Factoids requested in last 30 days (1241 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: 2004-11-17
<reply> Este canal es de soporte tecnico en Ingles para Debian. Si prefiere que el soporte sea en espanol, por favor ingrese a #debian-es con /join #debian-es tecleado en la linea de chat.
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)(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: $nick complains about: $problem
M: 2010-06-21
<reply>Read the release notes, ask me about <lenny release notes>. Ensure your Etch installation is up to date, ask me about <etch sources.list> (aptitude update; aptitude dist-upgrade). Then ask me about <lenny sources.list>. aptitude update; aptitude install aptitude; aptitude safe-upgrade; aptitude full-upgrade. Also ask me about <lenny> and <lenny->squeeze>.
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: 2010-11-29
<reply>Remove volatile & backports from /etc/apt/sources.list changing lenny to squeeze. Use apt-get for the upgrade: "apt-get update && apt-get upgrade && apt-get install linux-image-`uname -r|sed 's,[^-]*-[^-]*-,,'` udev". Install firmware-linux-nonfree if needed; check you have a 2.6.32 kernel installed "aptitude search '~nlinux-image~i'" and reboot into it. "apt-get dist-upgrade". READ THE <squeeze release notes>.
M: 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: 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 is the <oldstable> release: http://www.debian.org/News/2011/20110205a . Squeeze security support ends 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 <6.0.9>. Not to be confused with the <Xfce> archive manager.
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: 2012-03-26
<reply>Lenny is the codename for Debian GNU/Linux 5.0, released on February 15th, 2009. Lenny security support ended on 2012-02-06, this release is no longer supported. Lenny users should upgrade to Squeeze, ask me about <lenny->squeeze>. Removed from the mirrors (2012-03-25), ask me about <lenny sources.list>. For old Lenny ISOs, ask me about <lenny iso>. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianLenny http://www.debian.org/News/2012/20120209
M: 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: 2013-09-06
<reply> $nick: È possibile scaricare un sacco di software libero puntando il tuo browser a http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/current/multi-arch/iso-cd/debian-7.4.0-amd64-i386-netinst.iso !||<reply>$nick: Debian è un sistema operativo composto da software libero (un concetto distinto da quello di gratis): vedi http://www.debian.org/intro/free.it.html per saperne di più.||<reply>$nick: vedi http://packages.debian.org/
M: 2009-02-08
<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: 2003-12-22
http://www.debian.org. See http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/project-history/index.en.html#contents
M: 2011-05-10
<reply>You have to especially tell the packaging system to reinstall config files because when they are gone, it is assumed that you want them to stay deleted. "aptitude -o DPkg::Options::='--force-confmiss' reinstall $packagename" will restore them (man dpkg for details). If the package uses <ucf> for config file management, ask me about <ucf confmiss>.
M: 2005-08-23
<reply> see debian mirrors
why aptitude
M: 2010-10-20
<reply> aptitude has more advanced conflict/dependency resolution and will often find a solution where apt-get gives up. It can be used from the command line like apt-get plus an interactive resolver makes it much easier to recover from broken dependencies. It has advanced search capabilities (see <aptitude search>). For some upgrades, apt-get is preferred (e.g. <lenny->squeeze>, <squeeze->wheezy>). http://tinyurl.com/3g4d4d9.
M: 2010-09-22
<reply> see bdo
M: 2012-01-09
<reply>1) add yourself to the 'audio' group (log out & in again) 2) unmute and raise channels w/ alsamixer (also try muting some & toggle jack sense if available) 3) <pulseaudio> or other daemon stopped? 4) speakers on? 5) does "aplay /usr/share/sounds/alsa/Noise.wav" work for root? 6) purge any installed <oss4> packages to remove ALSA blacklist. See also <list alsa users>, <alsa firmware>.
cmd: why is (.*?) not in testing
C: 2003-05-30
($1): $1 is not in testing for the reasons listed in http://release.debian.org/migration/testing.pl?package=$1
M: 2013-05-05
<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: 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>.
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.
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
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>.
lenny sources.list
M: 2012-03-26
<reply>Debian 5.0 "Lenny" is no longer on the mirror network but can be found on archive.debian.org; you can use sources.list lines "deb http://archive.debian.org/debian/ lenny main" and "deb http://archive.debian.org/debian-security lenny/updates main". Realise that Lenny has not had security support since February 2012 and that you should upgrade to a newer, supported release. Ask me about <lenny->squeeze>.
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>.
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)
C: 2007-03-13
<reply> The current date is $date $time (UTC of course, this is *NIX)
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.
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: 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
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: 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
nvidia one-liner
M: 2008-10-14
<reply>see nvidia
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: 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/).
cmd: apt-key (.*?)
C: 2005-10-23
($1): <reply> gpg --keyserver keys.gnupg.net --recv-keys $1 ; gpg --export $1 | sudo apt-key add -
alsa checklist
C: 2007-03-10
<reply> see alsa-checklist
M: 2010-09-06
<reply> see backports.debian.org
M: 2008-05-18
<reply>Flash is frequently used to deliver interactivity, audio and video through a web browser. Ask me about <gnash> and <lightspark> for free implementations, or <adobe flash> and <pepper flash> for non-free implementations. http://wiki.debian.org/Flash
msg the bot
M: 2011-04-14
<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/ . If you're helping people, you can check that you have the right factoid before showing it to others.
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.
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: 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: 2005-09-12
<reply> If you want to laugh, use heh or hah or bwahahaha. lol doesn't sound like laughter at all and makes you look like an AOL user.
M: 2011-12-31
<reply> Это английскоговорящий канал, пожалуйста, говорите по-английски или посетите #debian-russian (irc.freenode.net) (Russian speakers please go to #debian-russian)
M: 2012-02-10
the program used by Debian to install and remove packages, "man dpkg". Also ask me about <reference>. The main info bot in #debian is also called dpkg; ask me about <dpkgbot>.
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: 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>.
M: 2009-02-16
<reply> see installation guide
C: 2000-03-26
<reply>hello, $nick
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/
adobe flash
M: 2013-09-23
<reply> see flashplugin-nonfree
install gnome
M: 2014-01-14
<reply>To install GNOME: «apt-get install …» 1. 'task-gnome-desktop' (Debian installer default) 2. 'gnome' (recommended) 3. 'gnome-desktop-environment' (upstream GNOME) 4. 'gnome-core' (like 3, minus end-user applications) 5. 'gnome-session gdm3 network-manager-gnome' (minimalist, not recommended). You will need Xorg installed as well, ask me about <install x>. http://wiki.debian.org/Gnome
C: 2000-06-03
<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)!
C: 2000-03-26
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>, <mirror size>. #debian-mirrors on irc.oftc.net.
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: 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: 2010-01-03
<reply>Pinning is a method to choose which version of a package to install when multiple versions are available from <sources.list>. Bugs are explained at http://www.xs4all.nl/~carlo17/howto/debian.html#errata . If you use stable, pinning won't help you from messing up the system, ask me about <backports> instead. http://wiki.debian.org/AptPreferences
non-free sources
M: 2009-10-18
<reply>Edit /etc/apt/sources.list, ensure that the two main Debian mirror lines end with "main contrib non-free" rather than just "main", then «aptitude update». But bear in mind that you'll be installing <non-free> software. These may have onerous terms; check the licenses. See also <sources.list>.
M: 2003-02-23
<reply> To get write access to a <vfat> partition when mounting it with fstab, use the line "/dev/partition /mount/point vfat defaults,user,uid=USERID,gid=GROUPID,umask=002 0 0" in /etc/fstab. umask=002 will make the partition rwxrwxr-x, while umask=022 will make it rwxr-xr-x. Get your user/group ids with the command "id".
cmd: you (.*?)
C: 2008-01-09
($1): <reply> I resemble that remark!
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>.
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: 2010-03-22
<reply> To reinstall <GRUB> boot to your Debian install disk/live CD, switch to the other console (Alt-F2), then mount your root filesystem (mount -t ext2 /dev/whatever /target ; mount --bind /dev /target/dev ; mount -t proc none /target/proc ; mount -t sysfs none /target/sys), then chroot into it (chroot /target) and run "update-grub && grub-install /dev/whatever". See also <rescue mode>, <dual boot guide>, <supergrub>. Also works for EFI!
M: 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: 2009-06-11
<reply>Java is a cross-platform C++-like OO language. Sun, now Oracle, has released most of its Java implementation under the GPL as <openjdk>. There are other implementations packaged; for Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" systems, Sun's JRE/JDK is in <non-free> (for i386, amd64 only). Ask me about <install java>. See also <java alternatives>, <icedtea>, <java ipv6>, <java-package>. http://wiki.debian.org/Java ##java on irc.freenode.net.
install java
M: 2012-02-19
<reply>For the Java web browser plugin, install the icedtea-plugin package (install icedtea6-plugin for Debian 6.0 "Squeeze"). For other Java programs, install the default-jre package to get the default or manually select one of openjdk-6-jre or openjdk-7-jre yourself. The old <sun-java6> packages are best avoided as Oracle now forbids Debian providing any security updates to them. See also <java alternatives>.
M: 2010-03-12
<reply>udev has the ability to statically rename Ethernet cards based on MAC address. The addresses are configured in /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules, edit this file to change the mappings. To apply changes: «udevadm trigger» or reload the relevant driver module. See also <udev>.
M: 2008-05-14
<reply> Due to a weakness in a random number generator, keys generated after 2006-09-17 (using openssl 0.9.8c-1 and later) need to be regenerated with a newer openssl (at least 0.9.8c-4etch3). See http://www.debian.org/security/2008/dsa-1571 http://wiki.debian.org/SSLkeys . Updated openssh packages that check for weak keys are also available. Ask me about <ssl update><dsa1576><ssh-vulnkey><dsa1571 jokes>
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.
M: 2011-01-27
<reply>Pour l'aide en francais, veuillez rejoindre le canal #debian-fr. Francophone users: for help in french, please go to #debian-fr.
package recompile
M: 2009-06-23
<reply> 1) Add a <deb-src> line for your current release to your sources.list 2) aptitude update; aptitude install build-essential devscripts fakeroot; aptitude -R build-dep packagename 3) as any user, apt-get source packagename 4) cd packagename-version/; ask me about <debian/rules>; 5) dpkg-buildpackage -uc -us 6) as root, dpkg -i ../packagename-version.deb. Ask me about <debian/rules>, <nocheck>, <nostrip>, <apt-get source>.
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>.
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 <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. http://wiki.debian.org/Iceweasel
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: 2009-01-16
<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: 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: 2009-11-04
<reply>see newmaint
M: 2013-05-05
<reply>Wheezy is the codename for the current <stable> release, Debian 7.0, released on 2013-05-04: http://www.debian.org/News/2013/20130504 . Wheezy is the rubber toy penguin with a red bow tie. See http://wiki.debian.org/DebianWheezy and ask me about <install wheezy> <release notes> <squeeze->wheezy>. Currently <7.4>.
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.
any ideas
M: 2004-04-08
<reply> Yeah, I have an idea! But I'll need a (box|bag|sack|drawer) full of (herring|string|rutabagas|condoms|ground beef), a little (cod liver oil|K-Y jelly|WD-40|thermal paste|sauerkraut|vegemite), and (42|a dozen|5 or 6|a handful of) (rabid|starving|sex-crazed|three-legged) (kittens|weasels|badgers|bunnies|hamsters|dairy cows|oxen|goats|platypuses|ostriches). And keep the (cops|Cabal|NSA|FBI|KGB) off my back for the next few (hours|minutes)!
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>.
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: 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
M: 2009-04-29
Sooner If You Help. How? http://qa.debian.org/ , http://wiki.debian.org/BSP
install kde
M: 2011-03-04
<reply> see install kde4
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: 2013-05-04
<reply>see wheezy sources.list
squeeze sources.list
M: 2013-05-01
<reply>A suitable /etc/apt/sources.list for Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" has three lines: "deb http://http.debian.net/debian/ squeeze main" "deb http://security.debian.org/ squeeze/updates main" "deb http://http.debian.net/debian/ squeeze-updates main". Be sure to run «aptitude update» after editing sources.list. Also see <deb-src> <contrib> <non-free> <squeeze/updates> <squeeze-updates> <mirrors> <apt-spy> and "man sources.list".
cmd: confuse (.*?)
C: 2002-12-11
($1): <reply>(Yes|No), (those|what|them|where|who|how) (are|is|was) (your|their|our|my) (pants|weasel|ferret|hamster|pineapple|gouda|gerbil|badger|mushroom|snake|bacon) (today|tomorrow|yesterday), $1? (Pants|Shirts|Trousers|Breeches|Lederhosen|Wellies) of the (Monarchy|People's Republic|Dictatorship|Republic|Democracy) of (Liechtenstein|Tahiti|Swaziland|Belarus|Mongolia|Tibet|Micronesia) with extra (cheese|herring|cream|anchovies|crabpaste|ham).
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/
M: 2009-04-13
<reply>Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) is a Linux kernel component providing device drivers for sound cards. Ask me about <install alsa>. See also <alsa-checklist>, <default alsa>, <alsa firmware>. http://wiki.debian.org/ALSA http://www.alsa-project.org/ #alsa on irc.freenode.net.
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: 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>.
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 (7.4); ask me about <releases>. Security bugs are fixed in stable by backporting the fix to the stable version (ask me about <security backports>). http://wiki.debian.org/DebianStable
M: 2011-07-28
<reply> See http://www.debian.org/releases/ for an explanation of releases. See <release history> or http://wiki.debian.org/DebianReleases for prior releases. Ask me about <stable>, <testing>, <unstable> and <introduction>.
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: 2013-05-05
<reply>Debian 7 "Wheezy" is now the "stable" Debian release (May 04, 2013). See http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/debian-installer/ for images. Developers page is http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/ . If you want to make custom install CDs, start with d-i. IRC: #debian-boot on irc.oftc.net. See also <errata>, <g-i>.
cmd: say (.*?)
C: 2002-06-27
($text): <reply> $text
M: 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: 2008-02-11
<reply> see dmm
M: 2010-04-24
<reply>Universal Serial Bus (USB) is a technology that has replaced the way that some peripheral devices connect to a computer. It is much faster than serial/communications and more flexible: many devices can be connected to simultaneously. USB 3.0 is supported by the Linux kernel since version 2.6.31. http://www.linux-usb.org/USB-guide/book1.html http://www.linux-usb.org/ See also <usb install>, <usbreset>.
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: 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: 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: 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>.
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>.
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: 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>.
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
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
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: 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.
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))'».
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>.
testing/unstable mix
M: 2009-05-11
<reply>«echo 'APT::Default-Release "testing";' >> /etc/apt/apt.conf», edit sources.list, copy your non-security testing lines and change one set to sid, then apt-get update. Use apt-get -t sid install foo; to install foo from sid rather than testing as usual. WARNING to SYNAPTIC users: Synaptic ignores Default-Release: set Preferences->Distribution
C: 2002-08-22
<reply> see netinst
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>.
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.
C: 2002-04-23
<reply> This!
M: 2013-04-25
<reply>Ask me about <alsa>, <alsa checklist>. See also <default alsa>, <pulseaudio>.
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>.
cmd: congratulate (.*?)
C: 2003-01-08
($1): <reply>(Huzzah|Good show|Woohoo|Yay|Hugs & Puppies|Nice one) $1, you did it!
alsa one-liner
M: 2010-12-23
<reply>"aptitude -r install alsa-utils". After package installation, run alsamixer and unmute the volume levels. Some applications don't know how to talk directly to ALSA, see <devdsp>. Some ALSA drivers require firmware from userspace, ask me about <alsa firmware>. To set the default sound card, ask me about <default alsa>.
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>.
C: 2007-11-09
<reply>see testing/unstable mix
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>.
C: 2004-05-24
<reply> If you have to ask, you shouldn't.
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
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>.
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>.
M: 2013-08-19
<reply>Compiz was a compositing window manager using OpenGL for rendering. Compiz hasn't been developed for some time and is no longer part of Debian (see bugs #719870 and #677864). Plenty of other window managers have the same features as compiz. For a list of available window managers, run «apt-cache showpkg x-window-manager». See also http://wiki.debian.org/Compiz http://www.compiz.org/ or #compiz on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2012-06-08
<reply> see kde 4
install debian
M: 2013-05-05
<reply>There are a myriad different ways to install Debian. See http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/debian-installer for a list of images and ask me about <netinst>, <various cd1> and <firmware images>. See also <install guide> and <d-i> for detailed instructions. (If you've never installed Debian before, you should read the install guide.)
M: 2009-07-13
<reply>IRC is Internet Relay Chat, the means to provide #debian to its patrons. Debian IRC channels are listed at http://wiki.debian.org/IRC . Please read http://wiki.debian.org/GettingHelpOnIrc . Ask me about <irc tutorial> and <faq>. See also <debstats> and <irclog>.
M: 2011-02-06
<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>.
M: 2011-05-31
<reply>NTFS-3G is a userspace driver providing NTFS read and write support. "aptitude install ntfs-3g". Usage examples: http://www.tuxera.com/community/ntfs-3g-download/#usage . Also ask me about <user accessible ntfs>.
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>.
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>.
cmd: slap (.*?)
C: 2002-02-07
($1): <action> strikes a resounding *THWAP* across $1's face
M: 2003-07-20
<reply> Sunday is the day all trolls swarm to #debian, avoid at all cost to remain sane.
M: 2010-04-12
<reply>http://snapshot.debian.org/ is an archive of almost all Debian packages uploaded since 2005, including those removed from the official archives because they were very buggy, unusable, broken, vulnerable or in some way non-free. This service replaces snapshot.debian.net. http://www.debian.org/News/2010/20100412
C: 2002-06-17
<reply> Hi, $who!
testing security
M: 2013-05-04
<reply> see jessie/updates
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: 2012-04-28
<reply> see zh
M: 2009-01-08
<reply> Another happy customer leaves the building.||<reply> A satisfied customer? We should have them stuffed!||<reply>NEXT PLEASE!||<action>rattles the #debian tip jar (http://www.debian.org/donations)
M: 2006-05-06
<reply> http://packages.debian.org/ - here you can search for Debian packages and their contents. Pretty Damned Obvious, isn't it?, or http://people.debian.org/ in some contexts. Maybe even http://planet.debian.org/
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: 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
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>.
M: 2011-11-08
liquid gold mate
M: 2013-06-06
<reply>debian/rules is the makefile used when building a .deb from source, edit it to change compilation options. Some packages use sophisticated build systems that should be documented in debian/README.source. Also remember to make a new entry in debian/changelog with "~yourname" (for a backport) or "+yourname" (for a recompile) added to the version number. See also <makefile>, <hold>, <package recompile>, <source>, <unique package version>.
install guide
M: 2009-02-16
<reply> see installation guide
M: 2013-04-30
<reply>b43 is a Linux kernel driver supporting PCI/PCIe wireless LAN devices with Broadcom chips. Firmware is required, ask me about <b43-fwcutter> to provide. http://wiki.debian.org/bcm43xx #bcm-users on irc.freenode.net. For BCM4313/43224/43225 device support, ask me about <brcmsmac>. For support of the BCM4306 rev 2 and 802.11b-only devices, ask me about <b43legacy>.
C: 2000-05-01
<reply> Cya, $who
M: 2010-06-24
<reply> see offtopic
M: 2008-04-23
<reply>For GRUB: 1) press 'e' to edit the kernel setting in the grub command line (add 'init=/bin/sh' to the end of it) 2) 'fsck' your root file system, 3) 'mount -o remount,rw /', 4) 'passwd root' 5) 'mount -o remount,ro /' 6) 'reboot -d -f' (exec /sbin/init should work); For LILO: 1) 'Linux init=/bin/sh' at the LILO boot prompt (hold Shift while booting), steps 2-6 are the same; For yaboot: 1) 'Linux init=/bin/sh' at yaboot prompt.
M: 2009-06-01
<reply>Xfce is a pretty nifty Desktop Environment. Lightweight, fast, compact. To install, ask me about <install xfce>. http://wiki.debian.org/Xfce http://wiki.xfce.org/faq http://www.xfce.org/ #xfce on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2010-04-19
<reply>equivs is a package that enables you to create dummy packages that tell <apt> you really have installed (through some other means) the package. aptitude install equivs, and read /usr/share/doc/equivs/*, see also <usrlocal>. A better plan is often to adapt the Debian packages to your needs, ask me about <package recompile> <uupdate> <ssb>.
M: 2009-07-22
<reply>a way to change the root directory of a process, see also http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/reference/ch09#_chroot_system
M: 2009-08-19
<reply> In Debian package management, "purge" means to completely wipe away a package, including its configuration files. Use «aptitude purge $package» or «dpkg -P $package» (note: before wheezy, you can't 'apt-get purge' a package that is already removed; use aptitude or dpkg instead). To purge all "removed" packages: «aptitude purge '~c'». To restore configuration files, ask me about <confmiss>. Also ask me about <why aptitude>.
cd contents
M: 2009-02-01
<reply>see disk contents
set time
M: 2011-05-26
<reply> To set the time on Debian systems, use date --set. The truly enlightened user, however, will install <ntp> to have their clock set automatically on reboot and slewed to match time servers. Also verify the system's UTC setting and set the correct time zone; ask me about <utc>, <timezone>.
cmd: pal (.*?)
C: 2005-01-19
($1): <action> points at $1 and laughs(| hysterically| uproariously)
list repositories
M: 2010-06-17
<reply> To see what repository a package may have come from, try http://svn.noreply.org/svn/weaselutils/trunk/apt-listrepository , or use dpkg -l | awk '/^.i/ {print $2}' | xargs apt-cache policy | awk '/^[a-z0-9.\-]+:/ {pkg=$1}; /\*\*\*/ {OFS="\t"; ver=$2; getline; print pkg,ver,$2,$3}', or ask me about <obsolete>, or http://people.debian.org/~dannf/apt-inventory, or <bdo list>, or <dmm list>
M: 2005-12-03
<reply> see install debian
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: 2010-09-10
<reply>[iptables] The user-space process used to administer iptables kernel parts on top of netfilter. Ask me about <netfilter docs>. For a proper Debian-way of setting up iptables, see http://wiki.debian.org/iptables or ask me about <iptables-restore>. http://netfilter.org/ #netfilter on irc.freenode.net. See also <ferm>, <lartc>, <masq>, <ulogd>.
release notes
M: 2013-05-04
<reply> see wheezy release notes
M: 2008-07-21
<reply> debstats is managed by sussudio: http://debstats.mooo.com/ (#debian freenode) and http://members.ziggo.nl/sussudio/debian-oftc.html (#debian OFTC)
remove gnome
M: 2009-12-15
<reply>To remove or purge GNOME 2.x: aptitude remove ~nlibgnome ~nlibbonobo2 ~nliborbit2 ~nlibgnomeui ~nlibgnomevfs2. Use 'purge' instead of 'remove' if that's what you want (ask me about <purge>).
M: 2010-09-06
<reply> see backports.debian.org
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
C: 2006-11-02
<reply>If your kernel uses an initramfs image (e.g. Debian stock kernel images), you need to run «update-initramfs -u» in order to refresh its copy of blacklist table. Otherwise, early bootup won't follow your blacklist requests in e.g. /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.local.conf
M: 2003-11-18
<reply> Vous pouvez obtenir de l'aide sur Debian sur le canal #debian-fr - For help in french, please join #debian-fr
M: 2012-02-08
<reply>From Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" onwards, <IPv6> is built into the Linux kernel (excluding the loongson-2f flavour). To disable IPv6, add the kernel command line option ipv6.disable=1 to your bootloader.
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: 2008-11-27
<reply> see wireless
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".
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: 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
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>.
C: 2008-01-13
<reply> see linux mint
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 patched quickly if vulnerabilities are discovered.
M: 2011-05-04
<reply>Firmware is software to operate electronic devices, usually contained in EPROM or flash memory. Some Linux kernel drivers require firmware to be provided from userspace, notably for <WiFi> devices. Most firmware files are not part of a Debian release as they do not conform to the <DFSG>; some are available via <contrib> and <non-free> packages, ask me about <search>. See also <installer firmware>. http://wiki.debian.org/Firmware
M: 2007-10-17
<reply> mooooooo! I am cow, hear me moo, I weigh twice as much as you. I'm a cow, eating grass, methane gas comes out my ass. I'm a cow, you could be too; join us all! type apt-get moo; aplay /usr/lib/libreoffice/share/gallery/sounds/cow.wav
M: 2010-09-21
<reply> Your box does not come with every application, tool and utility known to debiankind installed already. If you find that the program you've been told to use isn't there, install it. Also ask me about <search>. If someone suggests an application to you, it's highly likely that it's available via apt-get or aptitude.
ftp must die
M: 2010-06-04
<reply> FTP MUST DIE! http://mywiki.wooledge.org/FtpMustDie . If you really just want to provide anonymous download of files, use HTTP: http://daniel.haxx.se/docs/ftp-vs-http.html
M: 2012-04-28
<reply>amd64 is the Debian architecture optimized for x86-64, aka AMD64. Intel Core 2, Core i3/i5/i7 and Xeon (since 2004) systems are x86-64. The AMD64 architecture also supports running Debian i386 with either a -686-pae or -amd64 kernel. See also <why amd64> and <why not amd64>.
