Category Archives: Linux

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Install Netbeans on Debian Stable

Netbeans is a great open source Java IDE. For some reason it is missing from the current stable repository on debian. In order to get it installed as a regular desktop application in Debian Jessie (using GNOME) you should do … Continue reading

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Terminal Reader Mode with Pandoc and Less

The other day Aosheng send me an article to read from the verge. When I tried to read it, it took about 5 minutes to load because of the 15 various JavaScript things that were running in addition to ads … Continue reading

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Reading gz files with zcat

The Debian Policy Manual dictates that all packages should come with documentation. In order to save space in the debian archive these documents need to be compressed with gzip. There are a ton of these files floating around in the … Continue reading

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Debian Stretch Release Party in San Francisco

I am planning a Debian Stretch release party in San Francisco. This will take place (tentatively) at the CircleCI office. Dates, times, and details are still a work in progress but I wanted to make this post so that anyone … Continue reading

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Help Out With Packages You Use in Debian

Many new and existing Debian users want to help make the distribution  better but do not quite know where to begin. Debian comes with a very handy package called how-can-i-help which tells you after each apt invocation the current bugs … Continue reading

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Using Owncloud Client for Nextcloud Server on Debian Stable

There is no official debian package for the nextcloud client. There have been a handful of RFP bugs reported but it looks like no one has taken this on yet. I want to get more involved with debian packaging so … Continue reading

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Testing Syntax Errors in Apache Config

If you spend any time mucking around config files in Linux you are likely to run into some syntax errors sooner or later. Recently I was setting up cgit on Debian 8 and was banging my head against the wall … Continue reading

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Change the Default Terminal Editor in Debian

Debian comes with a very handy utility called update-alternatives that helps to set default tools for various tasks. It is possible for several programs fulfilling the same or similar functions to be installed on a single system at the same time. … Continue reading

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Don’t forget the -i

I spent way too much time troubleshooting an issue I was having with sed today. This is a common theme sometimes where I spend upwards of an hour debugging something that is ridiculously obvious. I was trying to replace a … Continue reading

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/etc/motd

I have been using Linux for many years, but only recently found out about /etc/motd. When you SSH into a server, it displays a message that varies depending on your Linux distribution. For instance, a stock Debian installation looks like … Continue reading

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