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  1. General Resolution is not required

    The result for the General Resolution about the init system coupling is out and the result is, not quite surprisingly, "General Resolution is not required".

    When skimming over -devel or -private from time to time, one easily gets the impression that we are all a bunch of zealots, all too eager for fighting. People argue in the worst possible ways. People make bold statements about the future of Debian if solution X is preferred over Y. People call each other names. People leave the project.

    At some point you realize, we're not all a bunch of zealots, it is usually only the same small subset of people always involved in those discussions. It's reassuring that we still seem to have a silent majority in Debian that, without much fuss, just do what they can to make Debian better. In this sense: A General Resolution is not required.

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  2. Wee! Wheezy is out (better late than never)

    Last week we released Wheezy, roughly two years after our last release Squeeze.

    I'd like to thank all the contributors in- and outside of Debian for your fine work! Every single contribution -- no matter how big or small -- summed up to the wonderful release we finished last week. Without you this release would not have been possible. Keep up the good work guys and make Jessie rock even harder!

    PS: It is very nice to see once again fresh packages rolling into unstable and spending some time fixing broken dependencies :)

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  3. Shiny new iPod Nano 6G... fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu

    So I got an iPod Nano (6th generation) for Christmas this year, just in time since my trusty old iPod Mini started beg for retirement after almost 8 years of usage.

    Since my old iPod was working like a charm all those years I expected a smooth sailing when I plugged in my new iPod Nano. Gnome recognized it correctly and mounted the device. The iPod showed up in Rhythmbox as I was used to and I started to fill it with some music. Everything worked as expected: Rhythmbox copied the music to the iPod without complaining and after unmounting the iPod and starting it -- it was emtpy. Whait, what? Why is it empty? Didn't I just... So I tried again, and again with the same result.

    Half an hour later I found out that libgpod (the iPod "driver" for Linux) supports all iPods except the iPod Nano 6G ...

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  4. .inputrc

    A few days ago I found this blog explaining how to improve the tab completion by tinkering with your .inputrc.

    The magic lines are:
    set show-all-if-ambiguous on set completion-ignore-case on set completion-map-case on

    Last two lines make tab-completion ignore case, hyphens, underscores, the first one spares you one tab when more than one match was found. Very neat! I would have never found out, since there wasn't even an .inputrc in my home directory.

    Do you know any other cool .inputrc-tricks?

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  5. Can aptitude show older versions of packages if available in /var/cache/apt/archives?

    Dear Lazyweb,

    is it possible to tell aptitude to show older versions of a package next to the currently available one if it is still present in /var/cache/apt/archives? Like it does when you use unstable and experimental side by side? I know that aptitude does not really support downgrades of packages, but showing those packages directly in aptitude if available in the cache is a lot easier than searching them in the file system and installing them manually, especially if you don't know where they hide.

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  6. How to get a list of manually installed packages (and remove the other ones)

    The Good

    Every other year or so I feel the need to clean up my Debian system and remove the installed packages I'm not interested in anymore. I remember there was a nice aptitude pattern to search for packages which I have manually installed (i.e. which were not installed to satisfy a dependency). Ideally I would then go through the (presumably short) list of packages and remove the ones I don't need any more.

    Since I always forget the aptitude pattern to search for those packages, I google for something like "list of manually installed packages" and find a solution like: aptitude search ‘~i !~M’. Although this solution is not wrong, it is not quite what I was looking for. Sure, it will find you all packages which are installed and not installed to satisfy a dependency, but it also contains packages of priorities: required, important and ...

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