Factoids requested in last 30 days (1025 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: 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: 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: 2008-08-30
<reply> see paste
M: 2010-06-20
<reply>Etch is the codename for Debian GNU/Linux 4.0, released on April 8th, 2007. Etch security support ended on 2010-02-15, this release is no longer supported. Etch users should upgrade to Lenny, ask me about <etch->lenny>. Removed from the mirrors (2010-06-20); ask me about <etch sources.list>. For old Etch ISOs, ask me about <etch iso>. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEtch http://www.debian.org/News/2010/20100121
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
no public key
M: 2008-08-18
<reply> Seeing "There are no public keys available"? This means that the Release file has been signed by a key which you do not have. If it's signed by another key which you do have, you can ignore the warning. Otherwise, you can add the key listed *AFTER* checking the validity of the signatures on the key. The current key will be linked at http://ftp-master.debian.org/
M: 2013-09-06
<reply> $nick: È possibile scaricare un sacco di software libero puntando il tuo browser a http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/current/multi-arch/iso-cd/debian-7.7.0-amd64-i386-netinst.iso !||<reply>$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: 2011-03-07
<reply>Debian does not use a specific runlevel for graphical display managers by default. Just remove the DM package(s) with "aptitude remove xdm kdm wdm login.app gdm gdm3 pdm slim". "echo false >/etc/X11/default-display-manager" will also disable the DM, or just hit ctrl-alt-fN to get to a console. nodm is the name of a minimal/automatic display manager (http://www.enricozini.org/sw/nodm/).
M: 2009-06-21
<reply> Test failed.
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: 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>.
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: 2003-12-22
http://www.debian.org. See http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/project-history/index.en.html#contents
why aptitude
M: 2010-10-20
<reply> aptitude has more advanced conflict/dependency resolution and will often find a solution where apt-get gives up. It can be used from the command line like apt-get plus an interactive resolver makes it much easier to recover from broken dependencies. It has advanced search capabilities (see <aptitude search>). For some upgrades, apt-get is preferred (e.g. <lenny->squeeze>, <squeeze->wheezy>). http://tinyurl.com/3g4d4d9.
M: 2005-08-23
<reply> see debian mirrors
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>.
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
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
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>.
C: 2005-09-23
<reply> see basic apt-get troubleshooting
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>
M: 2004-06-16
When It's Ready. See also <rsn> and <siyh>.
installation guide
M: 2013-05-04
<reply> see wheezy installation guide
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.
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>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
alsa checklist
C: 2007-03-10
<reply> see alsa-checklist
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; 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.
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: 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
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: 2004-04-08
<reply> "Does anyone have X or use Y?" is taking a poll, not asking a good question that IRC helpers can answer. Don't do it or sussudio's army of militant badgers will hurt you. Also see <ask> and <bad polls>.
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/
C: 2000-03-26
<reply>hello, $nick
install gnome
M: 2014-01-14
<reply>To install GNOME: «apt-get install …» 1. 'task-gnome-desktop' (Debian installer default) 2. 'gnome' (recommended) 3. 'gnome-desktop-environment' (upstream GNOME) 4. 'gnome-core' (like 3, minus end-user applications) 5. 'gnome-session gdm3 network-manager-gnome' (minimalist, not recommended). You will need Xorg installed as well, ask me about <install x>. http://wiki.debian.org/Gnome
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
debian mirrors
M: 2012-08-17
<reply>Debian mirror sites are listed at http://www.debian.org/mirror/list and ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/README.mirrors.txt and http://deb.li/map ; ask me about <apt-spy>, <netselect-apt>, <http.debian.net>, <debian mirror checker>. To make a mirror, see http://www.debian.org/mirrors/ ; see also <debmirror>, <apt-mirror>, <ftpsync>, <mirror size>. #debian-mirrors on irc.oftc.net.
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!
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: 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
M: 2010-09-29
<reply>[rsn] Real Soon Now (see <wir> and <siyh>), or Robust Security Network: the Wi-Fi Alliance's full 802.11i implementation (aka WPA2, see <wpa>).
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.
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>.
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>.
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: 2013-03-07
<reply>java-package (formerly mpkg-j2se, j2se-package) provides the make-jpkg utility for creating Debian packages from manually downloaded <Java> distributions; Oracle Java 6 (update >= 10) and Oracle Java 7 are currently supported. java-package is available for Debian 7 "Wheezy" and later systems in <contrib>. http://wiki.debian.org/JavaPackage . Where possible, use <OpenJDK> instead, ask me about <install java>.
M: 2011-01-27
<reply>Pour l'aide en francais, veuillez rejoindre le canal #debian-fr. Francophone users: for help in french, please go to #debian-fr.
M: 2009-04-08
<reply> see kernel-package
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>.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 2010-02-16
<reply>Radeon is a brand of graphic processing units by AMD/ATI (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radeon). The radeon open source display driver is packaged for Debian as xserver-xorg-video-radeon, optionally install libgl1-mesa-dri for 3D acceleration. Also ask me about <radeon firmware>, <radeon audio>. http://wiki.debian.org/AtiHowTo http://x.org/wiki/radeon #radeon on irc.freenode.net. For the proprietary driver, see <fglrx>.
M: 2009-11-04
<reply>see newmaint
M: 2009-04-01
<reply>Do not use public away/back messages in $channel. If we want to know where you are, we'll /whois you. In BitchX, /set auto_away off; in XChat, Preferences > Chatting > General > uncheck Announce Away Messages; ask in #yourircclient if you have questions. If you continue to use public aways/backs you will be devoiced. http://sackheads.org/~bnaylor/spew/away_msgs.html
M: 2013-05-04
<reply>see wheezy sources.list
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 <7.7>.
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>.
why debian
M: 2009-02-19
<reply>Debian strives to maintain your freedom whilst also paying close attention to the technical aspects of making a great OS. Debian is stable, upgradable and well tested. See also http://www.debian.org/intro/free http://www.debian.org/intro/why_debian http://people.debian.org/~srivasta/talks/why_debian/ http://www.aboutdebian.com/ . As an added bonus, you get to ask questions in #debian.
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.
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>.
install kde
M: 2011-03-04
<reply> see install kde4
M: 2005-03-11
<reply> updatedb; locate; talk; date; cd; strip; look; touch; finger; unzip; uptime; gawk; head; apt-get install (condom|diaphram); mount; fsck; more; yes; yes; yes; more; umount; apt-get remove --purge (condom|diaphram); make clean; sleep
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.
M: 2009-04-29
Sooner If You Help. How? http://qa.debian.org/ , http://wiki.debian.org/BSP
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: 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>.
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 (7.7); 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
C: 2007-11-09
<reply>see testing/unstable mix
M: 2009-11-16
<reply>To blacklist a Linux kernel module, create/edit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.local.conf and add a line similar to this (without quotes): "blacklist module_name". If this doesn't work, do 'echo "install modulename /bin/true" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.local.conf'. IMPORTANT: ask about <blacklist-initramfs>. To blacklist a module at installation time, ask me about <installer blacklist>. http://wiki.debian.org/KernelModuleBlacklisting
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/
cmd: wayttd (.*?)
C: 2002-11-14
($1): <reply> What Are You Trying To Do, $1?
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>.
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: 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: 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: 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>.
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: 2014-02-17
<reply>Where possible, most ATI/AMD graphics processing units are supported using the open source "radeon" driver on Debian systems by default, ask me about <radeon>. To install the proprietary "fglrx" driver, ask me about <fglrx>; installing this directly from amd.com (i.e. with the AMD Catalyst installer) is not supported in #debian, please go to #ati on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2008-02-11
<reply> see dmm
why iceweasel
M: 2008-02-25
<reply>Due to Mozilla logos licensing, Mozilla software isn't DFSG-free, so Debian distributes Mozilla software with different logos. Mozilla Corp revoked the agreement to let Debian use Mozilla trademarks, so Debian changed to non-trademarked product names. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozilla_Corporation_software_rebranded_in_Debian for more information. http://glandium.org/blog/?p=933. Ask me about <dfsg> <iceweasel vs firefox>.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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>.
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: 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>.
M: 2010-10-04
<reply>Webmin is a lame web-based interface for unsafe system administration for Unix. Check it out at http://webmin.com/ Remember, dondelelcaro *hates* webmin. "i'd rather sit on the floor shoving table knives into live electrical outlets than run webmin on an exposed server." Removed from Debian post-Sarge, see http://bugs.debian.org/343897 . The Debian package from webmin.com is of poor quality. See <free whcp> for alternatives.
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>.
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.
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.)
C: 2002-08-22
<reply> see netinst
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>.
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>.
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: 2013-04-25
<reply>Ask me about <alsa>, <alsa checklist>. See also <default alsa>, <pulseaudio>.
M: 2009-08-05
<reply> Use 'dpkg-reconfigure locales' to get it up and running. This generates <locale> definitions and also edits /etc/default/locale which sets the $LANG environment variable at login time. Use "LANG=C command" to change the output language for a one off command, ask me about <localised errors>. See also <mac locales>. http://wiki.debian.org/Locale
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>.
cmd: congratulate (.*?)
C: 2003-01-08
($1): <reply>(Huzzah|Good show|Woohoo|Yay|Hugs & Puppies|Nice one) $1, you did it!
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: 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
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: 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: 2012-06-08
<reply> see kde 4
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: 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>.
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)
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: 2008-06-11
<reply> debian-devel-announce is an announcement list to which major Debian developments are posted. If you are running releases beyond <stable>, then YOU are part of the development process; it is your responsibility to read it (no excuses!) or risk missing important announcements. "mailx -s 'subscribe' debian-devel-announce-request@lists.debian.org < /dev/null" or http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/ See also <apt-listchanges>.
testing security
M: 2013-05-04
<reply> see jessie/updates
C: 2002-06-17
<reply> Hi, $who!
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: 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: 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: 2012-04-28
<reply> see zh
M: 2010-06-24
<reply> see offtopic
install guide
M: 2009-02-16
<reply> see installation guide
xorg config
M: 2009-09-29
<reply>From Debian 5.0 "Lenny" onwards, xorg mostly configures itself. Resolution is set by your monitor/graphics card (unless they're broken), by your desktop environment or <xrandr>. From Debian 6.0 "Squeeze", input hotplugging saves duplicating settings and restarting X after changes. The /etc/X11/xorg.conf file is usually no longer needed and is often blank. Manual configuration is still possible, see <xorg manual config>.
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>.
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: 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: 2003-03-31
<reply>"This release is currently considered ``unstable''. That means that things *will* break if you run it." (quote from old page http://www.debian.org/releases/woody/), or http://bugs.debian.org/155873#10
M: 2011-11-08
liquid gold mate
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>.
M: 2010-09-06
<reply> see backports.debian.org
C: 2000-05-01
<reply> Cya, $who
M: 2011-10-09
<reply>see sdo
M: 2005-12-03
<reply> see install debian
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.
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>.
C: 2008-01-13
<reply> see linux mint
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".
cd contents
M: 2009-02-01
<reply>see disk contents
cmd: pal (.*?)
C: 2005-01-19
($1): <action> points at $1 and laughs(| hysterically| uproariously)
release notes
M: 2013-05-04
<reply> see wheezy release notes
cmd: do (.*?)
M: 2004-02-01
($1): <action> (does|refuses to do|eagerly does|reluctantly agrees to do|wonders why (he|she|it|they|we|you|those smelly goats) should do|wouldn't dream of doing) $1
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: 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: 2008-11-27
<reply> see wireless
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: 2008-03-25
<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: 2008-02-20
aptitude reinstall '~i' ; or COLUMNS=200 dpkg -l | awk '/^[hi]i/{print $2}' | xargs apt-get -y --reinstall install, or dpkg --get-selections > my_packages.txt , then later, dpkg --set-selections < my_packages.txt && apt-get install . See also <aptitude clone>, <debian clone>.
M: 2010-12-09
<reply>For information on permissions, read «info coreutils 'File Permissions'», http://mywiki.wooledge.org/Permissions and http://www.comptechdoc.org/os/linux/usersguide/linux_ugfilesp.html . For further information, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix_permission and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chmod and follow the setuid and setgid links within. See also <ssh permissions>, <qotd232>. http://wiki.debian.org/Permissions
your factoids
M: 2008-06-02
<reply> see search dpkg
C: 2002-10-05
<reply> oh, so nice to see you smile!
M: 2009-12-20
<reply> see sdo
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 <7.7>, <6.0.10>. https://wiki.debian.org/DebianReleases/PointReleases
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>.
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!)
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>.
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: 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>.
point release
C: 2009-02-15
<reply> see point releases
M: 2003-05-05
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
firmware images
C: 2013-05-05
<reply> see firmware images wheezy
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: 2004-05-25
~/.xsession is used for both XDM and 'startx', when there's no ~/.xinitrc. [See: startx(1)], or best initialized as `echo -e "#! /bin/sh\nsource $HOME/.bash_profile\nsource $HOME/.xinitrc" >$HOME/.xsession'
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: 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: 2008-01-18
<reply> see sources.list
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.
C: 2001-12-31
fecal matter.. scratch your ass, sniff your finger. Smell that? Shit.
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: 2008-03-06
<reply> see debian-devel-announce
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»
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: 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>.
C: 2005-06-06
<reply> see bootlogd
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".
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
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.]
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: 2009-07-19
<reply>CUPS (formerly Common Unix Printing System) provides a portable printing layer for Unix-based operating systems and supports the Internet Printing Protocol. To install, ask me about <cups setup>. See also <debug cups>. http://cups.org/faq.php http://www.cups.org/ ##cups on irc.freenode.net.
C: 2003-08-07
<reply>our $apt=Blootbot->new($apt)
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>.
M: 2008-07-21
<reply>[lvm] the Linux Logical Volume Manager (http://sources.redhat.com/lvm2/). Resources: http://tldp.org/HOWTO/LVM-HOWTO/, <lvm_tutorial>, <lvm removedisk>, <lvm movelv>, <install using lvm>, http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/410, http://sources.redhat.com/lvm2/wiki/ IRC: #lvm on irc.freenode.net.
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: 2004-08-07
<reply><mrvn> Broadcast message from root (Sat Aug 7 05:48:42 2004): <mrvn> The system is going down for system halt NOW! <mrvn> What the fuck is dselect/dpkg doing a reboot for? <trave11er> mrvn: for changes to take effect? ;-) <StevenK> mrvn: You *had* to move the mouse, didn't you? <mrvn> StevenK: damn, yes. I accidentally pushed it.
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.
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: 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: 2008-08-16
Shut The Fuck Up
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.
M: 2011-09-21
<reply> Na kanale #debian rozmawiamy po angielsku; jesli chcesz lub wolisz mowic po polsku, wejdz na kanal #debian-pl na irc.freenode.net (Polish speakers please go to #debian-pl on irc.freenode.net). pl is also <perl>.
sns syndrome
M: 2010-04-29
<reply> see sns
M: 2010-03-23
<reply>Kernel Mode Setting (KMS) has graphical modes initialized by the Linux kernel instead of X. It is hardware dependent, introduced in Linux 2.6.29. Enabled via modprobe as of xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.9.1-2 and xserver-xorg-video-radeon 1:6.12.192-2. To disable, edit /etc/modprobe.d/{i915,radeon}-kms.conf or boot with the 'nomodeset' kernel command line parameter. http://wiki.debian.org/KernelModesetting
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: 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: 2010-02-05
<reply> see powerpc
M: 2010-02-21
<reply>A "live CD" (or live system) is an operating system that can boot and run directly from CD. Linux-based examples are Knoppix and Ubuntu. Useful as a rescue CD or for showing off to your geek friends. Debian has its own Live CD (http://live.debian.net/), ask me about <debian live>. http://www.livecdlist.com/
M: 2009-06-10
<reply>Postfix is a <MTA> originally created as an alternative to <sendmail>. It aims to be fast, secure, easy to administer and (relatively) sendmail compatible. Receiving "no mechanism available" with SASL when used as a SMTP client? Install the suggested libsasl2-modules package. Kyle Dent's Postfix FAQ: http://www.seaglass.com/postfix/faq.html . http://wiki.debian.org/Postfix http://www.postfix.org/ #postfix on irc.freenode.net.
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: 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: 2011-02-20
<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: 2013-05-06
<reply>First, understand that testing is a pre-release distribution without timely security support and that you will have a bumpy ride; ask me about <moving target> <testing> <testing security>. From /etc/apt/sources.list, remove stable-specific lines like wheezy-updates and backports, and change wheezy to jessie. apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade. Consider running <tum> at this point in the release cycle.
