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WareLogging. Useful things on a Debian GNU/Linux system. Also some stuff under Ubuntu.

general package management

apt-cache search whatever

mixed system

How to keep a mixed system. Useful if you don't want to risk hosing your entire system by running unstable, but need some packages it contains. Basically, put something like:

APT::Default-Release "version";

Where version is one of stable, testing, or unstable in /etc/apt/apt.conf. Then add a source for that version to /etc/apt/sources.list. You can now get stuff from the appropriate version by doing:

apt-get -t ''distribution'' install packagename

This can also sometimes get you out of those weird dependency traps that a big upgrade will often generate.

useful packages

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last edited April 11, 2014