iceweasel versions. See also <webm>.
jpeg
C: 1970-01-01
(Joint Photographic Experts Group) This is a method of storing graphic images. It was specifically made for storing more than 256-color images. It compresses pictures much better than the GIF way (GIF is meant to store graphics of 256 colors or less). You can also set the amount of compression you would like for the graphic; however, the higher the compression the less quality the picture has. On the down side, even at 100% quality (or 0% compression) the graphic is not perfect. JPEG files use the extension ".jpg."
qnx
M: 2004-05-29
a hard real-time OS | http://www.qnx.com | microkernel | non-free | POSIX compliant | free as in beer for non-commercial use | player in the field since teh 80s | neutrino is the kernel | momentics is the non-commercial livecd (you can install too) | voyager is the browser | photon is the (micro)windowing system | qnx4fs is the ordered-write FS, plan9 style = everything is a file
postinst
C: 2011-03-16
<reply>see pkg scripts
belgium
C: 2001-03-18
a small country in Europa. It's between France and Germany
batman
C: 2001-04-02
dah dah duh duh dah dah du duh batman!
mpg321
M: 2010-09-01
a clone of <mpg123>, based on the mad MPEG audio decoding library. It is highly accurate and uses only fixed-point calculation. Not as fast as mpg123 on systems with a floating point unit. Does not support HTTP proxying. http://mpg321.sf.net/
dream
C: 2002-11-26
<action> rolls over and envisions being hosted on the MCR cluster in LLNL with a load of 1
amen
C: 2003-02-09
<reply>(Sing it, sister!|Praise the lord!)
mo
M: 2004-02-25
Macao Modus operandi. Mega-Octet (1024 ko)
xz
M: 2010-07-27
<reply>XZ is a lossless data compression format using LZMA2, providing a container for a single file (ala gzip, bzip2). Command line tools for working with XZ compression are in the xz-utils package. http://tukaani.org/xz/format.html http://tukaani.org/xz/
webm
M: 2010-06-01
<reply>WebM is a media container format extended from <Matroska>, providing VP8/VP9 video and <Vorbis> audio. Playable with <GStreamer>-based players (e.g. gst123) provided gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad (>= 0.10.18.3-2) is installed. Preliminary support is available in <youtube-dl> as of version 2010.04.04-2. http://www.webmproject.org/ #webm on irc.freenode.net.
goal
C: 2010-07-15
<reply>Describe your goal, not what you think the solution is.
rtl8188ee
M: 2014-01-05
<reply>Realtek RTL8188EE-based PCIe wireless LAN devices (PCI ID 10ec:8179) are supported by the rtl8188ee Linux kernel driver introduced at Linux 3.10. Firmware from userspace is required (rtlwifi/rtl8188efw.bin) and packaged since firmware-realtek 0.39. Debian 7 "Wheezy" users: for device support, ask me about <bdo kernel> and install firmware-realtek from <wheezy-backports>.
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.
backports.org contents
C: 2010-09-06
<reply> see backports.debian.org contents
jidgo
M: 2009-04-16
<reply> see jigdo
mbrfix
C: 2008-01-08
<reply> see fixmbr
ssh-copy-id
M: 2010-04-28
<reply>ssh-copy-id is a utility to copy your <SSH> public key from your local machine to a remote machine, permitting key-authorised ssh connections to the remote machine. ssh-copy-id will copy the key to the right location and make sure the <ssh permissions> are right. You may want to edit your ~/.ssh/config to tell ssh to use this key. See also <debug sshd>.
cherry
C: 2011-02-01
<reply>ZF Electronics GmbH (formerly Cherry GmbH) is a German input peripheral manufacturer. Debian Installer 6.0.0 does not support the use of Cherry USB keyboards during installation (Debian bug #584973), this was corrected at <6.0.1>.
multiboot
M: 2005-05-25
done with grub/lilo. windows 2k/xp can be on any harddisk if you use grub. key to making 2k/xp work is map (hd0) (hd1)<cr>map (hd1) (hd0) <cr>root (hd1,0)<cr> rootnoverify (hd1,0)<cr>makeactive<cr>chainloader +1... beware that even though you map inside the menu.lst file grub ignores the map changes so if hd2 is your xp drive your root is hd2,0 not whatever you change the mapping too.