M: 2004-05-15
<reply> see polls
installed packages
M: 2011-01-28
<reply> To list installed packages, dpkg -l |awk '/^[hi]i/{print $2}'; or aptitude search -F '%p' '~i'; or ask me about <aptitude clone>, <debian clone>. See also <installed test>. For one package, use "dpkg -l packagename" or "apt-cache policy packagename" or (from squeeze onwards) "aptitude versions packagename".
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.
fuck you
C: 2002-03-31
<reply> no, fuck you
M: 2005-08-10
<reply> It's OK to fantasize about men and to enjoy anal stimulation. It doesn't mean you're "gay". So stop projecting your insecurities onto others. Using this term as a derogatory adjective is very offensive, so do not use it as such. There is no possible meaning of "gay" that is consistent with your usage (you weren't meaning "happy", now, were you?) that is not offensive. If you continue acting like a child, expect to be devoiced.
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>.
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: 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>.
C: 2000-11-29
<reply> /quit you fool!
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>.
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.
xorg manual config
M: 2010-11-27
<reply>From Debian 5.0 "Lenny" onwards, you can often use an <empty xorg.conf>. To configure your keyboard layout for both X and console, run «dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration». If you have further things you wish to configure, use "X -configure" ("X -configure :1" if server is already active) to produce a xorg.conf template. See also <xorg hal>. http://wiki.debian.org/XStrikeForce/InputHotplugGuide
M: 2013-01-02
<reply>You can run X11 apps securely over an ssh connection without <xhost> nor X TCP support. Enable X11Forwarding _on the remote server_ (/etc/ssh/sshd_config) and install xauth on both the client and the server. Then "ssh -X" from the client and run X apps on the remote machine. See also <root x>, <cygwin sshx>, <3hosts sshx>.
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: 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
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/
free whcp
M: 2010-06-23
<reply> FOSS Web Hosting Control Panels include: <DTC>, <GNUPanel>, <ISPConfig> and <ispCP> Omega. Don't use <Webmin>. http://wiki.debian.org/HostingControlPanels
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 ...
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: 2013-03-21
<reply>如果您想要得到中文的協助,請加入伺服器上的 #debian-zh (irc.oftc.net) 頻道,加入方法為在輸入框中輸入 "/server irc.oftc.net" 和 "/join #debian-zh" (不要加引號),謝謝您的合作!
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: 2007-09-18
<reply> I'm not your csh prompt!
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>.
C: 2001-07-16
<action> laughs!! that's funny $who!
M: 2013-07-04
<reply>radeonhd is an abandoned and unsupported open source display driver for AMD/ATI Radeon R500, R600 and R700 based graphic processing units. Packaged for Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" as xserver-xorg-video-radeonhd. Removed from Debian to resolve bug #612190, ask me about <radeon>.
C: 2000-06-11
<reply>your wish is my command, $who
M: 2013-11-06
<reply>The release following Debian 7 "Wheezy" is codenamed "Jessie" (the cowgirl in Toy Story 2) and will be Debian 8.0. 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>.
M: 2012-05-28
<reply> see debian mirrors
C: 2002-05-08
UK's best rock band :)
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
M: 2010-08-31
the Bourne Again SHell, and the default Debian shell. Ask me about <bash faq>, <bash pitfalls>, <bbg>, <abs>, <parsing ls>, <bashism>. http://wiki.debian.org/Bash #bash on irc.oftc.net and irc.freenode.net.
M: 2001-02-13
<reply>1) Don't ask to ask. Just state your problem, 2) Don't repeat until 10 mins after, 3) Read and re-read the docs first, then admit it if you REALLY don't understand. You're wasting your time and ours if you haven't at least tried. 4) If your problem ain't solved, come back in 12 hrs or 24 hrs later. We're very international. 5) Be polite and patient. 6) #debian supports only Debian (see <based on debian>)
M: 2007-04-26
<reply>/etc/rc.local is a script called by /etc/init.d/rc.local which is typically one of the last things to be run during the boot sequence. If you have commands you want run at boot, edit /etc/rc.local (don't touch /etc/init.d/rc.local). rc.local is regarded as a hack, consider writing a real init script instead, ask me about <init.d>.
kernel compile
M: 2009-04-08
<reply>[kernel compile] To (re)build the official Debian kernels, see http://wiki.debian.org/HowToRebuildAnOfficialDebianKernelPackage . For personal kernel packages, it is simpler to just use <make-kpkg>.
M: 2005-12-09
<reply> see installed packages
M: 2010-09-13
<reply>aptosid (formerly sidux) is a live distribution <based on Debian> Sid. It is not supported in #debian. http://aptosid.com/ #aptosid on irc.oftc.net.
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.
irc primer
M: 2010-03-10
<reply>"A Short IRC Primer": http://www.irchelp.org/irchelp/ircprimer.html . See also "The IRC Prelude": http://www.irchelp.org/irchelp/new2irc.html
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.
M: 2009-05-27
a file that lets the `mount' command know what mountable things (partitions, drives, etc) are in your system. Try `man 5 fstab` for more information on it. See also <label>, <uuid>.
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: 2013-01-02
a protocol used by X servers and clients. X11 stands for the eleventh version of the X window system.
M: 2013-05-20
<reply>see mozilla.debian.net
M: 2013-05-05
<reply>Debian 7.0 "Wheezy" was released on 2013-05-04. It is now considered "stable". Ask me about <install debian>, or <squeeze->wheezy> to upgrade from Debian 6.0 "Squeeze". See http://www.debian.org/releases/ or <release history> for the latest (and historical) releases. For updates from the Debian Release Team, see http://release.debian.org/
M: 2012-12-04
<reply>The nouveau project aims to build high-quality, open source drivers for Nvidia GPUs (Riva, TNT, GeForce, Quadro). Nouveau <DRM> is part of the Linux kernel, the display driver is packaged as xserver-xorg-video-nouveau (read its README.Debian file for important notes). 3D acceleration is available as of Debian 7 "Wheezy", install the libgl1-mesa-dri package. http://nouveau.freedesktop.org/ #nouveau on irc.freenode.net.
firmware image
M: 2010-08-08
<reply> see firmware images
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: 2009-04-18
<reply> A keyboard is something you hit to fix segfaults, sigsegvs, and faulty hardware, or at http://store.yahoo.com/pfuca-store/ . For help configuring up your keyboard, ask me about <keymap>, <keyboard specialkeys>, <multimedia keys>, <key delay>, <capslock>. See also <cherry>.
M: 2013-11-13
<reply>Gentoo Linux (formerly Enoch Linux) is a ports-based Linux distribution for x86, PowerPC and Sparc64. Maybe akin to BSD. For a satirical take on it see http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2003/44/ , http://bash.org/?464385 and ask me about <greenhouse>, <funroll-loops>. #gentoo on irc.freenode.net
bdo list
M: 2012-02-29
<reply> To list all packages you have installed from <debian backports>: «aptitude search '?narrow(?version(CURRENT),?origin(Debian Backports))' --disable-columns -F%p»; apt must know about the origin repository for this to work (i.e. you have a 'deb' line for it in sources.list and 'apt-get update' has been run). To list all backported packages available for your system: «aptitude search '?origin(Debian Backports)'». See also <which repo>.
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>.
M: 2011-06-15
<reply>Realtek 802.11b/g PCI/PCIe and USB wireless LAN chipsets (RTL8180L, RTL8185L, RTL8187L, RTL8187B, RTL8187SE) are supported by the rtl8180, rtl8187 and rtl8187se/r8187se drivers in the Linux kernel. All drivers do not require firmware from userspace. http://wiki.debian.org/rtl818x . For support of Realtek 802.11n devices, ask me about <rtl819x>.
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>.
M: 2010-07-27
<reply>ntpdate is an obsolete and unmaintained program to set a system clock via <NTP>. Just install the ntp package instead. Since Debian 5.0 "Lenny", ntp's default configuration files (NTPD_OPTS='-g' in /etc/default/ntp, 'iburst' option for default servers in /etc/ntp.conf) make ntpdate unnecessary. See also <why not ntpdate>.
M: 2009-04-08
a command-line interface to the <RandR> extension; used to set the screen size, orientation and/or reflection. http://wiki.debian.org/XStrikeForce/HowToRandR12
M: 2009-03-30
<reply>Woody is the codename for Debian GNU/Linux 3.0, released on July 19, 2002. Security support for woody was terminated on 2006-06-30. Woody was archived on 2007-01-10, ISOs are available from http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/archive/3.0_r6/ . See also <woody sources.list> and <woody->sarge>. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianWoody
M: 2009-12-14
<reply> see fonts
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: 2010-01-01
echo -ne 'a', or aptitude install beep, or ask me about <bell>, <qotd89>. For the audio player, ask me about <bmp>. For the protocol framework, see http://beepcore.org/
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: 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: 2011-01-06
<reply>w32codecs (w64codecs for amd64 systems) is a <non-free> package not distributed by Debian due to legal issues. It provides binary-only <codecs> for several multimedia formats, such as DivX ;-), RealAudio/RealVideo and Windows Media. To acquire, ask me about <deb-multimedia>. If you are looking for similar plugins for <gstreamer>, then look at the gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly and gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg packages.
radeon firmware
M: 2010-02-16
<reply>Binary-only firmware was removed from the radeon <DRM> driver at linux-2.6 2.6.29-1 (Debian bug #494009) and is packaged separately in firmware-linux-nonfree. Without this package installed, poor 2D/3D performance in the <radeon> xorg driver is commonly experienced. To acquire, ask me about <non-free sources>. This is not required for use of the <fglrx> driver.
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.
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.
C: 2001-04-10
<reply> crack: see source of spacehogs comment on apt
M: 2013-10-01
<reply> see fixboot
C: 2008-06-11
<reply>apt-listchanges is a tool that displays NEWS.Debian file contents (default) and/or the changelogs of Debian packages before upgrading them (dpkg-reconfigure apt-listchanges). It is recommended for users of stable to install the apt-listchanges package, to see what is happening to their systems as security fixes are applied; it should be made _mandatory_ for users of testing and unstable. Also ask me about <d-d-a>, <apt-listbugs>.
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.com/ unofficial: http://Debian-knoppix.alioth.Debian.org/ <Debian-live> is the Debian equivalent for publishing live systems.
M: 2008-08-20
found on http://www.time.gov/, or $date $time, or an illusion, and lunchtime doubly so - Ford Prefect said that. of no essence here!, or it's beer o'clock!!, or see http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debian-reference/ch09.en.html#_system_and_hardware_time and ask me about <set time>.
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: 2011-05-28
<reply>Qualcomm Atheros is a developer of semiconductors. For support of PCI/PCIe wireless LAN devices with an Atheros chipset, ask me about <ath9k>, <ath5k>. For USB wireless LAN device support, ask me about <ath9k_htc>, <carl9170>, <ar5523>. For Ethernet driver information, see <atl1c>, <alx>, <atl2>, <atl1e>, <atl1>. For Bluetooth device support, see <ath3k>. http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/Atheros
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>.
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/
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.
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>.
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/
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: 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>.
M: 2010-02-06
<reply>Emdebian is a binary distribution for embedded devices. It is created by the Embedded Debian project, an official Debian sub-project, which aims to make Debian GNU/Linux a mainstream choice for embedded projects. http://wiki.debian.org/Embedded_Debian http://www.emdebian.org/ #emdebian on irc.oftc.net.
M: 2010-02-05
<reply>PowerPC is a <RISC> architecture (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PowerPC). See "Debian for PowerPC" at http://www.debian.org/ports/powerpc . Debian CDs are not (and cannot be made) bootable on Old World PowerMacs. Information on proper partitioning is at http://www.alaska.net/~erbenson/doc/mac-fdisk-basics.txt . See also <macsound>, <yaboot>, <quik>, <bootx>, <ppc64>. #debianppc on irc.oftc.net and irc.freenode.net.
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: 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: 2009-06-13
at http://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/FAQ ("Can I use d-i as a rescue system?"). Ask me about <rescue mode>. See also <fixmbr> and <i forgot root's password>.
M: 2010-04-02
<reply>Fakeraid is a term used for controller cards that advertise RAID functionality that is NOT supported by a hardware chip for parity. Most of these have only a BIOS. For use with Debian systems, it is suggested that you do not set a RAID in the BIOS and don't use dmraid, just use regular software RAID instead; ask me about <md>. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/SataRaid
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>.
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>.
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: 2014-10-29
<reply>Quote of the Day. Ask me about <qotd0> to get a random one. See <literal qotd0> for which numbers are used already and <qotdx> for which numbers have been voted as "replaceable". At 289 (2014-12-08).
M: 2008-12-13
<reply>ath9k is a completely free (no proprietary HAL) Linux kernel driver supporting PCI/PCIe 802.11n wireless LAN devices with Atheros chips. It does not require firmware from userspace. See http://wiki.debian.org/ath9k for more information and supported devices. For Atheros 802.11n USB device support, ask me about <ath9k_htc>, <carl9170>.
M: 2007-05-24
<reply> see bts
M: 2010-05-02
<reply> <GNOME> Display Manager (GDM) is a <display manager> based on <xdm>, but with no original xdm code. Written with looks (and security) in mind. It uses ~/.gnomerc instead of ~/.xsession. http://wiki.debian.org/GDM http://projects.gnome.org/gdm #gdm on irc.gimp.org. Not to be confused with the General Purpose Mouse (GPM) interface, see <gpm>.
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!)
shut up
M: 2005-01-01
<reply> (No, I won't, and you can't make me. :P|Kiss my shiny metal ass!)
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: 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: 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: 2009-08-13
<reply>TIAS is "Try It And See".
M: 2010-02-22
<reply> Ralink Technology Corp. is a wireless LAN chipset manufacturer. Drivers for many Ralink chipsets are present in mainline Linux kernels, ask me about <rt2x00>. For support of 802.11n devices, ask me about <rt2800>.
M: 2014-06-04
the previous stable version of Debian, as long as it is still supported by the security team. Squeeze (6.0) was oldstable and currently has volunteer-provided security support; ask me about <squeeze-lts>. It is recommended to upgrade your system(s) to the current stable release, ask me about <oldstable->stable>. https://wiki.debian.org/DebianOldStable
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: 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
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: 2010-05-20
<reply>Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) is NSA's port of the FLASK Security Architecture to Linux. Also it can make your system unbootable if you uninstall it. Unofficial FAQ: http://www.crypt.gen.nz/selinux/faq.html . http://wiki.debian.org/SELinux http://selinuxproject.org/ #selinux on irc.freenode.net. See also <apparmor>, <tomoyo>.
M: 2010-10-02
<reply> For information on packages which are not in Debian but you think should be, check the Work-Needing and Prospective Packages list at http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp (refinable list at http://wnpp.debian.net/). Use wnpp-alert (from the <devscripts> package) to see what packages you are using that are in need of help.
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>.
M: 2007-08-20
<reply> You want to reboot for WHAT?? If it's not a new kernel or a hardware change, you probably don't need to reboot. Ask me about <qotd2>.
M: 2011-08-15
<reply> see win32-loader
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: 2011-02-14
<reply>Advanced RISC Machine (ARM) is a processor architecture. The Debian arm port was deprecated at 5.0 "Lenny" with official support dropped at 6.0 "Squeeze", ask me about <armel> for the replacement port. See also <armhf>. http://www.debian.org/ports/arm/ For help with Debian on ARM systems, join #debian-arm on irc.oftc.net.
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: 2010-02-08
<reply>HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) is <freedesktop.org> project, which gives desktop software a programmatic way to examine present hardware and be notified of its changes. http://wiki.debian.org/hal http://wiki.debian.org/XStrikeForce/InputHotplugGuide http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/HalFAQ http://hal.freedesktop.org/ #hal on irc.freenode.net. Deprecated, see <devicekit> and http://wiki.debian.org/HALRemoval
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>.
M: 2013-10-15
<reply>#debian-next is the channel for testing/unstable support on the OFTC network (irc.oftc.net).
M: 2013-10-21
<reply>libdvdcss is a free software library for unscrambling <CSS>-encrypted DVDs, not to be confused with <DeCSS>. It is not distributed by Debian due to legal concerns. To acquire, see http://www.videolan.org/developers/libdvdcss.html for repository and APT signing key information, then install the libdvdcss2 package.
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: 2011-05-19
<reply>Realtek is a developer of semiconductors. Realtek Ethernet controllers are supported by the 8139too, 8139cp and <r8169> drivers in the mainline Linux kernel. For support of Realtek-based wireless LAN devices, ask me about <rtl819x> (802.11n) or <rtl818x> (802.11b/g).