M: 2009-12-20
<reply> see sdo
cmd: -s (.*?)
M: 2003-10-20
($1): <reply> (Package: $1: Status: install ok installed|There is no record of a $1 package|(Dingos|Badgers) ate my $1!|You Fool! $1 is installed!)
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: 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: 2003-05-05
M: 2009-04-10
<reply>Use «hostname foo» to set the hostname, $EDITOR /etc/hostname to set it for the next boot (create /etc/hostname if it does not exist) and $EDITOR /etc/hosts to set up local translations for a FQDN. See also 'man 1 hostname', or ask me about <mailname>. http://wiki.debian.org/HowTo/ChangeHostname
M: 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 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 <7.4>, <6.0.9>. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianReleases/PointReleases
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: 2010-03-27
<reply> reportbug is used to submit bugs to the Debian <BTS>. Install reportbug, then run reportbug. Or on the web, http://www.debian.org/Bugs/, or see http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/ch05s04#problem-report for some general information about using reportbug and/or for <debian-installer> bug reporting. Also ask me about <report-bugs>. http://wiki.debian.org/reportbug http://www.debian.org/Bugs/Reporting
M: 2009-05-10
<reply> If you're running one of the desktop environments in Debian, then ask me about <kde automount>, <thunar-volman>. If you want something for the command line, then ask me about <usbmount>, <pmount> or <halevt>. For a completely different approach to automounting, ask me about <autofs>.
they don't know
M: 2011-10-11
<reply>We're sorry your distro's channel isn't being helpful, but that doesn't make it appropriate to use #debian for non-Debian questions. Please go back to your channel and wait patiently for better help, or install Debian and party with us.
M: 2013-06-11
<reply>Skype is a proprietary cross-platform <VoIP> service and application owned by Microsoft. Debian cannot distribute the application due to its license. See http://wiki.debian.org/skype and ask me about <skype amd64>, <skype squeeze> for community-contributed information. Consider using free and secure alternatives: <ekiga>, <empathy>, <jitsi>, <linphone>.
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>.
moving target
M: 2009-10-22
<reply> Sure, testing might be shinier than stable, but are you prepared to be continually updating your system? Things that worked today will break tomorrow. Configuration file formats will change and you'll have to fold your changes in yet again. Testing is a moving target and if you'd rather work *with* your computer than working *on* your computer, you might not want that. See <testing security>.
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.
point release
C: 2009-02-15
<reply> see point releases
M: 2008-01-18
<reply> see sources.list
M: 2011-06-30
<reply>apt-get is a program (part of the apt package) used as a simple command line tool to libapt. apt-get is the original frontend for <apt>, but <aptitude> is now the recommended tool for managing packages. See also <why aptitude>, <reference>, <synaptic>, <apt-cache>, <gdebi>. http://wiki.debian.org/apt-get http://tinyurl.com/3g4d4d9
M: 2009-11-11
a collection of files. 'tar', 'ar', 'cpio' are all archiving tools. This is *not* the same as compression, which is a separate operation. Debian Archives is the repository for old Debian releases, see http://www.debian.org/distrib/archive . For the package archive, ask me about <snapshot>. Old Debian <ISO> files are archived at http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/archive/
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>.
debian repository
M: 2010-02-16
<reply>A Debian repository is a set of Debian packages organized into a predefined structure for fetching with <apt>. A HOWTO (outdated since <secure apt>) is available at http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/repository-howto/repository-howto . Ask me about <list repositories>.
C: 2005-06-06
<reply> see bootlogd
C: 2005-02-08
<reply> Gentoo Linux causes global warming! Needlessly recompiling everything uses power. Fossil fuels are used to generate that power. See also <diminishing returns on bogomips>. Hug a tree, use Debian!
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: 2003-08-07
<reply>our $apt=Blootbot->new($apt)
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: fix (.*?)
C: 2002-07-07
($1): <action> takes $1 to the vet for a "special" visit.
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.
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/articles.php?L+TFAQ http://www.cups.org/ ##cups on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2011-09-28
<reply>Oracle VM VirtualBox is an almost free software virtual machine solution. To install, see http://wiki.debian.org/VirtualBox or ask me about <vbox-install wheezy>, <vbox-install squeeze>, <vbox-install jessie>. http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/User_FAQ http://www.virtualbox.org/ #vbox on irc.freenode.net. See also <vbox rename>, <vbox guest>, <vbox extpack>, <vbox migrate win>, <vdi>, <virtualization>.
M: 2013-05-05
<reply>Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) is a wireless encryption standard. A WPA supplicant for Debian systems is in the wpasupplicant package, read /usr/share/doc/wpasupplicant/README.Debian.gz to configure (especially "Troubleshooting" for association to hidden SSIDs). Since Debian 7 "Wheezy", it is possible to install Debian over a WPA-protected network. http://wiki.debian.org/WPA http://wiki.debian.org/WiFi/HowToUse#wpasupplicant
M: 2011-05-31
<reply> see ntfs-3g
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/).
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: 2009-05-13
<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.
M: 2010-11-22
<reply>Network File System (NFS) is a distributed file system protocol developed by Sun Microsystems. To set up and secure, read the Linux NFS-HOWTO at http://nfs.sf.net/nfs-howto/ . For notes on NFSv4 in Debian, see /usr/share/doc/nfs-common/README.Debian.nfsv4. Mailing list: http://vger.kernel.org/vger-lists.html#linux-nfs . http://wiki.debian.org/NFS http://nfs.sf.net/ #linux-nfs on irc.oftc.net.
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: 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: 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
sns syndrome
M: 2010-04-29
<reply> see sns
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: 2011-03-03
<reply>To list uninstalled recommended packages: aptitude search '~RBrecommends:~i!~i'; upgradeable packages: aptitude search '~U'; manually installed packages: aptitude search '~i!~M'; See also <obsolete> <not available> <bdo list> <dmm list> <which repo> <aptitude clone> <sort by size> <aptitude why> <aptitude search> <aptitude ops> <aptitude states>
M: 2009-04-07
<reply>File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a method of moving files between systems using TCP/IP. There are three sane kinds of FTP: anonymous, encrypted and unprivileged (non-Unix users). Unencrypted FTP using Unix users will get your box pwn3d as fast as running windows on your firewall machine. Ask me about <ftp must die>, <scp>, <sftp>. See also <ftpd>.
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: 2005-02-23
<reply> see debian repository
M: 2010-03-23
<reply> see debian live
M: 2010-02-05
<reply> see powerpc
M: 2006-06-05
<reply>OFTC is the Open and Free Technology Community, a support/collaboration service. They have an IRC network: irc.oftc.net. You may be connected to OFTC's network. http://www.oftc.net/ See also <freenode>, <oftc move> and <fact sharing>.
C: 2002-11-01
<reply>The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is used to provide configuration information (e.g. IP address, default route, name server addresses) for hosts on IP networks. Ask me about <dhcp client>. DHCP servers packaged for Debian include dnsmasq and isc-dhcp-server.
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>.
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: 2009-05-21
<reply>A Universally Unique IDentifier (UUID) is used to reference disk partitions (among other things). See currently known partition UUIDs with 'blkid'. In /etc/fstab, use "UUID=dead-beef-0420-etc" as the partition name. UUIDs help to cope with device name changes such as hda->sda (<libata> transition) or changes in USB disk order discovery. <LVM> tools accept PV/VG/LV UUIDs as arguments, use {pv,vg,lv}display to acquire.
cmd: prize (.*?)
M: 2004-11-11
($1): <action>gives $1 a (yogi pin|medal|beer|My Little Pony).
cmd: error processing (.*?)
C: 2007-06-25
($1): <reply> $who: That isn't an error, post the whole output to a pastebin (/msg dpkg pastebin).
M: 2009-10-26
<reply>/etc/init.d/ is where most Debian startup scripts go. To add your own, copy /etc/init.d/skeleton to /etc/init.d/myscript and make it do the appropriate thing on start and stop, at least. Then "update-rc.d myscript defaults". See "man update-rc.d" and /usr/share/doc/sysvinit and /etc/init.d/README. Also ask me about <rc.local> <runlevel>. See also <missing lsb tags>.
M: 2007-07-29
<reply>Remember Lorena Bobbitt [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorena_Bobbitt ]? Remember what she did to her husband's woody? Well, when you install binary packages from different branches onto your woody, you get the same result. Same goes for Wheezy, any other Debian system, "Debian based distro", or the fire that is <rpm>, <alien>, etc.
fuck you
C: 2002-03-31
<reply> no, fuck you
M: 2010-10-13
<reply>[hcl] Hardware Compatibility Lists for Linux include http://kmuto.jp/debian/hcl/ (PCI verification only), http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Hardware-HOWTO/ , http://www.linuxcompatible.org/compatdb/lists/hardware_linux.html and http://www.linuxquestions.org/hcl/ . Also ask me about <driver locator>, <judd-hardware>.
M: 2010-01-09
<reply>DM means Display Manager, the app that brings up a graphical login screen and starts your login session. <xdm>, <gdm>, <kdm>, <wdm>, pdm, login.app, <slim> and <lightdm> are all examples of display managers. Ask me about <nodm> if you want to disable the DM. Or Debian Maintainer: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianMaintainer . For the deb-multimedia repository, ask me about <dmm>.
M: 2010-05-16
<reply>Windows NT File System (NTFS) has drivers available in Debian: the read-only Linux kernel driver and a <FUSE> driver providing write support. For information about the former, ask me about <ntfsro>. For information about read/write access, ask me about <ntfsrw>. See also <ntfsclone>, <label>. http://wiki.debian.org/NTFS
M: 2010-10-10
<reply>Fonts available as Debian packages are automatically configured for use via <defoma>. To add user-supplied fonts to a Debian system, ask me about <install font> or see http://wiki.debian.org/Fonts . For general font information, see http://www.nwalsh.com/comp.fonts/FAQ/ . See also <liberation>, <mscorefonts>, <ttf>.
M: 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
C: 2000-11-29
<reply> /quit you fool!
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: 2004-03-19
<reply>Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra, which suddenly flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come.
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 .
own repo
M: 2012-02-20
<reply>To feed your own packages into apt, you need to create a repository with a Packages file that lists the packages that are available. If you only have a few packages and don't have very sophisticated requirements, you can make your own repo with <dpkg-scanpackages>. If you want to be able add/remove packages using regular Debian tools like dput then try <reprepro> or mini-dinstall. See http://wiki.debian.org/HowToSetupADebianRepository
which repo
C: 2009-01-24
<reply>see list repositories
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: 2008-07-20
<reply> 0 is halt, 1 is single user, 2, 3, 4, 5 are multiuser, 6 is reboot. By default 2, 3, 4 and 5 are identical (there are no graphic/non-graphic runlevels), but you can configure this if you wish. Read /usr/share/doc/sysvinit/*; read /etc/init.d/README; man update-rc.d; if that doesn't make sense, consider installing <rcconf> instead. See also http://debian-administration.org/articles/212, <startup>, <file-rc>, <single-user mode>.
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
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
M: 2010-02-10
<reply>A short reference of Debian commands - quite useful for someone new to Debian - can be found at http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/refcard/refcard.en.pdf and packaged for Debian as debian-refcard. See also <grounding>, <vim refcard>.
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>.
M: 2007-03-04
<reply>Install the latest debian-archive-keyring package to get the latest GPG key used to sign the Debian archive.
cmd: es-social (.*?)
M: 2010-04-29
($1): $1: 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: 2009-11-19
<reply>udev is a /dev and hotplug management daemon, the Linux kernel's userspace equivalent of <DevFS>. Ask me about <udev mac>, <blacklist.conf>. See also <udev rules>, <udev squeeze>, <udev details>, <dpin>, <devtmpfs>. http://wiki.debian.org/udev #udev on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2010-12-09
<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: 2011-09-19
<reply>squeeze-updates is a suite providing updates to some packages (from <oldstable-proposed-updates>) prior to a <point release>. All packages from squeeze-updates will be included in point releases. The stable-updates suite replaces the Debian Volatile archive starting from Debian 6.0. http://www.debian.org/News/2011/20110215 . Not to be confused with <squeeze/updates>, see <squeeze security>.
etch sources.list
M: 2010-07-25
"deb http://archive.debian.org/debian etch main contrib non-free" and "deb http://archive.debian.org/debian-security etch/updates main contrib non-free". But realise that Etch has not had security support since February 2010 and that you should upgrade to a newer release. Ask me about <etch->lenny>.
M: 2007-09-18
<reply> I'm not your csh prompt!
user accessible ntfs
C: 2004-10-07
<reply> To get an NTFS or VFAT file system accessible by users and groups on the local machine, man mount; man 5 fstab; and read about the umask, fmask, dmask, uid, and gid options. You'll end up sticking something like conv=auto,uid=<user>,gid=<group>,dmask=0002,fmask=0003 into your fstab's mount option field.
M: 2008-09-25
The Man. or someone who pushes to have procfs replace sysctl, despite the fact for programs this makes things significantly slower. someone that doesn't comment, or at http://revolution-os.com/images/linus_at_linuxworld.jpg
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.
C: 2000-06-11
<reply>your wish is my command, $who
partial downgrade
M: 2010-05-12
<reply> This may or may not work for you, but if you've got nothing to lose then try it: (a) change sources.list (b) aptitude update (c) aptitude and then search for the upgraded packages, hit enter on them, select the correct version (d) do the same for libc6 (e) search for broken packages by pressing "b" and then fix them in the same way (f) once you have no more broken packages, hit 'g'. See <not available>.
M: 2010-07-14
<reply>[preseed] Preseeding provides a way to set answers to questions asked during the Debian installation process, to allow for a streamlined or completely automated installation. The <install guide> provides an extensive appendix on preseeding with a full example. See http://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/Preseed and http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/394 . See also <debconf-set-selections>.
M: 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!
things to backup
C: 2008-07-22
<reply>Some things you should back up include: /etc /home /root /usr/local /usr/src /opt /srv. Tailor to your own purposes. If you think you don't need /var, make sure you don't forget /var/lib/dpkg /var/lib/apt* /var/lib/mysql /var/mail /var/www /var/cache/debconf /var/spool/cron ...
M: 2001-03-01
<reply>MPEG-2 Audio Layer III (MP3) is a patented digital audio encoding format utilizing lossy data compression. See also <lame>, <vorbis>.
tracker of doom
M: 2008-11-09
<reply>The Tracker of Doom is a vulnerability database maintained by the Debian security team, viewable at http://security-tracker.debian.org/ . Ask me about <cve lookup CVE-yyyy-nnnn> to get Debian-specific information on a CVE number. See also http://www.debian.org/security/crossreferences or ask me about <debsecan> http://www.enyo.de/fw/software/debsecan/
M: 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>.
M: 2014-02-18
<reply>Request For Package (RFP) is the way to ask for a piece of software to be included in Debian. See http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp, the section on that page "Adding new entries with "reportbug"" is a good place to start. Technically, a RFP is a wishlist bug filed against "wnpp" with a title beginning "RFP: ", ask me about <wnpp>. The best way of getting software packaged is to do it yourself: ask me about <nmg>.
M: 2004-10-15
<reply>A factoid is something resembling a fact or unverified (often invented) information that is given credibility because it appeared in print, or a brief (usually one sentence and usually trivial) news item, or often-repeated information, stored to keep people from having to repeatedly explain something. This thing you're reading right now is called a "factoid".
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: 2010-08-31
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: 2011-02-21
<reply>Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) is a full <virtualization> solution for Linux hosts on x86 hardware with x86 guests. Packaged as qemu-kvm since Debian 6.0 "Squeeze". See http://wiki.debian.org/KVM for installation instructions, also ask me about <xve>. http://www.linux-kvm.org/page/FAQ http://www.linux-kvm.org/ #kvm on irc.freenode.net.
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: 2014-01-16
<reply> nun uv us wull unswer yu uf yu ask luke u murun. See <standard english>.
cmd: ubuntuirc (.*?)
M: 2011-06-04
($1): <reply>$1: This is not the Ubuntu help channel. Please do /server chat.freenode.net and then /join #ubuntu. If you are using XChat, you can right-click the following link and choose connect. irc://chat.freenode.net/ubuntu
M: 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>.
rescue mode
C: 2007-06-29
<reply> Debian-Installer has a recovery ('rescue') mode, which can be used to reinstall the GRUB or LILO boot loaders. See section 8.7 of the Installation Guide ("Recovering a Broken System") for more details; ask me about <install guide>.
M: 2010-09-15
<reply> Infobot is an IRC bot that is geared towards remembering "factoids", and repeating them back to people on request. It supports many additional features, such as google lookups, dictionary, spell checker, debian package checks, and more. See http://infobot.sf.net/ for more.
cmd: love (.*?)
M: 2002-11-11
($1): <action>makes love to $1, caressing $1's hair, whispering sweet nothings in $1's ear...
M: 2008-12-15
<reply>The Eee PC (aka RM Asus Minibook) is a <netbook> designed by Asus. Linux models are supplied with <Xandros> which is not supported in #debian, join #eeepc on irc.freenode.net for support. To install Debian, see http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEeePC for installation and configuration details. Mailing lists: http://alioth.debian.org/mail/?group_id=31309 #debian-eeepc on irc.oftc.net.
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".
firmware images
C: 2013-05-05
<reply> see firmware images wheezy
M: 2010-02-23
<reply> VMware isn't part of Debian, therefore it's not supported, ask me about <vmware support>. VMware is not in Debian because it is not Free software; even though you might be able to download it for no cost, the source code is not available for some parts and Debian is not allowed to distribute it, see <dfsg>. http://wiki.debian.org/VMware #vmware on irc.freenode.net. See also <virtualization>.
M: 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>.
M: 2004-05-05
<reply>Don't be sorry...but if you ever go against the Debian Family again...
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.
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: 2010-03-21
<reply>Intel Corporation is a semiconductor manufacturer. For support of wireless LAN adapters, ask me about <iwlwifi>, <ipw2200>, <ipw2100>. For support of Ethernet controllers, ask me about <e100>, <e1000>, <e1000e>, <igb>, <ixgbe>. For support of WiMAX devices, ask me about <i2400m-usb>. For support of integrated graphics chipsets, ask me about <intel-gfx>. See also <ia64>, <isci>, <speedstep>.
M: 2013-05-05
<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: 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: 2013-05-20
<reply>see mozilla.debian.net
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 "invoke-rc.d postfix restart" to update localtime in the chroot.
cups setup
M: 2010-02-16
"aptitude install cups cups-bsd foomatic-db". Hit http://localhost:631/ and add a new printer. Enjoy! Optionally install the printconf package to automatically install attached printers. To troubleshoot printing problems, ask me about <debug cups>.
M: 2010-08-11
<reply>CrunchBang Linux is a Live CD distribution originally based on <Ubuntu>, now based on Debian as of version 10, featuring the <Openbox> window manager. It is not supported in #debian. http://www.crunchbang.org/ #crunchbang on irc.freenode.net. See <based on debian>.
M: 2009-03-30
<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: 2008-07-15
<reply>To fix your /etc/resolv.conf: edit /etc/dhcp{,3}/dhclient.conf to include the nameservers you want to use (ask me about <override dns>). Alternatively, use <resolvconf> and specify the nameservers yourself: echo -e "nameserver a.b.c.d\nnameserver w.x.y.z" > /etc/resolvconf/resolv.conf.d/base; resolvconf -u (where a.b.c.d and w.x.y.z are your ISPs nameservers). Also ask me about <fixresolvconf the ugly way>.
what's my wireless
M: 2007-12-08
<reply> Install the hwinfo package and execute "/usr/sbin/hwinfo --wlan", or http://linux-wless.passys.nl/ , or ask me about <whats my hardware>. See also <wireless>.
apt recommends
M: 2012-05-16
<reply>APT installs recommended packages by default since Debian 5.0 "Lenny". To disable once, "aptitude -R install packagename" or "apt-get --no-install-recommends install packagename". To disable permanently, echo "APT::Install-Recommends no;" > /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/no-recommends. By not installing recommended packages, you miss the standard functionality they provide. <D-I> installs recommended packages by default. See <why recommends>.
M: 2013-04-30
<reply>Broadcom's proprietary wireless LAN driver (wl, aka broadcom-sta) supports devices based on the BCM4312 LP-PHY and BCM4313/4321/4322/43224/43225/43227/43228 chips. To install (amd64 and i386 only), see http://wiki.debian.org/wl . Since Debian 7 "Wheezy", this driver creates wireless interfaces with the 'wlan' prefix (see NEWS.Debian.gz). Most chips are also supported by the open source <b43> and <brcmsmac> drivers.
M: 2008-08-01
<reply> see eee
cmd: spank (.*?)
C: 2002-08-20
($1): <action> bends $1 over (his|her|its) knee and delivers a mighty *THWACK*
install alsa
C: 2007-11-10
<reply> see alsa one-liner
M: 2011-12-07
<reply>PulseAudio (formerly Polypaudio) is a cross-platform network sound server, intended as a drop-in replacement for <ESD>. Packaged for Debian since 4.0 "Etch", read /usr/share/doc/pulseaudio/README.Debian after installation for configuration recommendations; Debian specific how-to is at http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?t=12497 . http://pulseaudio.org/wiki/FAQ http://pulseaudio.org/ #pulseaudio on irc.freenode.net.
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
M: 2011-05-13
<reply>policy is the document that defines how Debian packages should (and must!) interact with each other and with the user to make sure we have a high-quality, stable distribution. You can find it at http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ or in the debian-policy package. Those who fail to understand Debian Policy are doomed to reimplement it, poorly. See also <best practices> <nmg> <mentors>.
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.
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: 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: 2009-07-11
<reply>Broadcom Corporation is an integrated circuits supplier. For wireless LAN chipset drivers, ask me about <b43>, <brcmsmac>, <rndis_wlan>, <wl>. For Ethernet controller support, ask me about <bnx2>, <bnx2x>, <tg3>.
M: 2009-04-16
<reply>[iso] CD image, a file containing an ISO 9660 standard filesystem. Debian CD/DVD images are available at http://www.debian.org/CD . Also ask me about <netinst> and <check iso image>. To download via BitTorrent or Jigdo, ask me about <bittorrent>, <jigdo>. Debian CD image FAQ: http://www.debian.org/CD/faq/ See also <vendors>, <cd1>, <missing iso>, <blu-ray disc>, <iso mount>, <iat>.
M: 2009-02-15
<reply> dist-upgrade tells apt to also install/remove packages when handling dependencies; security updates may require a dist-upgrade to install (they introduce new packages). Dist-upgrade does not mean changing from stable to testing; as of Debian 5.0 "Lenny", aptitude calls dist-upgrade "full-upgrade" to remove this confusion. Read man apt-get carefully. See also <why not dist-upgrade>, <full-upgrade>.
C: 2003-06-21
<reply> :D!!!
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
override dns
M: 2010-08-12
<reply> To instruct dhclient to use your specified nameserver rather than the one given to you by your DHCP server, echo "supersede domain-name-servers a.b.c.d, e.f.g.h;" >> /etc/dhcp/dhclient.conf, or see man 5 dhclient.conf for more information. Instead of supersede, you can also use "prepend" or "append" to add nameservers. Or remove domain-name-servers (etc.) from dhclient.conf if you prefer.
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: 2007-07-07
<reply>Best for what? Please define what you mean by "best". Gloria Gaynor! Tina Turner! Aretha Franklin! Men without Hats! Women without Hats! Men at Work! Women at Play! Anyone for Tennis!
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: 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: 2009-05-10
<reply>This refers to a group of interconnected computers. The computers must be capable of transferring data to form a true network--you can't just weld a bunch of computers together. For resources, ask me about <networking>.
M: 2009-06-02
a file system integrity checker (man 8 fsck), or a visually-similar euphemism for fuck. Ask me about <forcefsck>.
M: 2009-06-11
<reply> Update a non-networked computer using apt and removable media. Just aptitude install apt-zip and read the docs in /usr/share/doc/apt-zip, or ask me about <apt offline> <apt-walkabout>. http://wiki.debian.org/AptZip
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: 2007-10-31
<reply> see debian-multimedia
M: 2009-06-01
a driver for a device (a part of a kernel) which can be dynamically loaded/unloaded. Ask me about <modprobe>. To compile modules available in Debian module source packages, ask me about <dkms>, <module-assistant>. http://wiki.debian.org/Modules
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: 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
M: 2008-05-22
the init daemon, or ask me about <runlevels>, or <inittab>
C: 2011-06-03
<reply> This is not the Ubuntu help channel. Please do /server chat.freenode.net and then /join #ubuntu. If you are using XChat, you can right-click the following link and choose connect. irc://chat.freenode.net/ubuntu
cmd: coffee (.*?)
C: 2005-08-22
($1): <action> decants a fine (broth|brew|mug) of (organic|fair trade|organic, fair trade|hippy-blend) (Jamaican Blue Mountain|Peruvian|Colombian|Tanzanian|International Roast Caterers Blend) for $1, courtesy of $nick
M: 2000-03-06
<reply> Logs are what you should always check when you have a problem, they live in /var/log/ . For #debian logs, ask me about <irclog>.
