Factoids requested in last 30 days (1073 results)

Factoid KeyFactoid Value
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.
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>.
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>.
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.
M: 2003-09-21
<reply> see spanish
M: 2008-04-06
<reply> see qotd(|1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9|10|11|12|13|14|15|16|17|18|19|20|21|22|23|24|25|26|27|28)(0|1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9)
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 http://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.
M: 2013-10-23
<reply>backports.debian.org (formerly backports.org) is an official repository of <backports> for the current stable (see <wheezy backports>) and oldstable (<squeeze 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
M: 2014-03-05
<reply> see simple sid 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>.
M: 2003-06-17
<reply> It has been said that root is the administrative account - only use it when root power is needed. So no reading mail, compiling programs, or running applications as root. And don't even think about irc'ing as root, it increases the danger from exploits and trojans (such as bliss), or see, for example, the security advisory on BitchX http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-306
M: 2008-08-30
<reply> see paste
M: 2010-11-29
<reply>Remove volatile & backports from /etc/apt/sources.list changing lenny to squeeze. Use apt-get for the upgrade: "apt-get update && apt-get upgrade && apt-get install linux-image-`uname -r|sed 's,[^-]*-[^-]*-,,'` udev". Install firmware-linux-nonfree if needed; check you have a 2.6.32 kernel installed "aptitude search '~nlinux-image~i'" and reboot into it. "apt-get dist-upgrade". READ THE <squeeze release notes>.
M: 2007-09-28
<reply> see backport
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>.
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.)
M: 2014-04-17
<reply> Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" was released on 2011-02-06 and was the <oldstable> release: http://www.debian.org/News/2011/20110205a . Squeeze security support 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.
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
M: 2013-09-06
<reply> $nick: È possibile scaricare un sacco di software libero puntando il tuo browser a http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/current/multi-arch/iso-cd/debian-7.8.0-amd64-i386-netinst.iso !||<reply>$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/
M: 2009-06-21
<reply> Test failed.
install squeeze
M: 2013-05-05
<reply>Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" installation images are available from http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/archive/6.0.10/ . Note that this release has been superseded by Debian 7 "Wheezy", ask me about <install debian>.
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>.
M: 2003-12-22
http://www.debian.org. See http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/project-history/index.en.html#contents
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>.
M: 2012-09-28
<reply>deb-multimedia.org (formerly debian-multimedia.org) is a repository of unofficial packages maintained by Christian Marillat, not in Debian for legal reasons or because the packages are too poor in quality. See http://deb-multimedia.org/ or ask me about <dmm wheezy>, <dmm squeeze>. Remember to include a "non-free" component in your sources.list lines. See also <dmm list>, <dmm mirrors>, <dmm pinning>, <why not dmm>, <dmm remove>.
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.
M: 2010-09-22
<reply> see bdo
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>.
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>.
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>.
M: 2004-11-25
<reply>Damnit Jim! It's YOU. Y-O-U. Not *U*. U is a letter. YOU is a word. See ne1, or wud. Dutch for 'you' (formal singular). See http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20041201
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
M: 2013-05-04
<reply>Testing is a continuously updated release between <stable> and <unstable>, currently codenamed <jessie>. See http://wiki.debian.org/DebianTesting and ask me about <testing faq> <wheezy->jessie> <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 bumpy ride at times. Don't use it on things that are critical or on servers.
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: 2013-05-04
<reply> see wheezy installation guide
M: 2004-06-16
When It's Ready. See also <rsn> and <siyh>.
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>.
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.
M: 2005-10-12
<reply>Este canal é apenas em inglês. Por favor, use #debian-br (/j #debian-br) para ajuda em portugues.
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)
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>.
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.
C: 2007-03-13
<reply> The current date is $date $time (UTC of course, this is *NIX)
doesn't work
M: 2009-05-07
<reply> "Doesn't work" is a vague statement. Does it sit on the couch all day long? Does it procrastinate doing the dishes? Does it beg on the street for change? Please be specific! Define 'it' and what it isn't doing. Give us more details so we can help you without needing to ask basic questions like "what's the error message?". Ask me about <smart questions>, <sicco> and <errors>.
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
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!!
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
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/).
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
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
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.
M: 2012-08-08
<reply>fglrx / AMD Catalyst is the proprietary display driver for AMD/ATI Radeon HD and FirePro graphic processing units. As of fglrx-driver 1:12-6~beta-1, R600 and R700 based GPUs (Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000 series) are no longer supported; ask me about <fglrx legacy> or use the <radeon> driver for device support. To install fglrx, see http://wiki.debian.org/ATIProprietary or ask me about <fglrx dkms>.
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.
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)
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>.
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>.
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).
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/
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
C: 2000-03-26
<reply>hello, $nick
M: 2009-02-16
<reply> see installation guide
adobe flash
M: 2013-09-23
<reply> see flashplugin-nonfree
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)!
M: 2008-07-31
<reply>see apt-pinning
C: 2000-03-26
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>.
M: 2010-03-22
<reply> To reinstall <GRUB> boot to your Debian install disk/live CD, switch to the other console (Alt-F2), then 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), then chroot into it (chroot /target) and run "update-grub && grub-install /dev/whatever". See also <rescue mode>, <dual boot guide>, <supergrub>. Also works for EFI!
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
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>.
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!
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.
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.
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>.
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>.
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.
M: 2010-03-12
<reply>udev has the ability to statically rename Ethernet cards based on MAC address. The addresses are configured in /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules, edit this file to change the mappings. To apply changes: «udevadm trigger» or reload the relevant driver module. See also <udev>.
aptitude clone
M: 2013-08-12
<reply> To clone a Debian machine using aptitude (or install your favourite packages) use aptitude search --disable-columns -F%p '~i!~M!~v' > package_list; on the reference machine; xargs aptitude --schedule-only install < package_list; aptitude install; on the other machine. This preserves information about "automatically installed" packages that other methods do not. See also <reinstall>, <things to backup>, <debian clone>, <apt-clone>.
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>.
M: 2012-06-21
<reply>The 'freeze' is when large changes to testing version of Debian are stopped for few months. During this period, no new package uploads are made except to fix critical bugs or to provide documentation updates. During the freeze, bugs are squashed to 'stabilize' the release to make the new 'stable'. Jessie was frozen on November 5, 2014. Also ask me about <slushy>, <jessie freeze>.
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
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>.
M: 2013-05-04
<reply>see wheezy sources.list
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/
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
M: 2009-11-04
<reply>see newmaint
M: 2013-05-05
<reply>Wheezy is the codename for the current <stable> release, Debian 7.0, released on 2013-05-04: http://www.debian.org/News/2013/20130504 . Wheezy is the rubber toy penguin with a red bow tie. See http://wiki.debian.org/DebianWheezy and ask me about <install wheezy> <release notes> <squeeze->wheezy>. Currently <7.8>.
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>.
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>.
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.
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.
install kde
M: 2011-03-04
<reply> see install kde4
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>.
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.
bdo kernel
M: 2013-06-22
<reply>Newer kernels for Debian stable releases are 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))'».
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.
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 Wheezy (7.8); 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
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>.
C: 2007-11-09
<reply>see testing/unstable mix
M: 2009-04-13
<reply>Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) is a Linux kernel component providing device drivers for sound cards. Ask me about <install alsa>. See also <alsa-checklist>, <default alsa>, <alsa firmware>. http://wiki.debian.org/ALSA http://www.alsa-project.org/ #alsa on irc.freenode.net.
wheezy sources.list
M: 2013-05-01
<reply>A suitable /etc/apt/sources.list for Debian 7 "Wheezy" has three lines: "deb http://http.debian.net/debian/ wheezy main" "deb http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main" "deb http://http.debian.net/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".
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 of the Developer's Reference. http://packages.debian.org/experimental/
squeeze sources.list
M: 2013-05-01
<reply>A suitable /etc/apt/sources.list for Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" has three lines: "deb http://http.debian.net/debian/ squeeze main" "deb http://security.debian.org/ squeeze/updates main" "deb http://http.debian.net/debian/ squeeze-updates main". Be sure to run «aptitude update» after editing sources.list. Also see <deb-src> <contrib> <non-free> <squeeze/updates> <squeeze-updates> <mirrors> <apt-spy> and "man sources.list".
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>.
cmd: wayttd (.*?)
C: 2002-11-14
($1): <reply> What Are You Trying To Do, $1?
install x
M: 2009-05-02
<reply> To install X in Debian: "aptitude update && aptitude install xorg". You may also want to install a desktop environment - ask me about <install gnome>, <install kde>, <install xfce>, <install lxde> - or a window manager, ask me about <window manager>. To configure your X server, ask me about <xorg config>.
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
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.
M: 2011-07-28
<reply> See http://www.debian.org/releases/ for an explanation of releases. See <release history> or http://wiki.debian.org/DebianReleases for prior releases. Ask me about <stable>, <testing>, <unstable> and <introduction>.
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»
installer firmware
M: 2013-05-05
<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/stable/amd64/ch06s04 . To include firmware within Debian <netboot> images, see http://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/NetbootFirmware . See also <firmware images>.
M: 2013-05-05
<reply>Debian 7 "Wheezy" is now the "stable" Debian release (May 04, 2013). See http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/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>.
cmd: say (.*?)
C: 2002-06-27
($text): <reply> $text
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>.
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).
M: 2008-02-11
<reply> see dmm
M: 2012-03-21
<reply>[contrib] Debian packages that contain <DFSG>-compliant software, but have dependencies not in main (possibly packaged for Debian in non-free). To get contrib packages, add lines like "deb http://http.debian.net/debian/ [wheezy|squeeze|jessie] main contrib" to your /etc/apt/sources.list, then «aptitude update». Also ask me about <non-free>, <contrib list>.
release history
M: 2013-08-14
<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(7.0; 2013-05-04). The next release will be Jessie. http://debian.org/doc/manuals/project-history/ch-releases
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>
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.
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>.
oftc move
M: 2006-06-20
<reply>irc.debian.org moved to OFTC on June 4th 2006, see http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006/05/msg00012.html. Operators and bots (see <fact sharing>) will remain on both networks for the foreseeable future; you're welcome to either move to OFTC with i.d.o or stay on Freenode. Questions? Ask in #debian on one or other network. See also http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2006/04/msg00333.html
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 http://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>.
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, based on <testing>. See also <based on debian>, <mintppc>.
what are you
C: 2000-08-01
<reply> I am an infobot. For more information, ask me about <infobot>.
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.)
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>.
kp mantra
M: 2007-11-09
make-kpkg clean ; export VER=$(date +'%Y%m%d') NAMEEXT="-$(hostname)-$(dpkg-architecture -qDEB_HOST_ARCH)"; make-kpkg --revision=$VER --append-to-version=$NAMEEXT --rootcmd fakeroot kernel_image modules_image . Add --initrd before kernel_image if you need an <initrd>.
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>.
M: 2003-01-26
<reply> Please ask sicco questions, questions that are Specific, Informative, Concise, Complete, and On-topic. Ask me about <research> and <cooperation in asking for help>.
C: 2002-04-23
<reply> This!
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>.
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>.
M: 2013-04-25
<reply>Ask me about <alsa>, <alsa checklist>. See also <default alsa>, <pulseaudio>.
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
C: 2008-09-19
<reply>When a <testing> release becomes frozen, <unstable> tends to partially freeze as well. This is because developers are reluctant to upload radically new software to unstable, in case the frozen software in testing needs minor updates and to fix release critical bugs which keep testing from becoming <stable>.
M: 2011-02-06
<reply>Put "deb http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/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>.
M: 2012-06-08
<reply> see kde 4
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>.
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
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.
i forgot root's password
M: 2008-10-23
<reply>see ifrp
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)
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>.
M: 2011-05-31
<reply>NTFS-3G is a userspace driver providing NTFS read and write support. "aptitude install ntfs-3g". Usage examples: http://www.tuxera.com/community/ntfs-3g-download/#usage . Also ask me about <user accessible ntfs>.
testing security
M: 2013-05-04
<reply> see jessie/updates
firmware images wheezy
M: 2013-05-05
<reply>Unofficial <netinst> images - containing non-free Debian <firmware> packages - for installing Debian 7 "Wheezy" are available from http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/unofficial/non-free/cd-including-firmware/current/ . See also <install guide>.
cmd: slap (.*?)
C: 2002-02-07
($1): <action> strikes a resounding *THWAP* across $1's face
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>.
M: 2010-06-24
<reply> see offtopic
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
M: 2014-04-11
<reply> Versions of openssl prior to 1.0.1e-2+deb7u5 (wheezy) and 1.0.1g-1 (sid) are vulnerable to DSA-2896 (see http://deb.li/3BrUE). Check the version of the libssl1.0.0 packages: «aptitude versions '~i?source-package(openssl)'». Remember that the upstream version part (1.0.1e) doesn't change when security bugs are fixed in stable releases; ask me about <security backports>. See also http://heartbleed.com/, http://xkcd.com/1354/
M: 2013-06-06
<reply>debian/rules is the makefile used when building a .deb from source, edit it to change compilation options. Some packages use sophisticated build systems that should be documented in debian/README.source. Also remember to make a new entry in debian/changelog with "~yourname" (for a backport) or "+yourname" (for a recompile) added to the version number. See also <makefile>, <hold>, <package recompile>, <source>, <unique package version>.
M: 2010-09-06
<reply> see backports.debian.org
M: 2006-05-06
<reply> http://packages.debian.org/ - here you can search for Debian packages and their contents. Or http://people.debian.org/ in some contexts. Maybe even http://planet.debian.org/
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".
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.
M: 2013-04-30
<reply>b43 is a Linux kernel driver supporting PCI/PCIe wireless LAN devices with Broadcom chips. Firmware is required, ask me about <b43-fwcutter> to provide. http://wiki.debian.org/bcm43xx #bcm-users on irc.freenode.net. For BCM4313/43224/43225 device support, ask me about <brcmsmac>. For support of the BCM4306 rev 2 and 802.11b-only devices, ask me about <b43legacy>.
C: 2000-05-01
<reply> Cya, $who
M: 2005-12-03
<reply> see install debian
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>.
M: 2012-12-29
<reply>make-kpkg is no longer the recommended method for building kernel packages. See <kernel handbook> for current instructions. It can be used to make a debian package for a custom kernel. See man make-kpkg, <kp mantra>. NOTE it does not automatically create header packages, needed for module-assistant and dkms.
cmd: comfort (.*?)
C: 2001-10-12
($1): <reply> There, there, $1. It's OK. I'm here for you.
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.
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>.
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>.
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".
C: 2008-01-13
<reply> see linux mint
set time
M: 2011-05-26
<reply> To set the time on Debian systems, use date --set. The truly enlightened user, however, will install <ntp> to have their clock set automatically on reboot and slewed to match time servers. Also verify the system's UTC setting and set the correct time zone; ask me about <utc>, <timezone>.
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>
cd contents
M: 2009-02-01
<reply>see disk contents
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>).
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.
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
M: 2008-11-27
<reply> see wireless
release notes
M: 2013-05-04
<reply> see wheezy release notes
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)
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 )
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.
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
your factoids
M: 2008-06-02
<reply> see search dpkg
M: 2009-12-20
<reply> see sdo
firmware images
C: 2013-05-05
<reply> see firmware images wheezy
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
point releases
M: 2013-05-05
<reply>Point releases are updates to <stable> and <oldstable>, incorporating security and grave bug fixes. You can upgrade to the latest point release by referencing a Debian <mirror> in /etc/apt/sources.list, then «aptitude update && aptitude full-upgrade». See <7.8>, <6.0.10>. https://wiki.debian.org/DebianReleases/PointReleases
C: 2002-10-05
<reply> oh, so nice to see you smile!
M: 2009-08-20
<reply>module-assistant is a tool helping to build additional (kernel) module packages - from Debian module source packages - and install them. "aptitude install module-assistant". See usage examples at http://wiki.debian.org/ModuleAssistant . Log files from successful (and unsuccessful!) builds can be found in /var/cache/modass/
M: 2011-05-14
<reply>BackTrack is not Debian and is not supported in #debian (ask me about <based on debian>). Try http://www.backtrack-linux.org/ or #backtrack-linux on irc.freenode.net instead. BackTrack is a Linux distribution based on <Ubuntu> Lucid (as of BackTrack 5), previously <SLAX>. Derived from merging two penetration-testing distributions: WHAX (formerly WHOPPIX) and Auditor Security Linux. Superseded by <kali linux>.
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
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!)
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>.
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>.
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>.
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
point release
C: 2009-02-15
<reply> see point releases
M: 2008-01-18
<reply> see sources.list
M: 2010-01-10
<reply> apt-listbugs (aptitude install apt-listbugs) is available since Debian 3.1 "Sarge". When installed, it will fetch the list of critical <BTS> bugs that pertain to any packages being installed. It also allows you to <pin> a version to prevent upgrades to any packages you discover to be too risky. See also <apt-listchanges>.
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
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>.
M: 2010-07-26
the Debian Popularity contest, the basis for what packages appear on the first few CDs/DVDs etc (by rank). Install the popularity-contest package to participate. See the results at http://popcon.debian.org/ -- See the FAQ at http://popcon.debian.org/FAQ . Statistics are also available via IRC, /msg judd popcon $package
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>.