M: 2009-11-05
<reply>We have lots of bots around to help out with different things. dpkg (<dpkgbot>) and <judd> are the main two for factoids and package information; dselect (<dselectbot>) fills in for dpkg. There's also debhelper (flooding, moderating), apt, ... Most bots are also in #debian-bots if you can't use /msg to talk to them. Be nice to the bots though; they have feelings, bleed oil and let out the <magic smoke> when angry.
bpo kernel
M: 2010-09-06
<reply> see bdo kernel
C: 2008-11-16
<reply> Because!
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: 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: 2014-06-05
<reply> Another happy customer leaves the building.
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: 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: 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: 2009-04-06
<reply>For webcam device support in Debian, ask me about <gspca>, <uvcvideo>. See also <quickcam>, <ov51x-jpeg>, <ov511>, <m560x-driver>, <w9968cf>, <pwc>, <sn9c20x>. http://wiki.debian.org/Webcam
M: 2010-08-31
<reply> see fixmbr
M: 2014-09-29
<reply>The vulnerability in bash has been fixed for <wheezy> and <squeeze-lts>. https://security-tracker.debian.org/tracker/CVE-2014-6271 and https://security-tracker.debian.org/tracker/CVE-2014-7169. You have Debian installations older than squeeze? Shame on you. However, look at http://ftp.linux.it/pub/People/md/bash/ for sarge, etch and lenny packages.
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: 2014-04-12
<reply>user error at console, abort, retry, fail? See also <doesn't work>, <errors>.
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".
cmd: b-e (.*?)
M: 2008-03-07
($1): <reply> $1: Sounds like you need to aptitude install build-essential.
using find
M: 2009-07-27
http://mywiki.wooledge.org/UsingFind or "man find"
M: 2000-01-26
someone that hacks. See <hacking>, or an interesting essay can be found at http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/hacker-howto.html . Someone who plays with stuff, and figures things out just to satisfy his own idle curiosity.
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: 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
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.
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>.
custom kernel
M: 2010-10-07
<reply>Read http://www.openbsd.org/faq/faq5.html#Why and read "Debian" when it has "OpenBSD". Also ask me about <kernel-handbook>.
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: 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>.
stow usage
M: 2010-11-30
<reply>A quick intro to <stow>: ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/stow/program-version && make && make install; cd /usr/local/stow/ ; stow program-version. Use stow -D to remove. See also <usrlocal>.
M: 2013-06-21
<reply> A keyring in the context of Debian are the public GPG keys used for signing the packages in the repository. Available in debian-archive-keyring or from http://ftp-master.debian.org/keys.html. Also see <apt-key-auto>, <multimedia keyring> and <public key not available>.
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!
C: 2004-11-10
<reply> <toggle> by the way I don't have man installed..
M: 2011-02-05
<reply>NetworkManager is a network management framework daemon. See /usr/share/doc/network-manager/README.Debian for setup instructions and ask me about <nm unmanaged>. http://wiki.debian.org/NetworkManager http://live.gnome.org/NetworkManager http://projects.gnome.org/NetworkManager/ #nm on irc.freenode.net. See also <nmcli>, <wireless connection managers>.
M: 2013-08-21
<reply>Device firmware required by the <b43> and <b43legacy> drivers is proprietary and unable to be distributed by the Debian Project. The b43-fwcutter utility (packaged in contrib) can extract this firmware from Broadcom's binary drivers. Debian packages to download, extract and install firmware are available; ask me about <contrib> and use «apt-cache search firmware-b43» to list. http://wiki.debian.org/bcm43xx#b43-b43legacy
irc tutorial
M: 2010-09-28
<reply> see irc primer
ralink firmware
M: 2011-04-12
<reply>Firmware from userspace is required by the <rt61pci>, <rt73usb>, <rt2860sta>, <rt2870sta>, <rt2800pci> and <rt2800usb> drivers. Ask me about <non-free sources>, then install the firmware-ralink package to provide.
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/
M: 2008-11-17
<reply>The GNU C Library (glibc) also known as libc6 in the Linux universe. glibc is the most fundamental piece of software on your machine, basically every piece of software you have installed other than your kernel depends on it, so upgrading it is essentially upgrading your entire system/debian release/version. http://www.gnu.org/software/libc/ . See also <eglibc>.
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.
install font
M: 2008-02-20
<reply> see font install
C: 2007-03-01
<reply> see msg the bot
C: 2013-03-13
<reply> see kali linux
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
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>.
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: 2006-02-08
<reply> see kp mantra
compile kernel
M: 2006-02-04
<reply> see kp
trunk kernel
M: 2010-06-02
<reply> see trunk
M: 2011-04-16
<reply>[mac] Media Access Control, see <mac change>; Macintosh, see <apple>, <m68k>, <macbook>, <powerpc>, <macsound>; Mandatory Access Control, see <apparmor>, <selinux>, <tomoyo>; Monkey's Audio Codec, see <ape>.
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.
set up x
M: 2007-11-29
<reply> see install x
M: 2006-10-03
<reply> THX (R), the next generation surround sound, developed by a George Lucas company. (mplayer is not certified), or just say "Thanks"
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: 2007-07-16
<reply> see !
M: 2009-10-22
read also <bsd license>, or a brand of free UNIX clones, freebsd for x86 and sparc64, netbsd for damn near every arch, and openbsd for paranoid people, or <debian bsd>, <kfreebsd>
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: 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.
multiple ask
M: 2010-04-30
<reply>The chance of you getting a useful answer is inversely proportional to the square of the number of times you ask in a short amount of time: that is, if you ask four times in succession, you're 1/16 as likely to get a useful answer. Also, please don't ask both in freenode and OFTC at the same time; there's no real point in doing so and it's just annoying. See <hurry> <cross post>.
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: 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: 2011-06-06
<reply>The Debian Linux Kernel Handbook http://kernel-handbook.alioth.debian.org/ - packaged as debian-kernel-handbook since Debian 7 "Wheezy" - serves as a single access point to all kernel-related documentation. See chapter 4.2 to rebuild official Debian kernel packages, see chapter 4.5 to build a custom kernel from Debian kernel source.
what's my hardware
C: 2007-07-27
<reply> see whats my hardware
M: 2009-05-18
a superior network file synchronization program. Handy for downloading a Linux kernel, e.g. rsync -avz --partial rsync.kernel.org::pub/linux/kernel/v2.6/linux- /usr/local/home/peej/src/ Useful for backups as per http://www.mikerubel.org/computers/rsync_snapshots/ , see also <rsnapshot>. http://rsync.samba.org/ #rsync on irc.freenode.net.
C: 2004-07-14
<reply> <ricky_clarkson> To +b or not to +b, that is the +q
C: 2004-06-30
<reply><ceige> dpkg: I'm not stupid! I use MSN!
M: 2007-09-21
<reply> see undeleting
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
C: 2004-07-22
<reply><Mandork_> how does pron work anyways ?
M: 2011-02-14
<reply>Advanced Micro Devices is a semiconductor manufacturer. For support of ATI/AMD graphics hardware, ask me about <ati>. See also <amd64>, <coolnquiet>, <k7>.
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: 2006-02-16
a distribution made by Patrick. http://www.arouse.net/despair-linux/slackware.jpg . http://www.slackware.com/ ##slackware on irc.freenode.net.
C: 2010-04-29
<reply>Este canal es de ayuda con ordenadores en Ingles. Si no necesitas ayuda con tu ordenador por favor ingresa al canal social de #debian-es con /join #debian-es-cachondeo. Tus amigos probablemente ya esten ahi.
M: 2013-05-20
<reply> see iceweasel backports
M: 2009-07-29
<reply>A Message/Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) is a program that transfers e-mail in or out of a system, most often using SMTP. An MTA is usually accessed by calling /usr/sbin/sendmail and thus usually includes that binary. Therefore, in Debian, all MTAs (<exim4>, <postfix>, <qmail>, <ssmtp>, <nullmailer>, etc) mutually conflict. Ask me about <which mta>, <mta comparison> and <why an mta>. http://wooledge.org/~greg/mail.html
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>.
M: 2009-06-05
a package that normally exists for convenience. It has no content, it just depends on other packages so that you don't have to have a hundred things on an apt-get/aptitude command line. The version of a metapackage can be misleading -- look at what it depends on instead (see the kde metapackage for an example).
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: 2011-02-21
<reply>QEMU is a fast PC emulator. http://qemu-buch.de/cgi-bin/moin.cgi/FrequentlyAskedQuestions http://www.qemu.org/ #qemu on irc.freenode.net. See also <kvm>, <virtualization>.
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: 2009-07-12
<reply>The Ralink RT73 802.11g USB chipset (RT2501USB/RT2571W) is supported by the rt73usb Linux kernel driver. Firmware is required, ask me about <ralink firmware>. http://wiki.debian.org/WiFi/rt73
grub config
M: 2009-12-23
<reply> If all you want is to dual-boot Debian and Windows, just install the os-prober package and run update-grub. Otherwise, check /etc/default/grub, /etc/grub.d/* and http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/manual/grub#Configuration
M: 2009-05-30
an X window manager forked from <Blackbox> 0.61.1, or Blackbox the featureless wonder with some added features. To install, ask me about <install x>, then: aptitude install fluxbox . http://wiki.debian.org/FluxBox http://fluxbox-wiki.org/?title=Faqs http://fluxbox.org/ #fluxbox on irc.freenode.net.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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: 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).
M: 2002-12-28
<reply>It's maths, not math, damn it. You don't say "I like mathematic", it's "I like mathematics".
C: 2003-04-22
home sweet home! :)
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.
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>.
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: 2009-11-28
<reply>Pre-boot eXecution Environment (PXE) is a network boot protocol. A <TFTP> server with tsize support (such as tftpd-hpa, atftpd, dnsmasq) is required for PXE. See also <pxelinux>, <netboot>, <ipxe>.
bad polls
M: 2005-10-17
<reply> The reasons we hate polls are because: 1) they are a massive waste of IRC and bandwidth and screen real estate when asked in a 700 person channel. Did you want 700 answers? 2) They're often a prelude to isolating one helper and barraging him or her in /msg. BAD! 3) We don't care about Ubuntu, this is #debian.
M: 2010-08-12
<reply>Linux doesn't generally support 'undeleting' files. For ext3/ext4, ask me about <ext4magic>, <ext3grep>. For ext2 *only*, use mc (Midnight Commander), umount the filesystem, and select "Undelete files" from menu. With reiserfs, jfs, xfs, you're SooL. Some desktops (GNOME/KDE) offer a trash bin. See also <photorec>, <fatback>.
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>.
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.
C: 2001-02-21
a way of getting rid of annoying pests, especially trolls
C: 2011-01-19
<reply> README.Debian (or README.Debian.gz) is a document found in the /usr/share/doc/$packagename/ which explains any Debian specific details in the package's operation or configuration.
cmd: give (.*?) (.*?)
M: 2006-04-28
($1,$2): <action>gives $1 $2
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>.
C: 1970-01-01
the english version of the greek letter lambda, as used by Alonzo Church in creating his lambda calculus.
M: 2014-12-15
an evil corporation based in the USA, maker of Microsoft <Windows>. Ask me about <debian.exe>.
M: 2006-02-08
a linux distribution that can be found at http://www.suse.com, or #suse on irc.freenode.net See also <opensuse>.
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: 2005-02-09
what you're sitting on, the thing that you're riding, possibly the thing you're admiring.
M: 2003-03-30
<action> forgets what action did.
M: 2010-05-04
<reply>The PCI ID helps us work out how to support your PCI hardware. It looks like [abcd:1234] in the output of "lspci -nn". Ask the bot "judd" to match the PCI ID of the device, e.g. "/msg judd pciid 8086:284b". Some hardware uses alternate means of detection: beware of some false positives+negatives. See also <judd-hardware>, <local pciid>. To find out what currently installed kernel modules your hardware is using, run "lspci -k".
arch linux
M: 2009-03-16
<reply>Arch Linux is an a i686 optimized linux distribution which claims to be minimalistic and fast, has binary and source based package management. http://www.archlinux.org/ #archlinux on irc.freenode.net.
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.
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>.
configure x
M: 2009-11-08
<reply> see configure xorg
M: 2013-05-05
<reply>For support of Ralink 802.11n PCI wireless LAN devices, ask me about <rt2800pci>. For support of Ralink 802.11n USB wireless LAN devices, ask me about <rt2800usb>.
C: 2012-06-29
<reply> see geo http sources.list
C: 2008-07-19
<reply>After hibernation, you can load back into memory as much as possible from swap and also load files back into the kernel's file cache to help reduce the disk thrashing that occurs when waking up after suspend-to-disk (although this doesn't seem to be needed with the kernels in lenny onwards): cat `cat /proc/[0-9]*/maps | grep / | sed 's:.* /:/:' | grep -v /dev | sort -u` > /dev/null
M: 2002-02-20
<reply> If you do not know how to use chmod but ask for a lesson in "Chmod 101" classes, we feel sorry for you, or simple octal, with r=4 w=2 x=1. rwxr-xr-- = (rwx) (r-x) (r--) = (4+2+1) (4+0+1) (4+0+0) = 754. or ask me about <permissions>.
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: 2004-09-07
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.
C: 2004-07-11
an abbreviation for "teletype". More generically, it refers to any terminal or terminal emulator.
cmd: go (.*?)
C: 2004-09-04
($1): <action> (sing in the style of Ricki Lake's audience) Go $1, go $1, just damn go. Home.
M: 2010-02-17
<reply>The PC Speaker makes an annoying BEEPing <bell> sound from within your computer (usually a piezoelectric speaker, attached to the motherboard). Blacklist "pcspkr" (PC Speaker beeper driver) to kill it, ask me about <blacklist>. snd-pcsp (PC Speaker sound card driver) is blacklisted by default since alsa-driver 1.0.17.dfsg-4, the Linux kernel no longer autoloads it since linux 3.13.4-1 (Debian bug #697709).
M: 2010-04-24
<reply>Trunk is a term from version control systems such as <cvs>, <svn> and <git>. The "trunk" can often be thought of as a developer's playground, the stability (or otherwise) of the code varies from project to project. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trunk_(software) . Debian 2.6.32-trunk-* kernel image/headers packages are obsolete and were removed from the archive (/msg judd kernel --release squeeze). See also <kernel abi>.
M: 2013-10-16
<reply> apache2 is actually version 2.2 in Debian 7 "Wheezy" and Debian 6.0 "Squeeze"; this is a virtual package provided by a worker, ask me <apache2 mpm>. Ask me about <install apache>, <apache config>, <apache manual> and <apache backport>; see also <cnrd>, <userdir>, <apache2 ecc>. Additional help in #httpd on irc.freenode.net
what's up
C: 2001-05-21
<reply>everything is okay thanks
M: 2010-10-07
<reply>If /var/lib/dpkg/available is corrupted (or generating warnings about illegal version numbers etc), "apt-cache dumpavail > /var/lib/dpkg/available && dpkg --update-avail /var/lib/dpkg/available". Alternatively, you can try "rm /var/lib/dpkg/available; dselect update".
sort by size
M: 2013-01-12
aptitude search ~i -O installsize -F"%p %I", or see <sort by size sarge>, or see <dpigs>
C: 2004-08-18
<reply><ricky_clarkson> abrotman: My mum loves me when I've got surplus cash, like most women.
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>.
M: 2009-06-05
<reply> Opera is a cross-platform web browser and Internet suite, which handles common tasks including visiting web sites and sending/receiving e-mail. As of version 8.5, Opera is freeware but NOT open source. It is not included in Debian and therefore not supported by #debian. To install, ask me about <opera apt> and see http://wiki.debian.org/Opera . http://www.opera.com/support/ #opera on irc.opera.com.
M: 2013-05-05
<reply>The rt2x00 project is a development effort providing Linux kernel drivers for Ralink wireless LAN chipsets. For driver details, ask me about <rt2800usb>, <rt2800pci>, <rt73usb>, <rt61pci>, <rt2500usb>, <rt2500pci>, <rt2400pci>. http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com/ #rt2x00 on irc.freenode.net.
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>.
M: 2010-11-16
<reply>[ppa] Personal Package Archive (see https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+ppas or <launchpad>). PPAs are either: (a) an easy way to grab packages based on nightly-builds/VCS snapshots or (b) an easy way for any idiot to publish a package of extremely poor quality (remember, you will run the maintainer scripts as root during install!). Choose your repos wisely. No equivalent exists for Debian yet. Ask me about <why not use a ppa>.
C: 2001-06-07
what the internet is a tool for... the more you can use it (search the web or databases, find applicable reading material, reading that material, looking in there for references to others), the more independent you will be. Ask me about sicco and cooperation in asking for help.