M: 2008-03-07
<reply>Knoppix is _not_ Debian. Seek Knoppix help in freenode's #knoppix. Knoppix is a live CD distribution which is <based on Debian>, useful as a rescue CD, to test hardware, and for situations where you have access to a computer but it isn't Debian. http://www.knoppix.com/ unofficial: http://Debian-knoppix.alioth.Debian.org/ <Debian-live> is the Debian equivalent for publishing live systems.
not available
M: 2010-04-29
<reply>To get a list of packages you have installed now, that are not available from any repository in your sources.list: aptitude search '?narrow(?not(?archive("^[^n][^o].*$")),?version(CURRENT))'
M: 2009-06-01
<reply> Add module to kernel: "modprobe foo"; Remove module from kernel: "modprobe -r foo"; Define module options: "man modprobe.conf", "echo options foo bar=baz qux=quux >> /etc/modprobe.d/local.conf". See also: "man modprobe", "man modprobe.conf", /etc/modprobe.d/* , <blacklist>.
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: 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: 2010-04-02
<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: 2010-08-05
<reply>Framebuffer is a region of memory into which "frames" of graphical data are drawn. X is a framebuffer system, as is berlin. If you're looking for the framebuffer console, ask me about <fbcon>, or ask about <blacklist> to negate it. To disable framebuffer use at Debian installation time, supply the "fb=false" (d-i) or "video=vga16:off" (kernel) boot options. See also <uvesafb>.
aptitude search
M: 2009-01-14
a powerful searching facility that by default only searches package names, but can be made to search priorities, installation status, dependencies etc. See /usr/share/doc/aptitude/html/en/ch02s04.html (aptitude-doc package), http://aptitude.alioth.debian.org/doc/en/ch02s04s05.html or ask me about <aptitude docs>.
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!)
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: 2009-12-05
an acronym for Open Source Software, coined by Vinod Valloppillil in the first <Halloween> document. Also an acronym for Open Sound System, ask me about <oss4>; for OSS compatiblity in <ALSA>, ask me about <aoss>, <devdsp>.
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: 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>.
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.
missing lsb tags
C: 2009-11-16
<reply> From 6.0 "Squeeze" onwards, Debian uses a dependency-based boot sequence (see /usr/share/doc/sysv-rc/README.Debian). This requires all init scripts having appropriate headers, so that the correct order of execution can be determined. Scripts like S25libdevmapper1.02 are left over from 3.1 "Sarge" and can be deleted; your own scripts will need LSB headers added: http://wiki.debian.org/LSBInitScripts
iceweasel backports
M: 2013-05-20
<reply>The "Extended Support Release" version (10) of the Iceweasel web browser is in <squeeze-backports>. Newer Iceweasel (also Icedove and Iceape) are at http://mozilla.debian.net/ for squeeze and wheezy or in <experimental> for jessie and sid.
forgot mysql root password
M: 2008-10-10
<reply> If you've forgotten the <MySQL> root password, /etc/init.d/mysql stop; mysqld --skip-grant-tables; mysql -u root; use mysql; UPDATE user SET Password=PASSWORD('mynewpassword') WHERE User='root'; FLUSH PRIVILEGES; C-d; stop mysqld; /etc/init.d/mysql start See also http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.5/en/resetting-permissions.html , <mysql initial password>.
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: 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.
shut up
M: 2005-01-01
<reply> (No, I won't, and you can't make me. :P|Kiss my shiny metal ass!)
M: 2014-04-11
<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: 2008-04-02
a package designed to help you create executables and build Debian packages. If you get errors saying gcc cannot create executables or can't find header files like stdio.h, you need to "aptitude install build-essential". If you don't plan to compile things, you don't need this package. See also <qotd49>.
M: 2013-06-15
<reply>LAMP: Linux, Apache, MySQL, {PHP,Perl,Python} server. Ask me about <install debian><install apache><install mysql><install php>. (Hmm... doesn't that make it a DAMP stack?), or "aptitude install libapache2-mod-php5 mysql-server php5-mysql". http://wiki.debian.org/LaMp, or http://geek-and-poke.com/geekandpoke/2013/6/15/the-geekpoke-old-chestnut-of-the-week
M: 2009-05-29
a Compact-Disc, something that can hold about 650 megs, or a shiny silver thing that glitters, or a good beverage coaster, or change directory. To download Debian CD images, ask me about <iso>. To buy Debian CDs, ask me about <vendors>. To add a Debian CD to the APT system, ask me about <apt-cdrom>.
M: 2011-06-04
<reply> see ubuntu-irc
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: 2013-07-23
<reply>For basic networking, «man interfaces» and see http://wiki.debian.org/NetworkConfiguration . For further information, see http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/254 and http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debian-reference/ch05 . See also <interfaces>, <wifi>, <wireless connection managers>.
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: 2013-05-05
the previous stable version of Debian, as long as it is still supported by the security team. Squeeze (6.0) is oldstable. It is recommended to upgrade your system(s) to the current stable release, ask me about <oldstable->stable>. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianOldStable
firmware image
M: 2010-08-08
<reply> see firmware images
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: 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: 2009-01-07
<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
C: 2001-09-16
<reply> It was the one armed man, I tell you ! || <reply>who's on first!!
M: 2007-07-26
<reply> see sound
C: 2002-10-05
<reply> awwwww, whats the matter??
C: 2009-04-02
<reply>For resources concerning the use of Debian as a host for virtual computers, or as a guest within a virtual computer, see http://wiki.debian.org/SystemVirtualization . Also ask me about <hyper-v>, <kvm>, <linux-vserver>, <lxc>, <openvz>, <pearpc>, <qemu>, <user mode linux>, <virtualbox>, <virtual pc>, <vmware>, <xen>, <xve>, <ksm>.
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: 2013-01-29
<reply>LAME is an open source MP3 encoder, accepted into <main> in July 2011 (closing bug #90091); unofficial packages for Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" are available from <deb-multimedia>. Applications using <GStreamer> for MP3 file output require the LAME plugin, packaged as gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly package for Debian 7 "Wheezy", and as gstreamer0.10-lame (in <dmm>) for Debian 6.0 "Squeeze". http://lame.sf.net/ #mp3encoder on irc.freenode.net.
C: 2009-09-12
<reply> see xorg config
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: 2010-05-09
<reply>apt-cache is a tool with several commands that query the package cache in various ways. To see versions of a package or which repository it came from, use "apt-cache policy foo", "apt-cache show foo" or "apt-cache showpkg foo" (searches for reverse dependencies). "apt-cache search foo" helps to find which packages provide or are related to foo, by searching all package descriptions. See also <which repo>.
C: 2006-11-16
<reply> see simple sid backport
driver locator
M: 2010-10-12
<reply>To work out what module you need to load for your PCI card, try pasting the output from "lspci -n" into http://kmuto.jp/debian/hcl/ . Ask me about <which ethernet driver> and <which video driver>. See also <oot>, <nodriver>, <judd-hardware>.
wheezy pool 1
C: 2011-02-05
<reply> ! blubberdiblub=2013-04-07 lisandro=2013-04-26 enrico=2013-03-25 madamezou=2013-04-01 Synrg=2013-04-26 shirish=2013-05-15 LtL=2013-05-21 rizlah=2013-01-02 bolt=2013-04-01 TCW=2013-02-17 babilen=2013-05-04 cousin_luigi=2013-01-14 tremon=2013-01-26 jelly=2013-05-07 comps=2013-02-20 ml|=2013-06-13 chealer=2012-12-20 jordanm=2013-08-21 peterrooney=2013-02-08 Arrowmaster=2012-12-12 simonrvn=2013-03-23 themill=2013-03-15 abrotman=2013-06-01
M: 2011-04-27
<reply>For i386, the -686-bigmem linux-images support up to 64 GB of RAM on Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" systems supporting <PAE>. If you have more than about 3.4 GB of RAM, install and use this to see everything past the sub ~3.4 GB limit (but with additional CPU overhead). Alternatively, if you have a <x86-64> processor, use an -amd64 linux-image instead. See also <686-pae>.
M: 2013-03-21
<reply>pastebin.com mangles input, takes forever to load, often makes us enter a CAPTCHA to see your paste and fills the screen with ads. Please use a different site, like http://paste.debian.net/
M: 2011-03-30
<reply> see enlightenment
M: 2009-06-25
<reply>UTF-8 is way of encoding multibyte characters from the Universal Character Set (Unicode/ISO10646). UTF-8 is a superset of US-ASCII but can represent all of unicode. By default, Debian will use a UTF-8 locale for you, but ask me about <locales> and <localised errors>. Typically, you use something like "LANG=lang_CC.utf8" e.g. export LANG=en_US.utf8 (for US-English). To fix garbled man pages, see /usr/share/doc/groff/README.Debian.
M: 2014-02-11
<reply>The MATE Desktop Environment is a fork of GNOME 2, available since Debian 8.0 "Jessie". To install, ask me about <install mate>. http://mate-desktop.org/ #mate on chat.freenode.net.
cmd: 8ball (.*?)
C: 2003-11-13
($1): <reply> (Yes.|No.|Absolutely.|Negative.|I'm not sure.|I'm sure of it.|Sure. Yeah, exactly.|Unsure.|Please ask again.|Are you smoking crack?)
M: 2010-02-16
<reply>Gnash is the GNU <Flash> movie player, developed from GPLFlash and part of the GNU project. The project aims to create a free software player and browser plugin. The browser plugins are packaged for Debian as browser-plugin-gnash (for Iceweasel/Firefox) and konqueror-plugin-gnash. http://www.gnu.org/software/gnash/ #gnash on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2010-04-12
<reply> see sdo
M: 2009-08-13
<reply>TIAS is "Try It And See".
M: 2011-03-22
<reply>The Broadcom BCM4312 (PCI ID 14e4:4315) is a PCIe 802.11g wireless LAN chipset with a low-power PHY. It is supported by the <b43> driver. Firmware is required, ask me about <contrib> and install the firmware-b43-lpphy-installer package to provide. Alternatively supported by <wl>. PCI ID 14e4:4312 uses a BCM4311 chipset, which requires the firmware-b43-installer package instead. http://wiki.debian.org/bcm43xx
M: 2005-01-05
<reply> tar -zxvf tarball, cd blah, ./configure, make, make install or install by hand., but for an easier way to compile the kernel, apt-get install kernel-package, or something you should only do if you're SURE there isn't already a debian package that meets your needs, and never into places that could conflict with dpkg
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: 2011-03-01
<reply>Mesa 3D is an open source implementation of the <OpenGL> API. http://mesa3d.org/ #dri-devel on irc.freenode.net. See also <glx>.
M: 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.
package basics
M: 2011-01-10
<reply>"Basics of the Debian package management system" is a chapter of the Debian GNU/Linux <FAQ>, which describes the Debian package format. http://www.debian.org/doc/FAQ/ch-pkg_basics . To create your own Debian packages, ask me about <nmg>.
M: 2011-09-27
<reply>To view and alter system services, use one or more of <rcconf>, <sysv-rc-conf>, <update-rc.d>; or use ls, ln and mv in /etc/rc?.d/ . The /etc/services file provides a port numbers list, which is updated from http://www.iana.org/assignments/port-numbers and other sources. The 'service' command (used to run an init script) is packaged for Debian in sysvinit-utils. See also <disable services>.
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: 2011-03-21
<reply>From Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" onwards, you can grant yourself (minimally secure) root permissions for <sudo> by adding yourself to the "sudo" group: "adduser your_username sudo". See the man pages indicated by "apropos sudo" for more information.
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: 2007-03-24
a clever cross-platform way of installing nvidia's proprietary drivers, which works fine on systems with stupid package managers (i.e. not so good with Debian). More specifically, prone to dying if any X or kernel-related packages are upgraded or removed. Ask me about <nvidia-graphics-drivers> instead. See also <why nvidia-installer sucks>, <remove nvidia-installer>.
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>.
install wheezy
M: 2013-05-04
<reply> see install debian
M: 2010-03-24
<reply>To secure and harden a Debian GNU/Linux system, ask me about <securing debian> and <security>. See also <security backports>, <tracker of doom>, <d:sbd>, <grsecurity>, <exec shield>.
dmm list
M: 2012-02-29
<reply>To list all packages you have installed from deb-multimedia.org: aptitude search '?narrow(?version(CURRENT),?origin(Unofficial Multimedia Packages))' --disable-columns -F%p. Note: apt must know about the origin repository for this to work (i.e. you have a 'deb' line for it in sources.list and 'apt-get update' has been run). See also <which repo>.
C: 1970-01-01
<reply>Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a protocol specified by Netscape that allows for "secure" passage of data. It uses public key encryption, including digital certificates and digital signatures, to pass data between a browser and a server, or more generally, all sorts of network clients and the respective servers. It is an open standard and most modern browsers support it.
M: 2009-06-23
a program in the dpkg-dev package that builds .debs from source. "aptitude install fakeroot devscripts dpkg-dev build-essential" and run 'dpkg-buildpackage -us -uc -rfakeroot' in the source directory. Ask me about <package recompile> <debian/rules> <source>.
M: 2010-10-03
<reply>Chromium is an open source web browser produced by Google, based on WebKit. Google Chrome is based on Chromium. Packaged as chromium in Debian 7 "Wheezy" and chromium-browser in Debian 6.0 "Squeeze". http://wiki.debian.org/Chromium http://www.chromium.org/Home #chromium-support on irc.freenode.net. For the game formerly known as Chromium, ask me about <chromium-bsu>.
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>.
C: 2008-11-16
<reply> Because!
standard task
M: 2011-01-20
a "task" that should be installed on all machines during the installer stage. It installs packages that are important, required and standard (i.e. "aptitude install ~pstandard ~prequired ~pimportant"). Packages in the <essential> set are always installed. Also ask me about <tasksel>.
M: 2008-09-10
<reply>In Internet terminology, a troll is a person who posts rude or offensive messages on the Internet, such as in online discussion forums, to disrupt discussion or to upset its participants. "Troll" can also mean the message itself or be a verb meaning to post such messages. "Trolling" is also commonly used to describe the activity. Rule #1: Don't feed the troll. Rule #2: Really, don't feed the troll. Rule #3: See rule #1.
fbcon resolution
C: 2007-11-15
run "aptitude install hwinfo && hwinfo --framebuffer" as root, choose a mode from the resulting list of available modes. The mode will be named in hex, something like 0x305. Edit /boot/grub/menu.lst and find the line that starts with "# kopt=" and add "vga=0x305" (substituting your chosen mode), then run "update-grub" and reboot.
M: 2013-04-03
<reply>r8169 is a Linux kernel driver supporting the Realtek RTL8101, RTL8111/8168 and RTL8169 families of gigabit Ethernet chips. See also <rtl8168d>, <rtl8105e>, <rtl8402>, <rtl8411>. Not to be confused with the out-of-tree <r8168> driver.
M: 2009-05-18
a program packaged in binutils to create, modify, and extract from archives (man ar), or argentina, or #debian-ar on irc.oftc.net.
M: 2014-04-12
<reply>user error at console, abort, retry, fail? See also <doesn't work>, <errors>.
C: 2004-05-10
<reply> <caphuso> linagee: so, now would be a good time to start reading the fucking manual before i start fucking you
using find
M: 2009-07-27
http://mywiki.wooledge.org/UsingFind or "man find"
M: 2013-03-26
<reply>[apt-secure] Starting with version 0.6, <APT> performs signature checking of the Release file for all archives. See http://wiki.debian.org/SecureApt , "man apt-secure" and chapter 7 of the Securing Debian Manual (ask me about <securing debian>) for more information. The archive signing key can be found at https://ftp-master.debian.org/keys.html . See also <key>, <no public key>.
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: 2013-05-04
<reply>see wheezy->jessie
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: 2010-07-04
<reply>Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format for document exchange, designed by Adobe as a replacement for <PostScript>. Free software to view PDFs include <xpdf>, <kpdf>, <okular>, <evince> (all poppler based) and gv, kghostview (ghostscript-based, much slower!). Adobe Reader (acroread) is available from deb-multimedia in non-free; ask me about <dmm>. See also <edit pdf>, <pdf writer>. http://wiki.debian.org/PDF
C: 2002-11-29
a KDE package manager designed for handling RPM files, but can also somewhat handle debs. If you're looking for kernel-package ask me about that instead
M: 2010-08-11
<reply>Linux Unified Key Setup (LUKS) is a disk encryption specification with a platform-independent format. http://code.google.com/p/cryptsetup/ . To access on Microsoft Windows systems, see http://freeotfe.org/ and <ext2read>.
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: 2013-01-22
<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: 2009-12-06
<reply>LaTeX (pronounced la tech) is a set of macros for the TeX document formatting system to produce beautiful documents. Read "The Not-So-Short Guide to LaTeX": http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/info/lshort/english/ or see http://directory.google.com/Top/Computers/Software/Typesetting/TeX/LaTeX/ http://www.tex.ac.uk/ . Install the texlive package for an extensive installation; "aptitude search latex" for more. #latex on irc.freenode.net.
C: 2000-11-26
<reply> yes
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: 2013-05-23
<reply>GNU Hurd (<HIRD> of Unix-Replacing Daemons) is a POSIX-compatible collection of servers which run on the Mach microkernel. It is the GNU project's replacement for the Unix kernel. http://hurd.gnu.org/ #hurd on irc.freenode.net. For the Debian GNU/Hurd port (not an official Debian release), see http://www.debian.org/ports/hurd/ and http://bits.debian.org/2013/05/debian-gnu-hurd-wheezy.html #debian-hurd on irc.oftc.net.
cross post
M: 2010-06-02
<reply>Posting the same question in several places at the same time (IRC channels, news groups, mailing lists, forums) is impolite; your time is NOT more valuable than everyone else's. Your question might be answered elsewhere, meanwhile we are wasting our time doing research for a problem you've already solved. Cross-posting can also make you look like a spammer and get you k:lined. See also <multiple ask> <hurry>.
M: 2000-11-29
<reply>OpenGL (Open Graphics Language) is a 3D graphics <API> originally developed by Silicon Graphics. http://www.opengl.org/ There is a free implementation available, ask me about <mesa>.
M: 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>.
which driver
M: 2007-10-10
<reply> see driver locator
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: 2009-04-22
<reply>update-rc.d is used to manipulate System V style init script links, which are used to stop/start system services. Read the update-rc.d man page for a good introduction to Debian's boot process. For front-ends, ask me about <rcconf>, <sysv-rc-conf>, <bum>. See also <insserv>.
M: 2009-06-05
<reply>A .udeb is a special binary <package> containing Debian-Installer modules, or "regular debian packages that are not <policy> compliant. They are used by the new debian-installer project, to build up the actual system that then installs debian." -- thus spake Joey Hess, the great Debian genius. These are not intended for installation on a normal system.
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: 2001-02-21
<reply>The optional customisation script ~/.xinitrc is used for running X as startx, and ~/.xsession is for when using X from a Display Manager like xdm or kdm. .xinitrc is discouraged in Debian, as if you just use ~/.xsession it will work from both startx and the display manager, as documented in startx(1).
wheezy release notes
C: 2013-02-19
<reply>Release notes for Debian 7 "Wheezy" are at http://www.debian.org/releases/wheezy/releasenotes . See also <squeeze->wheezy>, <install guide>.
M: 2012-10-22
<reply>People often falsely diagnose problems because they are looking too closely at a problem: they have got stuck at a particular point (Y) doing something (X) and so ask about step Y, not realising that there is an easier or better way to do X in the first place. See http://mywiki.wooledge.org/XyProblem
M: 2009-04-11
<reply>/etc/resolv.conf is a resolver configuration file that contains your nameserver IPs. It is written by your DHCP client. To use different nameservers than those provided by DHCP, ask me about <override dns>. See also <fixresolvconf>.
M: 2009-01-01
the GNU Compiler Collection, see http://gcc.gnu.org/ . In order to change which version it should use, "export CC=gcc-$whatever", as /usr/bin symlinks (gcc, g++, et al) are not handled using Debian <alternatives>; see /usr/share/doc/gcc/README.Debian. See also <gcc-doc>.
C: 2007-03-01
<reply> see msg the bot
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
M: 2011-03-23
<reply> tar (Tape ARchive) is Unix's general purpose archive utility and associated file format. Extract tar: "tar xf foo.tar"; Extract tar.gz: "tar xzf foo.tar.gz"; Extract tar.bz2: "tar xjf foo.tar.bz2"; tar extraction command hard to remember? use apt-get install unp; unp foo.bar; Create tar.gz: "tar czf foo.tar.gz directory"; Create tar.bz2: "tar cjf foo.tar.bz2 directory".
secure apt
M: 2010-02-09
<reply> see apt-secure
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: 2009-04-17
<reply>[faq] Frequently Asked Questions. The #debian FAQ is at http://wiki.debian.org/DebianIRC . The Debian GNU/Linux FAQ is at http://www.debian.org/doc/FAQ/ . Ask me about <search dpkg> to search my database for FAQ links. Many other FAQ are listed at http://wiki.debian.org/FAQ . Read the FAQs!
M: 2013-06-15
<reply>Debian 7.1 was released on June 15th, 2013. This point release corrects some serious bugs and copies security updates across to the main archive. Further details are at http://www.debian.org/News/2013/20130615 and http://http.debian.net/debian/dists/wheezy/ChangeLog . To upgrade, ask me about <point release>.
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.
apt offline
M: 2008-04-25
<reply>To use apt on a machine that doesn't have a network connection (if you have a separate machine that does have a network connection), read http://batmat.net/apt-offline/ch3.html . Ask me about <apt-zip>, <apt-walkabout>.
M: 2009-10-19
the HD tuning tool. It's also very dangerous, don't blame us if it makes you lose data. If your IDE drive seems sluggish, you should experiment with hdparm with the following options: unmasked irq (on), I/O support (3, 32bit w/sync), and multcount (16) and using dma (on), or read http://linux.oreillynet.com/pub/a/linux/2000/06/29/hdparm.html, or apt-get install hdparm and RTFM :). IDE?? try: hdparm -d1 -m16 -A1 -a64 -u1 -X70 /dev/hda
M: 2011-02-06
<reply>As part of the Squeeze release party, the http://www.debian.org site has had a face-lift. Enjoy!
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: 2010-08-31
<reply> see fixmbr
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>
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>.
M: 2005-04-29
<reply> All days in #debian will remain Sunday until further notice. Unfortunately, outside #debian the world keeps turning, so you still have to get up and go to work. Welcome to PermaTardsday! http://www.lyricsfreak.com/m/morrissey/96007.html
who owns you
C: 2003-02-05
<reply> dondelelcaro does
M: 2013-06-27
<reply>brcmsmac (brcm80211 prior to Linux 2.6.39) is an open source <mac80211> driver, supporting 802.11n PCIe devices based on Broadcom <BCM4313>, <BCM43224> and <BCM43225> chips. Firmware is required (bcm43xx-0.fw, bcm43xx_hdr-0.fw), ask me about <non-free sources> and install the firmware-brcm80211 package to provide. Access point and adhoc modes are supported since Linux 3.10. http://wiki.debian.org/brcm80211
M: 2009-06-09
<reply>A firewall is a boundary - usually a computer or network appliance - between your private network and the Internet. A firewall cannot protect the computer it is running on. Ask me about <iptables>. See also <arno-iptables-firewall>, <ferm>, <firehol>.
M: 2013-12-24
<reply>OpenOffice is a productivity suite based on Sun's StarOffice. http://wiki.debian.org/OpenOffice http://www.openoffice.org/ #openoffice.org on irc.freenode.net. See also <debian ooo> and <libreoffice>. OpenOffice is no longer packaged starting from wheezy, but its fork LibreOffice is: http://www.debian.org/News/2011/20110623
M: 2006-02-14
a recursive acronym which stands for GNU's Not UNIX. The GNU project is dedicated to the creation of a 100% Free Software Operating System. http://www.gnu.org/ #gnu on irc.freenode.net.
don't work
C: 2002-02-01
<reply> see doesn't work
M: 2007-12-02
<reply> see kernel
M: 2009-06-05
<reply>Synaptic is a graphical user interface to add, remove and reinstall packages. It has dependency handling just like apt-get and integrates well with apt-get (also behaves well with aptitude too). http://wiki.debian.org/Synaptic http://wiki.debian.org/HowToSynaptic . Not to be confused with the <synaptics> touchpad driver.
general cli tutorial
M: 2010-03-23
<reply> http://www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Teaching/Unix/ http://linuxcommand.org http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/manual/html_node/ http://tldp.org/LDP/GNU-Linux-Tools-Summary/html/index.html http://bhami.com/rosetta.html
C: 2001-01-25
<reply> see non-free
M: 2010-08-27
<reply>GLX (OpenGL Extension to the X Window System) enables programs wanting to use <OpenGL> to do so, via a window provided by X Window System. http://web.archive.org/web/20080510115750/http://www.sgi.com/products/software/opensource/glx/
M: 2007-10-18
<reply> blootbot is a severely mutiliated infobot by xk. Homepage at http://blootbot.sf.net/ . Blootbot debs are now in Debian. You may not want to run a blootbot unless you're very good with perl. The latest svn has pgsql support. NOTE: blootbot development has officially stopped, and the project has been renamed back to infobot. Ask me about <infobot>.