M: 2003-05-05
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
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.
M: 2012-02-08
<reply>Debian Volatile was a project aiming at keeping Debian releases up-to-date for fast moving packages such as virus scanners, spam scanners and firmware downloaders. It was replaced by the <stable-updates> suite as of Debian 6.0 "Squeeze". http://lists.debian.org/debian-volatile-announce/2012/msg00000.html
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>.
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»
C: 2003-09-23
<reply> see dynamic mmap
moving target
M: 2009-10-22
<reply> Sure, testing might be shinier than stable, but are you prepared to be continually updating your system? Things that worked today will break tomorrow. Configuration file formats will change and you'll have to fold your changes in yet again. Testing is a moving target and if you'd rather work *with* your computer than working *on* your computer, you might not want that. See <testing security>.
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://http.debian.net/debian/ $1 main contrib non-free". Remember to "apt-get update" after changing your sources.list.
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
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 <lenny->squeeze> <squeeze->wheezy>.
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>.
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
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".
C: 2003-08-07
<reply>our $apt=Blootbot->new($apt)
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.]
M: 2011-09-28
<reply>Oracle VM VirtualBox is an almost free software virtual machine solution. To install, see http://wiki.debian.org/VirtualBox or ask me about <vbox-install wheezy>, <vbox-install jessie>. 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>.
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>.
M: 2013-04-21
<reply>GNU GRUB 2 is a portable and powerful boot loader. Ask me about <grub config> and <grub squeeze>. To reinstall, ask me about <fixmbr>. http://wiki.debian.org/Grub2 #grub on irc.freenode.net. See also <grub legacy>.
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>.
M: 2015-02-16
<reply>Remember that testing is a pre-release distribution without timely security support to be cautious; ask me about <testing security>. (1) READ THE RELEASE NOTES: http://deb.li/ldcj (2) From /etc/apt/sources.list, remove stable-specific lines like wheezy-updates and backports, and change wheezy to jessie. apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade.
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.
disk contents
M: 2011-04-14
<reply>To find out which CD or DVD image contains a particular package or source file, use the search engine at http://cdimage-search.debian.org/ . To see what a specific image contains, examine the package lists within the list-{cd,dvd} subdirectories for the relevant architecture at http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/current/ (e.g. http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/current/amd64/list-cd/).
M: 2010-03-23
<reply> see debian live
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.
M: 2011-05-31
<reply> see ntfs-3g
M: 2011-04-02
<reply>dmix is an <ALSA> subsystem allowing an audio device to play multiple sound streams simultaneously, without the need for an external sound server. See http://alsa.opensrc.org/Dmix for more information. A sample asound.conf is at http://img.hexus.net/v2/features/foss/a3/images/asound.conf
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. http://wiki.debian.org/WPA http://wiki.debian.org/WiFi/HowToUse#wpasupplicant
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>.
M: 2009-05-13
<reply>[gpg] GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG, GPG) is free public-key encryption program, an alternative to <PGP>. Packaged for Debian as gnupg and gnupg2. http://gnupg.org/ #gnupg on irc.freenode.net.
sns syndrome
M: 2010-04-29
<reply> see sns
M: 2010-11-22
<reply>Network File System (NFS) is a distributed file system protocol developed by Sun Microsystems. To set up and secure, read the Linux NFS-HOWTO at http://nfs.sf.net/nfs-howto/ . For notes on NFSv4 in Debian, see /usr/share/doc/nfs-common/README.Debian.nfsv4. Mailing list: http://vger.kernel.org/vger-lists.html#linux-nfs . http://wiki.debian.org/NFS http://nfs.sf.net/ #linux-nfs on irc.oftc.net.
C: 2013-03-21
<reply>Selected packages intended for the "Jessie" (8.0) release of Debian 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://http.debian.net/debian/ wheezy-backports main». Also ask me about <bdo>.
cmd: lose (.*?)
C: 2003-01-15
($1): <reply> $1: You Lose.
M: 2006-06-05
<reply>OFTC is the Open and Free Technology Community, a support/collaboration service. They have an IRC network: irc.oftc.net. You may be connected to OFTC's network. http://www.oftc.net/ See also <freenode>, <oftc move> and <fact sharing>.
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>.
M: 2010-01-18
<reply>Release-Critical bugs are Debian bugs with critical, grave or serious severities, preventing the next release of Debian. See the graph at http://bugs.debian.org/release-critical/ or the lists at http://bugs.debian.org/release-critical/other/all.html http://udd.debian.org/bugs.cgi?release=wheezy&patch=ign&pending=ign&merged=ign&done=ign&rc=1 . See also <rc-alert>.
M: 2011-03-03
<reply>To list uninstalled recommended packages: aptitude search '~RBrecommends:~i!~i'; upgradeable packages: aptitude search '~U'; manually installed packages: aptitude search '~i!~M'; See also <obsolete> <not available> <bdo list> <dmm list> <which repo> <aptitude clone> <sort by size> <aptitude why> <aptitude search> <aptitude ops> <aptitude states>
M: 2005-02-23
<reply> see debian repository
set the time
M: 2005-12-29
<reply> see set time
M: 2009-04-07
<reply>File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a method of moving files between systems using TCP/IP. There are three sane kinds of FTP: anonymous, encrypted and unprivileged (non-Unix users). Unencrypted FTP using Unix users will get your box pwn3d as fast as running windows on your firewall machine. Ask me about <ftp must die>, <scp>, <sftp>. See also <ftpd>.
sid upgrade
M: 2010-01-28
<reply> Repeat after me: Sid is NOT AN UPGRADE! Sid is meant for developers and testers, so stay away from it if you're neither. Use <stable> or <testing> instead. See also <sid upgrade test>.
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).
M: 2010-06-08
<reply>To disable the bell: "xset b off" in X, "setterm -blength 0" in console. For some reason, bash beeps excessively when in emacs (default) mode; "set -o vi" puts it in vi editing mode, which doesn't beep on partial completions. In konsole, Settings->Bell->Visible Bell. See also <pcspkr>, <shell beep>, <metacity bell bug>.
M: 2011-02-20
<reply>Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is the next-generation IP version designed to replace IPv4. Available in Debian since <potato>, full IPv6 support was a release goal for Squeeze. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianIPv6 http://ipv6.debian.net/ http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Linux+IPv6-HOWTO/ http://www.ipv6.org/ #debian-ipv6 on irc.oftc.net, #ipv6 on irc.freenode.net. To disable IPv6 on your system, ask me about <noipv6>.
M: 2013-11-06
<reply>The release following Debian 7 "Wheezy" is codenamed "Jessie" (the cowgirl in Toy Story 2) and will be Debian 8. It is the current <testing> distribution. Use the #debian-next channel on the OFTC network (irc.oftc.net) for support. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2012/07/msg00004.html . See also <jessie alpha>, <jessie freeze>, <jessie kernel>.
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".
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>.
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 .
M: 2013-05-01
<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 parallel with stable since Debian 7 "Wheezy". Ask me about <install guide>. http://www.debian.org/ports/kfreebsd-gnu/ http://wiki.debian.org/Debian_GNU/kFreeBSD_FAQ #debian-kbsd on irc.oftc.net.
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>).
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>
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>.
M: 2010-10-10
<reply>Fonts available as Debian packages are automatically configured for use via <defoma>. To add user-supplied fonts to a Debian system, ask me about <install font> or see http://wiki.debian.org/Fonts . For general font information, see http://www.nwalsh.com/comp.fonts/FAQ/ . See also <liberation>, <mscorefonts>, <ttf>.
M: 2007-07-29
<reply>Remember Lorena Bobbitt [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorena_Bobbitt ]? Remember what she did to her husband's woody? Well, when you install binary packages from different branches onto your woody, you get the same result. Same goes for Wheezy, any other Debian system, "Debian based distro", or the fire that is <rpm>, <alien>, etc.
M: 2010-05-16
<reply>Windows NT File System (NTFS) has drivers available in Debian: the read-only Linux kernel driver and a <FUSE> driver providing write support. For information about the former, ask me about <ntfsro>. For information about read/write access, ask me about <ntfsrw>. See also <ntfsclone>, <label>. http://wiki.debian.org/NTFS
C: 2000-11-29
<reply> /quit you fool!
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.
own repo
M: 2012-02-20
<reply>To feed your own packages into apt, you need to create a repository with a Packages file that lists the packages. If you only have a few packages and don't have very sophisticated requirements, you can use <dpkg-scanpackages>. If you want to be able add/remove packages using regular Debian tools like dput then try <reprepro> or mini-dinstall. See http://wiki.debian.org/HowToSetupADebianRepository
M: 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
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 ...
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".
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>.
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/
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>.
M: 2009-11-19
<reply>udev is a /dev and hotplug management daemon, the Linux kernel's userspace equivalent of <DevFS>. Ask me about <udev mac>, <blacklist.conf>. See also <udev rules>, <udev squeeze>, <udev details>, <dpin>, <devtmpfs>. http://wiki.debian.org/udev #udev on irc.freenode.net.
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!
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>.
M: 2010-04-30
<reply>Xen is an open source virtual machine monitor / hypervisor, allowing several guest operating systems to execute concurrently on the same system. Provides paravirtualization (requiring guest OSs to be modified/ported) and hardware-assisted virtualization (for running guests unmodified). For detailed help, see http://wiki.debian.org/Xen . #debian-xen on irc.oftc.net. See also <virtualization>.
user accessible ntfs
C: 2004-10-07
<reply> To get an NTFS or VFAT file system accessible by users and groups on the local machine, man mount; man 5 fstab; and read about the umask, fmask, dmask, uid, and gid options. You'll end up sticking something like conv=auto,uid=<user>,gid=<group>,dmask=0002,fmask=0003 into your fstab's mount option field.
rc bugs
M: 2008-11-04
<reply>see release-critical
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>.
M: 2008-04-14
<reply>a secret! Shh! 'Mirror, mirror, on the wall... who is the fastest of them all?' Note that it will overwrite your sources.list when finished, so (1) cp /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.mybak (2) apt-get install apt-spy (3) apt-spy update; apt-spy -d [stable,testing,unstable] -a [Africa,Asia,Europe,North-America,Oceania,South-America] (4) fix your sources.list by adding back in any other mirrors you had been using.
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
C: 2002-05-08
UK's best rock band :)
cmd: ubuntuirc (.*?)
M: 2011-06-04
($1): <reply>$1: This is not the Ubuntu help channel. Please do /server chat.freenode.net and then /join #ubuntu. If you are using XChat, you can right-click the following link and choose connect. irc://chat.freenode.net/ubuntu
M: 2011-02-21
<reply>Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) is a full <virtualization> solution for Linux hosts on x86 hardware with x86 guests. Packaged as qemu-kvm since Debian 6.0 "Squeeze". See http://wiki.debian.org/KVM for installation instructions, also ask me about <xve>. http://www.linux-kvm.org/page/FAQ http://www.linux-kvm.org/ #kvm on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2004-10-15
<reply>A factoid is something resembling a fact or unverified (often invented) information that is given credibility because it appeared in print, or a brief (usually one sentence and usually trivial) news item, or often-repeated information, stored to keep people from having to repeatedly explain something. This thing you're reading right now is called a "factoid".
rescue mode
C: 2007-06-29
<reply> Debian-Installer has a recovery ('rescue') mode, which can be used to reinstall the GRUB or LILO boot loaders. See section 8.7 of the Installation Guide ("Recovering a Broken System") for more details; ask me about <install guide>.
M: 2010-02-01
<reply>Python is a very nice scripting language, easy to learn and still quite powerful and elegant if you know how to use it. See http://wiki.python.org/moin/BeginnersGuide . #python and ##python on irc.freenode.net, #python on irc.oftc.net. See also <python 2.6>, <python 2.7> and <python 3>.
M: 2011-09-15
<reply>A time zone is the standard time (aka local time) in a particular region. To change the timezone on Debian systems, execute "dpkg-reconfigure tzdata". Alternatively: "cp -b /usr/share/zoneinfo/$TZ /etc/localtime". Note that tzselect(1) does not change the timezone. Postfix users: execute "service postfix restart" to update localtime in the chroot.
M: 2010-02-23
<reply> VMware isn't part of Debian, therefore it's not supported, ask me about <vmware support>. VMware is not in Debian because it is not Free software; even though you might be able to download it for no cost, the source code is not available for some parts and Debian is not allowed to distribute it, see <dfsg>. http://wiki.debian.org/VMware #vmware on irc.freenode.net. See also <virtualization>.
M: 2009-06-06
the best <IRC> client ever. "aptitude install irssi" and read http://www.irssi.org/documentation/startup . See also http://irssi.org/documentation/faq . http://www.irssi.org/ #irssi on open.ircnet.net and irc.freenode.net.
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.
M: 2013-05-20
<reply>see mozilla.debian.net
M: 2010-09-15
<reply> Infobot is an IRC bot that is geared towards remembering "factoids", and repeating them back to people on request. It supports many additional features, such as google lookups, dictionary, spell checker, debian package checks, and more. See http://infobot.sf.net/ for more.
M: 2011-08-04
<reply>GNOME 3 is the new version of the GNOME desktop environment. Debian 7 "Wheezy" released with GNOME 3.4. See also <install gnome>, <gnome-shell>.
M: 2003-05-13
<reply> IIRC, "IIRC" is an acronym for "If I Recall Correctly", or "If I remember correctly"
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))'
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>.
M: 2013-04-30
<reply>Broadcom's proprietary wireless LAN driver (wl, aka broadcom-sta) supports devices based on the BCM4312 LP-PHY and BCM4313/4321/4322/43224/43225/43227/43228 chips. To install (amd64 and i386 only), see http://wiki.debian.org/wl . Since Debian 7 "Wheezy", this driver creates wireless interfaces with the 'wlan' prefix (see NEWS.Debian.gz). Most chips are also supported by the open source <b43> and <brcmsmac> drivers.
M: 2010-09-13
<reply>Is apt trying to remove packages that it thinks were automatically installed? This happens when you "aptitude install gnome" and then later remove bits of it causing the gnome meta-package to be uninstalled and then all its dependencies. Fix this by running "aptitude unmarkauto packagename" on strategically chosen packages, or reinstall the <metapackage> (apt-get also has unmarkauto from squeeze onwards).
i love you
C: 2002-04-01
<reply>(I love you too, $who.|The feeling's not mutual|I hope you mean in the platonic sense :/)
M: 2002-11-30
<reply> it's spelled cool! get it right!!
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>.
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>.
M: 2013-05-06
<reply>Samba is a Unix implementation of Windows file/print sharing (the SMB/CIFS protocol). http://samba.org/samba/docs/man/Samba-HOWTO-Collection/ http://samba.org/samba/docs/ http://wiki.samba.org/ #samba on irc.freenode.net. See also <swat>, <dfs>.
dynamic mmap
M: 2007-10-17
<reply> Getting "E: Dynamic MMap ran out of room" when using apt-get or aptitude? Put the following line into your /etc/apt/apt.conf: APT::Cache-Limit "12582912"; If that file doesn't exist, create it, or put the line in a file in /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/ If you still get the same error, increase the value. Alternatively, delete entries within /etc/apt/sources.list that you don't actually need.
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/
M: 2003-05-08
. ...........
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>. http://wiki.debian.org/Suspend
M: 2008-07-15
<reply>To fix your /etc/resolv.conf: edit /etc/dhcp{,3}/dhclient.conf to include the nameservers you want to use (ask me about <override dns>). Alternatively, use <resolvconf> and specify the nameservers yourself: echo -e "nameserver a.b.c.d\nnameserver w.x.y.z" > /etc/resolvconf/resolv.conf.d/base; resolvconf -u (where a.b.c.d and w.x.y.z are your ISPs nameservers). Also ask me about <fixresolvconf the ugly way>.
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: 2009-12-14
<reply> see fonts
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>.
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>.
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!
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>.
M: 2013-10-01
<reply> see fixboot
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.
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.
C: 2000-08-16
<reply> "Multiple exclamation marks," he went on, shaking his head, "are a sure sign of a diseased mind." - Terry Pratchett, Eric
M: 2011-02-05
<reply>'deb-src http://http.debian.net/debian/ [wheezy|squeeze|jessie|sid] main contrib non-free' (for example), replace with your own for a local mirror. Ask me about <source> for some information about how to build stuff, make sure the "build-essential" package is installed. You might need to have linux-headers-$(uname -r) (if using a Debian kernel) and the libc6-dev packages installed.
cmd: laugh at (.*?)
C: 2001-10-11
($1): <reply> HAHAHA! AH-HAHA! $1 just cracks me up!
jessie freeze
C: 2013-11-06
<reply> Remember, remember, the fifth of November, gunpowder treason and plot! Debian 8.0 "Jessie" was frozen on 2014-11-05; no new versions of packages will enter this release and a period of intense bug fixing has begun. See http://release.debian.org/jessie/freeze_policy.html or ask me about <slushy>. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunpowder_Plot
M: 2008-05-21
<reply>Install gpm, which gives you familiar mouse functionality from the console ; or upload a file to http://paste.debian.net; or: apt-get install w3m ; w3m http://paste.debian.net/ ; hit enter on the Big Box, it will open /usr/bin/editor where you can insert the file, then save ; then hit enter on the submit button in w3m, or the "screen" utility also provides keyboard driven copy/paste, or ask me about <paste2pastebin pipe>
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>.