M: 2010-02-18
http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/1999/10/msg00052.html (proposal) and http://www.debian.org/doc/FAQ/ch-ftparchives#s-pools
M: 2011-03-29
<reply>YouTube is a video sharing website. Video download utilities include <clive>, <cclive>, <minitube>, quvi and <youtube-dl>; gcap can retrieve closed captions. For <VLC>, use Ctrl+N. The <HTML5> player can be used instead of <Adobe Flash> for supported browsers, see http://www.youtube.com/html5 ; for <Epiphany>, install the epiphany-extensions package and enable its HTML5 plugin.
C: 2000-01-25
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: 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>.
M: 2011-05-04
<reply>For support of Realtek 802.11n PCIe devices, ask me about <rtl8192ce>, <rtl8192de>, <rtl8192e>, <rtl8192se>, <rtl8723ae>, <rtl8188ee>. For support of Realtek 802.11n USB devices, ask me about <rtl8192cu>, <r8712u>, <rtl8192u>, <rtl8723au>, <rtl8188eu>. See also <what's my wireless>.
M: 2011-03-11
<reply>Fail2ban invokes system access restrictions after repeated logon attempts. It uses <ssh> and <iptables> by default, but can be extended to whatever authentication and access denial system you're using. Fail2ban does not support <IPv6> (Debian bug #470417). http://www.fail2ban.org/ See also <denyhosts>.
M: 2011-05-06
<reply>The GSPCA driver provides support for digital cameras and webcams, based on several USB bridge and image sensor chipsets. It is part of the Linux kernel since version 2.6.27. Supported devices: http://kernel.org/doc/Documentation/video4linux/gspca.txt . See also <uvcvideo>, <webcam>.
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: 2009-10-19
Mozilla's term for a theme or skin, or "Google Chrome", a web browser by Google based on Chromium, ask me about <chromium>. For VIA UniChrome / Chrome9 support, ask me about <openchrome>.
M: 2009-04-04
<reply>cron-apt is a highly configurable tool to help keep your box up to date. By default, it downloads new updates and emails the list of available packages. It can also automatically install packages if you trust security.debian.org to never have broken packages, or if you have your farm of machines working off a local mirror, seeded with updated packages after your own testing. See also <cron-apt tips> <auto update> <apticron>.
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/
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.
C: 2009-04-08
<reply>Wireless Interface Connection Daemon (wicd) is a wired and <wireless connection manager>. http://wiki.debian.org/WiFi/HowToUse#wicd http://wicd.sf.net/ #wicd on irc.freenode.net. See also <netdev>.
C: 2004-09-27
<reply><MaXoM> hello i have a problem with squirrelmail can i help you?
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: 2012-09-30
<reply>armel is the Debian <ARM> EABI port, first released with Debian 5.0 "Lenny". http://wiki.debian.org/ArmEabiPort http://www.debian.org/ports/arm/ #debian-arm on irc.oftc.net. See also <armel vs armhf>.
M: 2009-06-09
<reply>FUSE is a userspace filesystem framework, enabling mounting of various exotic filesystems like <ntfs-3g>, Samba shares, tar files, FTP sites etc. Included in the mainline Linux kernel since 2.6.14. For a FUSE filesystem list, see http://wiki.debian.org/FileSystem#FUSE_Filesystem . http://apps.sf.net/mediawiki/fuse/?title=FAQ http://fuse.sf.net/ ##fuse on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2009-03-27
a caching proxy designed specifically for use by <apt>. http://www.nick-andrew.net/projects/apt-cacher/ See also <apt-cacher-ng>, <approx>, <aptly>.
M: 2011-06-08
<reply>ath9k_htc is a Linux kernel driver for Atheros AR9271 and AR7010-based 802.11n USB wireless LAN devices, introduced in Linux 2.6.35. Firmware is required, ask me about <atheros firmware> to provide. http://wiki.debian.org/ath9k_htc
M: 2012-06-14
<reply> Domain Technologie Control (DTC) is a GPL-licensed web hosting control panel. Currently only in <experimental> because of a poor security track record. http://www.gplhost.com/software-dtc.html
M: 2004-07-26
<reply> If you want help on a topic, you HAVE to say more than "it doesn't work, help!" or else you'll get no help whatsoever. Give as many details as you can or else no one can give any suggestions. For most questions, you should at least give your arch (amd64 for most people), your Debian <version>, and your kernel version. Give exact error messages where applicable.
C: 2005-08-27
<reply><antgel__> wols_: that was my question. i have established that the best method could be to open the disc and use a small magnet to get all the 1s and 0s in the right places
M: 2011-06-18
<reply>The man pages for <gcc> are in non-free, as they are released under the <GFDL> with invariant sections, so they do not meet the <DFSG>. To install, ask me about <non-free sources> and install the gcc-doc package. If you are looking for man pages for printf, strchr etc then install the manpages-dev package.
kernel handbook
C: 2010-12-14
<reply> see kernel-handbook
M: 2009-07-01
the UNIX facility for logging the messages that programs produce. See <mark>, <syslog-ng>, <rsyslog>.
C: 2001-12-03
goes to beaver mode #1. Dam building time
M: 2011-02-06
<reply>Debian release codenames are buzz (1.1), rex (1.2), bo (1.3), hamm (2.0), slink (2.1), potato (2.2), woody (3.0), sarge (3.1), etch (4.0), lenny (5.0), squeeze (6.0), wheezy (7.0) and sid=Unstable. "lsb_release -sc" (lsb-release package) will display a Debian system's codename. http://www.debian.org/doc/FAQ/ch-ftparchives#s-codenames
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: 2009-04-24
the open source version of Secure Socket Layer. http://www.openssl.org/ . See also <why gnutls>.
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>.
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.
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.
M: 2007-04-08
<reply>CentOS (Community ENTerprise Operating System) is a rebuild of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux RPMs by the community. http://centos.org/ For IRC support, join #centos on irc.freenode.net.
bdo xorg
C: 2011-09-03
<reply>The backports.debian.org repository contains updated xorg components (in particular video drivers) for Debian 6.0 "Squeeze". Ask me about <squeeze-backports> to enable and use this repository. See http://x.debian.net/reference/squeeze-backports.html for information on the xorg backports.
M: 2011-01-21
<reply>Ruby is an object oriented script language with a simple and clean syntax. It's supposed to have the best characteristics of Perl and Smalltalk, or a language that seems like a messy (Perlish) Python. Learn about it at http://www.ruby-lang.org/ , http://www.rubycentral.com/ http://mislav.uniqpath.com/poignant-guide/book/ . #ruby-lang on irc.freenode.net.
C: 2007-05-03
<reply> see logs
M: 2006-03-29
a program in Unix and Unix-like operating systems that concatenates the contents of files, reading from a list of files and/or standard input in sequence and writing their contents in order to standard output. cat takes the list of files as arguments but also interprets the argument "-" as standard input. See also <more> and <less>.
C: 2004-07-09
a part of the reportbug package, it lets you view outstanding bug reports on a debbugs server. apt-get install reportbug; man querybts
M: 2005-03-23
<reply><mdadmtime> what does it mean if a raid array has state "dirty"? <asg> mdadmtime: it previously stored pr0n
M: 2014-02-10
<reply>sysvinit is an essential package providing System-V-like init utilities (e.g. /sbin/init) required to boot a Debian system. zless /usr/share/doc/sysv-rc/README.runlevels.gz . As of sysvinit 2.88dsf-3, concurrent (parallel) booting is the default when <dependency based startup> is enabled. sysvinit hasn't been able to correctly boot the Linux kernel since 2003, which is why alternatives have been actively pursued.
M: 2014-12-09
<reply>OpenVPN is a <VPN> daemon, which can securely tunnel IP networks over one UDP or TCP port. Packaged for Debian, provides "openvpn" ifupdown hooks to <interfaces>. Add "script-security 2" in configuration files for use of external commands. https://openvpn.net/ #openvpn on irc.freenode.net. See also <easy-rsa>.
M: 2004-12-29
<reply><overclocker> hi, i'n using x3270 to connect to a sco server, everithing works fine except the function keys, ideas? <asg> overclocker: do you have a license for the function keys? <overclocker> i just want to use the F-keys of my keyboard when i connect to the sco server, do i need a licence to do that?
C: 2004-10-18
<reply><rich_> One time I asked my grandma why she never smiled and she said that people who find everyrthing funny have a screw loose. <da_> grandma != debian lol
C: 2004-08-22
<reply> <kingsley> OK, there are just a few things that I'd rather do before I resort to using 2.6: I'd rather get a vasectomy with a weed whacker, an enema with a garden hose, slam my nose in a car door, have a proctologist named Dr. Hook and watch Roseann Barr do a strip-tease.
M: 2001-11-24
<reply>[lisp] Let's Include Some Parentheses or a LISt Processor or want to learn lisp? Go to http://www.elwoodcorp.com/alu/table/learn.htm or <lithp> or at http://www.apl.jhu.edu/~hall/lisp.html, or loads of innovative semantic paradigms Let's Instinctively Slotski Parallel.. Lisp Is Super Powerful, or a speach impediment. Lisp beats the competition, read: http://www.paulgraham.com/paulgraham/avg.html. Lots of Insidious, Silly Parentheses
M: 2008-08-30
large file support (http://web.archive.org/web/20110723152405/http://www.suse.de/~aj/linux_lfs.html), or ask me about <linux from scratch>, or Log-structured File System (NetBSD)
M: 2007-02-05
<reply> nice, or niceness is, how demanding or how nice a process is scheduled for. -20 is very agressive, and 19 is least agressive. Only root can drop a task below 0. See also taskset, prctl, and open mpi for cpu affinity
C: 2004-06-02
<reply> NO, we will NOT help you in private! Ask your question in the channel so that others can help. Don't send private messages to people asking for help, either, or you will be /ignore'd.
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>.
wheezy backports
M: 2013-03-21
<reply> see wheezy-backports
M: 2007-04-20
America OnLine, a large ISP, beloved of people who don't know much about the Internet. For the AOL Instant Messenger, ask me about <aim>.
M: 2005-05-19
see http://xwinman.org/
M: 2013-04-15
<reply>The Bumblebee project aims to provide support for the Nvidia Optimus GPU switching technology on Linux systems. GeForce 400M (4xxM) and later mobile GPU series are Optimus-enabled; if «lspci -nn | grep '\''[030[02]\]'» returns two lines, the laptop likely uses Optimus. Packaged for Debian in <testing> and <wheezy-backports>. http://wiki.debian.org/Bumblebee http://bumblebee-project.org/ #bumblebee on irc.freenode.net.
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>.
M: 2012-01-28
<reply>Cinnamon is a fork of <GNOME Shell> initially developed by the Linux Mint distribution. Packaged in <testing>. http://cinnamon.linuxmint.com/
ssh without passwd
M: 2009-08-04
<reply>(1) on the client: ssh-keygen -t rsa (2) ssh-copy-id server.example.com. Ask me about <keychain> and <ssh-askpass> for ways of storing your ssh key's passphrase between uses. If you are wanting to use ssh to allow root logins for rsync backups (or something similar to that) then you might want to limit what this key can do and from where you can use it, see http://www.nanonanonano.net/linux/rootrsync for one approach.
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>.
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: 2008-01-18
a broad definition for a very popular kind of OS, is what the Internet was built on, sexy, http://cm.bell-labs.com/cm/cs/who/dmr/otherunix.html, http://www.unix-systems.org/, a gift from the gods, http://www.scarynetworkguy.net. a linux-like operating system
M: 2002-12-22
http://www.debian.org/ports/ or http://www.isi.edu/in-notes/iana/assignments/port-numbers or the FreeBSD ports system etc etc
M: 2005-08-25
M: 2009-09-03
<reply>[epoch] a fixed point in a chronology or the start of an era. For example, y2k was a 2 digit year epoch. In Unix, epoch often refers to the time from which seconds are counted; epoch was is Jan 1 1970 and we will run out of 32 bit numbers for this on Jan 18 2038 (by which time we will have hopefully all migrated to 64-bit architectures). An epoch can also be used to help manage version numbering in Debian; ask me about <version epoch>.
C: 2004-11-28
<reply> <jetscreamer> hey isn't there some way to get a 4g file on fat32? like some different version of fat32 or something?
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: 2013-05-04
<reply> see errata wheezy
M: 2008-06-02
<reply> [hacking] a hacker doing his work. Playing with code or programs or technical devices and figuring things out to satisy curiousity, see <hacker>.... This is not cracking, see <cracking>
M: 2009-08-02
<reply>The X Resize, Rotate and Reflect Extension (RandR) allows the server to inform clients of desktop size (etc) changes, so they can update themselves. http://x.org/wiki/Projects/XRandR . Ask me about <xrandr>.
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.
why not use a ppa
C: 2010-11-16
<reply>PPAs (Ubuntu's Personal Package Archives, see <PPA>) are not built against Debian releases, they are built against Ubuntu releases. This makes using packages from them on a Debian box highly unlikely to work out well. Ask me about <ssb> <package recompile> <bobbitt>.
M: 2013-05-16
<reply>To test a computer's memory subsystem for faults, use either: memtest86 / memtest86+ (thorough real-mode testers) or memtester (userspace utility), all packaged for Debian. memtest86+ is included in <debian live> CD/DVD images. http://www.memtest86.com/ http://www.memtest.org/ http://pyropus.ca/software/memtester/ See also <grub2 badram>.
M: 2009-05-13
<reply>Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) is a <non-free> public-key encryption program, previously packaged for Debian as pgp-i and pgp-us. Superseded by the GNU Privacy Guard (GPG), ask me about <gpg>.
M: 2005-02-24
<reply><jsolis> how can i access my network when i dont have a network icon
M: 2009-03-26
LiSt Open Files, "aptitude install lsof" . See also <open files>.
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>
M: 2005-05-04
<reply> <Glitch_Master> Have you ever gone to the very beginning of your root command history and read stuff? It's very nostalgic.. <shingouz> Glitch_Master: Yea, I noticed "let there be light" ;)
doesnt work
M: 2008-12-15
<reply> see doesn't work
C: 2010-05-06
<reply>insserv is a dependency-based <init> system that is compatible with <sysvinit> and is the default from Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" onwards. To use insserv, your init scripts need to have tags at the top of them that describe what they depend on, to permit the correct ordering of the init scripts; ask me about <missing lsb tags>.
C: 2014-10-02
<reply>see dsa3032
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>.
C: 2011-06-24
a utility to clone/restore the packages on an apt-based system. It will save/restore the packages, sources.list, keyring and automatic-installed states. It can also save/restore no longer downloadable packages using <dpkg-repack>.
ssh without password
M: 2003-05-02
<reply> see ssh without passwd
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.
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>.
C: 2005-01-15
<reply> elnovato | bah,m finally i undestood Jedit is the best IDE ever ever
nvidia legacy
M: 2013-01-01
<reply>Nvidia proprietary 173.14.xx and 96.43.xx legacy drivers support GPUs made before 2004, which are no longer supported by the Nvidia proprietary unified driver. To install, see http://wiki.debian.org/NvidiaGraphicsDrivers or ask me about <nvidia dkms-173xx> (supports GeForce 5/FX GPUs) or <nvidia dkms-96xx> (supports GeForce 2/3/4 GPUs). See also <nouveau>.
C: 2008-08-26
<reply>[gfdl] The GNU "Free" Documentation License, considered <non-free> by Debian in some cases. Read the discussion at http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2003/debian-legal-200309/msg00169.html and http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2003/debian-legal-200304/msg00246.html . See the position statement at http://people.debian.org/~srivasta/Position_Statement.html and resolution at http://www.debian.org/vote/2006/vote_001
C: 1970-01-01
Away From Keyboard
install xorg
C: 2008-02-03
<reply> see install x
M: 2013-01-22
<reply> see uefi
M: 2005-02-27
<reply> see spanish
C: 2005-07-06
<reply><Atula> I was wondering if someone can tell me how to write the fstab for the tape drive
cmd: cve lookup (.*?)
C: 2010-11-17
($1): <reply>Information about the security advisory $1 may be found at http://security-tracker.debian.org/tracker/$1
firmware installer
C: 2011-07-25
<reply> see installer firmware
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: 2011-03-29
<reply>Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) is a suite of standards for digital television (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVB). Drivers for a large number of DVB devices are included in the Linux kernel, see http://www.linuxtv.org/wiki/ for more information. For USB DVB bridge firmware, ask me about <af9015>, <dib0700>. See also <atsc>, <dtv1000s>, <dvb-apps>, <e506r>, <mantis>, <saa7134>, <saa716x>, <stv22>. #linuxtv on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2012-02-25
<reply>tmpfs is a file system which keeps all files in virtual memory; you can change its default size by editing /etc/default/tmpfs. Temporary filesystems can be mounted with a line such as "tmpfs /tmp tmpfs defaults 0 0" in /etc/fstab. http://kernel.org/doc/Documentation/filesystems/tmpfs.txt
C: 2004-12-08
if its not crap, its hilarious
M: 2011-01-06
<reply>A codec (portmanteau of "compressor-decompressor") is a program or device used to encode/decode a data stream or signal. Ask me about <libavcodec>, <w32codecs>.