clueless
M: 2003-08-16
a thread long ago in debian-devel, "stupid users are bad for debian", or http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/1999/debian-devel-199903/msg02288.html
swirl
M: 2009-05-17
<reply> see debian logo
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.
gdm3
M: 2012-12-04
<reply> see gdm
ndis
M: 2009-10-15
<reply>NDIS (Network Driver Interface Specification) is an <API> for network interface cards used within Microsoft Windows operating systems. For use of NDIS version 5.x (Windows XP) drivers on Linux systems, ask me about <ndiswrapper>; NDIS 6.x (Windows Vista/7) drivers are not supported at this time.
syntax
C: 2007-04-28
hard
superman
C: 2000-02-22
the first superhero
horse
C: 2001-06-11
A host is a host from coast to coast, But no one will talk to a host that's close, Unless of course the host that's close is busy, hung, or dead.
debra murdock
C: 2002-04-20
<reply>Debra Murdock is <Ian Murdock>'s wife. See also <debian name origin>.
your sister
C: 2002-05-14
a bitch
exfat
C: 2012-11-13
<reply>exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table, <MBR> partition ID 0x07) is a proprietary file system designed for flash drives. A <FUSE> driver providing exFAT read/write support is packaged for Debian as exfat-fuse. http://code.google.com/p/exfat/ . Not to be confused with FATX.
smuxi
M: 2009-10-14
<reply>smuxi (Smart MUltipleXed Irc) is an <irssi>-inspired IRC client for the <GNOME> desktop. The IRC session can run within the Smuxi server, allowing for <screen>-like detachment/reattachment. Written in C# and requires <mono>. http://www.smuxi.org/ #smuxi on irc.oftc.net.
7.0
C: 2010-09-03
<reply>see wheezy
which hdn
C: 2013-05-06
<reply> see which httpredir.debian.org
waldo
C: 1970-01-01
<reply> he's over there!!!
emacs tutorial
M: 2012-06-22
<reply>The <emacs> tutorial, along with the rest of the emacs documentation, is in the inexpliciably named emacs23-common-non-dfsg package in the <non-free> section. See also Debian bug #627434, <non-free sources>.
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
pb
M: 2004-07-24
<reply> see package breakage, or peanut butter
gpu
C: 2002-04-21
Graphical Processing Unit. The CPU of the video card =)
vdi
M: 2013-05-07
<reply>Virtual Disk Image (vdi) is a virtual drive format used by <VirtualBox>. These are manipulatable by the VBoxManage utility (e.g. convertfromraw, modifyhd, clonehd commands), which obsoletes the vditool utility used in earlier VirtualBox versions.
que
C: 2005-03-18
the spanish word for "what?" Probably means you should join #debian-es
idfma
C: 2010-04-17
<reply> Insufficient Data For Meaningful Answer
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>.
rtl8723au
M: 2015-04-28
<reply>Realtek RTL8723AU-based USB wireless LAN devices (e.g. USB ID 0bda:0724, 0bda:1724, 0bda:8724) are supported by the r8723au staging driver, introduced at Linux 3.15. Firmware is required, ask me about <realtek firmware> to provide. https://wiki.debian.org/rtl819x
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))'».
rmadison
M: 2010-06-14
<reply>rmadison is a script for querying the Debian archive database about available packages. Available in the <devscripts> package.
h.d.n
M: 2012-08-17
<reply> see httpredir.debian.org
kawfee
M: 2005-10-19
KAWFEH, or married to Boris, the russian Ebay Bride. A troll; like a bot, but squishier, or see also smartass
reiserfs d-i
M: 2015-04-28
<reply>Since Debian 6.0 "Squeeze", support of <ReiserFS> is not available at installation time. Filesystem support is still included in Debian Linux kernel images as of Debian 8 "Jessie". See also Debian bug #717236.
bien
C: 2002-01-02
I'm doing well, thank you
patent
M: 2011-08-23
<reply> see patents
security faq
C: 2003-08-12
http://www.debian.org/security/faq
hdii
C: 2005-02-28
<reply>How Do I Install foo ? try apt-cache search foo, then apt-get install a package. Better yet, man apt-cache and man apt-get
donations
M: 2008-04-22
<reply> see donate
pid
C: 2007-01-01
<reply> pid, or Process ID is an ID of a process. That's what ps; displays.