M: 2007-02-10
<reply> see your factoids
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.
M: 2007-10-31
<reply> see debian-multimedia
M: 2009-06-02
a file system integrity checker (man 8 fsck), or a visually-similar euphemism for fuck. Ask me about <forcefsck>.
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/
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/
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>.
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.
wheezy installation guide
M: 2013-02-19
<reply>The Installation Guide for Debian 7 "Wheezy" can be found at http://www.debian.org/releases/wheezy/installmanual . See also <errata>, <release notes>.
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>.
C: 2004-07-13
<reply> see anyone
M: 2008-05-22
the init daemon, or ask me about <runlevels>, or <inittab>
M: 2013-09-06
<reply>Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is the standard by which the world regulates clocks and time (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coordinated_Universal_Time). For Debian 7 "Wheezy" and later systems, set "UTC" or "LOCAL" in /etc/adjtime (man 8 hwclock). For Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" systems, set the UTC option in /etc/default/rcS appropriately (man rcs). For all systems, run «service hwclock.sh restart» to apply changes. See also <windows utc>.
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>.
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>.
M: 2003-05-14
<reply> yao!||<reply> Wazzup man?
missing lsb tags
C: 2009-11-16
<reply> From 6.0 "Squeeze" onwards, Debian uses a dependency-based boot sequence (see /usr/share/doc/sysv-rc/README.Debian). This requires all init scripts having appropriate headers, so that the correct order of execution can be determined. Scripts like S25libdevmapper1.02 are left over from 3.1 "Sarge" and can be deleted; your own scripts will need LSB headers added: http://wiki.debian.org/LSBInitScripts
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
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>.
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>.
M: 2010-03-23
<reply>screen is a terminal multiplexor, allowing you to have n terminals and easily switch between them, add key bindings, scroll back, copy/paste and lets you resume all your sessions if your terminal dies or are disconnected. See /usr/share/doc/screen/README.Debian and ask about <screen tutorial>, <byobu>. See http://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/GnuScreen to keep ctrl-a unbroken. http://www.gnu.org/software/screen #screen on irc.freenode.net.
aptitude search
M: 2009-01-14
a powerful searching facility that by default only searches package names, but can be made to search priorities, installation status, dependencies etc. See /usr/share/doc/aptitude/html/en/ch02s04.html (aptitude-doc package), http://aptitude.alioth.debian.org/doc/en/ch02s04s05.html or ask me about <aptitude docs>.
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>.
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>.
cmd: be a (.*?) barbie
C: 2005-04-16
($thing): <reply> Aww, $thing is HARD! Let's go shopping, $nick
C: 2002-09-20
<reply> I'll murder you $nick! (Skin you alive and toss you in the great salt lake!|Decapitate you and play snooker with your eyes!|Slice you into bits and feed you to my children!)
held back
M: 2004-08-11
<reply> see kept back
M: 2014-02-11
<reply>The MATE Desktop Environment is a fork of GNOME 2, available since Debian 8.0 "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.
M: 2010-04-12
<reply> see sdo
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 is shipped as a technology preview in Debian 7 "Wheezy" and will be be 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>.
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.
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>.
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>.
M: 2008-04-02
a package designed to help you create executables and build Debian packages. If you get errors saying gcc cannot create executables or can't find header files like stdio.h, you need to "aptitude install build-essential". If you don't plan to compile things, you don't need this package. See also <qotd49>.
M: 2009-08-13
<reply>TIAS is "Try It And See".
M: 2004-11-18
<reply> It's OK. OK stands for Zero Killed. If you keep on saying k, there won't be zero killed for much longer.
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.
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>. http://wiki.debian.org/tasksel
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>.
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
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" supports installation in (U)EFI mode on 64-bit PC systems (amd64), <secure boot> is currently not supported. See also <errata>. http://www.uefi.org/
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>.
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>.
C: 2002-10-05
<reply> awwwww, whats the matter??
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/
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>.
M: 2013-10-15
<reply>#debian-next is the channel for testing/unstable support on the OFTC network (irc.oftc.net).
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>.
C: 2006-11-16
<reply> see simple sid backport
M: 2007-09-07
<reply>Bluetooth is a wireless communications protocol (http://bluetooth.com/), about as secure as shouting. aptitude install bluez-utils; then run hidd --search as root. http://wiki.debian.org/BluetoothUser http://wiki.debian.org/Bluetooth/Alsa . For support of Qualcomm Atheros devices, ask me about <ath3k>. See also <btusb>.
M: 2014-06-05
<reply> Another happy customer leaves the building.
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.
bpo kernel
M: 2010-09-06
<reply> see bdo kernel
driver locator
M: 2010-10-12
<reply>To work out what module you need to load for your PCI card, try pasting the output from "lspci -n" into http://kmuto.jp/debian/hcl/ . Ask me about <which ethernet driver> and <which video driver>. See also <oot>, <nodriver>, <judd-hardware>.
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>.
M: 2010-02-16
<reply>Gnash is the GNU <Flash> movie player, developed from GPLFlash and part of the GNU project. The project aims to create a free software player and browser plugin. The browser plugins are packaged for Debian as browser-plugin-gnash (for Iceweasel/Firefox) and konqueror-plugin-gnash. http://www.gnu.org/software/gnash/ #gnash on irc.freenode.net.
C: 2008-11-16
<reply> Because!
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>.
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>.
M: 2013-09-03
<reply>Debian is a free (as in <dfsg>) and universal operating system. It mainly consists of three distributions: <stable> (currently <Wheezy>), <testing> (currently <Jessie>) and <unstable> (<Sid>). Each is further divided in several repositories, at least <main>, <contrib> and <non-free>. See also <overview>, <fundamentals> and <security>.
C: 2013-03-13
<reply> see kali linux
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".
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>.
M: 2010-03-23
<reply> see debian live
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>.
root x
M: 2008-04-24
<reply>If you need to run an X application as root (or another user), ask me about <sux> <gksu> <sshx> <mit-magic-cookie> <xauth> or look at kdesu and gksudo. Whatever you do, don't use <xhost> or try <running x as root>!
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>.
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.
start a language war
M: 2004-03-25
<reply> (COBOL|FORTRAN|C++|Java|Logo|Python|BASIC|Pascal|csh|TCL) is (better|cleaner|faster|more readable|more efficient) than (C|Haskell|ML|Lua|Ruby|LITHP|Oberon|PHP)
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>.
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://http.debian.net/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.
M: 2010-06-28
<reply>Dynamic Kernel Module Support (DKMS) is a framework for generating out-of-tree Linux kernel modules. Packages using DKMS build modules during installation and when updated Linux versions are installed, provided Linux kernel headers are present (these are not installed by dkms). DKMS-managed modules are installed to /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/updates/dkms/ . The module build log file is at /var/lib/dkms/$module/$version/build/make.log
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>.
M: 2010-10-03
<reply>Chromium is an open source web browser produced by Google, based on WebKit. Google Chrome is based on Chromium. 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>.
why not dist upgrade
C: 2005-04-03
<reply> If you're going to use apt-get dist-upgrade (or aptitude full-upgrade), when you run the command, you need to make absolutely sure that it isn't going to remove anything you actually want to have installed. If it does, use apt-get install to install specific packages that have been held back on apt-get upgrade, and only allow upgrades that don't remove things that you want. Ask me about <pinning> <hold> <unmarkauto>.
M: 2013-01-09
<reply>Enlightenment is a stacking X11 <window manager>. Development Release 16 is packaged for Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" as e16, removed post-Squeeze to resolve bug #619707. Development Release 17 is packaged as e17, not part of the Debian 7 "Wheezy" release due to bug #697707. http://enlightenment.org/ #e on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2013-05-04
<reply>see wheezy->jessie
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>.
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>.
M: 2011-05-19
<reply> see package
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>.
wheezy release notes
C: 2013-02-19
<reply>Release notes for Debian 7 "Wheezy" are at http://www.debian.org/releases/wheezy/releasenotes . See also <squeeze->wheezy>, <install guide>.
M: 2012-10-22
<reply>People often falsely diagnose problems because they are looking too closely at a problem: they have got stuck at a particular point (Y) doing something (X) and so ask about step Y, not realising that there is an easier or better way to do X in the first place. See http://mywiki.wooledge.org/XyProblem
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.
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".
M: 2010-07-15
<reply>"Multidisk Device" (MD) is commonly used to describe the software <RAID> facilities available in the Linux kernel. To establish a software RAID array at Debian installation time, see section of the <install guide>. See also <mdadm>. http://wiki.debian.org/SoftwareRAID http://linux.yyz.us/why-software-raid.html http://raid.wiki.kernel.org/ #linux-raid on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2014-04-12
<reply>user error at console, abort, retry, fail? See also <doesn't work>, <errors>.
C: 2002-03-23
<reply> see !!!!
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/
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.
M: 2011-01-08
<reply>VESA Display Power Management Signaling (DPMS) is a graphics card power management standard. The DPMS <xorg> extension is enabled by default. It can be adjusted via «xset dpms $standby-sec $suspend-sec $off-sec» or within <xorg.conf>.
font install
M: 2008-02-20
<reply>To install <fonts> for just one user, copy them into ~/.fonts/ and then run fc-cache -fv (or ask me about <install font kde>, <install font gnome>). To install system-wide, copy them into /usr/share/fonts/truetype/myfonts or into /usr/local/share/fonts/truetype/myfonts (but you will have to add /usr/local/share/fonts/ to your xorg.conf) and run fc-cache -fv as root.
apt offline
M: 2008-04-25
<reply>To use apt on a machine that doesn't have a network connection (if you have a separate machine that does have a network connection), read http://batmat.net/apt-offline/ch3.html . Ask me about <apt-zip>, <apt-walkabout>.
C: 2000-11-26
<reply> yes
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>.
M: 2011-04-15
<reply>Perl (backronymed as Practical Extraction and Report Language and Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister) is an interpreted, high-level, dynamic programming language. http://learn.perl.org/books/beginning-perl/ #perl on irc.freenode.net. See also <dh-make-perl>.
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!
M: 2011-01-06
<reply>rcconf is a simple curses-based text user interface (TUI) frontend to <update-rc.d>, used to adjust the default <runlevel> configuration. See also <sysv-rc-conf>, <sysv-rc>.
C: 2004-11-10
<reply> <toggle> by the way I don't have man installed..
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.
C: 2006-07-12
<reply>see ftp must die
M: 2005-01-28
an object oriented programming language which is perfect to develop GUI or real-life applications with a reusable, elegant and extensible design, or a crappyfied version of C, or a kludge, or bastardised version of C you don't want to know about, too damn complex to be nice low-level language like C, but not abstracted enough to not hamper you with "let's leak some memory, shall we?" crap. See Python if you want to get some work done
C: 2002-11-29
a KDE package manager designed for handling RPM files, but can also somewhat handle debs. If you're looking for kernel-package ask me about that instead
M: 2000-11-29
<reply>OpenGL (Open Graphics Language) is a 3D graphics <API> originally developed by Silicon Graphics. http://www.opengl.org/ There is a free implementation available, ask me about <mesa>.
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>.
M: 2009-10-14
<reply>Fully Automatic Installation (FAI) is an automated tool to install or deploy Debian (and other distributions) on a bunch of different hosts or a cluster. It is more flexible than tools like <kickstart> (Red Hat), autoyast and alice (SuSE) or jumpstart (Oracle Solaris). FAI can also be used for configuration management of a running system. http://fai-project.org/ #fai on irc.oftc.net.
install font
M: 2008-02-20
<reply> see font install
testing faq
M: 2009-05-06
an _unofficial_ FAQ for the <testing> branch of Debian: http://www.linuxmafia.com/debian/testingfaq.html . See also <sid faq>.
C: 2004-06-29
<reply><Overfiend> "PHP 5! Now with Zend-enhanced multicrashing! Reserve your copy today!"
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.
M: 2013-09-23
<reply>Adobe Flash Player is proprietary (non-free) software. The easiest way to install it is with the flashplugin-nonfree package, ask me about <contrib>. WARNING: installing flashplugin-nonfree will NOT automatically keep the plugin updated. Read more on https://wiki.debian.org/FlashPlayer. Try «update-flashplugin-nonfree --install» if the installation didn't seem to work or to update the plugin.
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. http://wiki.debian.org/brcm80211
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>.
M: 2007-07-16
<reply> see !
general cli tutorial
M: 2010-03-23
<reply> http://www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Teaching/Unix/ http://linuxcommand.org http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/manual/html_node/ http://tldp.org/LDP/GNU-Linux-Tools-Summary/html/index.html http://bhami.com/rosetta.html
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.
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.
M: 2009-10-30
<reply> see package
M: 2006-02-14
a recursive acronym which stands for GNU's Not UNIX. The GNU project is dedicated to the creation of a 100% Free Software Operating System. http://www.gnu.org/ #gnu on irc.freenode.net.
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
M: 2004-11-07
<reply>[vi] said to be the true ruler of the text editing world, as opposed to that other windowing software, or <vim> is the better of the vi clones, or vi stands for i love journey's escape key, or very good training for <nethack> (jedd). For instructions on basic use, ask me about <vi basics>. See also <vi tutorial>.
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.
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.
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/
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.
M: 2009-11-13
<reply>pmount ("policy mount") is an application to make it easier to (un)mount removable media such as USB flash memory sticks; e.g. as normal user, "pmount sda1" mounts it at /media/sda1 (no superuser requirement, no need to create a mount point). You will need to be in the <plugdev> group, but you'll know that from reading /usr/share/doc/pmount/README.Debian.
what's my hardware
C: 2007-07-27
<reply> see whats my hardware
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
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
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/
M: 2013-05-20
<reply> see iceweasel backports
M: 2009-05-02
<reply>Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks (RAID) is a system of multiple hard drives for sharing or replicating data. Ask me about RAID{0-5}, <software raid>, <fakeraid>, <megaraid>, <raid-resizing>, <rocketraid>. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_RAID_levels http://wiki.debian.org/LinuxRaidForAdmins
various cd1
M: 2013-05-05
<reply>There are CD-1 choices for various DEs (Desktop Environments) - there's one for GNOME, another for KDE, one for XFCE and another for LXDE. For example; if you wanted the XFCE CD-1 of Debian 7 "Wheezy", you'd grab -> debian-7.8.0-i386-xfce-CD-1.iso from the mirrors (if you were going for i386 arch). Also ask me about <firmware images>, <release notes>, <ig>, <setup.exe>.
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.
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
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>.
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>.
localised errors
M: 2009-06-09
<reply> see localized errors
M: 2005-06-24
a secure Unix-like operating system (www.openbsd.org), forked from NetBSD, with emphasis on security and portability. Led by Theo de Raadt, a person nearly as beloved as Dan Bernstein. Two remote holes in the default install in over 10 years.
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>.
M: 2008-09-09
<reply>$nick: what?!
screen blanking
M: 2009-10-02
<reply>You can control screen blanking in console via setterm -blank (and/or your BIOS powersave settings), and in X via "xset -dpms", xscreensaver, or your desktop environment's screensaver controls. Permanent virtual console blanking adjustments can be made by editing /etc/kbd/config.
M: 2011-10-19
<reply>Git is a distributed version control system created by Linus Torvalds, currently used to maintain the Linux kernel. http://wiki.debian.org/UsingGit http://cworth.org/hgbook-git/tour http://git-scm.com/ #git on irc.freenode.net. See also <movein>.
M: 2007-08-08
<reply>sux is a utility for running X apps as a different user. "aptitude install sux" and documentation at http://fgouget.free.fr/sux/ . Also ask me about <root x> for other alternatives. 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
M: 2014-03-02
<reply>The <apt> package manager supports "pdiff" files that allow apt-get/aptitude/synaptic to download diffs of the repository's Packages files instead of downloading the entire file every time. To disable use of pdiffs for one run, «apt-get update -o Acquire::PDiffs="false"». To permanently disable, add «Acquire::PDiffs "false";» to /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/98nopdiff
M: 2010-10-13
<reply>ZFS (originally Zettabyte File System) is a file system / logical volume manager developed by Sun Microsystems (http://deb.li/7xXU). The Debian GNU/kFreeBSD kernel since 7.2 has ZFS support, the userland utilities are packaged as zfsutils. A <FUSE> implementation for Debian GNU/Linux systems is in zfs-fuse. http://zfs-fuse.net/ #zfs-fuse on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2011-07-20
<reply>A proxy server is a system/application acting as an intermediary for resource requests from clients. See <http_proxy>, <ftp_proxy>, /etc/apt/apt.conf (man 5 apt.conf), <environment>. See also <apt-cacher>, <imapproxy>, <squid>.
cmd: be (.*?) barbie
C: 2007-11-13
($1): But $1 is soooooo hard! :`( Ken, call me a waaaaahbulance *cry*
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>.