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: 2005-07-27
<reply> see debian-devel-announce
C: 1970-01-01
<reply> see help
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.
kernel abi
M: 2010-01-25
<reply>Debian kernel packages have an <ABI> to indicate when out-of-tree modules must be rebuilt; upgrading from a package with 3.2.0-3-amd64 to another 3.2.0-3-amd64 doesn't require fglrx/nvidia/etc to be rebuilt, but upgrading from 3.2.0-3-amd64 to 3.2.0-4-amd64 does. Development kernels intended for <experimental> have the ABI <trunk> to indicate the ABI is unmanaged. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianKernelABIChanges
M: 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: 2010-11-06
<reply>[apple] a fruit, or Apple Inc. (formerly Apple Computer, Inc.), a consumer electronics and software company. http://wiki.debian.org/InstallingDebianOn/Apple . See also <airport>, <alac>, <combo drive>, <daap>, <hfs>, <hfsplus>, <imac>, <ipod>, <m68k>, <macbook>, <mac mini>, <open firmware>, <powerpc>, <quicktime>, <superdrive>. ##apple on irc.freenode.net.
bpo kernel
M: 2010-09-06
<reply> see bdo kernel
M: 2013-03-18
<reply>see customer
M: 2007-01-29
<reply> Enter /msg dpkg help in your IRC client, or http://www.debian.org/intro/about
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: 2009-06-05
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).
M: 2008-09-09
<reply>$nick: what?!
M: 2011-04-27
<reply>Physical Address Extension (PAE) is an x86 processor feature allowing more than 4 gigabytes of physical memory to be used. Linux supports PAE since version 2.3.23 (up to 64 GB of memory on 32-bit systems). PAE is supported by the Intel Pentium Pro/II/III/4/4M/D, Xeon, Core and Atom; AMD Geode NX, Athlon (K7), Duron, Opteron, Sempron, Turion and Phenom; Transmeta Efficeon; VIA C7 and some others. Ask me about <686-pae>, <bigmem>.
dual boot guide
M: 2008-04-19
<reply> A guide for setting up dual booting with various combinations of Linux and Windows (XP, Vista, 7) can be found at http://apcmag.com/dualboot . The guide covers both Windows and Linux being installed first on the machine. Also ask me about <fixmbr>, <supergrub>.
gnome status
M: 2013-07-10
<reply>Status of the GNOME 3.8 <transition> can be found at http://www.0d.be/debian/debian-gnome-3.8-status.html
M: 2013-10-01
<reply> see fixboot
M: 2008-07-25
<reply> GNU Parted is a partition editor, used for creation, destruction, resizing and copying, including the associated file system within. Supports Apple and sparc partition tables, can only shrink HFS/HFS+ filesystems. http://www.gnu.org/software/parted/ #parted on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2011-03-17
<reply>wodim ("write optical disk media") is a <DFSG> compliant fork of <cdrecord>, part of <cdrkit> and available in the wodim package. See http://lwn.net/Articles/198171/ for the release notice. Use -pad for .wav files when burning audio. Use -swab if your CDR uses little endian or .cdr is in big endian -- basically if the audio on CD is static, use -swab.
alsa firmware
M: 2013-01-02
<reply>Firmware from userspace is required by the Cirrus Logic Sound Fusion CS46XX (snd-cs46xx), Echo Digital Audio series, ESS Allegro/Maestro3 (snd-maestro3), Korg 1212 I/O (snd-korg1212) and Yamaha YMF (snd-ymfpci) ALSA drivers. Ask me about <cs46xx>, <echoaudio>, <maestro3>, <korg1212> or <ymfpci> respectively. For E-MU Digital Audio Systems devices, ask me about <emu10k1>.
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: 2002-12-28
<reply>It's maths, not math, damn it. You don't say "I like mathematic", it's "I like mathematics".
M: 2013-05-20
<reply> see iceweasel backports
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.
localised errors
M: 2009-06-09
<reply> see localized errors
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
C: 1970-01-01
<reply> adduser <USER> <GROUP>; read the adduser man page. Also ask me about <groups>, <desktop groups>, <qotd221>.
M: 2005-09-11
a very fat 32-bit version of a pathetic filesystem, or apt-get install dosfstools, then man mkfs.vfat, or for information on getting write access for regular users, ask me about <vfatrw>, or you should not be using this filesystem unless Windows needs to read it.
M: 2010-08-05
a graphics driver built into the kernel that accesses the video cards memory directly in a linear io, framebuffered X is just a way of using that kernel's framebuffer for graphics instead of the application itself having to know how the card works.. executive summary: it's hardware abstraction of the video, or slow, slow, slow... ask me about <fbcon resolution>.
securing debian
M: 2009-12-08
<reply>The Securing Debian Manual describes the security of the Debian GNU/Linux operating system and within the Debian project. http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/securing-debian-howto/ Packaged for Debian as harden-doc. See also <manuals>.
M: 2004-11-15
<reply><Guerin> JVaughn: it's probably bourbon. bourbon and whisky are different like knoppix and debian.
empty xorg.conf
M: 2011-02-08
<reply>Starting from Debian 5.0 "Lenny", /etc/X11/xorg.conf is often basically empty or non-existent, as X auto-detects your hardware and starts the X server accordingly, nothing to worry about. Ask me about <xorg config> and <xrandr> for ways to configure Xorg. See also <xorg manual config>, <xorg.conf.d>, <xorg hal>.
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 in squeeze. A <FUSE> implementation for Debian GNU/Linux systems is in zfs-fuse. For ZFS on Squeeze, see http://deb.li/i4JhI . http://zfs-fuse.net/ #zfs-fuse on irc.freenode.net.
suspend troubleshooting
M: 2011-01-12
<reply>A guide for troubleshooting suspend-to-RAM and suspend-to-disk problems is at http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Suspend_to_RAM and http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Suspend_to_disk . The tools it references are available in the Debian <uswsusp> package. See also http://kernel.org/doc/Documentation/power/basic-pm-debugging.txt
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".
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.
install testing
M: 2013-05-09
<reply>Daily built <netinst> images to install <testing> are available from http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/ . The chance of the testing installer being broken on any given day is quite high. Instead, do a minimal installation using the stable installer and ask me about <stable->testing>. Also ask me about <testing installer>, <apt-listchanges>, <d-d-a>.
cmd: ubuntu (.*?)
C: 2008-11-13
($1): <reply>$1: Please take your Ubuntu question to #ubuntu on chat.freenode.net as they are able to help you much better with Ubuntu questions than #debian. Ubuntu can be quite different from Debian, #debian is not just a version of #ubuntu for advanced Ubuntu users.
udev rules
M: 2013-05-19
M: 2009-02-17
file:///usr/share/doc/base-passwd/users-and-groups.html . Ask me about <group> and <desktop groups>. See also http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ch-opersys.html#s9.2
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: 1970-01-01
the english version of the greek letter lambda, as used by Alonzo Church in creating his lambda calculus.
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.
M: 2013-04-11
<reply>The Debian Administrator's Handbook is at http://debian-handbook.info/ and can be browsed, bought and downloaded. From Debian 7 "Wheezy" onwards, it can also can be installed from the debian-handbook package. Also ask me about <books> <docs>.
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>.
M: 2012-03-28
<reply>The wine-unstable packages in Debian are very out of date and possibly not what you want. For unofficial, newer versions of these packages for jessie/sid, see http://dev.carbon-project.org/debian/wine-unstable/ . These packages can be backported to wheezy with a little work, ask me about <ssb>. Alternatively, the commercial <cxoffice> offers a recent wine with support.
M: 2009-03-31
interrupt 10h for the video BIOS. If you meant the Debian Meetings Video Archive, look at http://meetings-archive.debian.net/pub/debian-meetings/
M: 2010-09-21
<reply> see linux mint
debian history
M: 2004-06-10
http://www.debian.org/intro/about#history http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/project-history/ or ask me about <release history> for the reader's digest condensed version.
M: 2009-04-07
<reply>Very Secure FTP Daemon (vsftpd) is a GPL licensed FTP and FTPS server for Unix-like systems. Frequently Asked Questions: http://viki.brainsware.org/?en/FAQ . Wiki: http://vsftpd.brainsware.org/ . http://vsftpd.beasts.org/ #vsftpd on irc.freenode.net. See also <ftpd>.
based on
C: 2006-04-20
<reply> see based on debian
M: 2010-08-09
<reply> Linux Standard Base is a set of guidelines which all linux distributions should follow to ensure compatability between them. http://www.linuxfoundation.org/collaborate/workgroups/lsb . See also <lsb tags>, <fancytty>.
M: 2009-04-07
<reply>[ftpd] A daemon that speaks <FTP>. The following choices are available on Debian: ftpd, the *BSD daemon (good, robust piece of software without anything shiny on it); <wu-ftpd> (a high-performance, multi-homing and anon-only capable daemon that has caused traffic on bugtraq); <proftpd>, which is somewhere in between; and <pure-ftpd>, which features optionally chrooted home directories, virtual domains, ratios, etc. See also <vsftpd>.
M: 2011-05-17
<reply>The Realtek RTL8111D/RTL8168D Ethernet controller is supported by <r8169> since Linux 2.6.31. Firmware patches (rtl8168d-1.fw, rtl8168d-2.fw) for use with linux-2.6 2.6.32-20 and later are packaged since firmware-nonfree 0.28, ask me about <realtek firmware>. These provide a bug fix for the controller (gigabit operation with a wider variety of cables and link partners); in many cases, the controller and driver will work without these.
M: 2011-02-01
<reply>Non Maintainer Upload (NMU): when a Debian Developer who is not the package maintainer uploads an update of said package. http://wiki.debian.org/NonMaintainerUpload . See also <binnmu>.
fact sharing
C: 2006-06-05
<reply>I show the same facts on both <freenode> and <OFTC>. If you update a fact on one network, it will show up on the other network.
C: 2008-06-11
<reply>full-upgrade is the new name for "dist-upgrade" in aptitude from Lenny onwards. Remember that "dist-upgrade" is not about moving from one release to another but installing new packages (ask me about <dist-upgrade>); read man apt-get carefully. Some security fixes will require a "full-upgrade" not just a "safe-upgrade" to apply. Ask me about <why not dist upgrade> <dist-upgrade> <safe-upgrade> <apt-listchanges>
M: 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: 2009-09-29
a wonderful fucking thing that should be used properly. Every time you hurt grammar, a <knoppix> user joins. To the scientists, language is god. See <$lang>, <language per user>.
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
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: 2013-06-03
<reply>Selected packages intended for the "Wheezy" (7.x) release of Debian but recompiled for use with "Squeeze" (6.0) can be found in the "squeeze-backports" repository. A suitable line for your sources.list is «deb http://http.debian.net/debian-backports/ squeeze-backports main». Also ask me about <bdo>.
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>.
C: 2004-05-11
<reply> see archive
M: 2010-02-18
<reply>Icedove is a DFSG-free fork of Mozilla Thunderbird, a cross-platform email client, replacing Thunderbird in Debian as of 5.0 "Lenny". Debian is unable to distribute Mozilla Thunderbird as-is due to trademark restrictions, see <why icedove>. Since July 2013, Icedove in Debian <stable> is based on the Extended Support Release (ESR) branch. For help with upstream issues, ask #thunderbird on irc.mozilla.org. http://wiki.debian.org/Icedove
lsb tags
C: 2010-08-09
<reply>see missing lsb tags
M: 2011-04-11
<reply>The Realtek RTL8188CE and RTL8192CE are PCIe 802.11n wireless LAN chipsets (PCI IDs 10ec:8176, 10ec:8177, 10ec:8178, 10ec:8191). mac80211 vendor driver (rtl8192ce) is available since Linux 2.6.38. Firmware is required (rtlwifi/rtl8192cfw.bin), ask me about <realtek firmware> to provide. http://wiki.debian.org/rtl819x
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.
M: 2011-05-14
<reply>MEPIS is a live CD distribution based on Debian. SimplyMEPIS 11 (based on Squeeze), SimplyMEPIS 8.0/8.5 (based on Lenny) and antiX (based on <testing>) are not supported in #debian. http://www.mepis.org/ #mepis on irc.freenode.net. See also <based on debian>.
M: 2009-04-25
Alt-PrintScreen-[Key]. For a clean reboot with a semi-locked machine, try [Key] with s-u-b, s for sync, u for remount readonly and b for reBoot. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_SysRq_key and http://kernel.org/doc/Documentation/sysrq.txt . See also <sysrqd>.
M: 2009-11-23
<reply>SPARC is the CPU architecture used in Sun's proprietary hardware. Non-embedded systems usually run Solaris. For more information about SPARC, see http://www.sparc.org/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPARC . To install Debian, ask me about <install guide> and see http://wiki.debian.org/PortsSparc ; the <sparc32> port has been retired. For help with Debian on SPARC, join #debian-sparc on irc.oftc.net.
M: 2010-01-21
<reply>XChat is a graphical <IRC> client similar to AmIRC. Also in violation of the GPL (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xchat#Shareware_controversy). http://xchat.org/faq/ http://xchatdata.net/Using/FAQ http://xchat.org/ #xchat on irc.freenode.net. See also <hexchat>.
M: 2008-02-29
<reply>The people here are volunteers, your attitude should reflect that. Answers are not always available.
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". http://wiki.debian.org/systemd http://freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/systemd #systemd on irc.freenode.net.
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".
realtek firmware
M: 2013-05-04
<reply>Firmware from userspace is required by the <rtl8192e>, <rtl8192su>, <r8712u>, <rtl8192ce>, <rtl8192cu>, <rtl8192de> and <rtl8192se> Linux kernel drivers. Firmware patches providing bug fixes for specific Realtek Ethernet controllers are also available. Ask me about <non-free sources>, then install the firmware-realtek package to provide.
wheezy pool
M: 2013-05-05
<reply>The pool about when <Wheezy> would release was won by babilen with 2013-05-04. Arrowmaster was the most off-track. Ask me about <wheezy pool 1> to see the bets placed. See also <jessie pool>.
M: 2013-10-15
<reply>#debian-next is the channel for testing/unstable support on the OFTC network (irc.oftc.net).
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: 2007-11-07
<reply> see virtualbox
M: 2010-02-16
Direct Rendering Infrastructure, included in X. http://dri.freedesktop.org/wiki/DriTroubleshooting http://dri.freedesktop.org/wiki/ #dri on irc.freenode.net.
what's up
C: 2001-05-21
<reply>everything is okay thanks
forgot root password
M: 2007-04-15
<reply>see ifrp
M: 2004-08-25
<reply>Freecode (formerly freshmeat) is _the_ place to search for whatever piece of software you know of/have heard of/dreamt of. http://freecode.com/
M: 2010-10-03
<reply>zd1211rw is a Linux kernel driver supporting USB wireless LAN devices based on ZyDAS ZD1211 and ZD1211B (aka Atheros AR5007UG) chips. Firmware is required, ask me about <non-free sources> and install the zd1211-firmware package to provide. Supports master mode (access point) operation as of Linux 2.6.39. http://wiki.debian.org/zd1211rw
M: 2003-06-06
laughing my ass off, or see lol
default alsa
C: 2010-12-23
<reply>Use the /etc/asound.conf or ~/.asoundrc configuration files to set your default sound card. See http://web.archive.org/web/20120229040333/http://alsa.opensrc.org/FAQ026 for more information.
M: 2003-08-07
lamer talk for cool,, or shitkitty talk, or http://www.googlism.com/where_is/1/1337/
M: 2005-02-25
Czech Republic. Kanal pro cechy je #debian-cz
sid upgrade test
C: 2010-01-28
<reply> If you can't work out how to upgrade your machine to testing (or unstable), then this is probably a good indication that you (a) don't know enough about Debian to be able to solve the inevitable problems you will face and (b) you don't know how to use google or documentation to answer really easy questions. If either of these apply, you shouldn't be using unstable (or even testing) and we're not going to help you do so.
geo http sources.list
M: 2012-06-28
<reply>To have <APT> automatically select a mirror geographically close to you, you can use a Geo-IP service from http.debian.net. An example line for your sources.list is "deb http://http.debian.net/debian/ wheezy main". See http://http.debian.net/ for more information. Unlike <cdn.debian.net>, it is safe to use with Google DNS etc because it uses HTTP 302 redirects. See also <which http.debian.net>.
M: 2010-01-09
the Berkeley Internet Name Daemon, a Domain Name System (DNS) server. To install: "aptitude install bind9 bind9-doc". See also <bind9 chroot>. http://wiki.debian.org/Bind9 https://www.isc.org/software/bind #bind on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2010-01-11
<reply>Use 'tell' to make me tell a factoid to someone, e.g. "dpkg tell foo about bar".
M: 2010-04-08
<reply>grep (global / regular expression / print) is a command line text search utility. It searches one or more input files for lines containing a match to a specified pattern, printing the matching lines by default. http://www.gnu.org/software/grep/manual/ http://www.gnu.org/software/grep/ (GNU grep, egrep and fgrep) #grep on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2010-06-02
<reply>grsecurity is a patch set to enhance Linux kernel security: provides an ACL system, auditing capabilities and institutes measures to prevent common system exploits. Packaged for Debian as linux-patch-grsecurity2, read /usr/share/doc/linux-patch-grsecurity2/README.Debian to apply. http://www.grsecurity.net/ #grsecurity on irc.oftc.net, ##grsecurity on irc.freenode.net.
unstable security
M: 2009-02-16
<reply>There is no security support for unstable (sid) at all. Uploads of new packages that fix security vulnerabilities are handled in the same way as any other new version -- this means it's up to the maintainer to do a new upload and you (perhaps) to reconfigure services to cope with the new version. This is one of the reasons unstable is not suitable for day-to-day use in many situations. Also ask me about <moving target>.
aptitude docs
M: 2011-03-08
<reply>Documentation for aptitude can be found in the aptitude-doc package (to see the languages in which it is available, apt-cache showpkg aptitude-doc) or at http://aptitude.alioth.debian.org/doc/en/index.html . See also <aptitude build-dep> <aptitude clone> <aptitude-fu> <aptitude debug> <aptitude search> <aptitude states>.
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 irc.freenode.net or http://forums.kali.org/ . Also ask me about <based on debian>.
java ipv6
M: 2010-08-01
<reply>net.ipv6.bindv6only=1 was set in netbase 4.38, no longer set by default since netbase 4.42 (Debian bug #560238). net.ipv6.bindv6only=1 breaks networking in Java for sun-java6-jdk (Debian bug #560044). For older (pre-release) Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" installations, use "sed -i 's/net.ipv6.bindv6only = 1/net.ipv6.bindv6only = 0/' /etc/sysctl.d/bindv6only.conf ; invoke-rc.d procps restart" to revert.
newer wine
M: 2012-03-28
<reply> see wine-unstable
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: 2011-03-11
<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>.
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: 2008-06-03
<reply> You can partition your hard drive by breaking it up into one or more pieces, or "partitions". Partition manipulators include <fdisk>, <cfdisk>, sfdisk, <parted> and <gparted>. Also ask about <list partitions>. Linux Partition HOWTO: http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Partition/. Linux Partitioning mini-FAQ: http://linuxmafia.com/~karsten/Linux/FAQs/partition.html
M: 2013-04-30
<reply>The Broadcom BCM4313 (PCI ID 14e4:4727) - incorrectly identified as BCM4727 by Broadcom's proprietary driver - is an 802.11n PCIe wireless LAN chipset. Not supported by the <b43> driver at this time. For device support, ask about me about <brcmsmac>, <wl>. Not to be confused with the <bcm4331>.
C: 2001-10-18
a packaged script that converts Perl modules snagged from <CPAN> into .deb archives. You get to use CPAN archives, Debian's dependencies stay in one piece, everybody's happy.
M: 2008-07-21
<reply>The Shoreline Firewall, more commonly known as "Shorewall", is a Netfilter (iptables) based firewall that can be used on a dedicated firewall system, a multi-function gateway/router/server or on a standalone GNU/Linux system. http://wiki.debian.org/HowTo/shorewall http://www.shorewall.net/ #shorewall on irc.freenode.net.
i forgot mysql root password
C: 2008-04-25
<reply> see forgot mysql root password
C: 2007-08-01
<reply> see rtl818x
M: 2005-09-01
a collection of programs that can be used in debian/rules files to automate common tasks related to building Debian binary packages. For further documentation, see the man pages for dh_* commands. For an overview of debhelper, see the debhelper man page. #debian's eggdrop bot
C: 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>.
M: 2011-10-04
a program (front end to useradd(8)) for adding a user to the system. See also <homedir permissions>.
M: 2006-09-13
<reply>dselect is a wonderful UI for package management, or really more powerful than apt-get, or the only thing that provides FULL data when making decisions on whether to install a package. Obsolete documentation is at http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/dselect-beginner/ . See also <aptitude>, <fix-unmet>. For details about the bot, ask me about <dselectbot>.
C: 2001-02-13
<action> looks around for someone named nick.
C: 2012-06-29
<reply> see geo http sources.list
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>.
cmd: ubuntu-es (.*?)
C: 2010-02-25
($1): <reply> $1: Ubuntu esta basado en Debian, pero no es Debian, y dificilmente tendra los estandares de Debian. Solo Debian es soportado en #debian. Por favor conectese a #ubuntu-es en chat.freenode.net Ahi recibira mas soporte.
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>.
M: 2012-07-17
<reply> Γιά βοήθεια στα Ελληνικά παρακαλώ δοκιμάστε στο #debian-gr on irc.oftc.net (irc.debian.org). Gia voitheia sta ellinika dokimaste to #debian-gr on irc.oftc.net (irc.debian.org). For help in Greek please try #debian-gr on irc.oftc.net (irc.debian.org).
M: 2012-08-17
<reply>sftp is a program that provides FTP-like functionality over an ssh2 tunnel and is usually what you should be using instead of ftp://ftp. Linux clients are in the packages openssh-client, filezilla, gftp and many file managers like dolphin, konqueror and nautilus. The server is in the package openssh-server. For Windows clients, ask me about <winscp>, <filezilla>. See also <scp> and <sshfs>.
M: 2003-05-28
the best name on IRC e.g. /ping pong, or *the* classic video game
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.
M: 2010-09-28
<reply> see stable-proposed-updates
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: 2008-04-08
<reply>Intent To Package (ITP) is a Debian <bug> filed against the <wnpp> pseudo-package, to indicate someone is working on packaging a piece of software for Debian. This is done to avoid a duplication of work.
M: 2010-06-06
<reply> The Onion Router (Tor) is a low-latency anonymous communication system. Packaged for Debian, only enables the onion proxy by default. Tor is not allowed on freenode's #debian (http://freenode.net/policy.shtml#tor), ask me about <tor-sasl>. https://torproject.org/ #tor on irc.oftc.net.
C: 2013-03-13
<reply> see kali linux
cd content
C: 2007-12-11
<reply> see cd contents
M: 2012-03-12
<reply>stable-proposed-updates is a repository containing packages being prepared for the next <point release>. While they have already been, your additional testing is most welcome prior to wider release. http://www.debian.org/releases/proposed-updates http://release.debian.org/proposed-updates/stable.html . See also <oldstable-proposed-updates>, <testing-proposed-updates>.
M: 2012-06-03
<reply> Svensktalande debian-användare hittar du i #debian.se på FreeNode (irc.freenode.net), SE is also the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 code for Sweden, it was included in the standard 1974.
C: 2001-01-12
<reply> /me is leet cos he can start lines with a /
apt-get moo
C: 2001-02-26
<reply>...."Have you mooed today?"...
C: 2010-06-02
<reply> see cross post
toy story
M: 2011-09-08
<reply> The names of the Debian releases (buzz, rex, woody, ...) are the characters from the "Toy Story" animated movie. Toy Story was released by Pixar November 22nd, 1995; one year later Debian 1.1 was released. Bruce Perens was the <Debian Project Leader> at the time and also worked for Pixar. See http://wiki.debian.org/ToyStory and ask me about <release history>.
M: 2009-02-09
<reply> I don't need no steenkin backups. However, I'm sure at least two other mes in parallel dimensions do, so I'm probably good to go. Hopefully the other mes in the other dimensions aren't counting on me to keep backups. Those idiots. <SlayerXP> there are two types of people in this world, those who take my advice regarding RAID and backups, and those who cry when they lose their data. See <things to backup>, <qotd126>, <flw40>.