_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
installer firmware
M: 2015-04-25
<reply>see installer firmware jessie
rule 2
C: 2001-03-20
"Dont f*ck with packaging systems"
good day
C: 2001-06-12
a greeting often used by the people of Australia
alex
C: 2002-03-31
Alex
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...
honey pot
C: 2003-05-23
<reply>A honey bot is a system specifically set up to attract <crackers> so they can be observed. It is sometimes used on a network to pull crackers away from real servers.
wombat
M: 2005-01-20
<reply> Waste Of Money, Brains And Time, or http://feayn.org/~lewis/wombat.jpg
scroll
C: 2006-04-07
<reply> Ok we now that you know how to press enter. Now type at least one sentence before pressing next time.
serial tty
C: 2006-05-27
<reply>Edit /etc/inittab, at the bottom, there are commented examples, uncomment the ttyS0 line, if you use the first serial port (configure the line if you have to) run 'init q' to reinitialize the /etc/inittab, connect the cable, on the other box, run a terminalprogram, like minicom, telix, or whatever is available on that box/os.
pg
M: 2011-02-07
<reply> see postgresql
linux-libre
C: 2009-04-23
<reply>Linux-libre is a project producing modified Linux kernel sources with <non-free> components removed. http://fsfla.org/svnwiki/selibre/linux-libre/ See also <libre>.
vbox-install jessie
C: 2013-06-27
<reply>Debian's virtualbox-* packages were moved to contrib at VirtualBox 4.2, as a non-free compiler (Open Watcom) is required to build the BIOS; ask me about <contrib>. As root: «apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r|sed 's,[^-]*-[^-]*-,,'` virtualbox». After <DKMS> builds the necessary kernel modules, VirtualBox can be started. For guest additions/utilities, see <vbox guest>. See also <vbox extpack>.
cxoffice
C: 2011-08-11
<reply>Crossover Office (cxoffice) is a commercially supported version of <Wine> with a few extra hacks added in to help it run Windows programs under Linux. They actively develop for Wine and contribute back to the Wine project. Support for cxoffice can be found on their website http://codeweavers.com/ and in #crossover on irc.freenode.net.
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».
don't break debian
C: 2014-09-16
<reply>see dont break debian
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>.
x2go
M: 2013-10-03
<reply>X2Go is an open source terminal server project using the NX protocol (not compatible with other NX servers and clients). The Qt-based X2Go client is packaged as x2goclient, the X2Go server is currently not packaged (bug #465821). Packages from third-party repositories are not supported in #debian. http://wiki.x2go.org/ #x2go on irc.freenode.org.
napster
M: 2001-03-17
a file sharing program geared towards MP3. See also gnapster, or a good way to steal music
zork
C: 2001-04-08
a good game derived from adventure, created by infocom
rule 7
C: 2002-01-23
"Use your common sense, damnit, it's easy and it's why you've got your head too"
honeypot
M: 2008-07-06
<reply> see honey pot
pps
M: 2009-08-20
<reply> Use Google Docs (http://docs.google.com/) to view .pps or .ppt files or convert to .pdf. Alternatively, open PowerPoint files in <openoffice.org>.
dsa team
C: 2010-11-17
<reply>The Debian System Administration team are the people who look after the Debian infrastructure machines. See http://wiki.debian.org/Teams/DSA or contact them via rt.debian.org to install software and such on Debian Project computers.
fglrx-driver
C: 2013-06-19
<reply>see fglrx
arno-iptables-firewall
M: 2011-11-01
<reply>Arno's iptables firewall is a single/multi-homed firewall script with DSL support. Packaged for Debian as arno-iptables-firewall; basic settings can optionally be handled by <debconf>, use 'dpkg-reconfigure -plow arno-iptables-firewall' to reconfigure. http://rocky.eld.leidenuniv.nl/
ui
M: 2001-06-19
user interface, or http://www.cyberpunkproject.org/lib/in_the_beginning_was_the_command_line/
systemd ranting
C: 2014-02-09
<reply> see init system ranting
.gr
C: 2000-07-31
<reply>see gr
you're awesome
C: 2001-01-12
<action> blushes
zsync
M: 2012-06-01
a file transfer program which uses the <rsync> algorithm. If a file's previous version is locally available, zsync downloads only the changed parts. http://zsync.moria.org.uk/ #zsync on irc.freenode.net. See also <jidgo>.