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>.
run at startup
M: 2008-02-20
<reply>Make a init script by copying /etc/init.d/skeleton, put it in /etc/init.d/ then install it with update-rc.d, or read /etc/init.d/README, or as a user you can also use a cron entry with @reboot, or add it to /etc/rc.local
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.
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".
M: 2008-07-25
<reply> GNU Parted is a partition editor, used for creation, destruction, resizing and copying, including the associated file system within. Supports Apple and sparc partition tables, can only shrink HFS/HFS+ filesystems. http://www.gnu.org/software/parted/ #parted on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2013-11-26
here is #del#
M: 2009-11-30
<reply>Vi IMproved (vim) is an enhanced <vi> editor. Extremely popular clone with syntax highlighting and graphical X interface available. The vim-tiny package no longer installs vim <alternatives> as of version 2:7.2.049-1 (Debian bug #529977). See also <vim refcard>, <cream>, <colored pager>, <vim syntax highlighting>. http://www.vim.org/ http://vim.wikia.com/ #vim on irc.freenode.net.
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
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.
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 http.debian.net. An example line for your sources.list is "deb http://http.debian.net/debian/ wheezy main". See http://http.debian.net/ 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 http.debian.net>.
M: 2009-04-18
<Release-Critical>, or Release Candidate, or "run commands": a filename extension convention used in Unix configuration files (e.g. .muttrc, .screenrc, .vimrc).
C: 2003-04-22
home sweet home! :)
M: 2009-06-02
<reply>Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) is a data link protocol frequently used in connecting a dial-up <modem> to the Internet. It is not supported at Debian installation time. To enable on established systems, "aptitude install pppconfig && pppconfig". For more information on Debian's PPP package, "zless /usr/share/doc/ppp/README.Debian.gz". See also <pppoe>, <kppp>, <wvdial>. http://wiki.debian.org/PPP
M: 2001-03-10
a letter of the alphabet, or m*a
M: 2011-03-17
<reply>wodim ("write optical disk media") is a <DFSG> compliant fork of <cdrecord>, part of <cdrkit> and available in the wodim package. See http://lwn.net/Articles/198171/ for the release notice. Use -pad for .wav files when burning audio. Use -swab if your CDR uses little endian or .cdr is in big endian -- basically if the audio on CD is static, use -swab.
install testing
M: 2013-05-09
<reply>Daily built <netinst> images to install <testing> are available from http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/ . The chance of the testing installer being broken on any given day is quite high. Instead, do a minimal installation using the stable installer and ask me about <stable->testing>. Also ask me about <testing installer>, <apt-listchanges>, <d-d-a>.
M: 2009-04-29
the NEW queue for Debian packages, part of the <incoming> system, at http://ftp-master.debian.org/new.html . Packages that are in the NEW queue cannot be downloaded, because they have not yet been checked to see if they are allowed to be distributed by the Debian project. http://wiki.debian.org/NewQueue
M: 2009-07-10
<reply>Apache Subversion (SVN) is a centralized version control system and compelling replacement for <CVS>: adds atomic commits, file renaming/copying and a very tight network protocol. Read "Version Control with Subversion" online at http://svnbook.org/ . http://subversion.apache.org/ #svn on irc.freenode.net.
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.
cmd: -r (.*?)
M: 2003-03-25
($1): <action> removes $1 along with a pound of flesh from $who's body, then staples $who back up with a staple gun.
M: 2012-03-28
<reply>The wine-unstable packages in Debian are very out of date and possibly not what you want. For unofficial, newer versions of these packages for jessie/sid, see http://dev.carbon-project.org/debian/wine-unstable/ . These packages can be backported to wheezy with a little work, ask me about <ssb>. Alternatively, the commercial <cxoffice> offers a recent wine with support.
udev rules
M: 2013-05-19
reinstall grub
M: 2009-07-30
<reply>See http://wiki.debian.org/GrubRecover http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/ch08s07.html . Boot a CD like <grml>, mount your disk read/write, (mount boot partition into your / partition if applicable,) mount -o bind /dev/ /your/root/dev; chroot /your/root; mount -t proc none /proc; grub-install /dev/foo (you may need to edit /etc/mtab and/or /boot/grub/device.map). Also ask me about <fixmbr> <rescue mode>.
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.
M: 2003-05-18
<reply>[dos] denial of service or the OS with all the good games ;). Dodgy Operating System. C:DOS C:DOS RUN - RUN DOS RUN. Descent Operating System. DOOM Operating System. Disk Operating System, 'cause it supports those new-fangled disk thingies. Best operating system from Microsoft! See also <dosbox>, <dosemu> and <freedos>.
C: 2012-06-29
<reply> see geo http sources.list
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>.
M: 2013-03-31
<reply> see pinning
C: 1970-01-01
the english version of the greek letter lambda, as used by Alonzo Church in creating his lambda calculus.
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.
lsb tags
C: 2010-08-09
<reply>see missing lsb tags
M: 2011-02-17
<reply>R is a powerful language based on S, primarily used for statistics. It is well suited for dealing with large sets of numbers in matrices and/or vectors. To install: "aptitude -r install r-base". http://wiki.debian.org/R http://wiki.debian.org/DebianScience/R http://www.r-project.org/ #r on irc.freenode.net. And it's "are", not "r". See also <plotting>.
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
M: 2013-12-10
<reply>reprepro (formerly mirrorer) is a tool to produce, manage and sync a local repository of Debian packages. See /usr/share/doc/reprepro/short-howto.gz after package installation to set up a repository. Alternatively, ask me about <dpkg-scanpackages>.
M: 2010-08-09
<reply> Linux Standard Base is a set of guidelines which all linux distributions should follow to ensure compatability between them. http://www.linuxfoundation.org/collaborate/workgroups/lsb . See also <lsb tags>, <fancytty>.
bot help
M: 2008-03-26
<reply> see dpkgbot
M: 2010-02-14
<reply>[myram] install and run «dmidecode -t memory» as root to see RAM information. For more detailed information, install the i2c-tools package, modprobe eeprom, and run decode-dimms. Try «lshal | grep smbios» to obtain mainboard and BIOS information.
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>.
forgot root password
M: 2007-04-15
<reply>see ifrp
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>
M: 2009-04-25
Alt-PrintScreen-[Key]. For a clean reboot with a semi-locked machine, try [Key] with s-u-b, s for sync, u for remount readonly and b for reBoot. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_SysRq_key and http://kernel.org/doc/Documentation/sysrq.txt . See also <sysrqd>.
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.
M: 2010-02-18
<reply>Icedove is a DFSG-free fork of Mozilla Thunderbird, a cross-platform email client, replacing Thunderbird in Debian as of 5.0 "Lenny". Debian is unable to distribute Mozilla Thunderbird as-is due to trademark restrictions, see <why icedove>. Since July 2013, Icedove in Debian <stable> is based on the Extended Support Release (ESR) branch. For help with upstream issues, ask #thunderbird on irc.mozilla.org. http://wiki.debian.org/Icedove
C: 2007-11-07
<reply> see virtualbox
C: 2000-06-16
M: 2009-09-29
a wonderful fucking thing that should be used properly. Every time you hurt grammar, a <knoppix> user joins. To the scientists, language is god. See <$lang>, <language per user>.
M: 2008-04-24
<reply>mit-magic-cookie is a key that a client application is required to possess in order to use your X11 display. Running xhost + removes this requirement which is why you should never use <xhost>. The xauth utility is in the xauth package (formerly xbase-clients) and is used to manipulate the mit-magic-cookie; ask me about <mit-magic-cookie export>. For other, easier ways of running apps as another user, ask me about <root x>.
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>.
sid upgrade test
C: 2010-01-28
<reply> If you can't work out how to upgrade your machine to testing (or unstable), then this is probably a good indication that you (a) don't know enough about Debian to be able to solve the inevitable problems you will face and (b) you don't know how to use google or documentation to answer really easy questions. If either of these apply, you shouldn't be using unstable (or even testing) and we're not going to help you do so.
M: 2010-06-27
<reply>[abs] The Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide, an in-depth exploration of the art of shell scripting, can be found at http://tldp.org/guides.html#abs . Packaged for Debian as abs-guide in non-free, ask me about <non-free sources>. See also <bash faq>, <bash pitfalls> or ask in #bash on irc.oftc.net and irc.freenode.net.
M: 2004-09-22
<reply> <nvz> Pretty much lost interest in school after the 3rd of 4th year when I seen that they couldnt teach me anything anymore, and I began my own quest of knowlage
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>.
M: 2008-07-30
<reply> scp is Secure Copy, part of the ssh suite, and a very handy program. The client program is in the openssh-client package and it just uses the ssh server at the other end so you don't need to install anything special on the server (openssh-server package). Install <scponly> or <rssh> to restrict commands to scp users. More information: <sftp>, <sshfs>.
newer wine
M: 2012-03-28
<reply> see wine-unstable
M: 2005-02-25
Czech Republic. Kanal pro cechy je #debian-cz
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>.
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>.
M: 2010-02-21
<reply>[xmms] the old X MultiMedia System media player. Removed from Debian post-Etch to resolve bug #461309, see http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2007/07/msg00026.html for removal reasons. For alternatives, ask me about <amarok>, <audacious>, <exaile>, <qmmp>, <quod libet>, <rhythmbox>, <xmms2>.
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.
M: 2009-10-28
<reply> see cutmeownthroat
i forgot mysql root password
C: 2008-04-25
<reply> see forgot mysql root password
M: 2010-01-09
the Berkeley Internet Name Daemon, a Domain Name System (DNS) server. To install: "aptitude install bind9 bind9-doc". See also <bind9 chroot>. http://wiki.debian.org/Bind9 https://www.isc.org/software/bind #bind on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2004-07-07
how you talk to yourself. "iface lo inet loopback" and "auto lo" in /etc/network/interfaces, or "ifconfig lo netmask" from the shell. A misconfigured loopback could cause "neighbour table overflow" messages.
M: 2009-07-19
private message (something you don't do without asking for permission first, see <private>), or post meridiem, or prime minister, or perl mongers, or pathetic moron, or provocative/preventative/percussive maintenance, or power management (see <pm debug>)
M: 2009-05-19
<reply>Your Dots Per Inch (DPI) setting affects the size of your fonts. Remove any explicit DPI settings in /etc/X11/xinit/xserverrc or your display manager's configuration file, and X should autodetect your DPI. If not, add DisplaySize Width_in_millimeters Height_in_millimeters to Section "Monitor" in /etc/X11/xorg.conf, ask me about <xorg config>. http://scanline.ca/dpi/
geo dns sources.list
M: 2011-01-22
<reply>To have <APT> automatically select a mirror geographically close to you, you can use a Geo-IP service from cdn.debian.net. This service works at the DNS level. An example line for your sources.list is "deb http://cdn.debian.net/debian/ wheezy main". See http://wiki.debian.org/DebianGeoMirror for more information. Don't use this with Google DNS or similar.
M: 2009-11-14
<reply>[debconf] Debian's configuration management system for packages, giving a single interface for asking and storing configuration-related settings. http://wiki.debian.org/debconf http://www.fifi.org/doc/debconf-doc/tutorial.html . Not to be confused with the yearly Debian Conference (DebConf): http://wiki.debian.org/DebConf https://www.debconf.org/
C: 2005-01-01
<reply> Don't talk back to me or you're going to be sorry!
M: 2003-03-21
used to indicate a GNU version or GTK version of a program. or the gravitational constant in physics (~9.81 m/s^2 for most places on Earth), or an abbreviation for the ebonic slang word Gangsta, as in "Wassup G?", or abbreviation for giga
M: 2003-09-09
C: 2000-12-31
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.
C: 2009-04-15
<reply>To instruct your system to execute <fsck> on the next boot: "touch /forcefsck". Useful for checking the root filesystem for errors (via /etc/init.d/checkroot.sh). Alternatively, supply the -F option to shutdown(8) to create the /forcefsck advisory file, or include "forcefsck" at the kernel command line.
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.
M: 2011-08-22
<reply>Btrfs (B-tree file system) is a copy on write filesystem for Linux, aimed at implementing advanced features while focusing on fault tolerance, repair and easy administration. Merged in mainline at Linux 2.6.29, utilities are packaged in btrfs-tools. http://wiki.debian.org/Btrfs http://btrfs.wiki.kernel.org/ #btrfs on irc.freenode.net. See also <btrfs gotchas>.
M: 2008-06-03
<reply> You can partition your hard drive by breaking it up into one or more pieces, or "partitions". Partition manipulators include <fdisk>, <cfdisk>, sfdisk, <parted> and <gparted>. Also ask about <list partitions>. Linux Partition HOWTO: http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Partition/. Linux Partitioning mini-FAQ: http://linuxmafia.com/~karsten/Linux/FAQs/partition.html
kernel handbook
C: 2010-12-14
<reply> see kernel-handbook
M: 2003-05-05
<reply> xD is a one-eyed, stoned, shit-eating grin, or a really unfunny smiley face like :) but worse.
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).
M: 2003-07-17
<reply>Hi, I've got a problem but I'm not going to explain it to you in a coherent way. I'm also going to annoy you by using contractions like "ur" and "ne", furthermore I'm going to make up my own abbreviations of technical phrases and terms.
M: 2006-05-13
(Random Access Memory) The place in your computer that programs reside when running, or usually small but very fast storage device, or unused ram is _wasted_ ram! Ask me about <free ram> or <myram>.
M: 2006-08-27
<reply>[dsl] Digital Subscriber Line, the wonder technology the telcos will nevertheless find a way to turn into a con, or better than cable, or Damn Small Linux (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/), join #damnsmalllinux on irc.freenode.net for related questions, see also <based on debian>.
M: 2003-05-28
the best name on IRC e.g. /ping pong, or *the* classic video game
C: 2010-06-02
<reply> see cross post
M: 2004-07-08
http://www.y-windows.org/, or it's "why", not y. w h y. see u, any1. NOT a substitute for I. If you mean yourself in the first person use 'I' and not 'y'.
M: 2010-09-28
<reply> see stable-proposed-updates
wheezy backports
M: 2013-03-21
<reply> see wheezy-backports
M: 2012-02-27
<reply>sshfs is a <FUSE>-based filesystem using <SSH> for securely mounting remote resources. See http://fuse.sf.net/sshfs.html and http://sf.net/apps/mediawiki/fuse?title=SshfsFaq for more information. Remember to add yourself to the 'fuse' group. If you have problems with stale sshfs mounts, set ServerAliveInterval 30 (for 30 seconds) in /etc/ssh/ssh_config or ~/.ssh/config.
M: 2012-03-12
<reply>stable-proposed-updates is a repository containing packages being prepared for the next <point release>. While they have already been, your additional testing is most welcome prior to wider release. http://www.debian.org/releases/proposed-updates http://release.debian.org/proposed-updates/stable.html . See also <oldstable-proposed-updates>, <testing-proposed-updates>.
C: 1970-01-01
a programming language created by Ken Thompson, which features some of the data types of C (int and float). It's syntax is mostly borrowed from BCPL, although a bit of Algol shows through.
M: 2012-08-17
<reply>sftp is a program that provides FTP-like functionality over an ssh2 tunnel and is usually what you should be using instead of ftp://ftp. Linux clients are in the packages openssh-client, filezilla, gftp and many file managers like dolphin, konqueror and nautilus. The server is in the package openssh-server. For Windows clients, ask me about <winscp>, <filezilla>. See also <scp> and <sshfs>.
M: 2008-11-04
<reply>see sid upgrade
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.
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.
M: 2010-08-06
the state software resides in /before/ it becomes stable. Frozen means no new packages/features can be added, only bugs can be fixed. Frozen does /not/ mean stable. <Jessie> is now frozen: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2014/11/msg00003.html
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.
C: 2007-05-03
<reply> see logs
M: 2010-06-10
<reply> see debian-user
M: 2006-02-21
<reply>see subversion
M: 2011-08-09
<reply>Ralink 802.11n/g USB chipsets (RT2070, RT2770, RT2870, RT3070, RT3071, RT3072, RT3370, RT3572, RT5370, RT5372) are supported by the rt2800usb Linux kernel driver. Firmware is required, ask me about <ralink firmware>. http://wiki.debian.org/rt2800usb
M: 2011-08-01
<reply>Mozilla Application Suite (originally Mozilla) is an unmaintained set of Internet-oriented applications, succeeded by SeaMonkey. The <Mozilla Foundation> is focusing on Firefox and Thunderbird development. See also <seamonkey>, <firefox>, <thunderbird>.
M: 2005-10-14
<reply>folder is a directory damn it! near My Computer and Network Neighborhood... or the things you put in a filing cabinet. IMAP protocol's mailboxes.
M: 2004-12-01
<reply><rich_> Thats really the reason you have so much trouble. Linux is just a kernel to you. Without the apps yould be lost. For me, the kernel is the os, and if thats all I had, Id write my own apps
M: 2008-02-24
<reply>Add a line similar to: /dev/hdd1 /mnt/hdd1 ntfs ro,user,auto,gid=24,uid=1001,fmask=0333,dmask=0222 to your fstab... change the hdxx and uid, and maybe the gid if you want.
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>.
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>.