C: 2005-09-14
<reply><peterS> abrotman: I can't click the link at the moment actually. one of my balls has gone missing
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: 2009-05-13
<reply>mutt is the official mail user agent of Debian GNU/Linux. Has message threading, built-in <PGP> support and more configuration options than you can count. "My First Mutt": http://mutt.blackfish.org.uk/ . Internal SMTP relay support available since version 1.5.15. Receiving "No authenticators available"? Install the libsasl2-modules package. http://wiki.debian.org/Mutt http://www.mutt.org/ #mutt on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2005-08-10
<reply>< FieldySnuts> someone who realizes this may get them severely larted do this: -!- sgeigerbot [n=user@h216-170-007-123.adsl.navix.net] has joined #debian
C: 2002-06-05
<reply> No! You can STFU yourself! The voice of truth cannot be silenced! Oh, except perhaps in China...
M: 2008-08-04
a filesystem snapshot utility, which creates incremental backups of local and remote filesystems, using hard links to save disk space. See http://www.rsnapshot.org/howto/ and http://www.rsnapshot.org/faq.html . See also <rdiff-backup>.
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: 2005-06-03
<reply><Powered> jm_: I dont understand man tell me witch commando I willuse ? <jm_> Powered: I am not sure if I have the patience to do that <Powered> jm_: Why ? <jm_> Powered: because you're vastly inexperienced <Powered> jm_: But plz tell me. <jm_> Powered: you'll need to get the source package, edit the files, build the deb and then install that <Powered> jm_: Install what ? <jm_> Powered: see?
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
M: 2014-10-12
<reply> Silahkan kunjungi channel #debian-id di irc.oftc.net (irc.debian.org) untuk bantuan dalam bahasa Indonesia. For help in Indonesian, please try #debian-id on irc.oftc.net (irc.debian.org)
M: 2009-05-07
Santa Cruz Operation, http://www.sco.com/, who failed suing everyone over Linux. The SCO that was doing the suing is actually Caldera, renamed to SCO (The SCO Group). The original SCO (Santa Cruz Operation) went bankrupt years ago and became Tarantella. EFAIL (cruel irony of errno.h), or http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=2009050519075131
M: 2011-03-29
<reply>"Video For Linux" (Video4Linux, V4L) is a video capture <API>. The V4L1 API is obsolete and does not work with most newer V4L drivers. http://www.linuxtv.org/wiki/index.php/What_is_V4L_or_DVB%3F http://www.linuxtv.org/wiki/ http://www.exploits.org/v4l #v4l on irc.freenode.net. See also <dvb>, <webcam>.
M: 2010-02-07
<reply>The log of Debian package removals (including removal reasons) for this year is at http://ftp-master.debian.org/removals.txt ; for logs of previous years, see http://ftp-master.debian.org/#removed . For pending removals see http://ftp-master.debian.org/removals.html
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
custom d-i
M: 2010-12-08
<reply> see custom netinst
C: 2005-10-07
<reply><octoberdan> The story involves alcholl and a bet... but without getting into the messy details, I need to learn B
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/
M: 2004-05-05
both hello and goodbye (casual), or a slow and old but widely known Prolog interpreter.
C: 2001-06-04
<reply> Fine, I'll be quiet.
M: 2012-07-17
<reply>see cross post
backports.debian.org mirrors
M: 2013-04-17
<reply>Mirrors of the <debian-backports> archive are listed at http://backports.debian.org/Mirrors/ . Note that from <wheezy-backports> onwards, the backports archive is on the regular mirror network.
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.
C: 2006-04-29
<reply><azeem> bengrubb: please try to be comprensible
C: 2006-06-15
<reply><Maulkin> *mumble*raid0-isn't-raid*mumble* * resiak removes two of Maulkin's chair's legs. "It's okay, because they were in a redundant array!"
M: 2014-12-15
<reply>Midnight Commander is a cross-platform orthodox file manager, a clone of Norton Commander. It is a text mode application, with the main interface consisting of two panels which display the file system. Samba (SMB) support is disabled by default since mc 2:4.6.2~git20080311-1 (Debian bug #432324). http://www.midnight-commander.org/wiki/doc/faq http://www.midnight-commander.org/, or The best file manager.
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.
are you a bot
C: 2010-10-11
<reply> see bot
ucf confmiss
C: 2011-05-10
<reply>If you need to restore a deleted config file in a package that is using <ucf> to manage its configuration files, use "UCF_FORCE_CONFFMISS=true aptitude reinstall $packagename". List the configuration files managed by ucf with "ucfq $packagename". If the package doesn't use ucf then ask me about <confmiss>.
M: 2011-06-21
<reply>The Realtek RTL8188CUS and RTL8192CU are USB 802.11n wireless LAN chipsets. mac80211 vendor driver (rtl8192cu) is in mainline since Linux 2.6.39. Firmware is required (rtlwifi/rtl8192cufw.bin), ask me about <realtek firmware> to provide. Not to be confused with the <rtl8192su> driver. http://wiki.debian.org/rtl819x
C: 1970-01-01
<reply> You do not see the fnords. If you see the fnords, they will eat you.||<reply>Ey's not dead, ey's just pining for the fnords!||<reply> wish i knew, $who ||<reply> i haven't a clue, $who ||<reply> bugger all, i dunno
M: 2008-06-15
a tool used to set your hardware clock. it's packaged. in package util-linux
M: 2010-05-17
<reply>GNU IceCat is a web browser distributed by the GNU Project, formerly known as GNU IceWeasel (not to be confused with Debian's <Iceweasel>). It is a fork of Mozilla Firefox made entirely of free software, without distributing or recommending non-free software as plug-ins or addons. Not packaged for Debian, RFP in bug #637348. http://www.gnu.org/software/gnuzilla/ #icecat on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2011-08-09
<reply>Ralink 802.11n PCI chipsets (RT2760, RT2790, RT2860, RT2880, RT2890, RT3060, RT3062, RT3090, RT3091, RT3092, RT3390, RT3562, RT3592, RT5390) are supported by the rt2800pci Linux kernel driver. Firmware is required, ask me about <ralink firmware>. http://wiki.debian.org/rt2800pci
linux from scratch
M: 2011-05-07
<reply>Linux From Scratch (LFS) is a project providing instructions for building a custom Linux system entirely from source code. http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/ #lfs-support at irc.linuxfromscratch.org.
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: 2012-12-21
<reply>uvcvideo is the Linux USB Video Class (UVC) driver, part of the Linux kernel (since Linux 2.6.26). Supported devices are listed at http://www.ideasonboard.org/uvc/#devices . For support of Ricoh R5U87x webcams, ask me about <r5u87x>. See also <gspca>, <webcam>.
richard stallman
C: 1970-01-01
known as RMS|| <reply> see rms
C: 1970-01-01
the reason fnord has so many meanings
M: 2008-12-17
echo packagename install | dpkg --set-selections, or "aptitude unhold packagename" if the package is held in aptitude
C: 2002-12-13
"And all those exclamation marks, you notice? Five? A sure sign of someone who wears his underpants on his head." -- Terry Pratchett, Maskerade
M: 2011-04-25
<reply>Approx is an HTTP-based proxy server for Debian-style package archives. It fetches files from remote repositories on demand and caches them for local use. It saves time and network bandwidth if you need to install or upgrade .deb packages for a number of machines on a local network. Packages are downloaded from a remote site only once, regardless of how many local clients install it.
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: 2009-10-22
<reply>AWK is a pattern scanning and text processing language invented by Aho, Weinberger and Kernighan. http://www.gnu.org/software/gawk/manual/ (reference), http://hibernia.jakma.org/~paul/awk-faq.html (FAQ), http://www.grymoire.com/Unix/Awk.html (tutorial), http://awk.freeshell.org/ (Wiki). #awk on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2010-01-22
<reply>"Users and Groups in the Debian System": /usr/share/doc/base-passwd/users-and-groups.txt.gz
M: 2013-05-15
<reply>Dovecot is an IMAP and POP3 server, written with security in mind. Easy to set up and fast, supports <mbox> and <maildir>. See /usr/share/doc/dovecot-{core,common}/README.Debian for important information. http://wiki2.dovecot.org/ http://www.dovecot.org/ #dovecot on irc.freenode.net. See also <dovecot wheezy>.
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
C: 2008-09-19
India. For Debian India, see #debian-in
M: 2000-11-05
The World Wide Web, or world wide wait
M: 2008-10-05
<reply>No, I won't, you shaddup, you
C: 2009-02-10
<reply><bsssh> 4 is read, 2 - write, 1 - execute. According to UNIX god runs this world(777), yet devil can only read and write(666) >:P
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: 2011-03-13
<reply>Android is a Linux-based operating system for mobile devices. http://www.android.com/ #android on irc.freenode.net. For the related font family, ask me about <droid>. See also <adb> <lildebi> <mobile>.
C: 2003-08-09
<reply> Talk dirty to me! Preferably, do so after you have typed "/query dpkg" which should open a new window/tab/whatever with most IRC clients. You can talk to me all you like and don't annoy other people with endless queries. Be aware that the stuff you write is logged, so don't get too 1337 :)
M: 2009-07-13
rumour has it, mouse is if you're having trouble with mice in xorg, go read /usr/share/doc/xserver-xorg-input-mouse/README.gz, or a small furry rodent found in many parts of this world. See also <2.6 mouse>.
C: 2011-08-15
<reply>[win32-loader] "Debian-Installer Loader" is a method of transferring Debian-Installer to a system running Microsoft Windows, which can then be restarted to install Debian. To install using CD/DVD or USB, ask me about <setup.exe>. To install from the Internet (or local Debian mirror), ask me about <win32-loader.exe>. See also <install guide>, <d-i>.
M: 2014-07-13
<reply>Debian 7.6 was released on July 12th, 2014. 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/2014/20140712 and http://http.debian.net/debian/dists/wheezy/ChangeLog . To upgrade, ask me about <point release>.
M: 2011-04-28
<reply>apt-cacher-ng is a replacement for <apt-proxy>. Its usage is documented at http://www.unix-ag.uni-kl.de/~bloch/acng/ and alternatives comprise <apt-cacher>, <squid deb caching> and <approx>.
M: 2014-10-18
<reply>Debian 7.7 was released on October 18, 2014. 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/2014/20141018 and http://http.debian.net/debian/dists/wheezy/ChangeLog . To upgrade, ask me about <point release>.
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: 2003-05-02
(Common Gateway Interface) This interface allows scripts or programs to run on a Web server. Almost all Web servers support CGI scripting. You can make a CGI script do pretty much anything a computer program can. Most commonly, they are implemented to control user interaction with the Web server on a Web site. You can use them to password-protect certain parts of your site, or save a user survey to a file on the server.
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>.
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>.
pepper flash
M: 2013-10-04
<reply> see pepperflashplugin-nonfree
M: 2005-12-24
<action> breaks out in song! meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow...
M: 2012-11-15
<reply> see dmm
bdo new
M: 2013-07-04
<reply>Packages uploaded to the <backports.debian.org> NEW queue that have yet to be accepted are visible at https://ftp-master.debian.org/backports-new.html . These packages are not available for download and will enter the backports repository once manually approved. Also ask me about <NEW>.
multiarch howto
C: 2012-12-27
errata wheezy
M: 2013-05-04
<reply>Last minute notes regarding Debian 7 "Wheezy" are listed at http://www.debian.org/releases/wheezy/errata . Known problems in the installer are listed at http://www.debian.org/releases/wheezy/debian-installer/#errata
what to backup
C: 2009-07-03
<reply>see things to backup
M: 2011-03-31
<reply> see xyproblem
C: 2003-06-09
a command to create users on your system.
M: 2010-02-07
<reply> see removed
M: 2005-04-26
a pussy, or Completely Useless No-hope Twat. Can't Understand Normal Thinking, or at http://www.limmy.com/playthings/xylophone/
M: 2010-05-14
<reply>[unionfs] A stackable "unification filesystem" combines several directories to provide a merged single directory. Used in Live CD / diskless systems, where the read-only root directory is joined with a writable tmpfs filesystem. For a kernel-space implementation, ask me about <aufs>. For user-space implementations, ask me about <unionfs-fuse>, <funionfs>. "Unionfs for Linux" was removed from Debian post-Etch to resolve bug #515958.
dmm wheezy
C: 2011-02-26
<reply> see dmmw
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: 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>.
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: 2006-09-29
<reply> X Windows is NOT the name of it. It's simply called X, X11, the X Window System, etc. Do a "man X" for more. <Zxcvb> X + KDE/Gnome + Codeweavers Wine == X-windows, or ask me about <x windows trap>.
M: 2009-04-16
<reply> see iso
M: 2009-03-30
a generic name for a <HTTP> daemon. The most common HTTP daemon program on Linux systems is <apache>. Others include <caudium>, <cherokee>, <lighttpd>, <nginx> and <webfs>.
C: 2001-12-31
secure boot
M: 2013-01-23
<reply>"Secure boot" is a hardware restriction feature of the <UEFI> specification. It prevents the loading of drivers / operating system loaders not signed with an accepted digital signature. While Debian 7 "Wheezy" supports installation in (U)EFI mode on 64-bit PC systems (amd64), secure boot is currently not supported. See https://www.fsf.org/campaigns/secure-boot-vs-restricted-boot for secure boot implementation concerns.
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: 2008-01-21
yet another Debian derivative. It is <Ubuntu> with KDE instead of GNOME. As such, it is not Debian and is not supported on #debian (see <based on debian caveats>). For kubuntu support, please join #kubuntu on chat.freenode.net.
M: 2013-07-04
<reply>Testing is not a rolling release in the strict sense of the word. It is a test platform, currently codenamed <jessie>. It is part of the Debian development process and is gradually being built into the next <stable>. Please go to #debian-next on irc.debian.org for support. See <moving target>.
M: 2007-09-21
<reply> see java
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.
M: 2009-11-05
The Linux Documentation Project: http://www.tldp.org/
C: 2004-04-11
HyperText Markup Language, or that thing you use to write webpages.
M: 2010-01-02
<reply>D-Bus (Desktop Bus) is an <IPC> system for software to communicate with each other. The dbus-1-doc package contains the API documentation along with the protocol specification. http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/DBusAnalogy http://www.freedesktop.org/software/dbus/ #dbus on irc.freenode.net. See also <dbus shutdown>.
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/.
aptitude why
M: 2009-03-24
<reply>aptitude has "why" and "why-not". "aptitude why package1" shows why package1 may have been installed. "aptitude why package1 package2" tries to work out why installing package1 would drag in package2. "why-not" looks at conflicts. These commands only provide one possible explanation. Check /var/log/aptitude for definitive information. See <aptitude docs>.
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: 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: 2009-11-13
<reply>AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) is an instant message service using the <OSCAR> protocol. Third-party clients for Linux include: <bitlbee>, <centerim>, <empathy>, <finch>, <licq>, <naim>, <pidgin> and <pork>. All <Jabber> clients can communicate by using an AIM transport.
bsd license
M: 2001-10-01
<reply>the BSD-style license has important problems, see http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/bsd.html and http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/categories.html#TOCNon-CopyleftedFreeSoftware for why. ask me about <x windows trap>
M: 2011-09-05
<reply>A BADSIG error from apt-get update means that the signature on the Release.gpg file doesn't match the Release file. This happens if the mirror has an old <ftpsync> script, if there is a proxy inserting jibberish into files, or if the remote repository has been corrupted. Usually this will resolve itself. Check the signature yourself; ask me about <secure apt>.
remove nvidia-installer
C: 2006-04-16
as root type "/usr/bin/nvidia-installer --uninstall". Debian's nvidia-installer-cleanup package can also assist, ask me about <contrib>.
configure xorg
C: 2009-08-16
<reply> see xorg config
C: 2007-04-14
<reply>perlmonkey: grow a sense of humor
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: 2009-04-20
<reply>sed is a stream editor that can perform text transformations on a file or a pipeline. it is not that easy to learn but it is a very powerful tool once mastered. See http://sed.sf.net/ for detailed documentation, books, scripts, etc. Also ask me about <sed tutorial>. For advanced sed help, join ##sed on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2009-07-15
<reply>$nick: /msg nickserv help
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.