M: 2013-11-22
<reply>Alioth (http://alioth.debian.org/) is Debian's FusionForge server, see http://wiki.debian.org/Alioth for service and technical details. This service is back online (2013-11-21) following a disk crash, see http://lists.debian.org/debian-infrastructure-announce/2013/11/msg00002.html for more information. #alioth on irc.oftc.net.
magic 8-ball
C: 2003-04-24
<reply>(Signs point to yes|Yes|Reply hazy, try again|Without a doubt|My sources say no|As I see it, yes|You may rely on it|Concentrate and ask again|Outlook (not so good|good)|It is decidedly so|Better not tell you now|Very doubtful|Yes--definitely|It is certain|Cannot predict now|Most likely|Ask again later|My reply is no|Don't count on it|Insufficient entropy to continue).
desktop groups
C: 2009-01-14
<reply>The standard groups in Debian that a desktop user would normally be in are: dialout (modem/serial usage), cdrom (CD/DVD), floppy, audio, video (video devices), plugdev (USB disks), netdev (network configuration through hal/networkmanager/wicd), powerdev (power scheme management). Ask me about <group> and <groups>.
grub squeeze
M: 2013-04-21
<reply>New installations of Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" and Debian 7 "Wheezy" will have the GNU GRUB 2 bootloader installed by default on x86 systems (grub-pc package), ask me about <grub config> to configure. Upgrading from Debian 5.0 "Lenny" will offer you to chainload GRUB 2 from GRUB Legacy to verify its use, see §4.7.1 of the <squeeze release notes> for more information. GRUB Legacy remains packaged, ask me about <grub legacy>.
M: 2012-01-11
<reply>Super Grub Disk and Super Grub2 Disk are forks of <GRUB Legacy> and <GRUB2> respectively, which can be used to repair existing GNU GRUB installations. http://www.supergrubdisk.org/ See also <fixmbr>.
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: 2009-04-24
the open source version of Secure Socket Layer. http://www.openssl.org/ . See also <why gnutls>.
M: 2004-07-05
<reply>A netsplit is a deliberate disconnection between at least two servers on one IRC network. Usually occurs when the output-queue for the link has filled up too much to make a timely (re)sync likely, so it is preferred to maintain sanity (and lag-freeness) for both parts of the network. Occurs anywhere where links between IRC servers have too little bandwidth (available/allocated).
M: 2010-02-14
a dynamic floating and tiling <window manager>. http://wiki.debian.org/Awesome http://awesome.naquadah.org/ #awesome on irc.oftc.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>.
M: 2004-05-11
soome straangje laanguaage daat sussudio kjeeps spjeeaaking, or #debian-nl
M: 2009-04-07
http://wiki.debian.org/MacBook . For the Pro model, ask me about <macbookpro>. For the Air series, ask me about <macbookair>. See also <laptop>.
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: 2009-06-09
<reply>Scanner Access Now Easy (SANE) is an <API> for raster image <scanner> hardware. Packaged for Debian as sane, xsane (GUI frontends) and sane-utils (CLI frontend, saned server). Supported device list: http://www.sane-project.org/sane-supported-devices.html . FAQ: http://www.xs4all.nl/~ljm/SANE-faq.html . To use over a network, see http://wiki.debian.org/SaneOverNetwork . http://www.sane-project.org/ #sane at irc.freenode.net.
C: 2008-01-07
<reply> see wpa
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.
M: 2012-05-12
<reply>For documentation and books on Debian, see http://www.debian.org/doc and http://www.debian.org/doc/books . For the recently released "Debian Administrator's Handbook", ask me about <debian-handbook>; there is also the older <debiansystem>. Also ask me about <grounding>.
source package
M: 2010-04-01
<reply>A source package is a set of files used to make a Debian binary <package>. The main file is the Debian source control file (<dsc>) which lists the other required files; use "dget http://.../foo.dsc" (see <devscripts>) to download the dsc and all referenced files. There is also a <tarball> and (usually) patches in <diff.gz> or <debsrc3.0> format. The dsc contains checksums and is cryptographically signed by the uploader. <policy> <nmg>
which cd
C: 2005-08-21
<reply> see cd contents
M: 2009-09-19
<reply>The Debian installer comes in many forms (CD1, netinst, DVD), but the installer you use and the system you end up with is identical in each case. The only difference is when the packages are downloaded: if you grab the DVDs then you are downloading lots of packages that you might not need; if you download the <netinst>, then when you go to install packages using aptitude later on, they will be downloaded at that time.
M: 2013-09-03
<reply>aircrack-ng is a suite of <WEP> and <WPA> cracking utilities forked from aircrack. Not part of the Debian 7 "Wheezy" release (bug #682005), but is available via <wheezy-backports>. http://aircrack-ng.org/doku?id=faq http://aircrack-ng.org/ #aircack-ng on irc.freenode.net. See also <pyrit>, <weplab>.
M: 2009-10-29
<reply> modprobe vfat && mount -t vfat /dev/whatever /wherever . You cannot create a file larger than (2^32)-1 bytes (i.e. one byte less than 4 GB) on a FAT32 filesystem. See also <vfat>.
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.
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: 2010-03-16
<reply>IcedTea is a <Java> implementation based on <OpenJDK> and GNU Classpath, which can bootstrap OpenJDK using only free software components. It currently provides the only working free software Java web browser plugin. Packaged as icedtea-6-plugin/icedtea-7-plugin (Debian 7 "Wheezy") and icedtea6-plugin (Debian 6.0 "Squeeze"). http://icedtea.classpath.org/
M: 2009-09-16
<reply> Since packages generally migrate from unstable to testing fairly regularly, downgrading from unstable to testing is sometimes possible (see <partial downgrade>). Alternatively change "unstable" to "testing" in your sources.list and wait for packages migrate; installing new packages during this time might be problematic, however. Ask me about <reinstall>.
debian archive
M: 2010-03-05
<reply>Debian has archives of no-longer-supported releases at http://archive.debian.org/ . To use with <APT>, see http://www.debian.org/distrib/archive . For old versions of specific packages, ask me about <snapshot>. Old Debian <ISO> files are archived at http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/archive/
M: 2009-05-15
<reply> Vorbis is a patent free, open, lossy audio <codec>; it's usually found in the <ogg> multimedia wrapper (i.e. files with an .ogg extension) and hence is generally referred to as 'Ogg Vorbis'. Vorbis is natively VBR and sounds much better than MP3 at a given bitrate. See http://www.vorbis.com/faq/ for other reasons why you should choose Ogg Vorbis over MP3. http://www.vorbis.com/ #vorbis on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2011-11-13
a Unix operating system developed by Sun (now owned by Oracle). Bits of it are free and bits are not with the OpenSolaris experiment being rather frought.
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: 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: 2008-07-09
see docs for <sysctl> and adjust /etc/sysctl.conf kernel.printk (3 4 1 7 or so). You can also use 'dmesg -n1' command. See http://www.kernel.org/doc/Documentation/sysctl/kernel.txt or man 5 proc /printk for meaning of the numbers (console_loglevel, default_message_loglevel, minimum_console_level, default_console_loglevel)
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>.
virtual package
M: 2005-10-05
<reply>A virtual package doesn't really exist, but represents a function which several real packages fulfill, which appears in the Provides control file field of another package. The effect is as if the package(s) providing a particular virtual package name had been listed by name everywhere the virtual package name appears. To determine what provides a foo virtual package, use "aptitude search '~Ppackagename'" or "/msg judd rprovides foo".
M: 2009-12-31
<reply> see framebuffer
M: 2012-02-04
<reply> see icedove
vbox guest
M: 2013-05-09
<reply>For Debian virtual machines ("guests") running under VirtualBox, install the virtualbox-guest-utils package inside the guest to provide Guest Additions; dependent Linux kernel modules are automatically built using <DKMS>. For Microsoft Windows guests, install the virtualbox-guest-additions-iso package on the host (ask me about <non-free sources>) and see http://virtualbox.org/manual/ch04.html for installation instructions.
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>.
kernel handbook
C: 2010-12-14
<reply> see kernel-handbook
M: 2013-10-13
<reply>Debian 7.2 was released on October 12th, 2013. This point release corrects some serious bugs and copies security updates across to the main archive. Further details are at http://www.debian.org/News/2013/20131012 and http://http.debian.net/debian/dists/wheezy/ChangeLog . To upgrade, ask me about <point release>.
M: 2011-12-19
<reply> see smart questions
M: 2009-08-17
a minimal <MTA> for hosts which just sends directly to smart relays. Does not support /etc/aliases; define a catch-all alias in /etc/nullmailer/adminaddr instead, see adminaddr(5). http://untroubled.org/nullmailer/ See also <ssmtp>.
M: 2008-06-22
<reply> see standard task
C: 2010-01-31
<reply>Linux Containers (LXC) is an open source virtualization system using kernel-level isolation. http://wiki.debian.org/LXC http://lxc.sf.net/ See also <virtualization>.
C: 1970-01-01
a command that reports a snapshot of active processes (`man ps' for more info). Try: `ps auxw' which will report all processes with username in wide format. or ps is fixed in 2.0.3-3, no more segfaults.
M: 2008-04-24
the mechanism for sharing around authorisation for clients to connect to your X server. Ask me about <mit-magic-cookie> for more information. Packaged for Debian as xauth (previously xbase-clients). See also http://www.acm.uiuc.edu/workshops/cool_unix/xauth.html or ask me about <sshx>.
M: 2005-12-06
<reply> h is plank's constant or 6.625*10^-34 J*s. It's also the file extension of header files. (Note that h with crossed bar has 2pi in it...), or hydrogen
static route
M: 2007-09-29
<reply> To add a static route in Debian, just put "up /sbin/route add -net ...." for the relevant network interface in /etc/network/interfaces . See also <interfaces>.
M: 2007-07-21
<reply> see magic 8-ball
M: 2010-08-13
<reply>MEncoder is a command line video decoding, encoding and filtering tool, built from the same source as <MPlayer>. For usage instructions, see http://www.mplayerhq.hu/DOCS/HTML/en/mencoder.html and http://www.mplayerhq.hu/DOCS/HTML/en/encoding-guide.html . Also ask me about <mplayer faq>.
M: 2008-08-16
a package that can be used to manage your /etc/resolv.conf (the file that contains your DNS settings). Many packages including ppp, ifupdown, dhcp-client, pump, pdnsd, dnsmasq, ... are compatible with resolvconf, making it easier to manage your DNS settings. Ask me about <fixresolvconf>. See also <resolv.conf>.
C: 1970-01-01
a file to pass rules and dependencies to <make>. A nice guide to writing makefiles can be found at http://www.la.utexas.edu/lab/software/devtool/gnu/make/Top.html
install sid
M: 2008-06-22
<reply>If you have to ask, you shouldn't. No, really. #debian does not normally support sid because if you are using sid, then you should be able to support yourself. Often, sid is not installable as it is frequently broken. You must first install "testing" and then "upgrade" to sid. If you don't know how to do this, then you shouldn't be using sid anyway. Ask me about <sid> <sid faq> <why not unstable>.
M: 2010-10-16
<reply>PATH is the environment variable that tells the OS where to look for programs. It is defined in /etc/profile or ~/.bash_profile or ~/.profile (for sh-like shells) or ~/.login for csh-like shells. http://tldp.org/LDP/intro-linux/html/sect_07_02.html
C: 2000-04-17
<reply>alright guv ?
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. http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/
M: 2005-03-01
<reply> Eggdrop!? I scoff at Eggdrop bots! I'll have you know, $nick, that I am a blootbot, and proud of it! If you really want to sift through the rubbish heap of Tcl, it's allegedly sitting somewhere near <ftp://ftp.eggheads.org/pub/eggdrop/>, but don't say I didn't warn you!
dual boot
M: 2007-08-09
This describes a system that can boot to two different operating systems. Some OSs, such as Windows NT and OS/2, allow for dual booting when installed. Of course, you can also use other methods such as commercial programs that install a special boot partition that is capable of launching operating systems from other partitions. You can also boot to more than two operating systems on the same machine. see <dual boot guide>
M: 2012-01-28
<reply>Cinnamon is a fork of <GNOME Shell> initially developed by the Linux Mint distribution. Packaged in <unstable>. http://cinnamon.linuxmint.com/
M: 2012-11-13
<reply>Microcode are instructions/structures for implementing high-level machine code within processors. The Linux kernel can load updated microcode on most x86 processors. Microcode patches for Intel and AMD64 CPUs are packaged for Debian as intel-microcode and amd64-microcode respectively; installing the relevant package is recommended to ensure system stability. Ask me about <non-free sources>. http://wiki.debian.org/Microcode
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: 2004-11-08
<reply> -funroll-loops is a favorite compile time flag of the -O9999999 crowd. It's also an interesting collection of observations about the "compile everything with random CFLAGS" phenomenon which is sweeping the land, and which <Gentoo> is a prime example. See http://www.funroll-loops.info/
C: 2000-11-17
like 1+2=3 or like "let epsilon < 0 be given".
M: 2011-05-04
<reply>At linux-2.6 2.6.39~rc4-1~experimental.1, the 686-<bigmem> flavour was renamed to "686-pae" with the 686 flavour removed. From the package changelog: "For 686-class systems without PAE, the '486' flavour is more efficient than the '686' flavour due to optimisation for uniprocessor systems." The change allows use of the NX (No eXecute, aka eXecute Disable) bit where available. See also <nopae>.
M: 2014-02-09
<reply>Debian 7.4 was released on February 8th, 2014. This point release corrects some serious bugs and copies security updates across to the main archive. Further details are at http://www.debian.org/News/2014/20140208 and http://http.debian.net/debian/dists/wheezy/ChangeLog . To upgrade, ask me about <point release>.
M: 2002-03-04
Fully Qualified Domain Name, or the entire DNS identifier for a host, 'foo.example.org'
M: 2001-05-01
about freedom whereas the BSD license allows people to take that away, or at http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html
fixresolvconf the ugly way
C: 2008-07-15
<reply> If you can't be bothered configuring either <resolvconf> or your DHCP client to properly handle your DNS settings, then you can do this: echo -e "nameserver a.b.c.d\nnameserver w.x.y.z" > /etc/resolv.conf && chattr +i /etc/resolv.conf (where a.b.c.d and w.x.y.z are your ISPs nameservers). But realise that this is a truly ugly hack.
best practices
M: 2010-06-09
a collection of packaging recommendations. DD's follow best-practices when they make sense, and collaborate with other DD's to make new best-practices in instances when there is no accepted practice. Available in the Debian Developer's Reference at http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/developers-reference/best-pkging-practices
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: 2004-07-18
<reply> The F Virtual Window Manager (FVWM) is a fully ICCCM-compliant window manager. http://wiki.debian.org/Fvwm http://www.fvwm.org/
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>.
M: 2011-02-25
<reply>OpenJDK is the open source release of <Java> from Oracle America (formerly Sun Microsystems). All required functionality (according to the J2SE spec) is present, but some optional stuff is missing and some stuff uses different implementations from Oracle's binary JDK. Install the default-jre package for the runtime environment or default-jdk for the development kit. http://openjdk.java.net/ #openjdk on irc.oftc.net.
M: 2013-05-04
<reply> see errata wheezy
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>
C: 2006-04-19
"personal package builder", a package which creates a chroot for building packages which are optionally targetted at releases other than the currently installed release. It is useful for checking that a package has the correct build-dependencies as well. apt-get install pbuilder && pager /usr/share/doc/pbuilder/README.Debian
simple sid backports
C: 2007-08-07
<reply> see simple sid backport
M: 2012-01-28
<reply> see rtl8192ce
M: 2011-06-20
<reply> see deb-multimedia
C: 2008-05-15
another tool for managing the distribution and upgrade of debian packages for non-connected or low-speed links computers. See http://quozl.netrek.org/apt-walkabout/ Also ask me about <apt-zip> <apt offline>
C: 2001-07-19
Why have the source available for a kernel if your not going to use it? Dont fear the code, fear leads to hate, hate leads to anger, anger leads to The Dark side (aka windows)
debian suite
C: 2012-04-14
<reply>cat /etc/debian_version (or lsb_release -sc). Or check /etc/apt/sources.list. If unsure about the distribution, $ cat /etc/{*version*,*release*,*issue*} should grab almost all distributions.
M: 2013-08-11
<reply>e1000e is a Linux kernel driver supporting Intel PRO/1000 PCI Express Ethernet controllers, introduced at Linux 2.6.24. It does not require firmware from userspace. See also <i217>, <i218>.
M: 2001-04-21
(lower case) a metric thousandth or (upper case) a metric million or (greek) a metric millionth, or compile as a module in a kernel configuration. And also James Bond's boss. MUMPS, A programming language with extensive tools for the support of database management systems.
M: 2010-02-17
<reply>OpenSSH (OpenBSD Secure Shell, http://www.openssh.com/) is a free implementation of the Secure Shell (<SSH>) protocol. Packaged for Debian as openssh-server and openssh-client (install the ssh <metapackage> for both). SSH protocol 1 is disabled by default as of openssh 1:5.4p1-1. "Getting started with SSH": http://kimmo.suominen.com/docs/ssh/
C: 2001-02-03
a closed circle, whose members contain the elite of the elite, the best of the best, so damn good they make the rest of us look like morons. It is very hard to become a developer at the moment.
M: 2011-06-13
<reply>Since Debian 6.0 "Squeeze", terminating an X server via Ctrl+Alt+Backspace ("zapping") is disabled by default. To enable, run «dpkg-reconfigure -pmedium keyboard-configuration» and answer Yes when asked if Ctrl+Alt+Backspace can terminate the X server (or «setxkbmap -option terminate:ctrl_alt_bksp»).
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: 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.
C: 1970-01-01
technically, this is anything that inputs data, processes it in some way, and outputs it.
M: 2010-05-18
a tool to build your project. The dependencies to build your project is specified usually in a Makefile. Makefile may have targets, which can be invoked by make targetname, e.g. make love. For more, man make. See also <makefile>.
wake up
C: 2000-06-27
<reply> $who: I'm already awake! :)
M: 2009-12-06
<reply>sSMTP is an extremely simple <MTA> to get mail off the system to a mailhub. It does not receive mail, expand aliases or manage a queue. http://wiki.debian.org/sSMTP . See also <nullmailer>.
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>. For use with Debian 6.0 "Squeeze", ask me about <simple sid backport>.
C: 2008-06-26
<reply> see networkmanager
C: 2002-03-01
<action> (does|refuses to do|eagerly does|reluctantly agrees to do|wonders why it should do|wouldn't dream of doing) $1
nm unmanaged
M: 2014-01-15
<reply>In Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" and later releases, NetworkManager does not manage any interface defined in /etc/network/interfaces by default. See http://wiki.debian.org/NetworkManager#Wired_Networks_are_Unmanaged for more information.
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
M: 2013-08-09
C: 2004-06-16
apache2 manual
M: 2010-04-21
<reply>[apache2 manual] Install the apache2-doc package and browse to http://localhost/doc/apache2-doc/manual/ , or http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.2/ . See /usr/share/doc/apache2.2-common/README.Debian.gz for an explanation of the Debian Apache configuration file layout. See also <cnrd>.
M: 2009-11-06
the POSIX shell, or the old System V (and earlier) Bourne shell, or usually a symbolic link to /bin/bash on a GNU/Linux system, or now a symlink to /bin/dash in squeeze. Ask me about <bashism>.
M: 2012-02-21
<reply>To disable framebuffer use at Debian installation time, supply the "fb=false" (d-i) or "video=vga16:off" (kernel) boot options. http://wiki.debian.org/GrubTransition (search linux16)
M: 2005-12-08
Find Chinese on Debian at http://www.debian.org/intl/zh/, or try the channel #Chinese, or /join #debian-zh on irc.oftc.net
meaning of stable
M: 2007-07-03
<reply>"Stable" is a release, and it does not change much at all over its lifetime. There is a known set of bugs, and it gets security updates, and point releases. Some will consider this as 'stale', while others consider this one of the great advantages of Debian. http://www.debian.org/doc/FAQ/ch-getting#s-updatestable
M: 2011-02-01
<reply>ifconfig is used to configure or view your machine's network interfaces. Use the -a option to view all of them, or "man ifconfig" for more. It is /sbin/ifconfig which is not in the default path for normal users. See also <interfaces>, <iproute>, <myip>.
C: 2008-10-09
<reply>A very common problem is that some people prefer to follow a step-by-step tutorial that shows them how to setup their system without reading the documentation or understanding what they are doing. If something goes wrong, they have no clue whatsoever about where to look for hints, and they sometimes decide to start from scratch using a different tutorial. This is not The Proper Way.
M: 2012-05-10
<reply>see debian-handbook
M: 2009-04-07
<reply>ProFTPD is a professional GPL'd FTP server for Unix and Unix-like operating systems, or dropped from other distributions because they can't keep security holes out of it; ask me about <vsftpd> if you don't need any ProFTPd specific features. Contributed tools and modules: http://www.castaglia.org/proftpd/ . http://www.proftpd.org/ #proftpd on irc.freenode.net. See also <ftpd>.
M: 2010-02-13
<reply> see infrared
M: 2009-06-09
<reply>GParted is the <GNOME> partition editor, which uses libparted (see <parted>) and other optional filesystem tools. Install the suggested ntfsprogs and dosfstools packages to enable <NTFS> and FAT16/32 support respectively. Consider a <debian-live> image and installing gparted (after boot) as an alternative to the GParted Live CD. http://gparted.sf.net/faq.php #gparted on irc.gnome.org.
why not ntpdate
M: 2009-10-10
<reply>Use a daemon like ntpd, chrony or openntpd instead of <ntpdate> to keep your time synchronised. Rationale at http://www.redhat.com/archives/nahant-list/2005-December/msg00009.html . ntpdate is deprecated upstream (Debian bug #514318).
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
C: 2010-12-09
<reply>GPT (GUID Partition Table) is a disk partition format frequently used by firmware compliant with the Extensible Firmware Interface (<EFI>). util-linux's <fdisk> does not support GPT, ask me about <parted>. http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-gpt/
M: 2011-03-16
<reply>PinguyOS is a GNU/Linux distribution based on <Ubuntu>. It is not supported in #debian. http://www.pinguyos.com/ #pinguyos on irc.freenode.net. See also <based on debian>.
M: 2014-02-11
<reply>Iceape Internet Suite is an unbranded <SeaMonkey> suitable for free distribution. Security support for Iceape has ended in Debian 7 "Wheezy" and Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" (DSA 2819-1), the iceape packages were removed at the <7.4> and <6.0.9> point releases (Debian bug #732314). Debian recommends migrating to <iceweasel> and <icedove> for web browsing and mail functions.
M: 2013-12-15
<reply>Debian 7.3 was released on December 14th, 2013. This point release corrects some serious bugs and copies security updates across to the main archive. Further details are at http://www.debian.org/News/2013/20131214 and http://http.debian.net/debian/dists/wheezy/ChangeLog . To upgrade, ask me about <point release>.
debian cut
M: 2011-10-16
<reply>"Constantly Usable Testing" (CUT) is a proposal to make a rolling branch of Debian. See the proposal: http://lwn.net/Articles/406301/ and the discussion: http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2010/09/msg00502.html . http://cut.debian.net/
M: 2010-08-11
<reply>[capslock] "dumpkeys | sed 's/58 = Caps_Lock/58 = Control/' | loadkeys" turns caps lock into control for all virtual consoles. For console-setup, append ",ctrl:nocaps" to the value of XKBOPTIONS within /etc/default/console-setup (/etc/default/keyboard on Squeeze).
M: 2009-03-31
1d3nt1f1c4t10n. Indonesia 3-letter: idn; countrycode #: 360, or #debian-id
M: 2006-07-18
<reply> see de
M: 2010-06-04
<reply> see grub2
cd archive
C: 2008-11-01
<reply>A repository for CD images of older Debian releases is at http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/archive/
M: 2013-01-22
<reply> see uefi
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
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: 2011-07-27
<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/
C: 2009-06-01
<reply> see module
M: 2010-04-11
<reply>dm-crypt is a Linux kernel subsystem providing a cryptographic device-mapper target, which enables filesystem encryption in files, partitions, whole disks, logical and software RAID volumes. dm-crypt is the successor of <cryptoloop> and uses the Crypto API cryptography framework. The cryptsetup and cryptmount utilites are in the cryptsetup package. http://www.saout.de/misc/dm-crypt/
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>.
edit pdf
M: 2010-07-28
<reply>Editing PDFs isn't that easy as they were more-or-less designed to be a read-only document format. The <pdftk> package allows you to split and merge PDFs, as does the "pdfsam" package. The pdfedit package provides a powerful but quirky PDF editor. LibreOffice Draw is also able to import PDFs as text/drawing objects which can allow some editing/commenting to be done. Also ask me about <fill pdf forms>, <pdf>.
squeeze security
M: 2014-04-17
<reply>Squeeze security support ends on 2014-05-31, but ask me about <squeeze-lts>. Put "deb http://security.debian.org/ squeeze/updates main contrib non-free" in your /etc/apt/sources.list file to keep up-to-date on security updates in <oldstable>. Run "aptitude update" and "aptitude upgrade" (or "aptitude full-upgrade" if the updates are kept back). Also ask me about <lifespan>.
M: 2002-02-08
Donald Knuths fictional computer from his "The Art of Computer Programming" books, or 1009
C: 2007-08-07
<reply>cPanel is a proprietary web hosting control panel. Ask me about <free whcp> for alternatives.
M: 2010-02-14
<reply>Nginx (engine x) is an open source HTTP server (supports FastCGI, not CGI), reverse proxy and POP3/IMAP/SMTP proxy. http://wiki.debian.org/Nginx http://wiki.nginx.org/NginxFaq http://www.nginx.net/ #nginx on irc.freenode.net. See also <httpd>.
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>.