M: 2009-02-09
<reply> I don't need no steenkin backups. However, I'm sure at least two other mes in parallel dimensions do, so I'm probably good to go. Hopefully the other mes in the other dimensions aren't counting on me to keep backups. Those idiots. <SlayerXP> there are two types of people in this world, those who take my advice regarding RAID and backups, and those who cry when they lose their data. See <things to backup>, <qotd126>, <flw40>.
apt-get moo
C: 2001-02-26
<reply>...."Have you mooed today?"...
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.
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>.
M: 2009-06-09
<reply>Scanner Access Now Easy (SANE) is an <API> for raster image <scanner> hardware. Packaged for Debian as sane, xsane (GUI frontends) and sane-utils (CLI frontend, saned server). Supported device list: http://www.sane-project.org/sane-supported-devices.html . FAQ: http://www.xs4all.nl/~ljm/SANE-faq.html . To use over a network, see http://wiki.debian.org/SaneOverNetwork . http://www.sane-project.org/ #sane at irc.freenode.net.
ssh install
M: 2010-03-18
http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/ch06s03#network-console (obsolete article at http://www.underhanded.org/papers/debian-conversion/remotedeb.html). See also <hd-media>, <debootstrap>.
M: 2006-08-20
<reply> If you are looking for manuals, guides and procedures focusing on Debian - from a user perspective, the administrator's view and others - see http://www.debian.org/doc/ . Also ask me about <reference> and <grounding>.
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.
M: 2004-07-01
<reply>The Realtek RTL-8139 10/100 PCI NIC uses either the 8139too or 8139cp (RTL-8139C+ series) drivers for device support in Linux, *not* ne2k-pci. See also <rtl81x9.c>.
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/
doesnt work
M: 2008-12-15
<reply> see doesn't work
source package
M: 2010-04-01
<reply>A source package is a set of files used to make a Debian binary <package>. The main file is the Debian source control file (<dsc>) which lists the other required files; use "dget http://.../foo.dsc" (see <devscripts>) to download the dsc and all referenced files. There is also a <tarball> and (usually) patches in <diff.gz> or <debsrc3.0> format. The dsc contains checksums and is cryptographically signed by the uploader. <policy> <nmg>
M: 2008-01-18
a daemon allowing programs to be run at predefined intervals as specific users. To read how to specify a job to run "man 5 crontab". To see your crontab "crontab -l". To edit it "crontab -e". System wide crontabs are /etc/crontab and /etc/cron.d, and /etc/cron.* are directories have run-parts called on them from /etc/crontab. Also ask me about <crontab>, <cron tutorial> and <run-parts>.
C: 2000-03-19
<reply>loops are BAD!
M: 2010-11-26
<reply>BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer (P2P) file distribution protocol. 'bittorrent' is also the name of the original BitTorrent client. Other clients include <aria2>, <azureus>, <bittornado>, <deluge>, <ktorrent>, <lftp>, <mldonkey>, <rtorrent> and <transmission>. To download Debian <stable> CD/DVD images via BitTorrent, see http://www.debian.org/CD/torrent-cd/ . #bittorrent on irc.freenode.net.
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/*}
M: 2003-04-01
C * V, or quadra, or Bond's gadget dude, Picard's first nemesis. You don't have to label a question with "Q:" we can tell from the question mark. Q: drive letters are out!
M: 2010-05-25
<reply> see repository
C: 2007-08-07
<reply> ISPConfig is a web hosting control panel available under the BSD license. http://www.ispconfig.org/
open files
M: 2004-07-11
<reply>Care to know what program or process has a particular file or port open? lsof (list open files)! the package! the command! lsof is for YOU!!! lsof -i tcp:80; lsof /dev/dsp; lsof -i udp:53; etc... apt-get into today! Also, if you order right now, we'll throw in these hits for free: netstat -upant | grep whatever; fuser -v filename; fuser -v 80/tcp; etc. Ask me about <file-nr>.
M: 2008-05-21
<reply>autoremove is used to remove packages that were automatically installed to satisfy dependencies for some package and that are no more needed. Aptitude will try to automatically remove packages that it thinks are no longer needed and from lenny onwards, so will apt-get and synaptic. If you remove a package that also causes a large metapackage like gnome to be autoremoved then this will cause you problems. Ask me about <unmarkauto>.
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. http://wiki.debian.org/StableUpdates . Not to be confused with <wheezy/updates> which is for <security> updates.
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.
M: 2005-08-25
C: 2013-05-01
<reply>Jessie is unlikely to receive full security support for some time -- don't run Jessie on things where good security support and stability are important.
M: 2010-06-24
<reply> see mac os x
M: 2012-02-04
<reply> see icedove
M: 2003-12-31
a program that provides fake root environment, or a glorious hack that enables you to be root without actually being root. Usefull for creating tarballs with setuid 0 files in them.
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>
bridge setup
M: 2009-06-22
<reply>Install the bridge-utils package and read the bridge-utils-interfaces(5) man page. It contains basic and advanced bridge configuration examples ("dhcp" can be used in place of "static"). IP forwarding does _not_ need to be enabled. If intending to bridge a wireless interface in managed mode, see http://wiki.debian.org/BridgeNetworkConnections and ask me about <ebtables>.
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/
M: 2003-04-09
a reference to your home directory, or an apt-enhanced IRC shortcut (w00t!), or ask me about <+>
M: 2010-08-31
<reply> Just "/msg dpkg foo is bar" will create a factoid named foo with value "bar". You can replace one with "/msg dpkg no, foo is baz". You can edit one with sed style syntax using perl's =~ operator: "/msg dpkg foo =~ s/bar/baz/" where [,/#] are the three valid delimiters.
M: 2011-04-12
<reply>Reiser4 is a journaling file system succeeding <reiserfs>. It is not currently included in the mainline Linux kernel. http://reiser4.wiki.kernel.org/ #reiser4 on irc.oftc.net.
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>.
M: 2010-02-14
<reply>netselect-apt uses <netselect> to determine the fastest Debian mirror respective to your location, then writes a sources.list file for use with <apt>. See also <apt-spy>.
C: 1970-01-01
a command that reports a snapshot of active processes (`man ps' for more info). Try: `ps auxw' which will report all processes with username in wide format. or ps is fixed in 2.0.3-3, no more segfaults.
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>.
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>.
C: 1970-01-01
cheap because supply always exceeds demand. See also <gtalk>, <ytalk>.
who am i
C: 2001-10-05
<reply> $nick shut up, you are a nobody
M: 2009-05-26
<reply>@ is used to separate the username from the hostname in an email address, to denote channel operators on IRC, and to direct comments to particular users in some web forums. It is NOT used to direct comments on IRC; use "name: ..." instead of "@name ...".
M: 2013-05-05
<reply> see rt2800usb
M: 2011-06-20
<reply> see deb-multimedia
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.
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
M: 2014-05-27
<reply> see squeeze-lts
M: 2010-05-04
a program traditionally used to produce a semi-random, semi-witty statement. Hints and tips on using Debian are available as a fortune database, install the fortunes-debian-hints package (see also /usr/share/doc/fortunes-debian-hints/README.Debian).
C: 2001-08-14
<reply> Bonjour, $who. Comment allez-vous?
M: 2008-01-22
<reply> see mentors
M: 2009-05-11
application binary interface (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Application_binary_interface). See also <kernel abi>.
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.
M: 2009-08-22
<reply>Nautilus is the official file manager for the <GNOME> desktop. If the 'paper' icon is shown for all file types, install the gnome-icon-theme package to resolve. FAQ: https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Nautilus/FAQ . User Guide: http://library.gnome.org/users/user-guide/stable/nautilus.html . https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Nautilus #nautilus at irc.gnome.org.
M: 2013-11-21
<reply>build-deps are the packages you need to compile a package. "aptitude build-dep package-you-want-to-build" will install them, or use mk-build-deps (equivs package) to have undo-able build-dep installation. If using <uupdate> or <ssb> to update a package, you will likely need additional -dev packages. You can «/msg judd builddeps package».
fixresolvconf the ugly way
C: 2008-07-15
<reply> If you can't be bothered configuring either <resolvconf> or your DHCP client to properly handle your DNS settings, then you can do this: echo -e "nameserver a.b.c.d\nnameserver w.x.y.z" > /etc/resolv.conf && chattr +i /etc/resolv.conf (where a.b.c.d and w.x.y.z are your ISPs nameservers). But realise that this is a truly ugly hack.
M: 2007-06-21
<reply>Bridges link two or more network segments using the same network technology. The network topologies do not have to be the same, i.e. you can bridge Ethernet and Token Ring. If the protocols are not the same on segments, then you've got a router. Bridges are used to reduce network traffic, increase cable distance (by acting as a repeater) and to link dissimilar topologies with the same network protocol. Ask me about <bridge setup>.
M: 2012-04-03
<reply>[policy-rc.d] a mechanism to limit what init scripts are run by maintainer scripts. See http://people.debian.org/~hmh/invokerc.d-policyrc.d-specification.txt and <invoke-rc.d>. See http://ircbots.debian.net/scripts/policy-rc.d-forbid-dpkg for an example script that disables all daemon starts and stops during package installation -- tailoring it to your needs to only skip certain daemons would be advised.
M: 2004-05-26
spoken in #debian.pl on irc.freenode.net (not here). Or something used to make things shiny, or a really good sausage. polska -> #debian.pl
M: 2004-07-01
what GNU/Linux people do not need to run their computers and talk about in mundane ubergeek parties. http://www.little-gamers.com/index.php?id=275 or http://www.blerp.org/warez/
M: 2005-10-25
<reply> To get your IP address: /sbin/ifconfig -a | grep "inet addr" | sed -e 's/^.*inet addr://' -e 's/ .*$//', or /sbin/ifconfig -a | awk '/inet addr:/{sub(("addr:",""));print $2}', or hostname -i, or "ip a s eth0 | grep inet | cut -d' ' -f6", or /sbin/ifconfig eth0|perl -ne 'if /addr:s*d+.\d+\.\d+\.\d+/ {print qq|$1n|}', or wget -O- checkip.dyndns.org 2>/dev/null|perl -pe 's/.+Address:\ ([\d\.]+)<.+/$1/;'
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.
M: 2010-12-21
<reply>Squid is a caching web proxy supporting HTTP/S, FTP and others. Debian's squid packages are not built with SSL support (Debian bug #180886), ask about <package rebuild> and supply "--enable-ssl" for this. See also <squid deb caching>, <transparent proxy>. /usr/share/doc/squid{,3}/* http://wiki.squid-cache.org/SquidFaq http://squid-cache.org/ #squid on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2008-06-05
<reply> see wireless
M: 2010-12-09
<reply>Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN) is a self-contained boot floppy/CD that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers (x86, x86-64, powerpc). DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction. http://www.dban.org/faq . See also <nwipe>.
M: 2003-04-09
a nice kitty, or a way to force me to answer in public (like, "~+foo" -> "<apt> foo is bar")
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>)
M: 2010-03-10
<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. http://pve.proxmox.com/wiki/Get_support
why not
C: 1970-01-01
<reply>Because I don't like you.
M: 2008-07-01
<reply>schroot is an easy way of setting up a <chroot> of testing or unstable within your installation of stable. See https://wiki.debian.org/Schroot and http://linuxgazette.net/150/kapil.html
M: 2013-05-05
<reply>Debian 7 <stable> is codenamed <wheezy>. The previous <oldstable> distribution, Debian 6.0, is codenamed <squeeze>. There is no "squeezy" or "wheeze".
M: 2005-07-18
<reply>IP (Internet Protocol) is a connectionless, best-effort packet switching protocol. It provides packet routing, fragmentation and re-assembly through the data link layer. To check yours, go to http://iplookup.flashfxp.com/ or ask me about <myip>. Also <intellectual property>.
M: 2011-06-13
<reply>Since Debian 6.0 "Squeeze", terminating an X server via Ctrl+Alt+Backspace ("zapping") is disabled by default. To enable, run «dpkg-reconfigure -pmedium keyboard-configuration» and answer Yes when asked if Ctrl+Alt+Backspace can terminate the X server (or «setxkbmap -option terminate:ctrl_alt_bksp»).
C: 2009-06-06
<reply> see suspend
pastebinit config
M: 2012-03-19
<reply>To configure pastebinit to use paste.debian.net, echo "<pastebinit><pastebin>http://paste.debian.net</pastebin><author>$USER</author><format>text</format><jabberid>nobody@nowhere.org</jabberid></pastebinit>" > ~/.pastebinit.xml
M: 2001-04-21
(lower case) a metric thousandth or (upper case) a metric million or (greek) a metric millionth, or compile as a module in a kernel configuration. And also James Bond's boss. MUMPS, A programming language with extensive tools for the support of database management systems.
C: 2008-02-26
<reply><Katja_> what did one saggy boob say to the other? If we don't get some support around here, ppl will think we are nuts
M: 2013-07-30
<reply>ZIP is a data compression and archive format. The "zip" command can create archives and the "unzip" command can extract. http://www.info-zip.org/
M: 2012-07-17
<reply>see cross post
why not dist-upgrade
C: 2005-05-16
<reply> see why not dist upgrade
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-custom on irc.oftc.net.
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 #defocus on irc.freenode.net.
C: 1970-01-01
technically, this is anything that inputs data, processes it in some way, and outputs it.
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.
M: 2009-11-26
<reply>The Wonder Shaper is a script using the traffic shaping features of the Linux kernel to fix some problems, e.g. ensuring downloads continue at full speed while uploads occur at their maximum rate, keeping good interactive response times while bulk transfers are busy. Packaged for Debian, read /usr/share/doc/wondershaper/README.Debian after installation. http://lartc.org/wondershaper/ See also <lartc>.
custom d-i
M: 2010-12-08
<reply> see custom netinst
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 ...
C: 2010-12-09
<reply>GPT (GUID Partition Table) is a disk partition format frequently used by firmware compliant with the Extensible Firmware Interface (<EFI>). util-linux's <fdisk> does not support GPT, ask me about <parted>. http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-gpt/
C: 2009-02-12
<reply>The Ultimate Debian Database (UDD) is an effort to gather lots of useful information about Debian from a variety of sources and stuff it all into a giant PostgreSQL database. http://wiki.debian.org/UltimateDebianDatabase http://udd.debian.org/
jessie pool 1
M: 2013-07-28
<reply> ! jellÿ=2016-01-01 gsimmons=2015-08-27 peterrooney=2014-11-11 babīlen=2015-05-23 themíll=2015-06-23 abrötman=2015-07-23
M: 2011-03-30
<reply> see enlightenment
M: 2013-08-09
non-free list
M: 2012-03-21
<reply>To see a list of <non-free> and <contrib> packages installed on your system, run «aptitude search '~i?or(~scontrib,~snon-free)'». See also <aptitude search>.
are you a bot
C: 2010-10-11
<reply> see bot
M: 2005-01-03
<reply> Cud u plz spk englsh bcuz wen u spk lke ths u luk lke a moron.
M: 2011-02-01
<reply>ifconfig is used to configure or view your machine's network interfaces. Use the -a option to view all of them, or "man ifconfig" for more. It is /sbin/ifconfig which is not in the default path for normal users. See also <interfaces>, <iproute>, <myip>.
C: 2008-06-11
<reply>safe-upgrade is the new name for "upgrade" in aptitude from lenny onwards. Running aptitude safe-upgrade won't install new packages but that means you might miss security updates that install new packages. Ask me about <full-upgrade> <apt-listchanges>.
M: 2008-05-15
<reply> ftp.debian.org is not the principal mirror for Debian. It is just one mirror that uses bandwidth that was donated to the Debian project; you are kindly requested not to use this mirror but to instead use a mirror that is closer to you, ask me about <mirrors>. See http://www.debian.org/mirror/ftpmirror#wherefrom for more information.
C: 2008-10-09
<reply>A very common problem is that some people prefer to follow a step-by-step tutorial that shows them how to setup their system without reading the documentation or understanding what they are doing. If something goes wrong, they have no clue whatsoever about where to look for hints, and they sometimes decide to start from scratch using a different tutorial. This is not The Proper Way.
C: 2010-03-19
<reply>BackTrack is just an operating system. It does not magically turn you into a hacker. It is also offtopic in #debian. Please fulfill your fantasies in #backtrack-linux on irc.freenode.net.
which http.debian.net
C: 2012-09-20
<reply>To see which mirror you are being sent to by the <http.debian.net> redirector, substitute the appropriate release and architecture into the following: «wget -O/dev/null --max-redirect=0 http://http.debian.net/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.
M: 2008-06-03
<reply> see partition
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>.
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>.
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...
M: 2008-12-17
echo packagename install | dpkg --set-selections, or "aptitude unhold packagename" if the package is held in aptitude
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.
M: 2006-07-18
<reply> see de
C: 2013-10-04
<reply> Pepper Flash Player is a proprietary <flash> plugin included with the Google Chrome web browser. The pepperflashplugin-nonfree <contrib> Debian package (in <testing> and <wheezy-backports>) can be used to install this plugin for the <Chromium> browser. https://wiki.debian.org/PepperFlashPlayer
M: 2010-08-11
<reply>Encryption is useful to keep data protected on your system. There is a nice guide on how to use LVM encrypted partitions at http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/469 . See also <dm-crypt>, <ecryptfs>, <encfs>, <gpg>, <luks>.