gnapster
M: 2001-02-28
the best napster client available.. There's a bug in gnapster 1.4.1a which might disc you from the official napster servers. Version 1.4.2 fixes this problem. http://jasta.gotlinux.org/programs.htm, or worse than lopster
rule 5
C: 2001-03-25
"If you don't solve the problem in first 3 minutes, get your coffee handy"
ga
C: 2002-06-02
"go ahead"
debian desktop
C: 2002-10-28
the Debian Desktop project, see http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-desktop/
ge
C: 2003-04-11
Georgia
mp
C: 2003-05-06
Northern Mariana Islands
damnit
C: 2009-12-01
<reply>It's spelled dammit, DAMMIT.
asus
C: 2010-01-16
<reply>ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated (ASUS) is a hardware and electronics manufacturer. http://wiki.debian.org/InstallingDebianOn/Asus . See also <eee>, <laptop>.
exec shield
C: 2010-06-02
<reply>Exec Shield is a patch set for the Linux kernel on i386 (not relevant for x86_64, Debian bug #516488) to protect against stack smashing attacks and other exploits. Packaged for Debian as linux-patch-exec-shield in squeeze, see /usr/share/doc/linux-patch-exec-shield/README.Debian for more information. See also <kernel-package>. http://people.redhat.com/mingo/exec-shield/
cloud
M: 2012-12-14
<reply>Cloud computing is more than just virtual servers, a workable definition from NIST is: Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. http://wiki.debian.org/Cloud
iptables-restore
C: 2013-04-26
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.
devuan
M: 2014-11-28
<reply>Devuan (https://devuan.org/) is a fork of Debian, meant to avoid dependencies on <systemd>. Not supported in #debian, please see #devuan for support.
wally
C: 1970-01-01
<reply>It's WALDO you bloody Limey.
list hold
M: 2014-05-29
<reply> see hold list
default desktop
C: 2002-10-24
to change the default "desktop", do update-alternatives --config x-session-manager (man update-alternatives)
mal
C: 2001-08-13
short for Mal Meninga, which is rhyming slang for finger. In context: "Did OK last night, gave her a mal".
rule 1
M: 2006-01-04
<reply> If it's not broken, don't fix it.
emacs docs
C: 2012-06-22
<reply> see emacs tutorial
cats
M: 2004-07-04
god.
acer
M: 2009-12-09
<reply>[acer] Acer Incorporated is an electronics manufacturer. http://kmuto.jp/debian/hcl/Acer http://wiki.debian.org/InstallingDebianOn/Acer . See also <acer_acpi>, <acerone>, <ar8151>, <atl1c>, <ipn2220>, <laptop>.
wheezy-security
C: 2012-04-21
<reply> see wheezy/updates
reisub
C: 2009-11-28
Raw sigtErm sigkIll Sync remoUnt reBoot, a magic <sysrq> keys sequence to reboot properly if your machine is half locked.
persian
C: 2014-07-05
<reply>For help in Persian join #debian-ir
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.
ppt
M: 2009-08-20
perl power tools, or ask me about <powerpoint>
rant
C: 2006-04-27
why the hell are you still using [sendmail|apache v1|kernel 2.4], when it is as old as the hill. Get with the new stuff.
uvc
M: 2011-05-17
<reply> see uvcvideo
sad
M: 2006-01-25
this channel most of the time, or that feeling you get when your hd dies
nasa
C: 2001-03-06
nice and safe attitude
crossgrade
C: 2014-05-09
<reply> see i386->amd64
rule 6
C: 2002-02-26
"Ask a stupid question - get a stupid answer"
crackers
C: 2001-06-26
<reply> see cracker
txt
C: 2001-08-15
the standard format for ascii text files!
freeswitch
M: 2009-09-21
a media switching library scaling from a softphone, PBX to a powerful enterprise grade softswitch; supports SIP, H.323, IAX2, XMPP and Skype. <RFP> filed as Debian bug #389591.
cmd: not supporting (.*?)