M: 2011-01-11
<reply> see debian history
no screens found
M: 2007-11-28
not a useful message - it means X11 has a problem somewhere with something. Read your /var/log/Xorg.0.log more closely, and look for the real error, which probably begins with (EE). See also <troubleshooting x>.
M: 2009-10-11
"Yellow dog Updater, Modified". Somewhat like <APT> for RPM-based systems. It automatically computes dependencies and figures out what things should occur in order to safely install, remove, and update RPM packages. Packaged for Debian. http://yum.baseurl.org/ #yum on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2008-12-17
echo packagename install | dpkg --set-selections, or "aptitude unhold packagename" if the package is held in aptitude
C: 2010-02-25
<reply> Ubuntu esta basado en Debian, pero no es Debian, y dificilmente tendra los estandares de Debian. Solo Debian es soportado en #debian. Por favor conectese a #ubuntu-es en chat.freenode.net Ahi recibira mas soporte.
C: 2008-09-19
India. For Debian India, see #debian-in
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/*}
are you a bot
C: 2010-10-11
<reply> see bot
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: 2014-02-27
<reply>The <Samba> Web Administration Tool (SWAT) allows administration of a Samba server via a web browser. SWAT is no longer actively maintained, its default configuration is not secure for use over an untrusted network, and is not suitable for use in conjunction with hand-edited smb.conf files. Upstream support for SWAT was removed at Samba 4.1.0.
M: 2010-08-11
<reply>Encryption is useful to keep data protected on your system. There is a nice guide on how to use LVM encrypted partitions at http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/469 . See also <dm-crypt>, <ecryptfs>, <encfs>, <gpg>, <luks>.
blu-ray disc
M: 2009-05-13
<reply>Blu-ray Disc (BD) is an optical disc storage medium. The Debian CD team produces BD images of <stable>, <oldstable> and weekly <testing> builds, for the amd64, i386 and source architectures; these are all available via _jigdo only_. Ask me about <jigdo>, <install debian> and <weekly builds>; .jigdo files are within "jigdo-bd" and "jigdo-dlbd" (dual-layer) directories of {amd64,i386,source}.
M: 2010-10-25
<reply>When building packages, you might be able to use "DEB_BUILD_OPTIONS=nocheck dpkg-buildpackage" to suppress running of automated tests at build time. Note that running tests is generally a good thing to make sure your build went OK. Not all packages have a <debian/rules> that supports this option; see <policy> §4.9.1 for details and consider filing a wishlist bug if the package doesn't do so and the tests take a while to run.
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.
C: 1970-01-01
<reply> *WHACK* *WHACK* *WHACK*
social contract
C: 1970-01-01
<reply>The Debian Social Contract is the document that defines Debian's purpose, see http://www.debian.org/social_contract Summary: Debian is a 100% free software platform suitable for running all software.
M: 2009-06-21
<reply>Cooperative Linux (coLinux) is software for running Linux on Microsoft Windows. It is a port of the Linux kernel, allowing cooperative execution with another operating system on a single machine. http://colinux.wikia.com/wiki/FAQ http://www.colinux.org/ #colinux on irc.oftc.net.
mixing distros
M: 2013-08-22
<reply> see mixing distributions
non-free list
M: 2012-03-21
<reply>To see a list of <non-free> and <contrib> packages installed on your system, run «aptitude search '~i?or(~scontrib,~snon-free)'». See also <aptitude search>.
M: 2003-06-14
the lifeblood of the pornternet, or if you have email problems, 99.9% of the time its your client not the server.
C: 2002-03-12
a device which reads out the time
dmm remove
C: 2012-09-28
<reply>If you want to remove the packages from deb-multimedia.org and reinstall the packages from Debian repositories, one could do this: dpkg --remove --force-depends $(aptitude search '?narrow(?version(CURRENT),?origin(Unofficial Multimedia Packages))' --disable-columns -F%p); remove the dmm repository from sources.list; apt-get update; apt-get install -f; install the still missing packages which were removed in the former process ...
M: 2013-01-06
<reply>Music Player Daemon (mpd) is a server allowing remote access for audio file/stream playback and playlist management. Debian's mpd package has bind_to_address set to by default (see /usr/share/doc/mpd/README.Debian) and does not use <dmix> by default (Debian bug #568588). http://mpd.wikia.com/wiki/FAQ http://www.musicpd.org/ #mpd on chat.freenode.net. See also <xmms2>.
M: 2010-06-04
<reply> see downgrade
M: 2009-09-19
a widely known, and not so well documented *cough* redhat /feature/. It's suppose to break.... right? As a general rule, if you're trying to force package installation, you're doing something wrong.
M: 2006-07-21
Finland, or the end of an if block, or an abbreviation for First-In....as in FIFO First In First Out, or /join #debian-fi
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: 2010-10-18
<reply>[cut] a utility to remove sections from each line of files, part of <coreutils>, or "constantly usable testing", ask me about <debian cut>.
M: 2009-04-13
Hypertext Transfer Protocol (RFC 2616), the protocol used between a web browser and a web server. Ask me about <httpd>. For information on the Debian mirror service, ask me about <http.debian.net>.
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>.
M: 2009-04-10
<reply> ds was a little perl script that lists installed Debian packages in descending size order. It's available at http://wooledge.org/~greg/ds or just use this "dpkg-query -W -f='${Installed-Size}\t${Package}\t${Status}\n' | grep installed | sort -rg | less", or dpigs -n 500 (in the debian-goodies pkg), or "wajig size".
M: 2011-04-28
<reply>Nvu (N-view) is a discontinued cross-platform WYSIWYG HTML editor, based on Mozilla Application Suite's Composer component. Removed from Debian to resolve bug #393065.
M: 2010-10-01
<reply> see debian archive
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: 2007-11-17
<reply>DeCSS is a computer program for decrypting content on a DVD (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeCSS). Not to be confused with <libdvdcss>.
M: 2012-06-03
<reply>ISO8859-1 (and similar) are legacy encodings. Use <UTF-8> instead. Ask me about <compose key>.
cmd: worship (.*?)
C: 2001-12-03
($1): <action> (bows down|kneels|prostrates himself|genuflects) before $1. "I'm not worthy!"
M: 2009-07-16
<reply>a special user that has access to the local mysql for starting/stopping mysql and other maintenance operations. You should not remove this user. You can try SET PASSWORD FOR 'debian-sys-maint'@'localhost' = PASSWORD('new_password_here'); you then need to FLUSH PRIVILEGES; and might need to GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES again.
C: 2005-01-30
<reply> http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=meh&f=1
C: 2001-01-30
<reply> (hello|howdy|salut|hola|g'day|moin|salve) $who
M: 2010-10-13
<reply>[driver] a piece of code, typically in kernelspace (but not always), which allows you to control a piece of hardware. The biggest exception is video drivers for Linux, which are often part of the (userspace) X server. (3D accelerated video drivers are a weird hybrid that have both kernelspace *and* userspace components.) Ask me about <driver locator>, <module>, <nodriver>.
C: 2008-05-29
<reply> see aircrack-ng
dmm pinning
M: 2012-05-27
<reply>To ensure that you only get the packages you really want from deb-multimedia.org, «echo -e 'Package: *\nPin: origin "www.deb-multimedia.org"\nPin-Priority: 101' > /etc/apt/preferences.d/dmm». Check this worked with «apt-cache policy» or «apt-cache policy $package». Ask me about <why not dmm>.
M: 2009-04-16
<reply> see iso
C: 2002-02-08
Rolling On The Floor Laughing, something you're rather unlikely to be able to type in while you do it
C: 2003-06-09
a command to create users on your system.
C: 2011-02-08
<reply>On Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" systems, there are two repositories that you should have in your sources.list aside from your main mirror. You should have an entry for "squeeze/updates" which is security updates (ask me about <squeeze security>) and also an entry for "squeeze-updates" which is other updated packages (formerly known as volatile, ask me about <squeeze-updates>).
M: 2009-04-14
a network audio system, a lot like <esound> with special features, like a module wich can hijack your /dev/dsp on clients. Network Attached Storage, see <nslu2>, <n2100>, <dns-323>.
M: 2011-03-13
<reply>Ogg is a patent-free, open standard multimedia container format, designed to be streamable and accept a variety of <codecs>. The only widely used codec for Ogg is Vorbis, ask me about <vorbis> for more information. Ogg files generally end in .ogg. http://www.xiph.org/ogg/
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>.
release names
C: 2004-09-18
<reply> see release history
C: 2009-01-08
<reply> see i forgot mysql root password
C: 2002-10-20
start a de war
M: 2009-11-28
<reply>(KDE|GNOME|Xfce|Emacs) (sucks|bites|blows(| chunks| goats)|makes me vomit)!
M: 2013-01-02
<reply>AppArmor (Application Armor, formerly SubDomain) provides pathname-based mandatory access control, a file-system neutral alternative to <SELinux>. Previously maintained by Novell and part of the Linux kernel since version 2.6.36. http://wiki.debian.org/AppArmor http://apparmor.wiki.kernel.org/ #apparmor on irc.oftc.net.
M: 2010-03-29
<reply> see books
C: 2003-05-10
the gentoo's bsd style ports system written in python
smart question
M: 2008-09-12
<reply> see smart questions
C: 2004-04-11
HyperText Markup Language, or that thing you use to write webpages.
mailing list
M: 2010-07-06
<reply>Mailing lists allow large numbers of people in various time zones to share knowledge and experiences, these communications are also persistent. See http://www.debian.org/MailingLists/ . mbox archives are not provided via the web archive due to Listmaster team policy (Debian bug #161440), see <gmane>. For lists.debian.org questions, join #debian-lists (OFTC) or e-mail listmaster@lists.debian.org. See also <list spam> and <subscribed>.
laptop task
M: 2013-05-05
<reply>Laptop task packages for Debian 7 "Wheezy": acpid, acpi, acpi-support, anacron, avahi-autoipd, bluetooth, pcmciautils, pm-utils, powertop, wireless-tools, wpasupplicant, Ask me about <tasksel>.
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: 2011-10-21
<reply>EncFS is a <FUSE>-based cryptographic filesystem. See http://packages.debian.org/encfs and https://we.riseup.net/debian/encrypted-folder-using-encfs for more information. http://www.arg0.net/encfs
M: 2009-11-12
<reply> Telling us that something is broken is fairly useless. You need to tell us exactly what is failing, and what you expected it to do. Ask me about <doesn't work>.
M: 2004-06-05
for domainnames, or for IRC
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>.
multiarch howto
C: 2012-12-27
M: 2006-05-06
Debian's automated build system that automatically compiles everything it finds. http://buildd.debian.org/ http://wiki.debian.org/buildd
audio cd
C: 2002-03-06
<reply> 0. run the cable from the CD-ROM to the sound card 1. 'chgrp cdrom /dev/hdc' or whatever your device is (only for IDE) 2. adduser username cdrom 3. don't forget to log out and relogin
M: 2012-12-12
<reply> ia32-* packages provide a subset of libraries from <i386> for <amd64> systems. They are typically needed by 32-bit only software (such as <skype> or <wine>) and have been obsoleted in Debian 7 "Wheezy" by the introduction of <multiarch>. Wheezy users should ask me about <upgrade ia32 libs> for upgrade instructions.
C: 2003-05-06
Myanmar (Burma)
M: 2009-05-29
<reply>rsyslog is an enhanced <syslog> daemon. With stock logging rules, it can be used as a drop-in sysklogd replacement. rsyslog is the default kernel/system log daemon as of Debian 5.0 "Lenny", but is not installed when upgrading from Debian 4.0 "Etch" (ref. §2.2 of the <lenny release notes>). http://wiki.debian.org/Rsyslog http://www.rsyslog.com/ #rsyslog on irc.freenode.net.
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/
M: 2011-06-13
<reply>Unity is a shell interface for <GNOME>, part of the Ayatana project. <RFP> filed as Debian bug #609278. http://unity.ubuntu.com/
M: 2007-03-15
Video Graphics Array or something you SHOULD know, maybe you should sell your computer huh, or 60 Hz vsync, 31.5 kHz hsync gets your old VGA monitor going, or http://ruslug.rutgers.edu/~mcgrof/grub-images/configs/linux/menu.lst
ntfs rw
C: 2005-02-25
<reply> see ntfsrw
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>.
M: 2013-05-05
<reply> see rt2800pci
M: 2012-03-15
<reply> see apt offline
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: 2009-07-05
<reply>dak (debian archive kit) is the set of scripts that manage the Debian archives. See http://ftp-master.debian.org/git/dak.git or http://anonscm.debian.org/gitweb/?p=mirror/dak.git for the code. dak transfers packages from unstable to testing (and from incoming to unstable) at {1,7,13,19}:52 UTC each day. http://wiki.debian.org/DebianDak
remove fglrx
M: 2013-08-28
<reply>Executing /usr/share/ati/amd-uninstall.sh (as root) may assist in the removal of the AMD Catalyst installer from amd.com.
M: 2010-02-09
<reply> see harden
C: 2005-09-20
<reply> The reason you have been told to use --force-overwrite is because some packages in unstable are buggy and either have missing Conflicts: or contain files that they shouldn't. Check the BTS and make sure that a bug has been filed about the package in question (ask me about <bts>) then run dpkg -i --force-overwrite /path/to/.deb or apt-get -o DPkg::Options::="--force-overwrite" install <foopackagename>;
aptitude states
M: 2013-01-11
<reply>aptitude has 4 status fields for each package that it may display. icpvBuCH are the "current state" (ask me about <aptitude current state>), iudphFrB are the actions to be performed (ask me about <aptitude actions>). There is also "A" for automatically installed and "U" for untrusted. Also ask me about <aptitude ops> <aptitude search> <aptitude docs>.
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 http://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>.
M: 2010-07-03
<reply>[dma] (Direct Memory Access) PCs have DMA channels that allow certain devices to directly access memory in order to speed up the process. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direct_memory_access . To disable use of DMA with <libata> (not possible at run-time via hdparm), add the kernel command line option libata.dma=0 to your bootloader.
M: 2009-09-02
Certificate Authority. It's required when browsers check your SSL certs with the CA's digital signature. Also ask me about <ssl> and <rootca>. It has been observed that "Commercial certificate authorities protect you from anyone from whom they are unwilling to take money." (http://www.crypto.com/blog/spycerts/)
C: 2001-09-20
the TKinter GUI toolkit
C: 2007-07-06
<reply> see usbtouchscreen
M: 2009-09-17
<reply>SLiM (Simple Login Manager) is a <display manager> based on Login.app. http://slim.berlios.de/
C: 2008-05-15
<reply>New packages have been released for openssh that provide a tool to check for weak ssh keys (ask me about <ssh-vulnkey>). These packages will also offer to update your ssh server host keys if they are weak and will refuse connections from weak user keys. Be careful not to lock yourself out of a remote host when doing this upgrade. Ask me about <dsa1571> <ssl update>
M: 2010-05-16
<reply>r8192_pci (renamed to r8192e_pci at Linux 2.6.34) is a module produced by the rtl8192e staging driver, supporting the Realtek RTL8192E 802.11 draft-n PCIe chipset (PCI ID 10ec:8192). Enabled in Debian Linux images for x86 architectures only. Firmware is required (RTL8192E/{boot,data,main}.img), ask me about <realtek firmware> to provide. Some PCI ID 10ec:8192 devices are RTL8192SE-based, see <rtl8192se>. http://wiki.debian.org/rtl819x
C: 2000-03-08
<reply> Linux is secure, at least up to the administrator, heh.
M: 2011-07-05
<reply>A daemon is a process that runs in the background attending to various tasks without human intervention. Daemons typically have no controlling terminal, see http://www.steve.org.uk/Reference/Unix/faq_2.html#SEC16 for details on implementing a daemon. http://wiki.debian.org/Daemon
M: 2011-09-21
a Turing complete language at http://www.bigzaphod.org/cow/, or http://www.nichtlustig.de/toondb/050529.html, or the apt-get easter egg which says moo, or see <cow theory>, or copy-on-write, or a big animal that says <moo>
C: 2008-10-08
<reply><themill> dooglus: are you in the plugdev group? <dooglus> themill: I'm not affiliated to any organization, and I'm not interested thank you.
fglrx legacy
C: 2012-08-12
<reply>The AMD Catalyst Legacy proprietary display driver (fglrx-legacy-driver) supports GPUs no longer supported by AMD Catalyst (fglrx-driver) since version 12.6, i.e. Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000 series. Available for Debian 7 "Wheezy" systems via wheezy-backports; to install, see http://wiki.debian.org/ATIProprietary#wheezy-legacy or ask me about <fglrx legacy dkms>. These GPUs are also supported by the open source <radeon> driver.
M: 2013-03-07
<reply>The sun-java6 source package (providing sun-java6-jre, sun-java6-jdk etc) was removed from Debian after the 6.0 "Squeeze" release. Oracle does not permit Debian to distribute newer versions of Oracle Java 6 or 7 (see bug #646524). Instead, use <openjdk> which is the reference implementation of Java for Debian 7 "Wheezy" onwards. Alternatively, use <java-package> to create packages containing Oracle Java: http://wiki.debian.org/Java/Sun
M: 2003-08-17
an abbreviation for GigaByte. And also for Great Britain. Has also been associated with great beer & as an acronym for gurubonz.
fill pdf forms
M: 2010-05-21
<reply> You can use evince, inkscape or xournal to fill in pdf forms. (Try evince first!) Otherwise, you can do so using pdftk: pdftk foo.pdf generate_fdf output foo.fdf; sensible-editor foo.fdf; pdftk foo.pdf fill_form foo.fdf output filled_foo.pdf; Or, using flpsed: pdf2ps foo.pdf; flpsed foo.ps;
M: 2014-03-16
<reply>Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) is a Microsoft protocol for transferring images, music (etc.) between a computer and a portable device. Standardized as a USB device class in 2008. The libmtp shared library provides MTP interoperability for applications including <Amarok>, <Audacious>, <Banshee> and <Rhythmbox>; <jmtpfs> provides conventional filesystem access. See also <PTP>.
M: 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
M: 2010-02-12
<reply>IrDA is an infrared wireless communication standard. To use on Debian systems: enable infrared in BIOS (if built-in), install the irda-utils package (its init script starts irattach by default), enable infrared on the other device, "cat /proc/net/irda/discovery" / irdadump to test. To provide /dev/ircomm* devices, "modprobe ircomm-tty". See also irda-utils' README.Debian. http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Infrared-HOWTO/ Not for CIR, see <lirc>.
wheezy backports
M: 2013-03-21
<reply> see wheezy-backports
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
M: 2010-11-24
<reply> see tasksel
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>.
M: 2007-09-29
<reply> see static route
C: 2004-12-29
package controller.
C: 2010-03-29
<reply> see apt recommends
M: 2010-01-04
<reply> see driver
M: 2010-02-23
<reply> The Ralink RT2500 802.11g PCI chipset (RT2500/RT2560) is supported by the rt2500pci driver, introduced in Linux 2.6.24. It does not require firmware from userspace. http://wiki.debian.org/WiFi/rt2500 . For RT2500USB/RT2571 device support, ask me about <rt2500usb>.
aptitude fu
C: 2008-07-01
<reply> see aptitude-fu
C: 2012-07-13
<reply>Using the bot's tell feature reduces unnecessary noise in the channel. This sends the recipient a private message with the same information. Example: "dpkg: tell foo about bar". You can also "/msg dpkg tell foo about bar". See also <msg the bot>.
disable services
C: 2013-05-16
<reply>From update-rc.d(8): «A common system administration error is to delete the links with the thought that this will disable the service…. However, if all links have been deleted then the next time the package is upgraded, the package's postinst … will reinstall links at their factory default locations.» Use «update-rc.d $service disable» instead.
M: 2011-01-12
<reply>Modeline directives in <xorg.conf> are used to specify low-level video modes for your monitor. Since XFree86 4.0, manually supplying modelines is usually unnecessary, as video modes are automatically determined using monitor capabilities acquired via <EDID>. Custom modelines can be created using http://xtiming.sf.net/cgi-bin/xtiming.pl ; see also the cvt, gtf (xserver-xorg-core) and videogen utilities.
M: 2006-08-06
something that can be solved, fixed or worked around if properly described. A good thorough description of the problem, with detailed steps of how to reproduce the problem, the produced output, and the expected output, is the best start to discuss a problem.
C: 2002-12-21
gentoo's package tool
M: 2009-05-31
milliampere(s), or Morocco, or <module-assistant>
apt-get update
C: 2003-07-05
the command you need to type to let apt-get update it's packages list
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.
C: 2007-08-05
apt-cache rdepends foo; shows you what depends on foo
C: 2009-01-31
<reply>The MacBook Pro is a laptop series produced by Apple Inc., succeeding the PowerBook G4. http://wiki.debian.org/MacBookPro . See also <bcm4331>, <laptop>.
M: 2012-10-08
<reply>The bot "judd" can tell you a lot about hardware and kernel support. /msg judd pciid 8086:4222 ; /msg judd xorg 1002:7145 ; /msg judd pciname 82574L ; /msg judd kconfig firmware ; /msg judd kernels. For full information, /msg judd list Piccy ; /msg judd help commandname. http://ircbots.debian.net/judd/
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: 2013-05-01
<reply>On Debian 7 "Wheezy" systems, there are two repositories that you should have in your sources.list aside from your main mirror. You should have an entry for "wheezy/updates" which is security updates (ask me about <security>) and also an entry for "wheezy-updates" which is other updated packages (formerly known as volatile, ask me about <wheezy-updates>). See also <sources.list>.
M: 2008-11-23
<reply>see remote desktop protocol
M: 2010-03-18
<reply> http://kernel.org/doc/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt or install the <linux-doc> package for the parameters supported by your kernel.
squeeze backports
C: 2011-02-05
<reply> see squeeze-backports
C: 2009-03-16
<reply>see arch linux
M: 2009-09-28
<reply> $LANG is an environment variable in a user's .profile or .bash_profile which determines which localization is in effect. Typical values for LANG are e.g. en_US,es_ES or de_DE. Programs read it and switch their output to the language specified.
M: 2010-06-25
<reply>Sup is a console mail user agent written in Ruby, intended for people with a lot of email. Inspired by <mutt> and <Gmail>. Packaged for Debian as sup-mail. http://sup.rubyforge.org/ #sup on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2010-12-01
<reply>SVGATextMode is a program for enabling high resolution text modes, for systems with older hardware not adequately supported by Linux <framebuffer> drivers. It will not work (and should not be activated) on non-VGA based systems. Removed from Debian post-Lenny to resolve bug #548862.
C: 2008-03-05
<reply> see nvidia one-liner
M: 2013-09-24
<reply>igb is a Linux kernel driver (forked from <e1000>) supporting Intel gigabit Ethernet controllers, introduced at Linux 2.6.25. It does not require firmware from userspace. See also <i210>, <i211>, <ixgbe>.
C: 2011-11-03
<reply>Files in package $who-pr0n: /srv/$who-pr0n/$who.jpg
M: 2010-08-11
<reply> see encrypt
M: 2000-06-08
There Is More Than One Way To Do It. Perl's philosophy, or courtesy of Larry Wall of perl.
M: 2007-04-26
like a omnipresent god, or http://home.datacomm.ch/prutishauser/humor/hack/know.ur.sysadmin.html, or and the guy you should always blame for problems with your computer
bug report
M: 2010-08-16
<reply> see reportbug
C: 2004-10-11
M: 2007-10-30
<reply>see flash
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/.
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: 2013-02-12
<reply>Someone who knows at least 1% more about a subject than youself. So just ask your real question.
M: 2009-01-13
<reply> see rt2500pci
vbox-install wheezy
M: 2013-05-06
<reply>From Debian 7 "Wheezy" onwards, the virtualbox-ose-* packages have been renamed to virtualbox-* (ask me about <vbox rename>). As root: «apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r|sed 's,[^-]*-[^-]*-,,'` virtualbox». After <DKMS> builds the necessary kernel modules, VirtualBox can be started. For guest additions/utilities, see <vbox guest>. See also <vbox extpack>, <vbox-install wheezy-backports>.
good morning
C: 2003-12-22
the only good morning is a dead morning.
M: 2009-07-20
<reply>TestDisk is a partition scanner and disk recovery tool, an alternative to <gpart>. Try gpart first. TestDisk checks the partition and boot sectors of your disks, very useful in recovering lost partitions. http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk See also <photorec>.
M: 2010-09-22
<reply>[nslu2] The Linksys NSLU2 "Network Storage Link" is a NAS device with two USB 2.0 ports and one 10/100 Ethernet port. Supported by the <armel> port of Debian GNU/Linux. http://www.cyrius.com/debian/nslu2/ . Proprietary NPE-B microcode (used by the Intel IXP4xx Ethernet driver) is available in the ixp4xx-microcode package, ask me about <non-free sources>.
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.