C: 2000-10-30
<reply> Thank you, $nick.
C: 2001-11-11
<reply>[inittab] /etc/inittab is where you configure the <init> program, to set up the basic startup routines. Do not play with it if you do not know what you are doing, or you will have a happy floppy rescue party!
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
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.
M: 2008-05-15
<reply> see d-i
jessie sources.list
M: 2013-05-01
<reply>A suitable /etc/apt/sources.list for you to help with preparing the Jessie release is: "deb http://http.debian.net/debian/ jessie main", but you knew that already, didn't you? Ask me about <testing> <moving target> <testing security> and make sure you understand the implications of running Jessie. Also see <deb-src> <contrib> <non-free> <mirrors> <apt-spy> and "man sources.list"
M: 2010-10-19
<reply> see debian pure blend
grub legacy errors
M: 2013-04-22
<reply>"GRUB error X" with <GRUB Legacy>? Go to http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/manual/legacy/Troubleshooting.html to find out what it means.
when will jessie release
M: 2013-05-01
<reply>I have no idea when Debian 8.0 "Jessie" will release -- when it's ready, I guess, but I do know about the <jessie freeze>. For user contributed guesses on when it will release, ask me about <jessie pool 1>. See also <release goals>, <wir>.
multiarch howto
C: 2012-12-27
C: 2012-07-28
<reply>see when will jessie release
pepper flash
M: 2013-10-04
<reply> see pepperflashplugin-nonfree
M: 2010-09-26
<reply>[updates] Ask me about <point release>, <proposed-updates>, <security>, <wheezy-updates>, <squeeze-updates>. See also <apticron>, <cron-apt>.
M: 2014-02-18
<reply>Intel Itanium Architecture (formerly IA-64) is Intel's *other* 64-bit architecture. Itanium processors are primarily found in HP Integrity servers. http://www.debian.org/ports/ia64/ . Debian 8 ("Jessie") drops official support for Intel Itanium Architecture. It is not the same as the AMD64 / Intel 64 / x86-64 chips used in PCs, ask me about <amd64>. See also <qotd279>.
M: 2012-11-15
<reply> see dmm
version epoch
M: 2009-09-03
<reply> The version number of a package has a prepended number called the "epoch". It is only added when the system for upstream version numbers changes. Example: in sarge, X was version 6.8 but in etch it was 1.1 (xfree86->xorg). But 1 < 6, so we add an epoch "2:" to signify that everything with 2: is newer (if there is no : the epoch is assumed to be "0"). See section 5.6.12 of <policy> or ask me about <compare versions> <debian revision>.
disable services
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.
C: 1970-01-01
usually used to indicate something about Java.
M: 2009-03-13
a word for a design concept, it can be applied to software and hardware. In the common sense, it is often used as a synonym for "processor type", although that's not quite correct. See also <what's my architecture>.
M: 2006-10-08
C: 2009-01-08
<reply> see i forgot mysql root password
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>.
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/
M: 2012-03-15
<reply> see apt offline
M: 2006-07-21
Finland, or the end of an if block, or an abbreviation for First-In....as in FIFO First In First Out, or /join #debian-fi
dmm pinning
M: 2014-08-12
<reply>To ensure that you only get the packages you really want from deb-multimedia.org, «echo -e 'Package: *\nPin: origin "www.deb-multimedia.org"\nPin-Priority: 101' > /etc/apt/preferences.d/dmm». Check this worked with «apt-cache policy» or «apt-cache policy $package». Ask me about <why not dmm>. If you also use backports, you should pin them higher than dmm.
M: 2011-03-31
<reply> see xyproblem
what to backup
C: 2009-07-03
<reply>see things to backup
M: 2013-09-05
<reply> Modern (S)ATA drives have 4k sectors, which when not accounted for, can cause performance problems. See https://ata.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/ATA_4_KiB_sector_issues , http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-4kb-sector-disks/ and http://lists.debian.org/debian-user/2011/01/msg02021.html for more information.
M: 2009-11-26
<reply>Quality of Service (QoS) is a method of prioritizing IP traffic. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quality_of_service . Ask me about <wondershaper>.
M: 2011-06-10
<reply> see gcc
M: 2010-02-09
<reply> see harden
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 <http.debian.net>.
C: 1970-01-01
<reply>A joystick is an input device first found on arcade game machines, then home game systems, and finally on computers. It consists of any stick-like object that can be moved in four or more directions. Usually, there's a button in the vicinity of the joystick. The joystick Debian package contains test and calibration utilities; calibration settings can be saved using jscal-store for loading at device insertion time via <udev>.
M: 2006-05-06
Debian's automated build system that automatically compiles everything it finds. http://buildd.debian.org/ http://wiki.debian.org/buildd
M: 2010-03-21
<reply> see intel-gfx
M: 2013-05-01
<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>.
M: 2012-12-12
<reply> ia32-* packages provide a subset of libraries from <i386> for <amd64> systems. They are typically needed by 32-bit only software (such as <skype> or <wine>) and have been obsoleted in Debian 7 "Wheezy" by the introduction of <multiarch>. Wheezy users should ask me about <upgrade ia32 libs> for upgrade instructions.
C: 2003-04-11
see man 5 apt.conf
M: 2009-04-16
<reply> see iso
M: 2009-12-02
<reply>HFS Plus / HFS+ (aka Mac OS Extended) is a filesystem used in modern Macintosh systems, replacing <HFS>. <MBR> partition ID: 0xAF. Supports smaller block sizes and Unix-like features (e.g. symlinks). The Linux kernel's hfsplus filesystem driver can read/write HFS+ filesystems, tools are in the hfsprogs (mkfs.hfsplus) and hfsplus packages. <parted> can resize HFS+ (shrink only) provided the start of the partition stays fixed.
C: 2008-10-05
a program that reports security advisories against programs installed on the host, similar to gentoo's glsa-check. See http://www.enyo.de/fw/software/debsecan/.
bash pitfalls
M: 2009-09-10
<reply>Read about common sh/bash script mistakes at http://mywiki.wooledge.org/BashPitfalls or http://mywiki.wooledge.org/ParsingLs
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/)
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>.
M: 2003-01-09
<reply>~/ is your home dir silly!, or root, of all Unix
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
M: 2013-05-02
<reply>The Trinity Desktop Environment project is a fork of <KDE> 3.5. It is not part of Debian (KDE SC 4 is packaged) and their packages are neither supported by #debian nor by the Debian Security Team. http://trinity.pearsoncomputing.net/ #trinity-desktop on irc.freenode.net.
C: 2003-06-08
the GNU C++ compiler
M: 2009-07-24
<reply>WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning) is a set HTTP extensions which allows users to collaboratively edit and manage files on remote web servers. Ask me about <cadaver>. See also <caldav>.
mysql initial password
C: 2007-07-30
<reply> If you've never set a password for <MySQL> before then you can run: /usr/bin/mysqladmin -u root password 'enter-your-good-new-password-here'; if you have set a password before, ask me about <forgot mysql root password>.
M: 2014-03-16
<reply>Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) is a Microsoft protocol for transferring images, music (etc.) between a computer and a portable device. Standardized as a USB device class in 2008. The libmtp shared library provides MTP interoperability for applications including <Amarok>, <Audacious>, <Banshee> and <Rhythmbox>; <jmtpfs> provides conventional filesystem access. See also <PTP>.
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/
C: 2000-04-30
<reply>Goodbye to you too, $who
M: 2012-04-26
<reply>XBMC (formerly Xbox Media Center) is an open source media player application. XBMCbuntu and XBMC Live are Linux distributions based on <Ubuntu> containing XBMC, they are not supported in #debian. XBMC v13 ("Gotham") is available from <wheezy-backports>. XBMC will be renamed to Kodi for v14. http://xbmc.org/ #xbmc on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2007-03-15
Video Graphics Array or something you SHOULD know, maybe you should sell your computer huh, or 60 Hz vsync, 31.5 kHz hsync gets your old VGA monitor going, or http://ruslug.rutgers.edu/~mcgrof/grub-images/configs/linux/menu.lst
M: 2009-09-29
<reply> see $lang
M: 2012-12-12
<reply>The process of upgrading ia32* libraries to <multiarch> in <wheezy> is detailed in http://www.debian.org/releases/wheezy/amd64/release-notes/ch-upgrading#ia32libs . See http://www.debian.org/releases/wheezy/amd64/release-notes/ch-whats-new#multiarch and http://wiki.debian.org/Multiarch/HOWTO for further details.
C: 1970-01-01
<reply>Software in the Public Interest (SPI) is the umbrella organization for Debian and other Free Software projects. http://www.spi-inc.org/
M: 2009-02-15
<reply>Ceci n'est pas une pipe: '|'
cmd: when will (.*?) be released
C: 2004-10-11
($1): <reply> Hold on, let me get some (tea leaves|entrails|tarot cards)... ok, $1 should be out by (Christmas|Easter|Passover|next year|your birthday|the time you graduate).
M: 2010-01-05
<reply>rssh is a restricted shell for use with OpenSSH, restricting a user to only use one or more of scp, sftp, cvs, rsync and rdist. It can optionally chroot into a (administrator created) jail before running the command. http://www.pizzashack.org/rssh/faq.shtml http://www.pizzashack.org/rssh/ See also <scponly>.
M: 2015-03-01
<reply> The old mirror geo-director service cdn.debian.net has been closed down. Please use <http.debian.net> instead. Hopefully, cdn.debian.net will be pointed towards http.debian.net soon.
M: 2010-01-30
<reply>Courier mail server is a <MTA>, providing ESMTP, IMAP, POP3, webmail and mailing list services using additional components. http://www.courier-mta.org/FAQ.html http://www.courier-mta.org/ #courier on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2009-07-15
<reply>$nick: /msg nickserv help
C: 2014-04-08
<reply> see dsa2896
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.
M: 2013-02-06
<reply>Plop Boot Manager is a boot loader with built-in IDE CD-ROM and USB drivers. This allows booting from CD-ROM and USB on legacy PC systems without BIOS support. Plop Boot Manager is proprietary but free for personal and non-commercial use. http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanager/
M: 2009-07-30
<reply> see zip
M: 2005-11-28
the last word spoken by the loser of an argument
M: 2010-03-17
<reply>Evolution (formerly Ximian Evolution) is an email client and personal information manager for <GNOME>, an <Outlook> clone. Specify "hostname:port" for the SMTP server if using a port other than TCP 25. http://live.gnome.org/Evolution/FAQ http://projects.gnome.org/evolution/ #evolution on irc.gimp.org.
C: 2004-09-09
<reply>How to Use Apostrophes: http://www.angryflower.com/bobsqu.gif
C: 2005-05-04
1. piano (musical direction) 2. proton
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/
M: 2013-03-07
<reply>The sun-java6 source package (providing sun-java6-jre, sun-java6-jdk etc) was removed from Debian after the 6.0 "Squeeze" release. Oracle does not permit Debian to distribute newer versions of Oracle Java 6 or 7 (see bug #646524). Instead, use <openjdk> which is the reference implementation of Java for Debian 7 "Wheezy" onwards. Alternatively, use <java-package> to create packages containing Oracle Java: http://wiki.debian.org/Java/Sun
M: 2005-10-23
probably what you should do to your Windows(tm) box, or what you should do to your MacOS box, or what you should do to your LinuxPPC box, or what you should do to your RedHat box, or what you should do to your Mandrake box, or what you should do to your SuSE box || apparently what Windows users call "mke2fs""fdisk" or both, or on floppies use superformat
M: 2005-10-04
<reply> Debian is not DeadRat. There is no /etc/rc.d/*. Everything you want is in /etc/*. try (on debian) 'man update-rc.d', or ask me about <red hat tools>
server tasks
M: 2013-05-05
<reply>From the Debian 7 "Wheezy" <install guide> § "The various server tasks will install software roughly as follows. DNS server: bind9; File server: samba, nfs; Mail server: exim4, spamassassin, uw-imap; Print server: cups; SQL database: postgresql; Web server: apache2." Ask me about <tasksel>.
M: 2010-08-13
Virtual Private Server (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_private_server), or http://wiki.debian.org/DebianHosting#Virtual_Dedicated_Server
C: 2010-03-29
<reply> see apt recommends
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.
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>.
disable service
C: 2013-05-16
<reply>see disable services
M: 2005-09-04
move, mv, mv, mv, mv, mv, mv, mv, mv, mv
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>
upgrade ia32 libs
M: 2012-12-12
<reply> see upgrade-ia32-libs
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>.
mirror size
M: 2011-06-28
<reply>To see the size of the Debian archive for each architecture, see http://www.debian.org/mirrors/size . To make your own mirror, ask me about <mirrors>.
C: 2011-11-03
<reply>Files in package $who-pr0n: /srv/$who-pr0n/$who.jpg
M: 2009-09-29
<reply> see screen blanking
M: 2004-12-14
<reply> right, (adj): 1) The opposite of left. 2) What cafuego says.
cmd: echo (.*)
C: 2001-08-24
($1): $1
M: 2007-09-29
<reply> see static route
C: 2004-12-29
package controller.
M: 2008-02-06
"shutdown -h now", or ask me about <poweroff>.
M: 2009-11-19
<reply>WeeChat is a light and extensible cross-platform <IRC> client that promises a lot, and has some unique features like console nick list and horizontally split windows. http://weechat.org/files/doc/weechat_faq.en.html http://weechat.org/ #weechat on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2001-10-15
1, or 0, or a number damnit!!
aptitude fu
C: 2008-07-01
<reply> see aptitude-fu
mac os x
M: 2013-08-01
<reply> see os x
C: 2006-05-18
a program to look over your system for anything that shouldn't be there, but is; or for anything that should be there, but isn't. To install it, type apt-get install cruft. It takes a while to run.
cmd: dependency problems (.*?)
C: 2009-08-15
($1): <reply>$who: that's not the complete error. Please pastebin the command you gave and the entire output. Ask me about <pastebin> <bat> <localised errors>.
M: 2010-06-25
<reply>Sup is a console mail user agent written in Ruby, intended for people with a lot of email. Inspired by <mutt> and <Gmail>. Packaged for Debian as sup-mail. http://sup.rubyforge.org/ #sup on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2003-08-15
(Network Computer) This is a concept that came from the old days of dumb terminals. They are supposed to reduce the cost of standardized computers in the office environment. or the name of the netcat binary. North Carolina, or where the tobacco grows greener
M: 2015-02-09
a collection of software built around a kernel like Linux. Ask me about <debian> and <why debian>. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_distribution
M: 2010-08-11
<reply> see encrypt
M: 2010-12-01
<reply>SVGATextMode is a program for enabling high resolution text modes, for systems with older hardware not adequately supported by Linux <framebuffer> drivers. It will not work (and should not be activated) on non-VGA based systems. Removed from Debian post-Lenny to resolve bug #548862.
M: 2009-12-21
the "hash-bang" (#!) line at the start of a script that instructs the kernel which interpreter to use. Examples: "#!/bin/sh", "#!/usr/bin/perl -w". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shebang_(Unix)
C: 2000-03-13
crap, if you compile all the lowlevel text drivers as modules, which happens automagically if you have another fb driver selected as a module.
M: 2009-05-28
<reply> see kernel-package
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>.
C: 2009-04-23
<reply> see services
C: 2011-04-10
<reply>BackBox Linux is a distribution based on <Ubuntu> Lucid, 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>.
M: 2009-09-28
<reply> $LANG is an environment variable in a user's .profile or .bash_profile which determines which localization is in effect. Typical values for LANG are e.g. en_US,es_ES or de_DE. Programs read it and switch their output to the language specified.
M: 2013-09-14
<reply>The Broadcom BCM43142 is a hybrid 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0 device. Its wireless LAN component (PCI ID 14e4:4365, incorrectly identified as BCM4365 by Broadcom's proprietary driver) is currently only supported by Broadcom's proprietary driver since version (packaged in Debian <testing> as broadcom-sta-dkms).
vbox-install wheezy
M: 2013-05-06
<reply>From Debian 7 "Wheezy" onwards, the virtualbox-ose-* packages have been renamed to virtualbox-* (ask me about <vbox rename>). 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>, <vbox-install wheezy-backports>.
C: 1970-01-01
<reply> NEVER!
C: 2000-11-25
<reply> see debra murdock
M: 2004-07-02
a dollar sign, or not an S.
M: 2005-09-22
<reply> If you don't know any better, always choose the default.
M: 2010-06-29
<reply>X(cross)-platform Music Multiplexing System 2 (XMMS2) is a new generation of the <XMMS> audio player, currently in development. It features a new design written from scratch, independent of the original XMMS code. http://xmms2.org/ #xmms2 on irc.freenode.net. See also <mpd>.
M: 2006-01-13
a means of operation meaning in series, or one after the other. Ask me about <serial port>, <serial console>.
M: 2006-02-24
<reply> Bash alias? Do 'help alias' and read 'man bash', also see your ~/.bash_profile and ~/.bashrc for examples of aliases.
cmd: --remove (.*?)
C: 2003-03-10
($1): <action> rips the still-beating $1 from $nick's chest, leaving $nick in a coma.