M: 2005-05-24
($1): <reply>We have enough trouble not supporting Debian, without trying to not support $1 too. Try #$1 or donating money to charity.
debian-amd64
M: 2006-06-13
<reply> If you get an error running apt-get update complaining that Packages.gz cannot be found for amd64, make sure you have removed "debian-amd64" from the URL in /etc/apt/sources.list ; amd64 is now in the main repositories. Also ask me about <amd64>.
rtl8192u
M: 2010-07-08
<reply>r8192u_usb is a Linux kernel module produced by the rtl8192u staging driver, supporting the Realtek RTL8192U 802.11n USB wireless LAN chipset. Introduced in Linux 2.6.33, included in Debian Linux 2.6.32 kernel images (x86 architectures only). Firmware is required (RTL8192U/{boot,data,main}.img) and not currently packaged (Debian bug #588142), ask me about <rtl8192u firmware> to acquire. https://wiki.debian.org/rtl819x
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>.
debgen
C: 2013-05-06
<reply>Websites that generate a <sources.list> for you (like http://debgen.simplylinux.ch/) create terrible sources.list files with syntax errors, encourage you to mix releases or even distributions and do silly things like using "stable" instead of the code name. Instead, ask me about <wheezy sources.list> or <jessie sources.list>.
irc logs
C: 2014-03-11
<reply>see irclog
avx
C: 2015-05-01
<reply>The Advanced Vector Extension (AVX) introduces SIMD registers increased from 128 bits to 256 bits and non-destructive three-operand SIMD instructions, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Vector_Extensions . Supported since Linux kernel 2.6.30 (Q2 2009) and Intel "Sandy Bridge" processor (shipped since Q1 2011) and AMD "Bulldozer" prozessor (shipped since Q4 2011).
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>.
projector
C: 2000-01-02
the tentative name for a tentative bug tracking/project management system that njs is working on -- see http://berlin.benham.net/wiki/html/Berlin/BugTrackingSystem.htm
7zip
M: 2010-12-15
<reply> see 7-zip
spiderman
C: 1970-01-01
a wankpuss
potato sources.list
M: 2009-06-07
"deb http://archive.debian.org/debian potato main contrib non-free", "deb http://archive.debian.org/debian-security potato/updates main contrib non-free" and "deb http://archive.debian.org/debian-non-US potato/non-US main contrib non-free"
rule 4
C: 2001-03-25
"First read HOWTOs, then man pages, then /var/log. After that, ask questions"
initd
C: 2001-10-03
a daemon that starts any other program on a normal Linux-system
compress
M: 2005-08-10
the thing that unix hackers used to use back in the 1980s and 1990s before gzip came around. uses a patented algorithm for compressing, so it's not Free to implement (but decompression is Free, hence gzip's ability to handle .Z files)
agnx
M: 2009-03-24
<reply>agnx is an experimental mac80211 driver for Airgo Networks' AGN100 and AGN300 wireless LAN chipsets. Performance for AGN100 is currently poor, support for AGN300 is in progress. http://sf.net/projects/agnx80211driver/ . Use <git> to acquire the source from http://git.sipsolutions.net/agnx.git . See also <ndiswrapper>.
startx user
C: 2013-08-25
<reply>By default, only root is permitted to run "startx". To permit other users to run this command, run «dpkg-reconfigure x11-common» -- you can permit anyone logged in on console to be able to run startx at this stage. Alternatively, use a display manager to handle login and X setup; ask me about <dm>.
ec2
C: 2012-12-07
<reply>The Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) delivers pay-as-you-go capacity in virtualised resources: see https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/ . Debian images for EC2 (AMIs) are created by members of the Debian project. See http://wiki.debian.org/Cloud/AmazonEC2Image and http://blog.james.rcpt.to/2012/12/06/official-debian-images-on-amazon-web-services-ec2/ for details.
ug
M: 2015-01-21
If you contact <upstream>, please point them at our upstream guide: https://wiki.debian.org/UpstreamGuide
sse2
C: 2014-06-03
<reply>SSE2 (Streaming SIMD Extensions 2) was introduced in 2001 with the Pentium 4 processor and licensed by AMD for the Athlon 64 processor (Paris architecture). The Athlon XP processor isn't capable of SSE2.
r8723au
M: 2013-08-28
<reply> see rtl8723au
ms office
C: 1970-01-01
a truck load of S H I T !!!