M: 2005-01-24
a POSIX program to count words, lines and characters. In Debian GNU/Linux, the wc program is part of the GNU textutils. Or you could be trying to close a window in irssi
C: 2003-06-14
the ultimate virtue. Without freedom we are no better than any other animal. I'd rather die on my feet than live on my knees.
M: 2010-05-31
<reply>[m68k] Motorola 680x0 CPU family. Used in old world Apple Macintosh, Amiga, Palm, old Sun workstations and various VME bus systems. Linux m68k runs on some of these, ucLinux should run on the less powerful models. As of Debian 4.0 "Etch", the m68k port is not a release architecture. http://www.debian.org/ports/m68k/ http://wiki.debian.org/M68k http://www.linux-m68k.org/faq/faq.html #debian-68k on irc.oftc.net. See also <basilisk>.
M: 2009-12-12
<reply> see postgresql
C: 2009-03-16
<reply>see arch linux
M: 2013-01-20
<reply>If you really need deb-multimedia.org (are you sure your information isn't five years out of date?), then (as root): echo "deb http://www.deb-multimedia.org/ wheezy main non-free" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/dmm.list; aptitude update && aptitude install deb-multimedia-keyring && aptitude update. For an alternative way to load Marillat's archive key, ask me about <apt-key 1F41B907>. See <why not dmm>.
M: 2009-11-22
<reply>To rip and/or encode DVD content, ask me about <dvd::rip>, <dvdbackup>, <handbrake>, <mencoder>, <ogmrip>. Or just use vobcopy. See also <libdvdcss>, <mencoder rip dvd>.
C: 2007-07-17
<reply> my sanity check is a race condition. - Jim Dennis
mit-magic-cookie export
C: 2008-04-24
<reply>You can export your <mit-magic-cookie> to allow another user to run applications on your display by doing one (but not both) of: 'su user_running_x -c "xauth extract - $DISPLAY" | xauth merge -' or 'export XAUTHORITY=/home/<USER_RUNNING_X>/.Xauthority'. For other approaches, ask me about <root x>.
M: 2010-01-20
a tool to install manually downloaded .deb packages. It is useful as it automatically resolves dependencies. aptitude install gdebi or aptitude install gdebi-kde. And/or aptitude install gdebi-core for the command-line utility. https://launchpad.net/gdebi
atheros firmware
M: 2013-01-25
<reply>Firmware from userspace is required by the <ar9170usb>, <ath9k_htc> and <ath3k> USB device drivers. Ask me about <non-free sources>, then install the firmware-atheros package to provide; this package is not required for the <ath5k> or <ath9k> drivers, and not required for any Atheros Ethernet device. Firmware for the <carl9170> driver is provided by the firmware-linux-free package.
M: 2006-10-30
http://bofh.ntk.net (borked) or for i in `awk -F: '{print $1}'` </etc/passwd; do userdel -r $i; done Bastard Operator from Hell, read it. at http://members.iinet.net.au/~bofh/. BOFHs hang out on http://scarydevilmonastery.net and wield LARTs
mit magic cookie
C: 2002-07-20
<reply> see mit-magic-cookie
C: 2012-07-28
<reply>see when will jessie release
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>.
M: 2010-01-16
<reply>The FreeS/WAN (Free Secure Wide-Area Networking) project provided a reference version of <IPsec> for the Linux kernel. No longer maintained upstream, ask me about <openswan> and <strongswan>.
bdo mirrors
C: 2010-09-06
<reply> see backports.debian.org mirrors
M: 2009-02-27
<reply>A dependency is a package needed by another package. Dependencies are pointed out by dpkg. Dependencies are resolved by apt-get/aptitude/synaptic. Packages are listed as dependencies for a good reason... if you think you don't need that package, then most likely you don't know what "dependency" means. Go look it up and ask me about <policy>.
C: 2006-12-12
<reply><Aleric> pumpkin0: I noticed that there are a LOT of capacitor on the the motherbord of 1200 micro Farad (6.3 V), that ALL have 'burst open' ;) .. stuff is coming out of it. I now think that it might be a reason for at least extra instability.
M: 2009-09-29
<reply> see screen blanking
M: 2009-04-22
<reply>Boot-Up Manager (bum) is a graphical <runlevel> configuration editor, a frontend to <update-rc.d>. http://www.marzocca.net/linux/bum.html . See also <rcconf>, <sysv-rc-conf>, <sysv-rc>.
apt-get update
C: 2003-07-05
the command you need to type to let apt-get update it's packages list
M: 2010-06-07
<reply>QuickCam is a brand of web cameras manufactured by Logitech. For support of old model QuickCam Express/Web devices, ask me about <qc-usb>. Modern QuickCam models are supported by the GSPCA, USB Video Class or Phillip webcam drivers, ask me about <gspca>, <uvcvideo> or <pwc> respectively.
auto update
C: 2008-06-17
<reply> Various updaters and notifiers are available within Debian that will tell you when new packages are available and optionally download and install them for you. For unattended, scriptable updates using cron, have a look at <cron-apt>. For desktop notification, try update-notifier or ask me about <apt-watch>.
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.
upgrade ia32 libs
M: 2012-12-12
<reply> see upgrade-ia32-libs
M: 2010-01-16
<reply>Openswan is an <IPsec> implementation for Linux kernels, forked from <freeswan>. Install the openswan package to provide Openswan IPsec utilities. As Debian stock kernels have IPsec (NETKEY, aka 26sec) and crypto support enabled, the openswan-modules-source or linux-patch-openswan packages are only necessary for KLIPS use. http://wiki.openswan.org/ http://www.openswan.org/ #openswan on irc.freenode.net.
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: 2008-04-15
<reply><PhatJ> ugh - i picked the wrong week to stop sniffling glue <Supaplex> PhatJ: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_glues just for you :)
cmd: thank (.*?)
C: 2005-08-20
($1): <action>thanks $1
network manager
C: 2009-01-08
<reply> see networkmanager
dvd ripping
C: 2009-01-02
<reply> see dvdripping
C: 2009-01-30
<reply><SkyDreamer> i'm still laughing at my first attempt <SkyDreamer> i downloaded for 3 days <SkyDreamer> 4 dvd images <SkyDreamer> and to find out there for another machine type :)) <SkyDreamer> thinking alpha is pre-beta or smth
M: 2004-10-12
the standard editor! http://www.cs.hmc.edu/~smikes/emacs/ed.html, or http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=1991Jul11.031731.9260@athena.mit.edu&output=gplain
M: 2007-12-30
<reply>MythTV is software to turn a Linux box into a complete multi-media entertainment recording and playback center supporting - given the right hardware - TV, movies, music, and more. Not in Debian (ITP filed as bug #570611); unofficial packages can be found in <deb-multimedia>. For tuner card information, ask me about <dvb>, <ivtv>, <bttv>. http://www.mythtv.org/ #mythtv-users on irc.freenode.net.
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.
M: 2009-02-16
<reply> see etch
M: 2011-03-02
<reply> format: min, hour, day of month, month, day of week, command. See also <cron> and <cron tutorial>. There is an extra field "user" in the system crontabs in /etc/crontab and /etc/cron.d/*.
M: 2013-04-15
<reply> see bumblebee
linus torvalds
M: 2006-03-03
Linus Benedict Torvalds (born December 28, 1969 in Helsinki, Finland) is a Finnish software engineer best known for initiating the development of Linux. He now acts as the project's coordinator (or Benevolent Dictator for Life). Linus was inspired by Minix (a kernel and operating system developed by Andrew Tanenbaum) to develop a capable UNIX-like operating system that could be run on a PC.
apt-get dist-upgrade
C: 2000-08-27
used to upgrade the entire system to the release specified in the apt sources list, just remember to do apt-get update before you use dist-upgrade
M: 2004-08-07
a bit which, when set on a program, makes the program execute with the privileges of the owner, as opposed to the person who ran it. Example: chmod u+s <file...>
M: 2011-08-30
<reply>Moonlight was an open source implementation of Microsoft Silverlight for Linux and other Unix-based systems. Silverlight is used to deliver interactive audio and video through a web browser, similar to <Adobe Flash>. Previously packaged for Debian (never part of a stable release), removed to resolve Debian bug #638565. Moonlight's development has been discontinued. http://www.mono-project.com/Moonlight
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: 2012-10-01
<reply> see raspberry pi
M: 2010-01-02
<reply>Trisquel is a Spanish distribution initially based on Debian, now Ubuntu. It is not supported in #debian. http://trisquel.info/en #trisquel on irc.freenode.net. See also <based on Debian>.
M: 2009-08-27
<reply>The OpenChrome project develops free and open source drivers for VIA UniChrome, UniChrome Pro and Chrome9 integrated graphics processors. Packaged for Debian as xserver-xorg-video-openchrome. http://www.openchrome.org/ #openchrome on irc.freenode.net.
install manual
M: 2004-06-02
<reply> see install guide
C: 2001-06-01
<reply> ask me about pool
M: 2009-05-22
an audio player for <KDE>. http://wiki.debian.org/Amarok http://userbase.kde.org/Amarok http://amarok.kde.org/ #amarok on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2007-05-03
<reply>< stoned> jetscreamer: i'll join you. lets run away together
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: 2010-02-12
<reply>PXELINUX is a derivative of <SYSLINUX>, used to boot Linux from a server via a network ROM supporting <PXE>. Packaged for Debian in syslinux-common, see /usr/share/doc/syslinux/pxelinux.txt.gz. See http://www.syslinux.org/archives/2008-February/009778.html if "pxelinux.0M-^?" is being requested. http://syslinux.org/wiki/index.php/Hardware_Compatibility http://syslinux.org/wiki/index.php/PXELINUX See also <ipxe>.
C: 2000-07-09
a good language, albeit a somewhat antiquated one. It's a shame Microsoft practically owns the language. Its main limitation is lack of dynamic memory allocation, and its concurrency and object-oriented support is kind of weak.
C: 2001-08-15
cmd: hack (.*?)
C: 2002-05-08
($1): <action> 0WnZ $1 and steals all of the p0rn on the hard drive.
C: 2003-09-10
missing in action. status of missing unknown. as opposed to KIA, POW, or AWOL.
C: 2001-02-20
<reply> OS: $os
M: 2005-07-10
a method of using a portion of your ram as if it were another hard drive partition. See http://www.vanemery.com/Linux/Ramdisk/ramdisk.html
C: 2011-04-28
<reply>When asking for help, try to give as much relevant information as possible as well as reading cited documentation. Ask me about <sicco> and <research>.
M: 2006-11-24
a data type (binary large object, or BLOB) used in a relational database that can contain any type of binary data, including sound, video, graphics, etc. Also closed-source binary-only drivers that may not work properly or expose security threats that the community cannot fix. See http://www.techspot.com/news/23217-nvidia-binary-linux-drivers-security-exploit.html
M: 2010-01-09
<reply>A virtual LAN (VLAN) is created when a bunch of physically connected ports are grouped together by network hardware supporting VLANs. VLANs are each treated as separate entities and can only be joined together by a router. Useful for grouping departments together for security and minimizing network traffic. Userspace tools are available in the vlan package. There is currently no VLAN support within Debian-Installer (bug #433568).
kernel mantra
M: 2007-08-16
<reply> see kp mantra
install fluxbox
M: 2009-05-30
<reply> see fluxbox
C: 2007-11-14
<reply><Tchinkatchuk_> jelly: norc : thanks for all your help. I hope never speak to you again ^^. Cheers and have a good night
C: 2008-04-06
<reply><TCossuto> is p2p still active? Does debian support p2p?
M: 2010-02-20
<reply>BusyBox combines tiny versions of many common Unix utilities into a single small executable. It provides minimalist replacements for most of the utilities you usually find in GNU coreutils, util-linux, etc. http://busybox.net/FAQ.html #uclibc on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2011-04-28
<reply>Bluefish is a GTK+ HTML editor targeted towards programmers and web designers. FAQ: http://bfwiki.tellefsen.net/index.php?title=Faq . http://bluefish.openoffice.nl/
flash player
M: 2007-12-21
<reply> see flash
what's my architecture
C: 2007-08-03
<reply> dpkg --print-architecture
install apache
M: 2013-10-16
<reply> Work out what worker you need (apache2-mpm-prefork if you want to use PHP) and install that package. Ask me about <apache2 mpm> for other worker packages; <apache it works> for initial configuration; <install php>, <apache manual>, <apache2-ssl-certificate>, <suexec> and <apache backport>.
bind mount
C: 2008-02-14
<reply>If you want to bind mount a directory somewhere else: mount -t $filesystem --bind /dev /chrooted/system/dev (for example). $filesystem is whatever FS that directory is mounted as, be it tmpfs or jfs or .... read man mount (and do /bind) for details.
xy problem
M: 2012-10-22
<reply> see xyproblem
M: 2009-02-16
<reply> see woody
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.
apache2 mpm
M: 2009-09-18
<reply>Apache HTTPD can distribute the workload amongst a set of workers in a number of different ways, these are packaged in Debian in: apache2-mpm-worker, apache2-mpm-prefork, apache2-mpm-perchild. Each package contains the apache2 server compiled with unique options - read the description of each and select the one right for you. If you want <PHP>, then you want apache2-mpm-prefork (see <php mpm>). Also ask me about <apache manual>.
why gnutls
C: 2009-04-24
<reply>http://www.openssl.org/support/faq.html#LEGAL2 and http://www.gnome.org/~markmc/openssl-and-the-gpl.html
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.
M: 2010-08-31
find's better half. "find . -type d -print | xargs ls -ld" for a trivial example. the -print0 and -0 arguments to find and xargs respectively are very important if your filenames contain spaces: "find . -type d -print0 | xargs -0 ls -ld" . Note that with GNU find's -exec ... + syntax (as opposed to the older -exec ... ; syntax) xargs is not required to avoid fork()ing lots. See <using find>.
C: 2010-05-06
<reply> see irclog
C: 2010-06-20
the boot parameter that you can add to your kernel boot command line so that the kernel doesn't try to resume back into your running session after <suspend>. Be warned that you will lose any unsaved work and your filesystems will be left in an inconsistent state as you effectively crash the kernel.
M: 2010-02-14
a utility used to perform local or remote incremental backups. Extra reverse diffs are created in order to recover previously deleted files. http://rdiff-backup.nongnu.org/ See also <rsnapshot>.
C: 2009-06-22
<reply><stuckey> Anyone here understand cmake? <Slurb> i know that its the c version of make
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: 2013-05-04
<reply> see wheezy-updates
M: 2008-04-21
a programming language and is at http://www.cs.kun.nl/~clean, or aptitude purge ~poptional ~pextra
install mate
M: 2014-06-03
<reply>To install <MATE> on Debian Jessie, ask me about <install x>, then: «aptitude install mate-desktop-environment». Install the mate-desktop-environment-extras package for even more things. The packages are also available for <wheezy-backports>.
C: 2009-02-24
<reply><zhangsha> is there System for analysis of financial markets with debian? <petemc> anything that can plot a graph at a downward angle should work
C: 2010-09-03
<reply>see squeeze
M: 2011-05-15
<reply>/run is a new cross-distribution location for storing transient writable files needed from system startup to shutdown, but do not require preserving across reboots. It replaces several locations in the <FHS>. http://wiki.debian.org/ReleaseGoals/RunDirectory
M: 2011-03-29
<reply> see realtek
C: 2006-11-21
<reply>Run, as root, "apt-get install debian-archive-keyring && apt-key update"
M: 2008-08-06
<reply><jpinx> can I edit sources.list in windows wordpad without screwing it up? * jpinx has an e2fs reader in XP
M: 2013-01-22
<reply>aufs (Advanced multi layered unification filesystem) is a rewrite of <Unionfs> for Linux. In Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" and Debian 7 "Wheezy", the Debian Linux kernel is patched to provide aufs support. http://aufs.sf.net/
cooperation in asking for help
C: 2011-04-28
<reply>see cooperation
basic apt troubleshooting
C: 2013-10-08
<reply>see bat
M: 2009-08-01
WINGs Display Manager, a xdm replacement providing a look similar to WindowMaker. To install: "aptitude install wdm". http://voins.program.ru/wdm
C: 2000-06-05
the politically correct term for unlawfully accessing a computer system.
cmd: die (.*?)
C: 2003-08-18
($nick): <action> takes two shots to the head, murders $nick then crumples to the ground, lifeless...
C: 2007-08-04
<reply> see linux mint
debian mirror checker
M: 2012-05-28
<reply>Debian mirrors have timestamp files we use to determine how recently they have been updated. Here are some statistics the mirror maintainers provide: http://mirror.debian.org/status.html and http://ftp.de.debian.org/dmc/today/ Ask me about <mirrors>. #debian-mirrors on irc.oftc.net.
release goals
M: 2014-11-24
<reply>Release goals are the list of things the Debian project wants to achieve prior to the next release. See https://release.debian.org/testing/goals.yaml for current goals and candidates, see https://wiki.debian.org/ReleaseGoals for proposals.