C: 2008-04-01
<reply> see wpasupplicant
C: 2009-04-23
<reply> see services
upgrade ia32 libs
M: 2012-12-12
<reply> see upgrade-ia32-libs
M: 2005-10-17
a set of (key,value) tuples
M: 2009-06-23
<reply>WvDial is a console <PPP> dialer requiring minimal configuration. http://wiki.debian.org/Wvdial http://alumnit.ca/wiki/?page=WvDialFAQ http://alumnit.ca/wiki/?page=WvDial
debian handbook
M: 2012-05-11
<reply> see debian-handbook
M: 2010-11-20
an abbreviation for internationalisation, which is a really long word used a lot in some circles, so it's shortened by effectively saying "I, then 18 more letters, then N", get it? http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/intro-i18n/ http://wiki.debian.org/I18n http://lists.debian.org/debian-i18n/ #debian-i18n on irc.oftc.net.
M: 2010-11-09
<reply>Linux Virtual Server (LVS) is a highly scalable and highly available server built on a cluster of real servers. http://www.linuxvirtualserver.org/ Not to be confused with <linux-vserver>.
C: 2010-11-24
<reply> see mixing distros
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"
C: 2014-04-08
<reply> see dsa2896
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/
C: 2001-06-17
<reply>[HIRD] Hurd of Interfaces Representing Depth. Ask me about <hurd>.
M: 2007-03-08
see sqrt(12345678987654321), or the standard port for ECHO, or this monkey gone to heaven
M: 2012-01-27
<reply>Dyn (formerly DynDNS) is a dynamic DNS service provider, allowing a DNS name to be mapped to your IP address. It is no longer free except for limited-length trials, ask me about <no-ip> for a free alternative.
M: 2009-06-02
<reply>Transmission is an open source, cross-platform and lightweight <BitTorrent> client. http://wiki.debian.org/BitTorrent/Transmission http://www.transmissionbt.com/ #transmission on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2010-02-12
<reply> see irda
M: 2013-09-14
<reply>The Broadcom BCM43142 is a hybrid 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0 device. Its wireless LAN component (PCI ID 14e4:4365, incorrectly identified as BCM4365 by Broadcom's proprietary driver) is currently only supported by Broadcom's proprietary driver since version (packaged in Debian <testing> as broadcom-sta).
C: 2011-03-24
<reply>MintPPC (formerly Linux MintPPC) is a Linux distribution for <PowerPC> systems based on <Linux Mint> LXDE and Debian. It is not supported in #debian or #debianppc. http://mintppc.org/ #mintppc on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2013-06-07
<reply>No-IP is a dynamic DNS service provider. The ddclient (noip protocol) and inadyn update clients are compatible with this service. The no-ip.com update client (noip2) was removed from Debian to resolve bug #653957. http://noip.com/integrate/request
fglrx legacy dkms
M: 2013-06-08
<reply>For Debian 7 "Wheezy" systems. Ask me about <wheezy-backports> (also include contrib and non-free). «aptitude update && aptitude install linux-headers-`uname -r|sed 's,[^-]*-[^-]*-,,'` && aptitude -r -t wheezy-backports install fglrx-legacy-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 to enable <radeon> blacklist.
M: 2011-06-23
<reply>Experimental support for Ralink RT53xx PCIe 802.11n devices (e.g. RT5390: PCI ID 1814:5390) was added to the rt2800pci driver at Linux 2.6.39 (CONFIG_RT2800PCI_RT53XX), enabled by default since Linux 3.0. Support of HP's RT5390 variant (PCI ID 1814:539f, found in the DM1-3000 and DM1Z-3000) was added at linux-2.6 3.0.0~rc4-1~experimental.1 (Debian bug #630960). Ask me about <rt2800pci>.
C: 1970-01-01
(Compact Disk Read Only Media) CD-ROM media is read-only media that holds 650 MB of data. It's generally accepted as the easiest way to distribute software. CD-ROM drives can also read music CDs even though they are in a different format than CD-ROM media.
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
why not amd64
C: 2012-04-28
<reply>Some applications developed specifically for i386 need special ia32 support libraries and as such may not work properly or at all on Debian AMD64. Consider using Debian i386 instead.
sarge sources.list
M: 2009-06-07
"deb http://archive.debian.org/debian sarge main contrib non-free" and "deb http://archive.debian.org/debian-security sarge/updates main contrib non-free"
M: 2014-04-12
<reply>Lightspark is an experimental, high-performance <Flash> player and browser plugin, aiming to support newer formats and the AVM2 virtual machine. The Mozilla browser plugin is packaged for Debian 7 "Wheezy" as browser-plugin-lightspark. http://lightspark.github.io/ #lightspark on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2009-06-27
<reply>Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) is a device containing a battery and circuitry to supply your computer with power for a limited time (depending on the battery) if there is any sort of interruption in the outlet power. Ask me about <nut>, <apcupsd>, or apparently teh nu kewl speling of oops, or THE WORLDS MOST HORRIBLE SHIPPING COMPANY
C: 2002-12-23
George Dubya Bush, or not complex
M: 2012-10-03
<reply>BitlBee is an IRC gateway to instant messaging networks (supports Jabber/XMPP (e.g. Google Talk), MSN, AIM, ICQ, Yahoo, Twitter/identi.ca/status.net). Since version 3.0, it can alternatively use the <Pidgin> libbpurple for all instant message communication (packaged for Debian as bitlbee-libpurple). http://www.bitlbee.org/main.php/faq.html http://www.bitlbee.org/ #bitlbee on irc.oftc.net. See also <minbif>.
M: 2009-06-06
<reply>Kurumin Linux was a Brazilian Linux distribution originally based on <Knoppix>, then Debian Etch. Discontinued January 29 2009: http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=pt-BR&sl=pt&tl=en&u=http://www.gdhpress.com.br/kurumin/ , http://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20090202#news . Ask me about <install debian>.
C: 2010-07-14
a way of answering configuration questions prior to installing the package (e.g. specifying a mysql password or accepting the Sun Java licence in advance). Install the package in your test environment and run "debconf-get-selections" (debconf-utils package) to get the appropriate key names.
M: 2011-12-07
<reply> see pulseaudio
M: 2014-01-07
Cascading Style Sheets (http://www.w3.org/Style/CSS/), or Content Scramble System, a <DRM> scheme for video DVDs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Content_Scramble_System), ask me about <libdvdcss>.
M: 2009-04-07
<reply>Pure-FTPd is a free (BSD licensed), secure, production-quality and standard-conformant FTP server based upon Troll-FTPd. http://www.pureftpd.org/ ##pureftpd on irc.freenode.net. See also <ftpd>.
C: 2004-05-23
"User ID". The unique number assigned to a user. See "id(1)" for more information, or "echo ${UID}".
C: 2008-08-12
<reply> see bind
M: 2011-10-31
<reply>The D-Link DWA-130 is an 802.11n USB device. For rev.A1 (USB ID 07d1:3b11, Marvell 88W8362), ask about <ndiswrapper>. For rev.B (USB ID 07d1:3c13, Ralink RT2870), see <rt2800usb>. For rev.C1 (USB ID 2001:3301, Realtek RTL8192U), see <rtl8192u>. For rev.D (USB ID 07d1:3a0f, Atheros AR9170), see <carl9170>. For rev.C2 (USB ID 07d1:3302, Realtek RTL8191SU) and rev.E (USB ID 07d1:3300, Realtek RTL8191SU), see <r8712u>.
iceweasel vs firefox
M: 2013-08-05
<reply>The main difference between iceweasel and firefox is the icon. The rendering engine is the same, the preferences are the same, the handling of plugins like flash is the same. Ask me about <iceweasel doesn't work> <iceweasel user-agent> <why iceweasel> <iceweasel backports>.
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.
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.
debian revision
M: 2009-09-03
a number added to the package number to show that the Debian maintainers for the package have had a number of attempts at the packaging. The Debian revision is the string after the last - in the version (1.2.3-5 has a Debian revision of 5) and will also indicate a security update (e.g.1+squeeze2) or an NMU. Ask me about <nmu> <binnmu> <compare versions> <version epoch>, or see section 5.6.12 of <policy>.
C: 2000-12-10
M: 2014-04-19
<reply>ZSNES is an emulator of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Not portable to non-x86 architectures due to it being ~67.2004% i386 assembly. amd64 users are required to enable <multiarch> and install the zsnes:i386 package. For difficulties involving audio, ask me about <zsnes sound>. http://zsnes-docs.sf.net/html/faq.htm http://zsnes.com/ #zsnes on irc.freenode.net. See also <snes9x>.
disable service
C: 2013-05-16
<reply>see disable services
M: 2012-07-02
<reply>Eric S. Raymond, a very clever Linux d00d with lots of very interesting philosophical and political texts. a guy who has some ideas about guns and who can't figure out CUPS. The geezer who wrote Cathedral and Bazaar. Somebody whose sgeigerbot's computer thinks about when it boots: "ESR value before enabling vector: 00000000", or http://geekz.co.uk/lovesraymond, or <iceweasel esr>
mixing distributions
M: 2013-08-22
<reply>Mixing distributions is a bad idea. Running Ubuntu packages on Debian systems (or vice-versa) causes problems with package naming and versioning. Don't expect anybody to help you with your system if you do this.
M: 2013-05-05
<reply> see carl9170
M: 2013-03-16
<reply>Roundcube is an <IMAP> client written in PHP. For use with <lighttpd> on Debian 6.0 "Squeeze", enable both the fastcgi and fastcgi-php modules (bug #600050). Debian 7 "Wheezy" users: SQLite v2 support was dropped, see /usr/share/doc/roundcube-sqlite/NEWS.Debian.gz and http://wiki.debian.org/Roundcube/DeprecationOfSQLitev2 . http://www.roundcube.net/ #roundcube on irc.freenode.net. See also <imapproxy>.
C: 2012-02-20
a tool to make your own repository for apt: [1, as root] apt-get install dpkg-dev; [2, as user] mkdir -p ~/public_html/foo; cd ~/public_html/foo; [3] cp /your/packages.deb .; [4] dpkg-scanpackages . /dev/null | gzip > Packages.gz; [5, as root] Add a deb line to your /etc/apt/sources.list: "deb http://localhost/~username/foo ./" or "deb file:///home/username/public_html/foo ./". Alternatively, ask me about <reprepro>.
cmd: man (.*?) (.*?)
M: 2011-01-18
($1,$2): <reply> man $1 $2 is probably at http://manpages.debian.org/$1/$2 , where you can view many Debian man pages. Ask me about <docs> <dmp> <grounding> <search>.
C: 2011-03-07
<reply> see rotfl
jessie freeze
C: 2013-11-06
<reply> Remember, remember, the fifth of November, gunpowder treason and plot! Debian 8.0 "Jessie" will be frozen on 2014-11-05 after which no new versions of packages will enter the release and a period of intense bug fixing begins . See http://release.debian.org/jessie/freeze_policy.html or ask me about <slushy>. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunpowder_Plot
M: 2013-05-04
<reply> see wheezy-updates
M: 2010-01-18
<reply>[mach] a microkernel from CMU, on which NeXT, rhapsody, and hurd all have chosen to run their OS services. "[Mach] contains all the design mistakes you can make, and manages to even make up a few of its own." according to Linus. Also a utility (mach: "make a chroot") to produce clean roots (e.g. for UML, Xen) from <RPM>-based distributions, packaged for Debian. http://thomas.apestaart.org/projects/mach/
M: 2007-05-13
<reply>what a woc says. Out Of Memory, or http://lwn.net/Articles/104185/
C: 2000-09-11
Laughing My Fucking Ass Off
M: 2009-04-19
the Qt meta object compiler, or "music on console", a console audio player (the player binary is `mocp'). http://moc.daper.net/ Use the forum for developer/user contact: http://moc.daper.net/forum . See also <mpd>.
M: 2012-10-12
<reply>Atheros AR9485-based wireless LAN devices (PCI IDs 168c:0032, 168c:0037) are supported by the Linux kernel since Linux 2.6.39, ask me about <ath9k>.
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: 2010-11-17
Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures, a database of publicly known information security vulnerabilities. http://cve.mitre.org/ Most Debian Security Announcements have a CVE identifier, ask me about <dsa>. Ask me about <cve lookup CVE-yyyy-nnnn> to get Debian-specific information.
testing sources.list
M: 2013-12-12
<reply>Using "testing" instead of the current codename (e.g. jessie) in your sources.list isn't as bad as using stable in your sources.list; you will just seamlessly continue to track the "testing" distribution following a release. Note that for a few months just after a release, testing can be a pretty bumpy ride... perhaps running stable would be a better idea? See also <stable sources.list>, <jessie sources.list>.
kernel parameters
M: 2010-03-26
<reply> see kernel-params
debian system
M: 2010-03-29
<reply>"The Debian System" is a book written by Debian Developer Martin F Krafft aka madduck. It's an excellent resource for learning about how Un*x and in particular Debian systems run and how to look after them. http://debiansystem.info/ For a more up-to-date book on Debian, ask me about <debian-handbook> or ask me about <books>.
M: 2010-02-17
<reply>Dropbear is a <SSH> 2 server and client, designed to be small enough for use in low-memory embedded environments, while still being functional and secure for general use. It does not have TUN/TAP support. Does not set <locale> (Debian bug #533525). Install the suggested openssh-client program to provide ssh and scp binaries. Read /usr/share/doc/dropbear/README.Debian after installation. http://matt.ucc.asn.au/dropbear/dropbear.html
C: 2008-08-23
why not apt-get
C: 2007-06-23
<reply> because it's not aptitude
M: 2013-01-25
<reply>carl9170 is a Linux kernel driver, introduced in Linux 2.6.37, supporting draft 802.11n USB wireless LAN devices based on the Atheros AR9170 chipset. It replaces <ar9170usb>, provides improved functionality (e.g. 802.11n support) and only uses open firmware. Firmware from userspace is required (carl9170-1.fw), install the firmware-linux-free package to provide. http://wiki.debian.org/carl9170
M: 2011-12-05
<reply>r8168 is an out-of-tree Linux kernel driver supporting Realtek PCIe gigabit Ethernet controllers, made available by the vendor. r8168 should only be used for devices not yet supported by the in-tree <r8169> driver. Packaged for Debian as r8168-dkms in <unstable>, this will never be part of a stable Debian release. Purging the r8168-dkms package is required to remove the r8169 blacklist. http://code.google.com/p/r8168/
cmd: remember (.*?)
C: 2002-05-08
($nick): <reply> How can i forget about $nick ? That person is the greatest <fill in whatever is appropriate> in the whole wide world !
M: 2011-04-10
<reply>Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) is a chipset manufacturer. For SiS 191 gigabit Ethernet adapter details, see <sis191>. The X driver for SiS and XGI Volari cards is packaged for Debian as xserver-xorg-video-sis, see http://www.winischhofer.net/linuxsisvga.shtml for details. The X driver for SiS USB-attached video devices is packaged as xserver-xorg-video-sisusb, see http://www.winischhofer.net/linuxsisusbvga.shtml for details.
M: 2009-03-07
an audio file format that can be read with wavplay (from wavtools package), xmms, amarok, and many others, or a format that can be edited using mhwaveedit
C: 2012-07-28
<reply>see when will jessie release
cow theory
C: 2007-10-24
M: 2006-02-24
<reply> Use setleds(1) to set the NumLock (and CapsLock and ScrollLock) status in a virtual terminal. Have a look at the numlockx package to set the NumLock status in X.
C: 2008-08-16
<reply>dpigs is a utility showing which installed packages occupy the most space. Available in the debian-goodies package.
release goals
M: 2009-10-22
<reply>Release goals are the list of things the Debian project wants to achieve prior to the next release. See http://release.debian.org/testing/goals.txt for current goals and candidates, see http://wiki.debian.org/ReleaseGoals for proposals.
M: 2010-05-17
<reply>Rather than having a long set of diffs containing the changelog and any Debian-specific patches to a package in a <diff.gz>, source packages may have a <debian.tar.gz> file instead. See http://wiki.debian.org/Projects/DebSrc3.0 for more information on how to work with the 3.0 source format. See also <policy> <nmg> <source package> <quilt>.
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>.
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. http://wiki.debian.org/PepperFlashPlayer
M: 2011-02-24
<reply>The GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) is a <DFSG>-compatible license. http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/lesser.html
pepper flash
M: 2013-10-04
<reply> see pepperflashplugin-nonfree
apt translation
M: 2013-05-01
<reply>From Debian 7.0 "Wheezy" onwards, the long description of the packages is moved out of the Packages files on the mirrors and placed instead in a Translation-en file in the same way as translated package descriptions are stored. To configure which languages to download, see Acquire::Languages in apt.conf(5). For example, «echo "Acquire::Languages{en;};" > /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/90translation»
M: 2010-09-10
<reply>The "Could not reliably determine the server's fully qualified domain name" warning is issued when Apache HTTPD cannot obtain the <FQDN> from a reverse lookup of your server's IP address. This can usually be ignored. You may want to add the fully-qualified hostname to /etc/hosts, or define 'ServerName' in the global server context of its configuration (e.g. /etc/apache2/conf.d/servername.local).
C: 2002-12-22
a smilie smoking weed
bind9 chroot
M: 2011-08-08
http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Chroot-BIND-HOWTO.html . Using <RSyslog>? See http://www.rsyslog.com/doc-imuxsock.html for details on creating the Unix socket input. http://mindref.blogspot.com/2010/12/debian-chroot-bind9.html
M: 2010-04-21
<reply> see fglrx
mysql checking
C: 2007-07-30
<reply>The init script for mysql says "Checking for corrupt, not cleanly closed and upgrade needing tables". While this sounds alarming, it is perfectly normal and you will see it every time.
M: 2014-04-17
<reply>The security team tries to support a <stable> distribution for about one year after the next stable distribution has been released, except when another stable distribution is released within this year. For the <squeeze> release, there is a volunteer effort to extend security support to a total of five years; ask me about <squeeze-lts>. http://www.debian.org/security/faq#lifespan
M: 2012-06-16
<reply>Tails (The Amnesic Incognito Live System) is a live DVD/USB <based on Debian>, with the aim of preserving privacy and anonymity. It is not supported in #debian. https://tails.boum.org/ #tails on irc.oftc.net.
M: 2006-11-23
at http://plan9.bell-labs.com/plan9dist/, written by the creators of Unix and C, a highly distributed OS, filesystem layout resembles Unix somewhat. Very mouse intensive. Now under a mostly free license.
M: 2014-03-29
<reply>see mobile
C: 2002-08-22
the opposite of on
M: 2011-01-06
<reply>libavcodec is an audio/video <codec> library, able to decode Windows Media Video variants, Sorenson/QuickTime versions, old RealVideo formats and others. Part of the <ffmpeg> and <libav> projects. For multimedia formats without an available open source implementation, ask me about <w32codecs> for binary-only codecs.
C: 2007-03-25
<reply> a2enmod enables or disables an apache2 module
list partitions
M: 2010-12-10
<reply>To list partitions: 'fdisk -l /dev/foo', or 'cat /proc/partitions', or 'parted /dev/foo print', or 'cfdisk -P s /dev/foo'.
C: 2007-08-04
<reply> see linux mint
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: 2008-04-22
<reply> see iptables
C: 1970-01-01
<reply> see freecode
M: 2013-03-12
<reply>Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is an open, XML-based vector graphics format developed by the W3C. http://www.w3.org/Graphics/SVG/ . See also <inkscape>.
M: 2008-09-21
Portable Archive Interchange, unix utility for reading and writing archives (apt-get install pax)
M: 2011-11-08
<reply>Inkscape is an open source vector graphics editor forked from Sodipodi, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw and Xara X. This program uses the W3C Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. http://wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php/FAQ http://www.inkscape.org/ #inkscape on irc.freenode.net.
cpu flags
C: 2009-05-24
<reply>A list of CPU feature flags and their meanings: http://blog.incase.de/index.php/cpu-feature-flags-and-their-meanings/
M: 2014-01-27
<reply>alx is a Linux kernel driver supporting the Qualcomm Atheros AR8161 and QCA8171 Gigabit Ethernet, and the AR8162 and QCA8172 Fast Ethernet controllers. The Debian 7 "Wheezy" release supports AR8161 and AR8162 devices. See https://wiki.debian.org/alx for more information and supported devices.
M: 2010-08-05
<reply>uvesafb is a generic <framebuffer> driver for Linux systems, providing support for non-VESA resolutions. Introduced at Linux 2.6.24. The v86d userspace helper (v86d package) is required by uvesafb, see /usr/share/doc/v86d/README.Debian after installation. http://kernel.org/doc/Documentation/fb/uvesafb.txt
C: 2012-03-29
<reply> When building packages, you should be able to use "DEB_BUILD_OPTIONS=nostrip dpkg-buildpackage" to leave debugging symbols in the binaries. Not all packages have a <debian/rules> that supports this option, but most will since <debhelper> supports this automatically; see <policy> §4.9.1 for details and consider filing a wishlist bug if the package doesn't do so and doesn't already create a -dbg package.
release date
M: 2013-01-12
<reply>Debian does not release based on dates, it is released when there are no <release critical> bugs. See also <release history>.
M: 2011-10-21
<reply>eCryptfs (Enterprise Cryptographic Filesystem) is a POSIX-compliant encrypted filesystem, part of the Linux kernel since version 2.6.19. The userland utilities are packaged for Debian as ecryptfs-utils. https://launchpad.net/ecryptfs #ecryptfs on irc.oftc.net. Not to be confused with <encfs>.
C: 1970-01-01
a File System Performance Benchmark
M: 2014-04-17
Long Term Support. Ask me about <squeeze-lts>.
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>
remote desktop protocol
M: 2011-05-31
<reply>The proprietary Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is used to connect to systems running Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (formerly Terminal Services), providing features similar to <VNC>. RDP clients packaged for Debian include <freerdp>, <rdesktop>, <remmina> and <tsclient>. For a RDP server, ask me about <xrdp>.
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.
M: 2012-03-25
<reply>ixgbe is a Linux kernel driver supporting Intel 10 gigabit PCI Express Ethernet controllers (82598, 82598EB, 82599EB, 82599ES), introduced in Linux 2.6.24. Support for the 82599EB 10 Gigabit TN (PCI ID 8086:151c) was added at Linux 2.6.35.
M: 2013-10-27
<reply>Weston is the reference implementation of a <wayland> compositor (display server), developed by the Wayland project. Packaged in Debian <testing>. http://wayland.freedesktop.org/ #wayland on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2011-05-19
<reply> see r8169
M: 2011-01-06
<reply> see codec
M: 2010-06-16
<reply>racoon is a key-exchange management daemon developed by the KAME project, used for automatically keying <IPsec> connections. The IPsec-Tools port of KAME's IPsec utilities is packaged for Debian. http://ipsec-tools.sf.net/
M: 2011-09-15
<reply>Support for the Realtek RTL8105E Fast Ethernet controller was added to <r8169> at Linux 2.6.39, also supported in Debian Squeeze since the <6.0.3> point release (bug #627704). A firmware patch for this controller (rtl_nic/rtl8105e-1.fw) is packaged in firmware-realtek.
C: 2003-08-16
(continued from assumptions) 6. You will run diagnostic commands and report back results, pasted to #flood, if necessary, to diagnose your system state, 7. You realize that the person helping you can't see your system, you can, and relies on you to describe what's happening fully and accurately, 8. You're dealing with someone volunteering time and expertise, show respect, (more in assumptions3)
M: 2010-06-20
<reply> see out of tree
C: 2007-11-29
<reply> see amd64
M: 2009-05-08
<reply> see emdebian
M: 2010-11-20
<reply>Twitter is a social networking/micro-blogging service. The official Debian twitter account is at http://twitter.com/debian . Tweet clients packaged for Debian include: <bitlbee>, bti, choqok, gwibber, pidgin-microblog, python-twyt, qwit, tircd and <twidge>.
C: 2010-09-03
<reply>see r8169
C: 2011-02-13
<reply> see bobbitt
M: 2013-04-22
<reply> see grub
C: 2003-05-05
force overwrite
C: 2005-10-12
<reply> see force-overwrite
firmware iso
M: 2010-08-08
<reply> see firmware images
C: 2010-05-17
a patch management tool frequently used to help make packages for Debian. For typical usage, see http://wiki.debian.org/UsingQuilt . Also ask me about <debsrc3.0>.
gobi 2000
M: 2011-02-07
<reply>[gobi 2000] The Qualcomm Gobi 2000 is a Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN) Mini PCIe adapter (USB IDs 05c6:9204, 05c6:9205), found in some Lenovo <ThinkPad> models. This device is supported in Debian Linux kernel images by the qcserial driver since linux-2.6 2.6.32-16 (Debian bug #585661). Firmware is required (amss.mbn, apps.mbn, UQCN.mbn), ask me about <gobi-loader>.
M: 2013-10-27
<reply>Wayland is a display server protocol and implementation library, intended as a simpler replacement for the X Window System. Ask me about <weston>. http://wayland.freedesktop.org/ #wayland on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2002-05-11
simply a data path between devices. The computer's systembus is what peripherals use to send and receive data from the processorand main memory. don't make a fuss, just get on the bus.
C: 2011-05-15
<reply>Debian's "main" archive area consists of <DFSG>-compliant packages, which do not rely on software outside this area to operate. These are the only packages considered part of the Debian distribution. http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ch-archive#s-main . See also <contrib>, <non-free>.