.tt
C: 2000-07-31
Trinidad & Tobago
rule 3
C: 2002-02-26
"Obey the wiser"
truemobile
M: 2011-06-21
<reply>TrueMobile is a wireless product range produced by <Dell>. For support of the "TrueMobile 1300 Wireless USB Adapter" (USB ID 413c:8102, Intersil ISL3880 chipset), ask me about <p54usb> and supply first generation USB device firmware.
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
dependency hell
C: 2004-09-23
the situation caused by RPMs, when Package A needs Package B, and Package B needs packages c and d, etc...
safari
C: 2006-05-30
a website where you can read almost all O'Reilly books online. Your local university library may provide free access to all visitors. Or get the free trial. http://safari.oreilly.com
grave
C: 2007-07-22
<reply> makes the package in question unusable by most or all users, or causes data loss, or introduces a security hole allowing access to the accounts of users who use the package.
auto mount
C: 2008-08-19
<reply> see automount
qwerty
C: 2011-10-07
<reply>A keyboard layout that sucks period. It is designed to be slow. What could be worse than that!
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/*}
mixing releases
C: 2013-08-21
unsupported and *can* and *will* damage your system
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.
disable lid suspend
M: 2015-05-01
<reply>Edit /etc/systemd/logind.conf and add HandleLidSwitch=ignore . See 'man logind.conf'.
ghost
C: 2015-01-28
for current information in Debian, see http://security-tracker.debian.org/tracker/CVE-2015-0235
shoe
C: 1970-01-01
<reply>walk a mile in my shoes and we'll see what happens
bdo kernel squeeze
M: 2013-07-18
<reply>A later kernel for Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" is available from the "squeeze-backports" repository. Ask me about <squeeze-backports> to modify your sources.list, then run «aptitude update». To install the backported kernel: «aptitude -t squeeze-backports install linux-image-`uname -r|sed 's,[^-]*-[^-]*-,,'`». To list available backported kernel image packages: «aptitude search '?narrow(~nlinux-image,?origin(Debian Backports))'».
server task
M: 2011-02-09
<reply> see server tasks
njs
C: 1970-01-01
not $who
uranus
C: 2001-01-27
hard to see, what with urhead stuck up it...
chris
C: 2001-04-16
Chicane.. an IronFire.org bloke
him
C: 2003-08-27
someone that will make you need soon an advocate to relay with
finduuid
M: 2010-06-06
dumpe2fs -h /dev/$device | grep UUID, or blkid -s UUID -o value /dev/$device
duh
C: 2012-10-17
<reply>duh yourself, $nick
testing-backports
C: 2014-02-10
<reply>Backported packages are normally prepared based on the sources in the testing release; there's no point in creating a testing-backports release. Ask me about <tum> <testing> <backports>.
iceweasel ntlm
C: 2014-07-23
<reply>Since Iceweasel 30.0, NTLMv1 authentication has been disabled and <NTLM> support on non-Windows platforms is deprecated (https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/Firefox/Releases/30/Site_Compatibility#Security). NTLMv2 is not supported by Iceweasel. It is possible to continue using NTLMv1 by switching the network.negotiate-auth.allow-insecure-ntlm-v1 preference in about:config.
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
restart required
M: 2013-10-03
<reply> see reboot required
howcanihelp
M: 2015-04-25
<reply> see how-can-i-help
house
M: 2005-11-14
a place people live, or pulsating, driving, dance music.
why-removed
M: 2010-02-08
<reply> see removed
kernel configs
M: 2007-08-17
<reply> see kernel config
powerpoint
M: 2009-08-20
<reply> see pps
apt-get debug
M: 2015-05-11
<reply>To debug what is going wrong with apt/apt-get/aptitude fetching from the mirrors, append «-o Debug::Acquire::http=true» to the command line. The output will be lengthy but informative.