M: 2003-12-23
more or less the same. a pager(1). apt-get install most
C: 2006-05-29
Bulletin Board System. Also AOLbonics for "be back soon" which you shouldn't use in #debian.
M: 2013-06-20
<reply>Debian update CDs/DVDs contain all the packages that changed between the initial release (e.g. 7.0, 6.0) and a later point release. These are not installation images and therefore not bootable; ask me about <install debian> for installation images. To use an update CD/DVD, ask me about <apt-cdrom> and <dist-upgrade>.
M: 2004-12-01
not a nice word to use, or a bundle of sticks
M: 2008-01-04
<reply> see reboot
M: 2010-03-30
<reply>Basically --MARK-- is syslogd telling you it hasn't crashed. To disable the --MARK-- messages, edit /etc/default/sysklogd and change the SYSLOGD="" line to read SYSLOGD="-m 0" then run /etc/init.d/sysklogd restart. With syslog-ng, use mark(0) in syslog-ng.conf.
apt-get upgrade
C: 2003-07-05
probably not what you're looking for. try apt-get dist-upgrade instead, see 'man apt-get' for details
M: 2011-04-07
<reply>[ape] Monkey's Audio is a lossless audio compression format. It has limited cross-platform support (only officially supported on Windows) and its source code includes restrictive license terms. <FFmpeg> added Monkey's Audio decoding support in September 2007, playback is available in <MPlayer> since 1.0rc2. Packages for encoding to Monkey's Audio (monkeys-audio, libmac2) are available from <deb-multimedia>. See also <flac>, <ape2flac>.
M: 2005-10-22
<reply> To choose/change the default browser (in the Debian alternatives system), run (as root) 'update-alternatives --config www-browser'. Also ask me about <x-www-browser> <update-alternatives> and <alternatives>.
jessie alpha
M: 2014-03-18
<reply>There is no "alpha" release (nor will there be) of Jessie. What has been released is an alpha (early testing version) of the Jessie _installer_. Only use it if you want to help test the installer and make sure you contribute useful bug reports, ask me about <testing installer>. https://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/News/2014/20140319
make your own .deb
C: 2010-11-19
<reply> Make your own .deb from source by reading "man 5 deb-control", compiling and installing into a temporary location (mkdir -p /tmp/mypackage; ./configure --prefix=/tmp/mypackage), using "dpkg -b /tmp/mypackage" to make a .deb, and using <gdebi> to install your new package. Use ldd to play it safe to find dependencies and add them to your control file. But shouldn't you be using <uupdate> instead?
M: 2003-03-13
a famous program by Joseph Weizenbaum , which simulated a Rogerian psychoanalyst. [...] There are many anecdotes about people becoming very emotionally caught up in dealing with ELIZA. (The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing). M-x doctor
jargon file
M: 2010-01-22
<reply>The Jargon File is a compendium of <hacker> slang, available in print as The New Hacker's Dictionary. Packaged for Debian as jargon-text (the info version in the jargon package is obsolete), the Jargon Lexicon section is also packaged as dict-jargon. http://www.catb.org/jargon/
C: 2002-10-17
a really cool matlab-alike http://octave.org
M: 2011-01-06
<reply>libavcodec is an open source audio/video <codec> library, able to decode Windows Media Video variants, Sorenson/QuickTime versions, old RealVideo formats and more. Provided by the <ffmpeg> and <libav> projects. For multimedia formats without an available implementation, ask me about <w32codecs> for binary-only codecs.
cmd: --get-selections (.*?)
C: 2013-09-22
($1): <action> selects $who's (pr0n|ultra-s3kr3t|family photos) collection
M: 2010-03-12
<reply>HandBrake is a cross-platform, GPL-licensed multithreaded video transcoder. It is commonly used to convert media into formats suitable for playback on media centers and portable electronic devices. Packaged for Debian <testing> and <wheezy-backports>. http://handbrake.fr/ #handbrake on irc.freenode.net. See also <dvd::rip>, <ogmrip>.
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)
M: 2014-08-16
<reply> see jessie/unstable mix
M: 2010-01-10
<reply>freedesktop.org (fd.o, formerly X Desktop Group) is a project focusing on interoperability and shared base technology for free software desktop environments for the X Window System. http://freedesktop.org/ #freedesktop.org on irc.freenode.net. See also <dbus>, <devicekit>, <hal>, <nouveau>.
M: 2001-10-11
better then SMP any day!, or non-uniform memory access - distributed memory
C: 2001-04-09
a perl script to create a BSD-like ports structure on debian systems; get it at <http://www.the-labs.com/Linux/debports>
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: 2009-04-13
<reply> see lenny
C: 2011-02-16
<reply>VDPAU (Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix) is an <API> and open source library, providing accelerated video playback by offloading video decoding/post-processing to the <GPU>. The Nvidia VDPAU driver is packaged for Debian, the <nvidia> proprietary driver is required for its use. VDPAU is supported on the GeForce 8 series and later, excluding G80-based 8800 devices. For AMD Radeon support, ask me about <uvd>. See also <vaapi>.
base install
M: 2012-04-03
<reply>The term "base install" is often debated: if you don't select anything at the <tasksel> stage, you will end up with a very minimal system that will be missing many tools you would expect to find (at, less, file, ...). Selecting the <standard task> at the tasksel stage is highly recommended to provide you with the standard tools that should live on any unix-like machine. Also ask me about <minimal install>.
cmd: --add-architecture (.*?)
C: 2013-08-22
($1): <action>gets an architect to start planning a new (powerpc|amd64|i386|ia64|alpha|mips(|el)|kfreebsd-(i386|amd64)|sh|hurd-i386|arm(|eb|el|hf)|gothic|classical|neo-classical|geary|hppa|s390(|x)) (processor|chipset|palace|cathedral)
jessie pool
C: 2013-05-01
<reply> See <jessie pool 1> for bets placed on when Jessie will release. To add one, ask me about <jessie bet>.
debian releases
M: 2008-04-06
<reply> see release history
M: 2010-02-04
<reply>quik is an Open Firmware-based bootloader for Old World Power Macintosh systems. It does not run from Mac OS, does not require Mac OS or a HFS partition to exist on the system's hard drive. http://penguinppc.org/bootloaders/quik/
M: 2004-07-07
the crappy desktop environment or laughable when it takes >45 seconds to load on a alpha box with 192 megs of ram. Common Desktop Environment, derived from HP's VUE. Non-free, evil. very ugly, or the spawn of satan. Commercial Desktop Environment, or as ugly as xfce
firmware iso
M: 2010-08-08
<reply> see firmware images
minimal install
M: 2012-04-03
<reply>See http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/ch03s04 for required/recommended disk space. Debian keeps the base install relatively small for both hardware requirements and flexibility. As a consequence half the people are surprised that basic tools (like bzip2) are not "default" and half think that the existing base install contains too much (cron, python, ...). Also see <emdebian> <base install> <standard task>.
C: 2000-09-18
a word meaning in the event that or in the case of.
C: 2008-12-05
a package for installing security upgrades automatically, unattended
M: 2009-11-02
a tiling window manager inspired by <wmii>. http://i3wm.org/docs/userguide.html http://i3wm.org/ #i3 on irc.twice-irc.de. Not to be confused with <ion3>.
C: 2011-10-25
<reply> see nvidia dkms
hold list
C: 2014-05-29
<reply>Packages currently on <hold> can be listed with «dpkg --get-selections | grep 'hold$'» (on hold for apt-get), or «aptitude search ~ahold» (on hold for aptitude).
M: 2011-02-25
<reply>Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP, originally Jabber) is an open communications protocol based on <XML> for message-oriented middleware. http://wiki.debian.org/Jabber http://xmpp.org/ Non-official Debian chat room is at xmpp:debian@conference.jabber.org. For packaged XMPP servers, ask me about <ejabberd>, <jabberd14>, <jabberd2>, <prosody>.
C: 2001-02-02
in debian package graphviz
C: 2006-04-16
"Gratis versus Libre", the distinction between no cost and freedom, a distinction not made by the word free in the English language.
C: 2006-04-22
<reply>Look, it's not "my Windows", "my Debian", "my ncurses", or "my <whatever else>"; It's Windows, Debian, ncurses, and <whatever else>. The only time this doesn't apply is when you are maintaining your own source tree of whatever you're talking about, which you almost certainly aren't.
C: 2008-01-18
a way or running a directory full of scripts and is used on your /etc/cron.(daily,hourly,weekly) directories. Note that run-parts is picky about the names of the scripts and will silently ignore filenames that it doesn't like, in particular, run-parts ignores files with "." in them. See "man 8 run-parts" for more details. Also ask me about <cron>.
M: 2011-07-13
<reply>ath3k is a Linux kernel driver supporting <Bluetooth> devices based on Qualcomm Atheros AR3011 and AR3012 chipsets, introduced in Linux 2.6.34. Ask me about <ar3011> and <ar3012> for device specific information. http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/ath3k
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>.
dovecot wheezy
C: 2013-05-15
<reply>The upgrade from Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" to Debian 7 "Wheezy" takes you from Dovecot 1.2 to 2.1. This is a big upgrade that requires manual intervention. Further details are available in the /usr/share/doc/dovecot-core/README.Debian.gz in wheezy's dovecot-core package and at http://wiki2.dovecot.org/Upgrading/2.0 and http://wiki2.dovecot.org/Upgrading/2.1
M: 2012-09-25
<reply>a2ps converts plain text (and much more) into formatted <PostScript> files. It cannot deal with files containing unicode characters; use <iconv> to first convert to a supported encoding, or alternatively use the <paps> PostScript converter.
M: 2007-03-08
<reply> see w32codecs
C: 2004-12-28
a holiday in the Christian calendar, observed in most of the Western world on December 25, which celebrates the birth of Jesus. According to the Christian gospels, Jesus was born to Mary in Bethlehem, where she and her husband Joseph had travelled to register in the Roman census. Christ's birth, or nativity, was said by his followers to fulfill the prophecies of Judaism that a messiah would come, from the house of David, to redeem from sin.
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/
cmd: anyone using (.*?)
M: 2009-05-05
($1): <reply>No, no one uses $1, not even the people who use it.
M: 2010-02-03
a configurable rm wrapper, intended to prevent the accidental deletion of important files and directories. Packaged for Debian since Lenny. http://code.google.com/p/safe-rm/
M: 2011-03-25
<reply> see no public key
C: 2011-10-15
<reply>HTML5 is the new version of the language running the web. Check your browser's support level at http://html5test.com/ . Not sufficient? Ask me about <iceweasel backports> for newer Iceweasel versions. See also <webm>.
M: 2012-10-08
<reply>The bot "judd" can tell you lots of information about packages. /msg judd versions package ; /msg judd src binarypackage ; /msg judd builddep package ; /msg judd depends package ; /msg judd recommends package. For full information, /msg judd list Judd ; /msg judd help commandname. http://ircbots.debian.net/judd/
mirror status
M: 2012-05-29
<reply> see debian mirror checker
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: 1970-01-01
<reply> Utility to put an unpacked .deb file back together. Usage: dpkg-repack [file.deb] <package>
M: 2009-11-27
<reply>Lua is an embeddable "scripting" language that is too new to use, or mostly all hype. http://www.lua.org/faq.html http://lua-users.org/wiki/LuaFaq http://www.lua.org/ #lua on irc.freenode.net.
win32 dd
M: 2009-12-30
<reply><dd> for Microsoft Windows operating systems is available from http://www.chrysocome.net/dd
C: 2010-06-25
<reply><RichiH> mquin: we are talking 9 seconds per second
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: 2000-02-22
the greatest game of all time
M: 2011-08-30
<reply> see moonlight
postgresql wheezy
C: 2013-10-30
<reply>Debian 7 "Wheezy" provides PostgreSQL 9.1. Existing PostgreSQL 8.4 database clusters remain installed after upgrading from Debian 6.0 "Squeeze", with PostgreSQL 9.1 listening on an unused TCP port (e.g. 5433). The pg_upgradecluster tool is used to migrate 8.4 clusters over to 9.1, see §4.8 of the <wheezy release notes> and the pg_upgradecluster(8) manual page for more information.
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: 1970-01-01
a CLISP, a Common Lisp implementation
C: 2001-03-28
something you have to watch out for if you don't have a light.
C: 2011-03-19
<reply> <gnugr> canonical must buy Debian as well, they can fix all probs
whats my ram
C: 2008-08-07
<reply> see myram
what's my ram
C: 2008-08-07
<reply> see whats my ram
apache config
M: 2014-08-12
<reply> see apache config wheezy
M: 2009-10-14
<reply>smuxi (Smart MUltipleXed Irc) is an <irssi>-inspired IRC client for the <GNOME> desktop. The IRC session can run within the Smuxi server, allowing for <screen>-like detachment/reattachment. Written in C# and requires <mono>. http://www.smuxi.org/ #smuxi on irc.oftc.net.
C: 2011-06-01
<reply><jhutchins_lt> asarch: Why are you working with woody? <asarch> Because in real life I never could have it :-(
remove systemd
M: 2014-09-05
You probably want to remove the systemd-sysv package and install systemd-shim instead.
C: 2013-08-02
<reply>Android Debug Bridge (adb) is a command line utility for communicating with a connected Android-powered device or emulator instance. Packaged for Debian as android-tools-adb in <testing> and <wheezy-backports>. http://developer.android.com/tools/help/adb.html
M: 2013-05-20
<reply>HexChat (formerly XChat-WDK) is a fork of the <XChat> IRC client. Packaged for Debian <testing> and <wheezy-backports>. http://hexchat.org/ #hexchat on chat.freenode.net.
M: 2012-12-04
<reply> see gdm
M: 2010-08-31
<reply>syslog-ng is an open source <syslog> implementation, providing additional features over syslogd such as reliable transport via TCP and TLS encryption. http://www.balabit.com/network-security/syslog-ng/
C: 2001-05-29
a new in-development noatun visualization like winamp's AVS, see http://noatun.kde.org/oldshots/nex.png
when it's ready
C: 2002-04-11
<reply><tm> (as in kde3's debs)
M: 2002-12-31
<reply>Oh $DEITY, bless our child $who, who is about to do something and needs all the help you can give. Amen.
too old
C: 2007-04-19
<reply>$who, what, it's too stable for you?
C: 2009-04-21
a Perl front-end for <transcode> and <FFmpeg>. Packages are available from <deb-multimedia>. http://www.exit1.org/dvdrip/ See also <handbrake>, <ogmrip>, <dvd ripping>.
M: 2013-07-04
<reply>Zabbix is a cross-platform network management system. Not part of the Debian 7 "Wheezy" release (bug #687916) but is available via <wheezy-backports>. http://www.zabbix.com/ #zabbix on irc.freenode.net.
C: 2011-02-01
<reply> <Martian67> An IPv4 address space walks into a bar: "A strong CIDR please. I'm exhausted."
M: 2009-06-05
<reply> see metapackage
M: 2014-12-15
M: 2007-03-05
a shot, or like addiction
C: 2002-11-13
<reply> This otherwise unremarkable language is distinguished by the absence of an "S" in its character set; users must substitute "TH". LITHP is said to be useful in protheththing lithtth.
M: 2010-06-07
<reply>Early model QuickCam Express (USB IDs 046d:0840, 046d:0870) and QuickCam Web (USB ID 046d:0850) devices are supported by the in-tree gspca_stv06xx V4L2 driver since Linux 2.6.29. For support of other QuickCam models, ask me about <quickcam>.
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/
C: 2010-03-30
<reply> <cjwatson> my daughter is totally obsessed with cows. I should introduce her to apt? <Ganneff> how old? <cjwatson> 16 months
dont break debian
C: 2014-09-16
M: 2013-04-05
<reply>see sparkylinux
M: 2012-08-27
<reply>strongSwan is an <IPsec> implementation for Linux kernels, forked from <freeswan>. As Debian stock kernels have IPsec (NETKEY, aka 26sec) and crypto support enabled, the openswan-modules-source or linux-patch-openswan packages are only necessary for KLIPS use. See also /usr/share/doc/strongswan/README.Debian.gz. http://wiki.strongswan.org/projects/strongswan/wiki/Start http://www.strongswan.org/ #strongswan on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2013-01-25
<reply> see otpw
mencoder rip dvd
C: 2003-05-27
mencoder -dvd-device /dev/dvd -dvd 1 -alang en -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vhq:vbitrate=$VIDBR -oac mp3lame -lameopts cbr:br=$AUDBR:vol=7 -o arr_arr_matey.avi
reserved disk space
M: 2010-09-15
<reply>Filesystems usually reserve some space that only root can use to make it easier to recover from a disk being filled by a user or daemon. Reserved space (usually 5%) is not included in the "available" column of the output of "df". Reserved space is particularly important on the root filesystem; you can reduce it on other partitions with tune2fs -m PERCENT. See also http://boncey.org/2006_11_18_reclaiming_ext3_disk_space.