M: 2009-12-02
<reply>The Hierarchial File System (HFS, aka Mac OS Standard) is the default filesystem on Mac OS prior to Mac OS X. <MBR> partition ID: 0xAF. The Linux kernel's hfs filesystem driver can read/write HFS filesystems, tools are in the hfsutils package. <parted> can resize HFS (shrink only) provided the start of the partition stays fixed. See also <hfsplus>.
M: 2009-10-28
<reply> Cut Me Own Throat (C.M.O.T) Dibbler is a most enterprising 'merchant venturer' in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. He is famous for selling meat by-products, i.e. sausages to unsuspecting souls (often referred to with "Can't make both ends meat"). His name originates from his catchphrase 'I'll even sell it to you for $XX, and that's cutting me own throat.'
M: 2008-09-13
<reply>see release-critical
jessie/unstable mix
C: 2014-08-16
<reply>«echo 'APT::Default-Release "jessie";' >> /etc/apt/apt.conf», edit sources.list, copy your non-security jessie lines and change one set to sid, then apt-get update. apt-get -t sid install foo; to install foo from sid rather than jessie as usual. WARNING to SYNAPTIC users: Synaptic ignores Default-Release: set Preferences->Distribution. See <jum caveat> and use this setup to track <jessie> after its release.
M: 2008-06-11
(in graphics programming al least) the 3rd dimension, used in such terms as z-buffering. And a formal specification notation based on settheory and first order predicate logic. The last letter of the alphabet, or a poor substitute for 's'.
C: 2002-09-07
redirection of stdout to a file.
cmd: be an (.*?) barbie
C: 2003-01-29
($editor): <reply>editing config files by hand is so HARD!
M: 2008-07-24
<reply> fdisk is the name used for several hard disk partition table editor programs for PC compatible computers. Before a hard disk can be used by an operating system on a PC, it must be divided into one or more logical disks called partitions. Ask me about <partitioning>, <gparted>.
C: 2009-07-16
<reply>The targeted/generic modules choice made during Debian installation in expert mode (5.0 "Lenny" and later releases) can be changed post-install by modifying the MODULES variable in /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/driver-policy: MODULES=most (aka "generic", the default), MODULES=dep (aka "targeted"). See also initramfs.conf(5), update-initramfs(8), <initramfs>, <initrd>.
M: 2009-09-06
<reply> see java alternatives
M: 2002-10-16
a bit bucket, or where you should move your via boards to
M: 2015-02-09
<reply>see distribution
M: 2007-03-08
see sqrt(12345678987654321), or the standard port for ECHO, or this monkey gone to heaven
C: 2000-12-12
the pimpish feather thing and ' is its whore
release critical
M: 2008-09-13
<reply>see release-critical
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
M: 2005-01-01
print current/working directory, or /home/$who/is.a.luser
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.
C: 2004-11-26
if you are looking for chkconfig try man update-rc.d
C: 2010-07-14
a way of answering configuration questions prior to installing the package (e.g. specifying a mysql password or accepting the Sun Java licence in advance). Install the package in your test environment and run "debconf-get-selections" (debconf-utils package) to get the appropriate key names.
C: 2008-08-12
<reply> see bind
M: 2011-07-16
<reply> see squeezy
M: 2013-05-04
<reply> see wheezy-updates
M: 2009-11-14
<reply> see docs
M: 2011-05-14
<reply>plex86 (formerly FreeMWare) is an extensible virtualization program allowing use of multiple operating systems concurrently on the same machine. Dead upstream, ask me about <bochs>.
C: 2001-06-25
those big switches that Cisco makes. They cause me to drool on the spot. For the AMD/ATI display driver, ask me about <fglrx>.
what's my architecture
C: 2007-08-03
<reply> dpkg --print-architecture
C: 2008-05-05
<reply> Don't try to convince dpkg to overwrite files and don't start playing with "--force" options for dpkg. Instead, "divert" one of the files out of the way so that there is no conflict. See man dpkg-divert and also http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ap-pkg-diversions.html. Working with the package management system is much easier than trying to work against it.
skype amd64
C: 2013-05-18
<reply>From Debian 7 "Wheezy" onwards, installing Skype on amd64 requires you to make use of <multi-arch>. «dpkg --add-architecture i386 && apt-get update && wget -O skype-install.deb http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-deb && dpkg -i skype-install.deb ; apt-get -f install». See also http://wiki.debian.org/skype#Debian_7_.22Wheezy.22
M: 2007-06-26
for typing better than qwerty :P, or the coolest layout ever, or at http://www.mwbrooks.com/dvorak/, or <grub dvorak>. See also <keymap>.
M: 2014-08-16
<reply> see jessie/unstable mix
M: 2003-06-18
the XK-Operator. Don't try to understand it, or the XOR operator, or beginning of line in regex, or the 'search files in this dir for the following regexp' operator in zsh
M: 2013-09-18
<reply>The ampersand character typically means "and". It can be for: [bash] a command separator that allows execution to continue onto the next command (or give you your prompt back) "do this AND that". [C-like languages] bitwise AND operation; taking address/pass-by-reference. [URLs] field delimiter on form data. [TeX] tabstops/table columns. foo && bar is commonly used to mean a logical AND of the two conditions.
C: 2001-07-09
<reply> sheep go baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
C: 2004-05-23
"User ID". The unique number assigned to a user. See "id(1)" for more information, or "echo ${UID}".
C: 1970-01-01
this something later than 10-10-01 source ?
M: 2013-02-18
<reply>youtube-dl is a command line utility for downloading videos from <YouTube> and other sites. Not part of the Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" release due to bug #608176, but is available from <squeeze-backports>. Not part of the Debian 7 "Wheezy" release due to bug #688997. To use with <mplayer>, see http://wiki.multimedia.cx/index.php?title=MPlayer_youtube_script . http://rg3.github.com/youtube-dl/ #youtube-dl on irc.freenode.net.
basic apt troubleshooting
C: 2013-10-08
<reply>see bat
C: 2008-01-22
<reply>Audacious is an audio player forked from Beep Media Player http://audacious-media-player.org/ #audacious on irc.atheme-project.org.
M: 2009-03-31
TP Debian recorded media can be found at http://meetings-archive.debian.net/pub/debian-meetings/
firmware iso
M: 2010-08-08
<reply> see firmware images
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://http.debian.net/debian/dists/wheezy/ChangeLog . To upgrade, ask me about <point release>. See also <7.8 suspend>.
M: 2015-01-21
Best practices for OpenPGP keys are described at https://help.riseup.net/security/message-security/openpgp/best-practices
M: 2011-04-20
<reply> see transition
M: 2010-03-25
an object oriented language as described by standards ECMA-334 and ISO/IEC 23270. It was originally designed by Microsoft as part of the .NET suite of languages and is influenced by Java and C++. Implementations include <mono>, DotGNU and the .NET Framework. Some embrace it as a modern language that has learned from the mistakes of Java and there are gtk+ and Qt bindings for it. Others believe it is pure evil. Your choice...
C: 2002-04-21
a binary operation, when 1 is returned ONLY when both operands are true
M: 2010-04-11
<reply>libata is a Linux kernel library supporting ATA controllers and devices. Devices handled by libata appear as SCSI devices with associated device names: 'sd' (hard drive, instead of 'hd'), 'sr' (optical), 'st' (tape). Since Debian 6.0 "Squeeze", libata-based drivers are used for most PATA controllers (bug #444182). http://ata.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/Libata_FAQ . See also <uuid>.
M: 2005-03-19
a bong! Filled with one kg!...
M: 2005-06-22
the Advanced Routing which can be found at http://lartc.org/ - all sorts of howtos and samples
C: 2006-05-30
<reply> Wajig packages into one tool many commands useful for managing a Debian system. Instead of having to remember whether to use dpkg or apt-get or apt-cache, etc, wajig does the selection of the appropriate tool for you. Wajig also never needs to be run as root - it will call sudo as necessary. To get wajig, apt-get install wajig.
M: 2014-01-27
<reply>alx is a Linux kernel driver supporting the Qualcomm Atheros AR8161 and QCA8171 Gigabit Ethernet, and the AR8162 and QCA8172 Fast Ethernet controllers. The Debian 7 "Wheezy" release supports AR8161 and AR8162 devices. See https://wiki.debian.org/alx for more information and supported devices.
M: 2014-06-01
<reply>smxi is an interactive Debian system maintenance script; its sgfxi script module can install non-free graphics drivers. Not supported in #debian. http://smxi.org/ #smxi on irc.oftc.net.
C: 1970-01-01
<reply> make install, not war.
C: 1970-01-01
exclusive or - meaning that the only true value for this binary operator is when one and only one input is true ( the other value must be false )
M: 2008-09-25
User Datagram Protocol - a thin layer above IP to send individual packets to other computers. Unlike TCP, UDP does not "set up a connection" in advance, and does not make any effort to verify that packets arrive at the other end. In return, this results in faster (although unreliable) transmission.
M: 2013-04-22
<reply> see grub
C: 2003-04-02
<reply> are findable at http://art.gnome.org/. On your filesystem they live in /usr/share/(icons|pixmaps)
jessie pool
C: 2013-05-01
<reply> See <jessie pool 1> for bets placed on when Jessie will release. To add one, ask me about <jessie bet>.
M: 2010-06-24
<reply> see offtopic
M: 2005-05-23
KNOCK OUT, or danish for cow mooooo
C: 2000-12-01
<reply> gvim: see vim-gtk
M: 2010-02-03
<reply> see usrlocal
aptitude moo
M: 2011-09-21
<reply> There are no easter eggs in Aptitude.
bash guide
C: 2010-09-01
cmd: --add-architecture (.*?)
C: 2013-08-22
($1): <action>gets an architect to start planning a new (powerpc|amd64|i386|ia64|alpha|mips(|el)|kfreebsd-(i386|amd64)|sh|hurd-i386|arm(|eb|el|hf)|gothic|classical|neo-classical|geary|hppa|s390(|x)) (processor|chipset|palace|cathedral)
M: 2012-01-09
<reply>Experiencing no sound on Macintosh PowerPC hardware? A bug within the hw-detect component of Debian-Installer 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. Also ask me about <alsa checklist>.
M: 2009-06-19
<reply> see dos
C: 2002-10-17
a really cool matlab-alike http://octave.org
C: 2002-12-22
a smilie smoking weed
C: 2004-09-07
M: 2009-04-13
<reply> see lenny
puppy linux
C: 2011-08-10
<reply>Puppy Linux is a GNU/Linux mini-distribution. It is not supported in #debian. http://www.puppylinux.com/ #puppylinux on irc.freenode.net.
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)
C: 1970-01-01
<action> zaps $who in the head with an overvoltaged tazer
udev mac
C: 2011-08-08
<reply> see 70
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/
M: 2012-04-12
<reply>GNU Talk is a plug-in replacement for the Unix talk(1) command. Removed from Debian post-Squeeze to resolve bug #667917, ask me about <ytalk>. Not to be confused with <googletalk>.
C: 2007-06-29
<reply> see rescue mode
btrfs gotchas
C: 2011-08-15
channel logs
M: 2015-01-28
<reply> see irc logs
M: 2010-05-10
the opposite of true, unless otherwise, or false
C: 2003-06-10
/bin/test ---> man test
M: 2007-12-18
<reply> see partition
C: 2009-07-04
<reply><deniz> if the output of glxinfo has the word "slow" repeating numerous times, what does this indicate?
default sound
M: 2010-12-23
<reply> see default alsa
power devil
M: 2013-01-16
<reply>Power Devil is a power management / <suspend> system front-end for the <KDE> desktop, which replaces <kpowersave> as of KDE 4. It is part of the kdebase module, see http://userbase.kde.org/Power_Devil for configuration information. Ask me about <power saving> for other options.
C: 2000-09-18
a word meaning in the event that or in the case of.
M: 2012-11-15
<reply>Semplice is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian <unstable>. It is not suppored in #debian. http://semplice-linux.org/ #semplice on irc.freenode.net. See also <based on debian>.
be quiet
C: 2002-01-23
<reply> Ah, shuddup.
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>.
M: 2012-03-25
<reply>ixgbe is a Linux kernel driver supporting Intel 10 gigabit PCI Express Ethernet controllers (82598, 82598EB, 82599EB, 82599ES), introduced in Linux 2.6.24. Support for the 82599EB 10 Gigabit TN (PCI ID 8086:151c) was added at Linux 2.6.35.
C: 2011-02-13
<reply> see bobbitt
remove systemd
M: 2015-02-23
<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-logind sysvinit-core systemd-sysv-. To stick with sysvinit for wheezy->jessie upgrades, follow the pinning advice in the release notes: http://deb.li/30Kby
elementary os
C: 2013-09-18
<reply>elementary OS is a Linux distribution based on <Ubuntu>. It is not supported in #debian; ask me about <based on debian>. http://elementaryos.org/ #elementary on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2002-10-20
vim with gtk+, it looks pretty in X. Colors are even configurable! and it does source color coding, or if gvim silently refuses to start and goes into text mode, check out http://bugs.debian.org/119808
dont break debian
C: 2014-09-16
C: 1970-01-01
No Such Agency (aka. National Security Agency). See Bamford's book, _The Puzzle Palace_
C: 2002-08-31
thank you
M: 2003-05-25
<reply> see french
M: 2014-03-27
<reply>SolydX is a GNU/Linux distribution <based on debian> with the XFCE desktop environment. It is not supported in #debian, use #solydxk on irc.freenode.net instead. http://solydxk.com/products/solydx/
M: 2012-08-27
<reply>The Apple Filing Protocol (AFP, formerly AppleTalk Filing Protocol) is a proprietary network protocol providing file services for Mac OS X. Ask me about <netatalk> (AFP server) and <afpfs-ng> (AFP client). Not to be confused with <afs>.
M: 2012-04-23
<reply>x264 is a cross-platform free software library and application, for encoding video streams into the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format. libx264-* and x264 packages are available in Debian from wheezy (and squeeze-backports) onwards. http://www.videolan.org/developers/x264.html #x264 on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2012-07-25
<reply>[nodriver] Known hardware not supported by the Linux kernel are listed at http://linuxdriverproject.org/mediawiki/index.php/Drivers_Needed . Some hardware types do not require a Linux kernel driver for their use, see http://linuxdriverproject.org/mediawiki/index.php/No_Linux_Driver_Needed
M: 2012-08-18
<reply> see http.debian.net
M: 2010-01-16
<reply>Don't you just hate when a user leaves right in the middle of your writing a reply?
M: 2012-03-12
<reply>b44 is a driver supporting PCI devices based on Broadcom 44xx/47xx Fast Ethernet (100 Mbit/s) controllers. It is part of the Linux kernel and does not require <firmware> from userspace.
C: 2000-09-24
not important in determining quality. If it was, then Windows 98 would be the ultimate OS at the time of writing.
C: 2002-06-03
repository howto
M: 2006-09-23
C: 2005-10-13
"If you find yourself in a loong tunnel, stay AWAY from the light!"
M: 2009-05-24
<reply>DOSBox is an open source x86 emulator designed to run old <DOS> games under unsupported platforms. See /usr/share/doc/dosbox/README.Debian for Debian-specific notes. See also http://www.markus-raab.org/Howtos/Hardware/midi regarding sound. http://www.dosbox.com/wiki/DOSBox_FAQ http://www.dosbox.com/ #dosbox on irc.freenode.net.
cmd: warning: (.*?)
C: 2013-09-03
($1): <reply>$who: That isn't enough detail, post the whole output to a pastebin (/msg dpkg pastebin).
C: 2013-09-18
<reply> see elementary os
jum caveat
M: 2014-08-04
<reply>Running a <jessie unstable mix> will not be possible after <jessie> has been released as <stable> due to the increasing differences between those suites. It is therefore recommended to either remove <unstable> sources from your sources.list after the release or to start tracking the next testing version. The latter setup would be similar to <tum>.
C: 2002-03-19
"factoid =~ s/foo/bar/"
M: 2004-02-25
Macao Modus operandi. Mega-Octet (1024 ko)
M: 2004-12-08
triplej.abc.net.au, or http://radioactive.fm
C: 2002-05-09
<reply> The good thing about standards is there are so MANY to choose from!
C: 2001-07-10
Global Positioning System; see http://www.phrack.org/show.php?p=55&a=14 for an introduction.
C: 2003-03-04
Intend To Adopt, the sort of bug you file when you're intending to adopt a package.
cmd: dummy (.*?)
C: 2004-09-13
($1): <action>thinks $1 is stupid
C: 2010-01-20
<reply><OdyX> Hi. Each time I hit my "w" button on the keyboard, it produces "we" (sometimes weeeith more "e") (both are adjacent)… Can this be a softweare issue or should I look on the hardweeare side ?
C: 2010-09-23
<reply> Some programs to capture your screen are recordmydesktop, istanbul, pyvnc2swf, xvidcap (from deb-multimedia.org; ask me about <dmm>). See also http://wiki.ubuntu.com/ScreenCasts .
jessie bet
C: 2013-05-01
<reply> To add a bet to the <jessie pool>, /msg dpkg jessie pool 1 =~ s/!/! yournick=yyyy-mm-dd/ and when "jessie pool 1" is full, create "jessie pool 2" and update this factoid.