pendrivelinux
M: 2010-03-12
<reply>Pendrivelinux is a Live GNU/Linux distribution which operates from a portable USB device. "V1" is based on Debian Etch. "2008" is based on <MCNLive>. "2009" is based on Debian Lenny and runs under <colinux>. All variants are not supported in #debian. http://www.pendrivelinux.com/
agn300
C: 2009-03-24
<reply> see agnx
acct
C: 2010-11-15
<reply>[acct] The GNU Accounting Utilities is a set of utilities which reports and summarizes data about user connect times and process execution statistics. http://www.gnu.org/software/acct/ The 'last' command is provided by the <sysvinit> package.
stretch-backports
C: 2014-02-10
<reply>see testing-backports
apsl
M: 2004-03-19
<reply>APSL is the Apple Public Source license. It's listed as an "Official Open Source License" on http://www.opensource.org/ and used by <Apple> for the lower level parts of <Mac OS X>, aka <Darwin>, or not that free.
ultima online
C: 2002-04-27
http://www.linuxgames.com/uofaq.php3 for OSI's unsupported Linux client. Reports say that it runs a lot smoother in Linux, even on hardware below the Windows system requirements. An open source client is being developed at http://uop.sourceforge.net/
small dick
C: 2002-06-24
someone that goes by the name of bill gates
perl6
C: 2011-06-16
a major revision to the <Perl> programming language. It is still in development, as a specification from which several interpreter and compiler implementations are being written. For help, see #perl6 on irc.freenode.net.
jessie backports
C: 2015-04-29
<reply> see jessie-backports
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
stretch/updates
C: 2015-03-21
<reply> see testing security
openrc
C: 2015-05-01
<reply> OpenRC is a dependency based init system originated from <gentoo>. https://wiki.debian.org/OpenRC
which httpredir.debian.org
C: 2015-05-05
<reply>To see which mirror you are being sent to by the <httpredir.debian.org> redirector, substitute the appropriate release and architecture into the following: «wget -O/dev/null --max-redirect=0 http://httpredir.debian.org/debian/dists/unstable/main/binary-amd64/Packages.bz2 2>&1 | grep Location». You can also look for the Release file or individual .debs if you want.
boot log
M: 2013-01-21
<reply> see bootlog
bcm5754
C: 1970-01-01
<reply> see tg3
twain
C: 1970-01-01
(Toolkit Without An Interesting Name) This is a standard set for scanners to allow them to have a standard interface to software. This allows the use of your favorite graphics package with your favorite scanner without worrying if one will support the other. As long as both are TWAIN-complaint they will work together. Check out www.twain.org for much more information.
marble
C: 2000-03-11
sometimes black or pink
spade
C: 2003-09-27
you $who
mir
C: 2001-03-23
dead
uo
C: 2002-04-27
ultima online. ask me about "ultima online" instead
cmd: helpsmite (.*?)
C: 2005-07-08
($1): <action> $1 screems like a little girl: ow.. ow... help... HELP HELP ME!!!! help hElP HeLp O_o o_O \o/
negro
C: 2006-02-06
just like a <nigger>, a monkey.
blowfish
C: 2008-12-02
now http://digitalconsumption.com/forum/615-Blowfish-shadow-files-on-Debian http://www.die.net/doc/linux/man/man8/pam_passwdqc.8.html.
82574l
C: 2009-09-02
<reply> see e1000e
desmume
C: 2011-03-06
<reply>DeSmuME is an emulator of the Nintendo DS handheld video game console. http://desmume.org/ #desmume on irc.freenode.net.
severity
C: 2012-11-09
http://www.debian.org/Bugs/server-control#severity
oldstable-updates
M: 2015-05-14
<reply> see wheezy-updates
qotd123
C: 2015-05-14
<boudiccas> so it appears, /usr/local/bin/mv dated 3/11/13 <boudiccas> hmm, cant see where i've got it from <babilen> boudiccas: I would guess that you installed it in an attack of boudiccas-ness ;)
9.0
C: 2014-12-07
<reply> see stretch
wheezy-lts
C: 2015-04-25
<reply>Similar to <squeeze-lts>, longer term support for wheezy will probably be provided by volunteers. Offers of help in the form of time or sponsorship are gratefully accepted. See https://wiki.debian.org/LTS for more information. #debian-lts on irc.oftc.net.