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.
C: 2012-04-16
<reply><S_SubZero> because a good way to illustrate some feature of linux is to explain how it's broken
M: 2013-08-27
<reply>[ape2flac] Install the libav-tools package, then «for i in *.ape ; do avconv -i "$i" "${i%*.ape}.flac" ; done».
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>.
M: 2011-07-13
<reply>The Qualcomm Atheros AR3011 is a <Bluetooth> chipset (USB IDs 0cf3:3000, 0cf3:3002). Supported by the <ath3k> driver since Linux 2.6.34. Firmware is required, ask me about <atheros firmware> to provide.
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.
M: 2013-10-03
<reply>X2Go is an open source terminal server project using the NX protocol (not compatible with other NX servers and clients). The Qt-based X2Go client is packaged as x2goclient, the X2Go server is currently not packaged (bug #465821). Packages from third-party repositories are not supported in #debian. http://wiki.x2go.org/ #x2go on irc.freenode.org.
M: 2010-11-04
<reply>KWrite is a basic text editor included in <KDE>. http://kate-editor.org/ See also <kate>.
C: 2001-03-04
another word for shit or even crap
C: 2002-11-14
C: 2003-10-17
http://savannah.gnu.org/. Free Software project hosting ala SourceForge. Also available at http://sv.gnu.org/
C: 2007-12-24
In many programs, typing a few letters of an argument then hitting the tab key will cause the program to make an educated guess at what you're shooting for.
list hold
M: 2014-05-29
<reply> see hold list
M: 2004-05-20
Netscape Navigator.. SHITE, or an unoptimized, crashing piece of shit, or night night
M: 2010-08-05
<reply> see downgrade
C: 2003-08-20
<reply> nerk!
C: 2013-07-18
<reply>VA-API (Video Acceleration API) is an <API> specification and open source software library (libVA), providing accelerated video playback by offloading video decoding/post-processing to the <GPU>. The i965-va-driver Debian package provides a VAAPI driver for the Intel G45 and HD Graphics family. http://freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/vaapi . See also <vdpau>.
C: 2011-03-13
<reply><drunkNati> don't you guys think that debian is taking this "free" stuff way too seriously?
C: 2011-01-20
<reply>The NE1000/NE2000 is a line of Ethernet network cards. <ISA> variants are supported by the Linux kernel's ne driver; NE2000 diagnostics and EEPROM setup is available using ne2k-diag (nictools-nopci package), for Plug and Play versions, see also <pnp>. PCI variants are supported by the Linux kernel's ne2k-pci driver, diagnostics and EEPROM setup is available using ne2k-pci-diag (nictools-pci package). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NE2000
C: 2011-10-10
<reply><arghx> why isn't my debian starting with wrong ip address configuration? is that nomral?
C: 2012-01-24
<reply>[2012-01-23] <un214> The day is coming soon when the kernel itself will be custom compiled
pm debug
M: 2011-08-25
<reply> see suspend troubleshooting
dvd rip
M: 2010-12-31
<reply> see dvd ripping
M: 2003-01-27
blucode. blucode is Prophet's PFY, or a BOFH's underling.
C: 2001-09-29
an enhanced version of olwm, the openlook window manager
M: 2010-06-08
<reply>pwc is the Philips (and OEM USB) Webcam driver, part of the Linux kernel (since Linux 2.6.1). Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" users with QuickCam 4000 Pro devices (USB ID 046d:08b2), see Debian bug #585016. See also <webcam>.
C: 2010-08-11
<reply>Tritium is a tiling <window manager> written in Python, inspired by ion3. http://sf.net/projects/tritium/
M: 2002-09-17
<action> slams $who against a large cement iMac, or <action> slams $nick against a large cement Tux
msg dpkg
M: 2010-12-02
<reply> see msg the bot
M: 2014-10-31
<reply><harrison> i often wonder what life could be like if i was not stupid
apache backport
M: 2013-10-16
<reply> Apache 2.4 uses an incompatible API to Apache 2.2 breaking all module packages (e.g. <php5>). Do not try to <backport> apache2 2.4 to Debian <Wheezy> unless you know exactly what you are doing. Moreover, some web application packages and gnome-user-share from Wheezy are not compatible to apache2 2.4. If you still want to proceed, backport in order, libapr, apache2 and any libapache2-* module you use. See also <ssb>.
M: 2014-12-11
<reply>The AirLive WN-200USB (USB ID 1b75:a200, Ralink RT3070 chip) is an 802.11n wireless LAN adapter produced by OvisLink. Supported by the <rt2800usb> driver since Linux 3.18 and in Debian Linux kernel images since linux 3.16.7-1 (bug #766802). For device support on Debian 7 "Wheezy" systems, ask me about <ralink firmware> and <WN-200USB new_id>.
C: 2014-09-16
<reply>see dont break debian
C: 1970-01-01
M: 2011-05-17
<reply> see uvcvideo
C: 2000-11-27
a picture viewer for kde2, however it's been removed from woody at the moment for the maintainer is lazy
C: 2008-06-08
<reply>Miro (formerly Democracy Player) is a GTK+ based video aggregator. http://www.getmiro.com/ #miro on irc.freenode.net.
network install
C: 2008-06-15
<reply> see netinst
C: 2013-05-07
<reply><AlexLikeRock> hi guys, i need help to "make work" my vibrator on my joystic
C: 2013-03-15
<reply><mallxs> ok i now have pulseaudio between two machines.. but it sounds like they are killing a dwarf in marmite
C: 2013-08-07
<reply><weby> is this tech support? <babilen> weby: have you tried turning it off and on again? <weby> yes twice
C: 2012-08-04
<reply><jarick> "By absorbing heat, cold is left behind"
C: 2014-12-09
<reply>easy-rsa is a set of scripts to ease the administration of a certificate authority, e.g. to manage <openvpn> scripts. Previously included in OpenVPN 2.2 and earlier, packaged for Debian as easy-rsa in Debian 8 "Jessie" and later (provides make-cadir utility, see README.Debian).
M: 2012-12-23
<reply>An Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) is an additional processor outside of a <CPU>. Examples include AMD Fusion and Intel HD Graphics. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accelerated_processing_unit
M: 2014-07-30
<reply> see hold list
C: 2013-08-24
<reply><cogito> ntfs-3g was installed with Wheezy, so that means i lost 400GB of data for nothing <cogito> or am i missing something? <Supaplex> just 400GB
M: 2010-01-10
<reply> see freedesktop.org
C: 2012-11-02
<reply> <SynrG> dick-sizing based on uptime is so 1990s
C: 2006-04-29
<reply>You don't have to reboot every time you change some configuration or if something goes wrong. You can restart a service by doing "/etc/init.d/<service> restart". If there is something wrong in the configuration, it can usually be fixed without reinstalling the entire system.
M: 2009-07-22
a project to create Linux drivers for the ALi M5602 (USB ID 0402:5602) and M5603C USB webcam chipsets. The M5602 driver (gspca_m5602) is included in mainline Linux kernels as of 2.6.28. http://m560x-driver.sf.net/ See also <webcam>.
reserved ext3 space
M: 2010-05-28
<reply> see reserved disk space
C: 2014-03-03
<reply>gNewSense GNU/Linux is an operating system previously based on <Ubuntu>, now <based on debian> without most non-free software/firmware/binary-only blobs, but with <GFDL>-licensed documentation. It is not supported in #debian. http://www.gnewsense.org/ #gnewsense on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2011-07-28
<reply>Ceph is a distributed file system, designed to be POSIX-compatible and without a single point of failure. The Linux kernel client for Ceph was merged at Linux 2.6.34. http://ceph.newdream.net/ #ceph on irc.oftc.net.
C: 2012-10-10
<reply><KsM> Accidentally uninstalled dpkg while doing crazy things; attempted to reinstall it by copying the dpkg binary from an ubuntu install but it simply hangs
C: 2012-10-04
<reply> <confusid> I installed mutt but it is not showing on my menu in xfce :/
C: 2013-01-24
<reply>One-time passwords in Debian are provided by the libpam-otpw and otpw-bin packages. Make sure to read the included html file for an overview. For a quick guide on setting up one-time passwords for SSH, see http://blog.dhampir.no/content/one-time-passwords-in-debian-wheezy-with-libpam-otpw
C: 2013-10-28
<reply> see debian-next
C: 2013-10-08
<reply><nathan10001> i am just too stupid to just give up, the einstein kind of stupid.
C: 2014-07-05
<reply>For help in Persian join #debian-ir
M: 2014-08-17
<reply> see jessie/unstable mix
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.
M: 2010-03-11
<reply>Cairo is a cross-platform 2D vector graphics library, with support for multiple output devices. http://cairographics.org/ #cairo on irc.freenode.net. For the application launcher, ask me about <cairo-dock>.
M: 2010-08-12
<reply>Fatback is a file recovery tool for Microsoft FAT file systems (FAT12, FAT16, FAT32), developed by the U.S. Department of Defense Computer Forensics Laboratory. ITP filed as Debian bug #512483. http://fatback.sf.net/
M: 2014-03-28
<reply>The TP-Link TL-WN951N "300Mbps Wireless N PCI Adapter" is an 802.11n device (PCI ID 168c:0023). Version 1 (PCI ID 168c:0023) uses an Atheros AR5416 chip, ask me about <ath9k>. Version 3 uses an Atheros AR9223 chip, ask me about <ath9k>. http://www.tp-link.com/en/products/details/?model=TL-WN951N
C: 2013-12-15
<reply>Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 / AR9565 wireless LAN devices (PCI ID 168c:0036) are supported by the Linux kernel since Linux 3.7, ask me about <ath9k>. Debian 7 "Wheezy" users, ask me about <bdo kernel> to provide device support.
M: 2012-11-08
<reply> see adopting
wn-200usb new_id
C: 2014-10-17
<reply>To support the <WN-200USB> in Debian 7 "Wheezy", execute the following as root/superuser: «echo rt2800usb >> /etc/modules && echo 'install rt2800usb /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install rt2800usb $CMDLINE_OPTS && echo 1b75 a200 > /sys/bus/usb/drivers/rt2800usb/new_id' >> /etc/modprobe.d/local.conf && modprobe -r rt2800usb ; modprobe rt2800usb». See also <ralink firmware>, <new_id>.
iceweasel ntlm
C: 2014-07-23
<reply>Since Iceweasel 30.0, NTLMv1 authentication has been disabled and <NTLM> support on non-Windows platforms is deprecated (https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/Firefox/Releases/30/Site_Compatibility#Security). NTLMv2 is not supported by Iceweasel. It is possible to continue using NTLMv1 by switching the network.negotiate-auth.allow-insecure-ntlm-v1 preference in about:config.
M: 2014-11-28
<reply>Devuan (https://devuan.org/) is a fork of Debian, meant to avoid dependencies on <systemd>. Not supported in #debian, please see #devuan for support.
list held
M: 2014-05-29
<reply> see list hold
package pool
C: 2001-01-12
<reply> see pool
C: 2014-05-22
<reply><sleser> i missed spelled it
cmd: gg (.*?)
C: 2002-09-18
($nick): <action> ggs $nick||<action> ggs $nick again
M: 2014-10-29
<reply>< Pardus_Selcuk> Which Debian version of Windows 7 is more like eating
C: 2012-11-07
apache config wheezy
M: 2014-08-12
<reply> Debian's apache2 web server uses /etc/apache2/apache2.conf and /etc/apache2/envvars. To ease long term maintenance, avoid modifying files installed from the packages and use /etc/apache2/{sites-available,mods-available,conf.d}/ instead; use a2en{mod,site} to activate. See /usr/share/doc/apache2.2-common/README.Debian.gz for more on the split config files. Also ask me about <apache config jessie>.
C: 2014-05-23
<reply> <Nesh108> I made a stupid mistake and I'd like to fix it. I basically put a script in /etc/init.d with a while true loop. now the system doesn't boot up :(
C: 2014-08-05
<reply><atannus> What I do is install wheezy, then change the ppas to to say jessie instead o wheezy, update/upgrade.
eleet hacker
C: 1970-01-01
at http://www.securityfocus.com/templates/forum_message.html?forum=2&head=32&id=32, see week three.
M: 2014-10-15
<reply>The NHI (Native Host Interface) is a PCI device allowing frames from a Thunderbolt bus to be sent and received. Ask me about <thunderbolt>.
C: 1970-01-01
<reply>Multibank DRAM is a form of graphics RAM created by MoSys that allows transfers of up to 1 GB/second. Tseng Labs' popular ET6000 2D graphics chipset uses this form of graphics RAM to help achieve its high performance.
C: 2001-09-29
a windowing system created by sun, now superceeded by motif on x11 which will be obsoleted by gnome on x11
C: 2014-03-02
<reply>btusb is the Linux kernel's <Bluetooth> HCI USB driver, for supporting Bluetooth devices with a USB interface. Bluetooth firmware patches for Intel Wireless 7260 and 3160 devices are packaged for Debian since firmware-iwlwifi 0.39.
M: 2014-06-22
<reply> see sid faq
M: 2014-12-09
<reply>Thunderbolt (formerly Light Peak) is an external peripheral interface. It uses the same connector as Apple's Mini DisplayPort. A driver providing support for Thunderbolt devices on Apple systems (Cactus Ridge NHI) was introduced at Linux 3.17 and enabled in Debian Linux kernel images since linux 3.16.7-ckt2-1 (Debian bug #768653); device chaining is currently not supported.
apache config jessie
M: 2014-08-12
<reply> Debian's apache2 web server uses /etc/apache2/apache2.conf, /etc/apache2/envvars. To ease maintenance, avoid modifying files installed from the packages and use /etc/apache2/{sites,mods,conf}-available}/*.conf instead (.conf suffix required for Apache 2.4); use a2en{mod,conf,site} to activate. See /usr/share/doc/apache2/README.Debian or http://deb.li/3jUSV for more info. Also ask me about <apache config wheezy>.
M: 2014-12-08
<Quatroking> kerberos has nothing to do with kerbal space program does it <Quatroking> :(
C: 1970-01-01
<action> does the hokey-pokey
debian mirrors checker
C: 2012-05-28
<reply> see debian mirror checker
hacker's dictionary
M: 2010-01-22
<reply> see jargon file
C: 2003-08-17
the product of the Corporation of MicroSoft.
M: 2005-11-27
don't repeat yourself
C: 2004-08-31
a son oif a bitch
C: 2014-09-18
a swiss army knife for Debian repository management: it allows to mirror remote repositories, manage local package repositories, take snapshots, pull new versions of packages along with dependencies, publish as Debian repository. http://www.aptly.info/
C: 2014-12-07
<reply>The release following Debian 8 "Jessie" is codenamed "Stretch" (the rubber octopus in Toy Story 3) and will be Debian 9.0. https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2014/11/msg00005.html
C: 2013-07-18
<reply> see raspberry pi
C: 2014-04-29
<reply>ext4magic is a utility to assist in recovering files from ext3 and ext4 filesystems. Packaged for Debian <testing> and <wheezy-backports>. http://openfacts2.berlios.de/wikien/index.php/BerliosProject:Ext4magic
_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>.
C: 2014-11-28
<reply>see devuan
C: 2014-12-07
<reply>The release following Debian 9 "Stretch" is codenamed "Buster" (Andy's pet Dachshund in Toy Story) and will be Debian 10.0. https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2014/11/msg00005.html
C: 2014-12-08
bcnjr5's backup username, because he forgot his password and can't be bothered to do anything about it.
transfer rate
C: 1970-01-01
This is the rate at which data is transferred in some amount of bits per second.
C: 2008-06-01
Newer Version In <Unstable>
status file
C: 2014-10-12
<reply>installed package database is at /var/lib/dpkg/status
C: 2013-09-21
<reply> ldd is a utility to print the list of libraries that a package will use and is useful in working out which libraries haven't been found on your system. To get similar information about which libraries will be used by a foreign architecture binary, use «readelf -d /path/to/executable |grep NEEDED».
C: 2014-12-07
<reply> see stretch
C: 2014-12-07
<reply> see buster
C: 2014-12-15
the best hex-editor.
C: 2014-12-15
a Real Programmer with too much time on his hands.
C: 2014-12-15
an FIFO-based IRC client.

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