C: 2000-04-06
one of the few decent games for Linux! Descent 1, II and II are all available for linux. The src for Descent I and II is available.
M: 2001-02-14
1) Don't ask to ask. Just say your problem, 2) Don't repeat until 5 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) use /msg to bots unless you want to make a point in public
C: 2001-03-20
never all right. All right is two words.
C: 2001-04-21
<reply> it's a folder dammit
debra murdock
C: 2002-04-20
<reply>Debra Murdock is <Ian Murdock>'s wife. See also <debian name origin>.
C: 2008-09-09
a directory where freedesktop compliant desktop environments and window managers will move files to delete them with the option of later undeleting them. It is located at .local/share/Trash/ but note that it is not designed for you to directly manipulate the files as the original location and deletion date are stored as meta data too.
linux lite
C: 2012-12-27
<reply>Linux Lite is a distribution based on <ubuntu> and Debian. It is not supported in #debian -- please ask questions on their IRC channel, #linuxdistrocommunity on irc.freenode.net, or forums at http://www.linuxdistrocommunity.com/forums/ . Ask me about <based on debian>.
jessie kernel
M: 2015-02-25
<reply>Linux 3.16 is currently planned as the Linux kernel version to be released with Debian 8 "Jessie". See https://bits.debian.org/2014/07/kernel-version-for-jessie.html for further details and also ask me about <stable kernel>. After the release of Jessie, backported kernels will land in <jessie-backports> as usual. See also <ckt>.
C: 2000-03-31
<reply> see downgrade
C: 2003-03-31
that just a bot
C: 2009-09-08
a "cross-distribution" <initramfs> (a cpio archive of the initial filesystem that gets loaded into memory at boot time) which looks to replace the initramfs patchwork. http://lwn.net/Articles/317793/
language per user
C: 2009-09-28
<reply> To allow a user to have their applications in a language other than the default, add a line - LANG = "es_ES" (for spanish) to their .profile or .bash_profile, then install the language package for the applications they use. Log that user out and back in and you should see their X session and X applications (browser, etc) in Spanish.
C: 2010-04-17
<reply> Insufficient Data For Meaningful Answer
C: 2010-09-03
<reply>see wheezy
M: 2012-12-21
<reply>If you contact <upstream>, please point them at our upstream guide: http://wiki.debian.org/UpstreamGuide
C: 2013-04-19
<reply><themill> I've always thought we should have a boot-failure message on the ia64 CDs that says "You wanted amd64 you twat" <nipsy> Maybe someting a bit more polite? :) <themill> that *is* the polite version.
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>.
M: 2012-08-23
<reply>OpenMediaVault is a NAS operating system with a web-based control panel. It is <based on Debian> but not supported in #debian. Support can be found at http://wiki.openmediavault.org/ and #openmediavault on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2002-01-11
the X protocol, version 4; this is ancient, and the latest protocol version is X11R6 (version 11, revision 6). You probably mean version 4 of the XFree86 implementation of X11R6; ask me about xf4. the person that made me tell that is probably snob
M: 2011-05-14
<reply> see plex86
C: 2001-07-16
a random number generator
M: 2010-09-23
a screencast application or desktop recorder, which can record videos. Not in Debian (RFP filed as Debian bug #289168);. http://xvidcap.sf.net/ See also <screencasts>.
sources squeeze
M: 2013-07-08
<reply> see squeeze sources.list
which hdn
C: 2013-05-06
<reply> see which http.debian.net
browser security
C: 2014-06-10
<reply>Since Debian 7 "Wheezy", <security> fixes for several popular web browsers often enter <stable> via new versions, not <security backports>. See https://www.debian.org/releases/wheezy/i386/release-notes/ch-information#browser-security for more information.
M: 2011-07-29
<reply>Libvirt is a library for interfacing with different virtualization systems. http://libvirt.org/ #virt on irc.oftc.net.
automated install
C: 2001-04-29
<reply> see fai
C: 1970-01-01
the image displayed from the ipaq's default bootloader see http://www.handhelds.org/z/wiki/LoadingFromCF
C: 2007-02-16
commonly the end of arguments delimiter for GNU or GNU like utilities. It disambiguates between a literal "--" and arguments. Eg, rm -- --help will remove "--help" from the current directory.
M: 2013-03-07
<reply>The Broadcom BCM43228 (PCI ID 14e4:4359) is an 802.11a/n PCIe wireless LAN chip, found in the Dell Latitude E5520m. Not supported by the <b43> driver. Supported by the vendor driver since version (Debian 7 "Wheezy" and later), ask me about <wl>.
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>.
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
install jessie
M: 2013-05-09
<reply> see install testing
default sound card
M: 2010-12-23
<reply> see default soundcard
M: 2012-03-12
<reply> see b44
C: 2010-06-10
<reply>debian-user is a <mailing list> for on which users of Debian can seek help from other users. List address: debian-user@lists.debian.org. Archives: http://lists.debian.org/debian-user/ . Also available through <NNTP> from gmane.org.
C: 2004-12-27
...try apt-get moo and aptitude moo (ask me about aptitude moo to get help with it, hint: -v.... ;)
testing netinst
M: 2009-06-22
<reply> see install testing
C: 2010-10-17
the partitioning tool of the <debian-installer> using libparted. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/Partman
C: 2013-05-29
<reply>Raspbmc is a Linux distribution enabling the <Raspberry Pi> to operate as an <XBMC> front-end. It is not supported in #debian. http://www.raspbmc.com/ #raspbmc on chat.freenode.net. See also <based on debian>.
_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
C: 1970-01-01
- To move wildly or violently, without accomplishing anything useful. Also: => Paging or swapping systems that are overloaded waste most of their time moving data into and out of core (rather than performing useful computation) and are therefore said to thrash. Thrashing can also occur in a cache due to cache conflict in a multiprocessor system. => Someone who keeps changing his mind (especially about what to work on next) is said to be thrashing. A person frantically trying to execute too many tasks at once (and not spending enough time on any single task) may also be described as thrashing. From: Larry Crouch (Thanks, Larry!) Geek note: If you're dancing around to White Zombie, you're probably thrashing!
M: 2013-08-31
<reply>Google Talk is an instant messaging system and the name of its proprietary client application for Microsoft Windows. As Google Talk uses <XMPP>, any <Jabber> or XMPP-capable instant messaging client (e.g. <bitlbee>, <empathy>, <kopete>, <pidgin>) can communicate with Google Talk users. Not to be confused with Google+ <Hangouts>.
default soundcard
M: 2010-12-23
<reply> see default sound
systemd ranting
C: 2014-02-09
<reply> see init system ranting
M: 2012-10-30
<reply> see jessie
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...
M: 2010-08-05
<reply> see downgrade
security tools
C: 2006-11-12
<reply> some good security tools are packaged at http://midnightresearch.com/projects/debian-security-pkgs/
own repository
C: 2012-07-27
<reply> see own repo
M: 2009-12-12
<reply>phpPgAdmin is a PostgreSQL frontend to add, remove, edit and configure database and database items like tables, query, views, function, stored procs etc. See "apt-cache show phppgadmin" or http://phppgadmin.sf.net/ for more information. See also <postgresql>.
C: 2010-06-23
<reply> see forgot root password
C: 2014-08-10
<reply>This may or may not work: https://plus.google.com/104912707432334684242/posts/1gnbmo63xVa
C: 2014-09-16
<reply>see dont break debian
M: 2013-08-31
<reply>Google+ Hangouts is an instant messaging and video chat platform. Unlike <googletalk>, it uses a proprietary protocol; there are currently no free software clients available.
can i ask a question
C: 1970-01-01
<reply>if you have a question, don't ask if you can ask it.. just ask it.. :) if somebody knows, they'll answer :)
M: 2011-10-15
<reply> see blend
C: 2001-07-26
well before heat death
_tor ask
M: 2014-10-28
<reply>If you have a question, just ask! For example: "I have a problem with ___; I'm running Tor (or TorBrowser) 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 can also try asking on tor-talk@lists.torproject.org>.
M: 2011-03-12
<reply>Linux-PHC (Linux Processor Hardware Control) is a project providing kernel patches and utilities for controlling a processor's core voltage. http://linux-phc.org/wiki http://linux-phc.org/ #linux-phc on freenode.net.
C: 2000-02-29
<reply> Heh Heh Heh
C: 2001-09-28
M: 2009-07-24
a command-line <WebDAV> client. See cadaver(1) and http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/285 for usage examples. http://www.webdav.org/cadaver/
M: 2009-06-06
<reply>Qmmp (Qt-based Multimedia Player) is a feature-rich audio player supporting many formats. http://qmmp.ylsoftware.com/index_en.php
C: 2011-03-29
<reply>CalDAV (Calendaring Extensions to <WebDAV>) is a standard for accessing scheduling (shared calendar) information, using the iCalendar data format. Clients supporting CalDAV include <evolution> and <iceowl-extension>. CalDAV servers packaged for Debian include calendarserver, <davical> and radicale. http://caldav.calconnect.org/
C: 2011-04-05
a program that tries to determine if there are processes requiring a restart after a system upgrade. It is part of the debian-goodies package.
C: 2014-03-16
<reply>jmtpfs is a <FUSE> and libmtp-based filesystem for accessing <MTP> devices. Packaged for Debian in <testing> and <wheezy-backports>. https://github.com/JasonFerrara/jmtpfs
irc logs
C: 2014-03-11
<reply>see irclog
_tor bridges
C: 2014-11-01
Bridge obfs3 525973015ef5565ab6ed09455ed3f3df9a0de3c7||Bridge obfs3 faad3197adc5c3b8df655570d1e4f14ad3d8db3e||Bridge obfs3 570fd8606ba957f1e7e66511ab603606bd0821f1
C: 2013-11-13
<reply>Whonix is a Linux distribution based on Debian, distributed as two virtual machine images. It is not supported in #debian; ask me about <based on debian>. http://whonix.org/ #whonix on irc.oftc.net.
C: 1970-01-01
the basicly a binary operator that negatates the effects an and operation (see and); also nand gate builds all other gates
M: 2002-10-06
rfc863 or rfc348, or disable it if you don't know what it does
security tips
M: 2003-12-08
<reply>$who How to secure Debian: http://www.debian.org/doc/user-manuals#securing | Understand Debian's security: http://www.debian.org/security/faq | Subscribe (at least) to this list: http://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/
20 questions
C: 2004-09-13
a game we do not like to play. Just ask your damn question.
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>.
M: 2009-05-18
a <Slackware>-based GNU/Linux Live distribution. http://www.slax.org/ ##slax on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2013-08-07
<reply>Off-the-Record (OTR) Messaging is a cryptographic protocol providing encryption for instant messaging and IRC conversations (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off-the-Record_Messaging). OTR support for <irssi> and <xchat> is available via the irssi-plugin-otr and xchat-otr packages (not part of the Debian 7 "Wheezy" release due to bug #703999), support for <pidgin> is available via the pidgin-otr package.
C: 2011-11-26
a <Gentoo> derivative started by Daniel Robbins. http://www.funtoo.org/ #funtoo on irc.freenode.net.
C: 2013-05-06
<reply>Websites that generate a <sources.list> for you (like http://debgen.simplylinux.ch/) create terrible sources.list files, 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>.
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.
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.
M: 2012-12-04
<reply> see libav
M: 2011-03-12
<reply> see linux-phc
dmo list
M: 2013-07-20
<reply> see dmm list
C: 2014-05-09
<reply> see i386->amd64
C: 2002-12-30
the System Watcher. Swatch has logging capabilities that far exceed your run-of-the-mill syslog. SWATCH provides real-time monitoring, logging, and reporting. And, because SWATCH is written in Perl, its both portable and externsible.
C: 2011-10-07
<reply>A keyboard layout that sucks period. It is designed to be slow. What could be worse than that!
C: 2011-03-29
<reply>DAViCal is a <CalDAV> server, used to store shared calendars in a central location. http://davical.dhits.nl/index.php?title=Frequently_Asked_Questions http://davical.org/ #davical on irc.oftc.net.
M: 2013-09-08
<reply> see 4kb
server task
M: 2011-02-09
<reply> see server tasks
M: 2010-08-11
<reply> see dvorak
M: 2013-11-28
<reply> see smxi
C: 1970-01-01
<reply> see sun-java6
security audit
M: 2007-03-12
at http://www.securityfocus.com/templates/forum_message.html?forum=2&head=32&id=32 <broken link>
M: 2011-03-23
<reply> see x264
upstream guide
M: 2012-12-21
<reply> see upstream-guide
C: 2015-01-29
<reply>When _might_ jessie release? Read the latest blog at http://richardhartmann.de/tags/tech/floss/debian/rc-stats/8.0-jessie/ and guess yourself!
C: 2010-07-15
C: 2011-10-04
<reply>DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) is a method for associating a domain name to an email message, thereby allowing a person, role, or organization to claim some responsibility for the message. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DKIM
M: 2014-01-28
<reply> see alx
M: 2014-01-28
<reply> see qca8172
M: 2010-12-10
<reply>DeaDBeeF is an audio player for GNU/Linux and other UNIX-like systems. Not in Debian, <ITP> filed as Debian bug #576975. http://deadbeef.sf.net/ #deadbeefplayer on irc.freenode.net.
sparse file
M: 2014-10-09
a type of computer file that attempts to use file system space more efficiently when blocks allocated to the file are mostly empty. see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparse_file
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/*}
C: 2012-12-27
<reply> see linux lite
M: 2014-11-16
<reply> see xbmc
squeeze sources
M: 2013-07-08
<reply> see sources squeeze
M: 2010-05-17
<reply> see openuniverse
C: 2001-03-19
probably a great resource to the KDE environment, but he gets pissed off if somebody asks him for help no matter what it is about
M: 2010-05-17
<reply>OpenUniverse (aka OU) is an OpenGL space simulator. http://www.openuniverse.org/ Not actively maintained upstream, ask me about <celestia> instead.
cmd: fuckstats (.*?)
M: 2008-01-12
($1): <reply> $1 is totally fucked
C: 2009-04-28
<reply>Wifislax is a Spanish <Slackware>-based Live Linux distribution containing security and forensic utilities, along with various unofficial network drivers. http://www.wifislax.com/
alioth aliases
C: 2013-07-16
<reply> are formed by concatenating your alioth username, a COMMERCIAL AT character and the domain users.alioth.debian.org
C: 2015-01-07
<reply>Curve25519 key support is available from OpenSSH 6.5 onwards. wheezy has 6.0. Ask me about <wheezy-backports> or use jessie.
C: 2013-10-25
<reply>Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) allows the transfer of images from digital cameras to computers/peripherals without additional device drivers. The libgphoto2 shared library provides PTP interoperability for several applications; the gphoto2 package provides a command-line frontend. Some devices supporting <MTP> may also support PTP.
_tor ops
C: 2014-12-12
<reply>Be excellent to each other!
sun java
C: 1970-01-01
<reply> see sun-java
M: 2014-08-07
<reply> see lightweight
C: 2012-06-03
<reply> § is the "section sign" used to denote which section of a document is being referred to.
have you mooed today
C: 2002-07-04
moronic security
C: 2004-12-30
see http://lists.debian.org/debian-user/2004/12/msg03860.html
M: 2015-02-20
a program to start a copy of ssh and monitor it, restarting it as necessary should it die or stop passing traffic
sudo group
C: 2013-08-23
<reply> see sudoers
oftc tor
C: 2014-08-13
<reply> Tor connections to most Debian channels on OFTC are blocked due to continued abuse. To participate in Debian IRC channels, you will need a stable identity even if that is an anonymous one. (1) register with nickserv «/msg nickserv help register» (2) turn on a cloak «/msg nickserv set cloak on» (3) every time you connect to IRC, make sure you identify to nickserv prior to joining channels.
systemd paranoia
M: 2015-02-23
<reply> There is no need to waste your time or ours trying to eliminate the string "systemd" from the output of dpkg -l. Installed libraries that are unused are unused; libsystemd0 takes up a whopping 180kB on disk. Having the "systemd" package installed does not imply booting with systemd (that's the systemd-sysv package). Not all packages with "systemd" in their name are even from the systemd source package (see <systemd-shim>).
compressed air
C: 2003-03-14
a geek's true friend. It can clean your cards and shine your box. Turn it upside-down however and it will rival a Nerf gun in attack capabilities! >:-)
C: 2015-02-27
a package to automate initramfs build s
jessie rc1
C: 2015-01-21
<reply>There is no "release candidate" for Debian 8 "Jessie" nor will one be made. There is a release candidate for the _installer_. Use it for installing jessie to help test the installer -- please report bugs if you find them! http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/jessie_di_rc1/
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
ckt kernel
C: 2015-02-25
<reply> The linux kernel in Debian 8 "Jessie" comes with the version string "ckt" as the kernels are receiving long term support as a collaboration between the Debian and Ubuntu kernel maintainers -- the Canonical Kernel Team. See https://lists.debian.org/debian-kernel/2014/11/msg00154.html
C: 2015-02-25
<reply> see ckt kernel

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