hdo
C: 2015-05-10
<reply> see httpredir.debian.org
r8821ae
M: 2015-05-08
<reply> see rtl8821ae
wheezy iso
M: 2015-04-28
<reply> see install wheezy
rants
C: 2000-02-28
Redundant Array of NT Servers, at http://www.userfriendly.org/cartoons/archives/00feb/20000227.html
canal
C: 2000-09-26
op turkis dodo
qotd290
C: 2015-04-12
<reply><karlpinc> Transparent terminals are like clear glass toilets. They sound like a good idea until you use them.
olp
C: 2001-10-16
our lady peace
matchbox
C: 2008-06-08
a open-source base environment for the X Window System running on non-desktop embedded platforms. http://matchbox-project.org/ #matchbox on irc.freenode.net.
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".
wine-development
C: 2015-04-25
<reply> The wine-development package is the development version of wine in Debian. This is a meta package that pulls in either wine64-development or wine32-development. For a more recent version in Jessie, the packages can be backported from stretch/sid with a little work, ask me about <ssb>. Alternatively, the commercial <cxoffice> offers a recent wine with support.
oldstable security
C: 2015-04-25
<reply> see wheezy security
rtl8812ae
C: 2015-04-29
<reply>Realtek RTL8812AE-based PCI-E devices wireless LAN devices (PCI ID 10ec:8812) are supported by the rtl8821ae Linux kernel driver, introduced at Linux 3.16. Firmware from userspace is required, ask me about <realtek firmware>.
rtl8821ae
C: 2015-04-29
<reply>Realtek RTL8821AE-based PCIe wireless LAN devices (PCI ID 10ec:8821) are supported by the rtl8821ae Linux kernel driver, introduced at Linux 3.16. Firmware from userspace is required, ask me about <realtek firmware>.
disable services
M: 2015-05-05
<reply>To disable services with systemd, use «systemctl disable foo.service»; if systemd units are available, you can use TAB-completion to help get the right service name (TAB-completion won't work with init scripts). For sysvinit systems, ask me about <disable services sysvinit>.
internet explorer jpeg
M: 2015-04-17
<reply> test behavior with XDG_UTILS_DEBUG_LEVEL=99 xdg-open some.jpg; move/delete wine-* files in .local/share/applications ; add specific application to .local/share/applications/mimeapps.list, e.g. image/jpeg=eog.desktop, or gvfs-mime --set image/jpeg eog.desktop
apt-404
C: 2015-04-30
<reply>When apt returns a 404 for Packages, Sources or Translation files, it has looked for all the different compression types that it knows about and has been unable to find the resource listed in the error message with any form of compression.
banglinux
C: 2001-01-09
Asia's Biggest Linux Conference every year in the first week of March, and in 1999 it had RMS/Miguel De ICaza among others, and in 2000 its having Alan Cox, Nat Friedman .. see http://www.banglinux.com
slice
C: 2006-02-26
a beverage brand for the Pepsi Cola Company.
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>.
irc stats
C: 2014-06-12
<reply>see debstats
collab-maint
C: 2015-05-02
see this mail for how to join collab-maint https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2015/02/msg00001.html
heck
M: 2014-12-15
a polite-ish way of saying "hell"
quotatool
M: 2015-05-14
<reply>Quotatool is a utility to edit disk/filesystem quotas from the command line.
which hdo
C: 2015-05-10
<reply> see which httpredir.debian.org
idea
C: 2014-12-23
dpkg
errata jessie
C: 2015-04-25
<reply>Last minute notes regarding Debian 8 ("Jessie") are listed at https://www.debian.org/releases/jessie/errata . Known problems in the installer are listed at https://www.debian.org/releases/jessie/debian-installer/#errata
8.1
C: 2015-05-21
<reply> Debian 8.1 is scheduled for release on June 6th, 2015. This point release will copy across security updates into the main archive as well as correct some other serious bugs. To upgrade, ask me about <point release>.
r8192ee
C: 2015-04-29
<reply> see rtl8192ee
rtl8192ee
C: 2015-04-29
<reply>Realtek RTL8192EE-based PCIe wireless LAN devices (PCI ID 10ec:818b) are supported by the r8192ee staging driver, introduced at Linux 3.16. Firmware from userspace is required, ask me about <realtek firmware>.

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