M: 2009-05-02
a circuit simulation tool, check out spice opus at http://www.fe.uni-lj.si/spice/welcome.html for a small f free implementation of SPICE, or gnucap - gnu circuit analysis package
C: 2002-12-10
ettercap.sourceforge.net Sniff switched LANs! evil
C: 2005-10-13
"If you find yourself in a loong tunnel, stay AWAY from the light!"
C: 2007-01-12
<reply> are so mIRCish
M: 2009-09-18
<reply>[ahci] Advanced Host Controller Interface, supported by the Linux kernel since version 2.6.19. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AHCI
C: 2008-03-21
<reply>Network UPS Tools (NUT) is a client/server <UPS> monitoring system that permits UPS sharing between several machines. Able to signal shutdown of Unix/Linux and Windows (via WinNUT) systems. Packaged for Debian as nut, optional packages as nut-* (excluding nut-nutrition). Read /usr/share/doc/nut/README.Debian.gz for installation instructions. http://networkupstools.org/
M: 2011-02-10
<reply>aoss is a wrapper script (packaged for Debian in alsa-oss) to make programs use the ALSA Open Sound System (OSS) compatibility library. It just sets the appropriate LD_PRELOAD path and then runs the command. For an alternative which emulates the OSS kernel interface, ask me about <devdsp>.
uninstall gnome
C: 2009-02-14
<reply> see remove gnome
M: 2013-09-02
<reply>ath10k is a Linux kernel driver supporting PCIe 802.11ac (a/b/g/n compatible) wireless LAN devices based on the Qualcomm Atheros QCA988x 2.0 family of chips (PCI IDs 168c:003c, 168c:abcd). Introduced at Linux 3.11. Firmware from userspace is required and not currently packaged (bug #724970), ask me about <ath10k firmware>. http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/ath10k #ath10k on irc.freenode.net.
C: 2012-11-12
<reply>LightDM is a cross-desktop X display manager, packaged since Debian 7.0 "Wheezy". http://wiki.debian.org/LightDM http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/LightDM
C: 2010-11-04
a package which detects node failure and controls node failover in a cluster. See also <ldirectord>.
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)
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>.
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>.
apache manual
M: 2010-09-10
<reply> see apache2 manual
M: 2003-03-22
wearing a big floppy hunting hat and is carrying a shotgun. a tool used to take over a computers IP used for backup servers.
C: 2001-06-12
explosion, death, chaos
M: 2006-10-08
a disguise for your IP address over the IRC network. or, what James Bond do, using his DB9 to make an impression on girls.
M: 2010-07-27
<reply>XZ is a lossless data compression format using LZMA2, providing a container for a single file (ala gzip, bzip2). Command line tools for working with XZ compression are in the xz-utils package. http://tukaani.org/xz/format.html http://tukaani.org/xz/
proposed updates
M: 2010-09-26
<reply> see proposed-updates
M: 2004-05-29
a hard real-time OS | http://www.qnx.com | microkernel | non-free | POSIX compliant | free as in beer for non-commercial use | player in the field since teh 80s | neutrino is the kernel | momentics is the non-commercial livecd (you can install too) | voyager is the browser | photon is the (micro)windowing system | qnx4fs is the ordered-write FS, plan9 style = everything is a file
C: 2007-04-28
M: 2009-02-15
<reply>TeamSpeak is proprietary <VoIP> software allowing users to speak on a chat channel, much like a telephone conference call. A TeamSpeak user will often wear a headset with an integrated microphone. Users use the TeamSpeak client software to connect to a TeamSpeak server, then join chat channels. Packaged for Debian as teamspeak-client and teamspeak-server, ask me about <non-free sources>. See also <mumble>.
M: 2004-09-11
SCROLL UP, DAMMIT, or http://www.pragma-ade.nl/
which video driver
C: 2013-04-15
<reply>To show the video driver used by your X server «egrep 'Load.*mod.*driv|UnloadModule' /var/log/Xorg.0.log». Also ask me about <fglrx>, <nvidia>, <which driver>, <nodriver>, <judd-hardware>.
C: 2001-01-29
at http://developer.kde.org/development-versions/kde-2.1-release-plan.html
blacklist initramfs
M: 2010-07-25
<reply> see blacklist-initramfs
C: 2009-04-25
a small daemon to send <sysrq> commands over a network. http://julien.danjou.info/sysrqd/
C: 2011-02-01
<reply>ZF Electronics GmbH (formerly Cherry GmbH) is a German input peripheral manufacturer. Debian Installer 6.0.0 does not support the use of Cherry USB keyboards during installation (Debian bug #584973), this was corrected at <6.0.1>.
M: 2014-04-14
<reply>Best practices for OpenPGP keys are described at https://we.riseup.net/debian/openpgp-best-practices
M: 2011-02-16
<reply> see blu-ray disc
C: 2000-10-01
<action> bloots $who!
C: 2002-01-02
I'm doing well, thank you
M: 2004-10-11
The Linux System Administrator's Guide see http://www.tldp.org/LDP/sag/, or say, in german.
M: 2013-08-10
<reply>hola, bienvenidos a IRC. Por favor, lea http://www.arrakis.es/~domitila/ayuda/irc.htm
M: 2014-03-27
<reply>SolydX is a GNU/Linux distribution <based on debian> with the XFCE desktop environment. It is not supported in #debian, use #solydxk on irc.freenode.net instead. http://solydxk.com/products/solydx/
M: 2010-02-18
<reply> see openssh
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
M: 2014-01-05
<reply>Realtek RTL8188EE-based PCIe wireless LAN devices (PCI ID 10ec:8179) are supported by the rtl8188ee Linux kernel driver introduced at Linux 3.10. Firmware from userspace is required (rtlwifi/rtl8188efw.bin) and packaged since firmware-realtek 0.39. Debian 7 "Wheezy" users: for device support, ask me about <bdo kernel> and install firmware-realtek from <wheezy-backports>.
C: 2013-02-12
<reply>The "debian.net" domain points at unofficial resources maintained by Debian Developers. The resources are usually not managed or controlled by the Debian sysadmin group, unlike debian.org machines. See http://wiki.debian.org/DebianDotNet and http://wiki.debian.org/DebianNetDomains for more information.
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>.
out of tree
M: 2010-10-12
<reply>Open source drivers not included in the mainline Linux kernel ("out of tree") are listed at http://linuxdriverproject.org/mediawiki/index.php/Out_Of_Tree_Drivers . Some are packaged for Debian, ask me about <search>.
C: 2007-10-16
responsible for picking a process to kill when the computer is out of memory. It uses some heuristics to choose the process to kill: unprivileged, short-running, low-priority processes are more likely to be killed. See http://linux-mm.org/OOM_Killer for more information.
C: 2002-06-08
<reply> BOOOM
M: 2014-04-03
<reply>CAcert is a community-driven certificate authority (CA) which issues free public key certificates to the public. Their CA certificates used to be shipped in Debian but were removed in March 2014 due to bug #718434, see https://lwn.net/Articles/590879/ article for a decent explanation. http://www.cacert.org/
mailing lists
C: 2007-10-09
<reply> see mailing list
C: 2009-01-14
<reply> see puppy linux
language per user
C: 2009-09-28
<reply> To allow a user to have their applications in a language other than the default, add a line - LANG = "es_ES" (for spanish) to their .profile or .bash_profile, then install the language package for the applications they use. Log that user out and back in and you should see their X session and X applications (browser, etc) in Spanish.
C: 2010-09-03
<reply>see wheezy
C: 2011-10-25
<reply> see nvidia dkms
install mate
C: 2014-02-11
<reply>To install <MATE> on Debian Jessie, ask me about <install x>, then: «aptitude install mate-desktop».
good job
C: 2001-10-29
<reply> Thank you, $who.
C: 2004-08-22
<reply> tc is the traffic shaping command used to shape, throttle, and drop traffic incomming and outgoing on interfaces using rules. See the LARTC Howto (ask me about lartc) 15.8.3
M: 2008-06-01
a reproduceable bug or a lost feature in /newer/ software. Check the <BTS> and for profile issues (if it applies). You can help developers by isolating the regression with this simple process: Choose a version half way in between the old and new. Move back for failures, and forward on successes. Repeat and narrow it down as far as you can. Report your findings to BTS.
M: 2010-03-29
<reply>see debian system
C: 2010-08-07
<reply>EXTLINUX is a derivative of <SYSLINUX>, which boots from an ext2/ext3/ext4 or btrfs filesystem. For Linux-only systems, this can be used as an alternative bootloader. Debian's extlinux package can optionally install into the <MBR> during installation, see /usr/share/doc/extlinux/README.Debian for more information (note also Debian bug #612693).
mysql test
C: 2013-12-18
<reply>Previous versions of Debian's mysql-server-5.5 package did not remove upstream's default of creating a 'test' database and assignment of permissions allowing anonymous access from localhost to this and other test_* databases; this was fixed at version 5.5.33+dfsg-0+wheezy1 (DSA-2818-1). Existing databases and permissions are not touched during package upgrades, see /usr/share/doc/mysql-server/NEWS.Debian.gz for more information.
vbox-install jessie
C: 2013-06-27
<reply>Debian's virtualbox-* packages were moved to contrib at VirtualBox 4.2, as a non-free compiler (Open Watcom) is required to build the BIOS; ask me about <contrib>. As root: «apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r|sed 's,[^-]*-[^-]*-,,'` virtualbox». After <DKMS> builds the necessary kernel modules, VirtualBox can be started. For guest additions/utilities, see <vbox guest>. See also <vbox extpack>.
C: 2010-11-09
<reply> ldirectord monitors virtual services provided by Linux Virtual Server, ask me about <lvs>.
C: 2013-07-18
<reply> see raspberry pi
M: 2010-10-05
<reply>American Power Conversion (APC) is a manufacturer of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) devices, a subsidiary of Schneider Electric. To use an APC UPS on Debian systems, ask me about <apcupsd> and <nut>.
M: 2010-12-28
<reply> see cpu flags
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.
good afternoon
C: 2001-07-18
<reply> good afternoon, $who
M: 2013-02-06
<reply>Central Regulatory Domain Agent (CRDA) is a <udev> helper to query/set the regulatory domain for wireless devices. Packaged since Debian 7 "Wheezy" and available for Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" via <squeeze-backports>. Some wireless LAN devices (e.g. Atheros) default to a strict world regulatory domain if CRDA is not present, preventing the use of channels 12 and 13. http://wireless.kernel.org/en/developers/Regulatory/#CRDA
M: 2006-11-27
<reply> You should never, ever have to use --force-all. If you are using unstable, and there are bugs in packages, you may need to use a specific --force option (ask me about <force-overwrite> or <confmiss>), but then you should use the precise --force option required. Using --force-depends and/or --force-conflicts is *ALWAYS* broken. Fix the offending packages or use <equivs> instead.
M: 2010-06-05
<reply> see zd1211rw
M: 2010-09-01
<reply>Gmane is an e-mail to news gateway and message archive, providing access to many <mailing lists> via <NNTP> and web interfaces. http://www.gmane.org/ news://news.gmane.org/ To export archived content as a <mbox> file, see http://gmane.org/export.php .
cmd: --get-selections (.*?)
C: 2013-09-22
($1): <action> selects $who's (pr0n|ultra-s3kr3t|family photos) collection
C: 2009-04-19
<reply> see moc
C: 2009-06-27
a daemon for controlling <APC> UPSes. http://wiki.debian.org/apcupsd http://www.apcupsd.com/manual/manual.html#frequently-asked-questions . See also <nut>.
M: 2013-06-05
<reply>The Realtek RTL8411 is a PCIe Gigabit Ethernet controller with an integrated card reader controller. The Ethernet controller is supported by <r8169> since Linux 3.5; a firmware patch (rtl_nic/rtl8411-1.fw) is packaged since firmware-realtek 0.37. The card reader (PCI ID 10ec:5289, aka "Barossa Plus Plus") is supported by the rtsx_pci module since Linux 3.8.
C: 2011-02-07
<reply>gobi-loader is a <firmware> loader for Qualcomm Gobi chipsets, packaged for Debian in <contrib>. The firmware itself is copyright Qualcomm and not redistributable, see (e.g.) C:\Program Files (x86)\QUALCOMM\Images\Lenovo on an existing Windows installation to acquire. file:///usr/share/doc/gobi-loader/README.Debian http://www.codon.org.uk/~mjg59/gobi_loader/
i forgot root password
C: 2012-09-13
<reply> see ifrp
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.
sudo redirection
M: 2013-08-05
<reply><sudo> can run a command as root but what is a "command"? "sudo foo > /etc/bar" will give you "-bash: /etc/bar: Permission denied". Your shell splits "sudo foo > /etc/bar" into "run the command sudo with the argument foo" and then "stick the output into /etc/bar"; it's your own shell (not sudo!) that will create /etc/bar and it doesn't have permission to do so. Use «su -», «sudo -i», «foo | sudo tee /etc/bar».
cmd: warning: (.*?)
C: 2013-09-03
($1): <reply>$who: That isn't enough detail, post the whole output to a pastebin (/msg dpkg pastebin).
M: 2010-10-18
<reply> see ioquake3
M: 2011-03-30
<reply> see enlightenment
unique package version
C: 2013-06-06
<reply>The version string on any package should uniquely identify that package. If you make changes to a package, increase the version number (ask me about <compare versions>). apt can sometimes distinguish between packages with the same version based on (installed-size, depends, pre-depends, conflicts, breaks, replaces) but for minor changes apt can miss this. Ask me about <package recompile> <debian/rules>.
C: 2008-05-25
pipe viewer, a handy utility to measure data passing through the pipe between processes. It shows how much data has passed, how long it has taken and the speed, as well as estimated completion if that data is available ("pv file" is used)
C: 2009-01-05
simple bash redirection http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Bash-Prog-Intro-HOWTO-3.html
M: 2011-06-30
<reply> The bot "dselect" is a back-up bot for dpkg when it needs a rest. His database is a snapshot of dpkg's, factoid editing is disabled. The address character for dselect is %.
M: 2014-03-29
<reply>You can install Debian on your <android> based mobile device using <lildebi> or manually install Debian in a chroot: https://wiki.debian.org/ChrootOnAndroid . More advanced approaches are possible but require a lot more work, e.g. http://bonedaddy.net/pabs3/log/2012/12/03/debian-mobile/ . See also https://wiki.debian.org/Mobile and #debian-mobile on irc.oftc.net.
elementary os
C: 2013-09-18
<reply>elementary OS is a Linux distribution based on <Ubuntu>. It is not supported in #debian; ask me about <based on debian>. http://elementaryos.org/ #elementary on irc.freenode.net.
C: 2013-09-25
<reply>see based on debian
M: 2010-12-02
<reply> see peppermintos
C: 2002-07-31
a smartass compressed image format. http://www.djvu.org/
super cow
C: 2002-11-19
M: 2007-10-17
a collection of programs designed to stress a CPU. NB Comes with lots of disclaimers - be careful. Also ask me about <memtest>.
simple bash redirection
M: 2009-01-06
<reply> see sbr
C: 2010-03-17
<reply>PhotoRec is file data recovery software (a companion program to <TestDisk>) designed to recover lost pictures, video, documents and archives from digital camera memory, hard disks and CD-ROMs. Packaged for Debian in testdisk. http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec
C: 2010-12-01
<reply>Peppermint OS is a Linux distribution based on <Lubuntu>. Peppermint Three, Two, One and Ice are not supported in #debian. http://peppermintos.com/ #peppermint on irc.spotchat.org. See also <based on Debian>.
iceweasel doesn't work
C: 2013-08-05
<reply> When you say a website doesn't work with iceweasel but does with firefox, are you actually comparing the same versions of the two browsers? The version of the browser makes much more difference than the icon it displays or even the user agent. To get a newer iceweasel, ask me about <iceweasel backports>. See also <iceweasel user-agent> <why iceweasel> <stable>.
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: 2013-10-23
<reply> see luks
M: 2013-06-20
<reply>KompoZer is an open source, cross-platform WYSIWYG HTML editor forked from <nvu>. Removed from Debian post-Squeeze to resolve bug #690251.
ath10k firmware
M: 2014-04-08
<reply>Firmware required by the <ath10k> driver is currently not available from the <linux-firmware> repository. See http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/ath10k/firmware for more information.
M: 2013-08-04
<reply> see solusos
macbook pro
M: 2010-10-19
<reply> see macbookpro
M: 2010-04-02
<reply> see rt2860
M: 2011-02-02
<reply> see r8169
C: 2000-12-22
italian word for good
C: 2001-05-27
<reply> are you here ?
C: 2012-04-21
<reply> see wheezy/updates
C: 2010-10-18
<reply>ioquake3 is a game engine based on id Software's Quake 3 source code, which can be used to play various games based on the id Tech 3 engine (e.g. <OpenArena>, Quake III: Arena). Packaged for Debian 7 "Wheezy" and later releases; the openarena package in Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" contains its own ioquake3 version. http://www.ioquake3.org/ #ioquake3 on irc.freenode.net.
hash -r
C: 2011-03-22
<reply>After changing your PATH or installing new packages, you may need to tell your shell to forget old program locations (or to forget that the command was not found). In bash, "hash -r" will do this ("help hash" for more details). In zsh, "rehash". See also <PATH>.
C: 2013-06-19
<reply>see fglrx
M: 2013-08-04
<reply>SolusOS is a Linux distribution based on Debian <stable>. It is not supported in #debian, please see http://solusos.com/community for support options or join #solusos on irc.silverirc.com. See also <based on debian>.
C: 2013-09-18
<reply> see elementary os
xz hashes
C: 2014-04-14
<reply> APT version gets decompression of xz files wrong under various conditions, generating an error about hash sum mismatches (#743298). Configure apt to use gz instead for the time being («Acquire::CompressionTypes::Order:: "gz";» in /etc/apt/apt.conf) or upgrade your version of apt to the newer version in sid.
sid security
M: 2011-02-14
<reply> see unstable security
M: 2011-07-25
<reply>Pithos is a Pandora web radio client for <GNOME>, based on <pianobar>. Packaged since Debian 7.0 "Wheezy". http://kevinmehall.net/p/pithos/
C: 1970-01-01
<reply> see cpuflags
M: 2010-12-01
<reply> see svgatextmode
M: 2010-11-30
<reply>The Netgear WNA3100 "Wireless-N 300 USB Adapter" is a 802.11n device (USB ID 0846:9020). It uses the Broadcom BCM43231 chip, which has no Linux driver available at this time; ask me about <ndiswrapper>. Not to be confused with the <WNDA3100> or <WNA3100M>.
apt translations
C: 2013-04-23
<reply> see apt translation
C: 2013-03-20
<reply>Tanglu (http://tanglu.org/) is a Debian derivative that is seeking to fulfil the "constantly usable testing" goal (ask me about <debian cut>). It is based on Debian, but it is not Debian and is not supported in #debian. Seek help in #tanglu-devel on irc.freenode.net. Also ask me about <based on debian>.
cmd: applaud (.*?)
C: 2004-08-05
($1): <reply> *clapclap* good show, $1
M: 2013-09-24
<reply>The Intel I210 Ethernet controller (PCI IDs 8086:1533, 8086:1536, 8086:1537, 8086:1538) is supported by the <igb> driver since Linux 3.5. For device support on Debian 7 "Wheezy" systems, ask me about <bdo kernel>.
sid sources.list
C: 2013-05-01
<reply>If you don't know enough about Debian to do this yourself, you won't know enough about Debian to fix the problems you *will* encounter. Please spend some months or years learning about Debian first. Sorry.
install unstable
C: 2008-06-22
<reply> see install sid
M: 2010-10-10
<reply> see uswsusp
build without helper
C: 2014-02-12
<reply> You can build packages without using <debhelper>, but it's a lot more hard work and you don't get your package improved for free by newer versions of the helper. See http://wiki.debian.org/Courses2005/BuildingWithoutHelper for more information.
M: 2013-06-07
<reply> see dyn
M: 2011-06-28
<reply>mac80211 is a Linux kernel driver <API> for SoftMAC wireless LAN cards. http://wireless.kernel.org/en/developers/Documentation/mac80211
M: 2011-10-26
<reply>Samhain is an integrity checker and host-based intrusion detection system. It supports centralized monitoring and stealth features for running undetected in memory. http://la-samhna.de/samhain/
why don't you just ask
C: 2000-02-29
<action>whimpers in fear...
M: 2010-03-20
<reply>swaks (Swiss Army Knife SMTP) is a utility for testing <SMTP> configurations. Supports <SMTP AUTH> and STARTTLS. The test procedure can be halted to examine returned responses. http://www.jetmore.org/john/code/swaks/
M: 2014-04-17
<reply> For Debian 6.0 "Squeeze", security support for all packages for all architectures will end on 2014-05-31. However, there is a volunteer effort to continue security support the i386 and amd64 architectures through until February 2016. This volunteer effort needs YOUR help! See https://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-2907 and http://bits.debian.org/2014/03/working-on-squeeze-lts.html
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
stable security
M: 2013-05-04
<reply>see wheezy-security
C: 2011-11-26
a <Gentoo> derivative started by Daniel Robbins. http://www.funtoo.org/ #funtoo on irc.freenode.net.
M: 2014-03-28
<reply>Point Linux is a distribution <based on Debian> which includes the <MATE> desktop. It is not supported in #debian. #pointlinux.org on irc.freenode.net. http://pointlinux.org/
C: 2014-02-06
<reply>Robolinux is a distrbution based on Debian. It is not supported in #debian. http://www.robolinux.org/ . See also <based on debian>.
M: 2014-03-29
<reply>see mobile
M: 2011-06-27
<reply>Qualcomm is a wireless telecommunications research and development company. For support of the Gobi 2000 WWAN, ask me about <gobi 2000>. For support of Atheros-based LAN/WLAN devices, ask me about <atheros>.
C: 2002-01-06
<reply> Rule #9: "No spam." Type /msg apt guidelines to see the rest...
C: 2014-03-24
at http://wiki.bash-hackers.org/commands/builtin/trap
M: 2014-03-24
<reply>The fifth <point release> for Debian 7 "Wheezy" (7.5) is scheduled for April 26th, 2014. This point release will correct some serious bugs and copy security updates across to the main archive. https://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2014/03/msg00444.html
C: 2011-04-05
a program that tries to determine if there are processes requiring a restart after a system upgrade. It is part of the debian-goodies package.
C: 2014-03-16
<reply>jmtpfs is a <FUSE> and libmtp-based filesystem for accessing <MTP> devices. Packaged for Debian in <testing> and <wheezy-backports>. https://github.com/JasonFerrara/jmtpfs
aptitude flags
C: 2013-08-29
<reply> see aptitude states
C: 2014-03-29
<reply>Lil' Debi is an <android> app designed to put Debian in a <chroot>. Please seek support in #guardianproject on irc.freenode.net. See also https://github.com/guardianproject/lildebi and <mobile>.
C: 2014-04-03
<reply>see cacert
M: 2014-02-01
<reply>HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) is a web security policy mechanism. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_Strict_Transport_Security
M: 2013-02-19
<reply> see rt2800pci
debian development
C: 2005-10-24
cmd: tops (.*?)
C: 2002-05-03
($1): <reply> Geez $1! You're the tops!
C: 2013-02-07
<reply>The Realtek RTL8402 PCIe Fast Ethernet controller is supported by the <r8169> driver since Linux 3.5. A firmware patch (rtl_nic/rtl8402-1.fw) is packaged since firmware-realtek 0.37.
cmd: salt (.*?)
C: 2004-11-28
($1): <action>pours salt onto $1's slug-like corpse and watches it dissolve into a quivering pile of protoplasm.
cmd: show sources.list (.*?)
C: 2014-02-04
($1): <reply>$1: Please pastebin the contents of your /etc/apt/sources.list and /etc/apt/sources.list.d/*.list. The easiest way to do this is to pastebin the output of: head -v -n -0 /etc/apt/sources.list{,.d/*}
irc logs
C: 2014-03-11
<reply>see irclog
C: 2013-09-06
<reply>SolydK is a GNU/Linux distribution <based on debian> with the KDE desktop environment. It is not supported in #debian, use #solydxk on irc.freenode.net instead. http://solydxk.com/products/solydk/
M: 2014-03-29
<reply>see mobile
M: 2013-01-09
<reply>Twidge is a command-line <twitter> and identi.ca client. Not part of the Debian 7.0 "Wheezy" release due to bug #665254. https://github.com/jgoerzen/twidge/wiki
systemd ranting
C: 2014-02-09
<reply> see init system ranting
C: 2005-09-25
M: 2005-12-30
Sumali sa #Debian-tl para sa talakayan ng Debian sa wikang tagalog, or the ccTLD for East Timor
jessie security
C: 2013-05-06
<reply>see testing security
C: 2012-11-09
init system ranting
C: 2014-02-09
<reply> #debian is not a place for ranting about init systems; try #defocus, #moocows or /dev/null. Bugs with the necessary information on how to reproduce the problem should be reported to the relevant package in the <bts>.
C: 2014-03-28
<reply>/etc/security/limits.conf is a config file for a PAM module named pam_limits. Only PAM services benefit, and only if a line like "session required pam_limits.so" is present uncommented in their /etc/pam.d/ config file.

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