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Old 06-16-2004, 06:46 PM   #1
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Debian Configuration tools


Hi,
New to Debian just now.
What if any are the imortant configuration tools available or is it mostly done by text edting in Debian.
I know Apt/snaptic and KDE control panel.

Thanks
 
Old 06-16-2004, 07:35 PM   #2
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Re: Debian Configuration tools

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Hi,
New to Debian just now.
What if any are the imortant configuration tools available or is it mostly done by text edting in Debian.
I know Apt/snaptic and KDE control panel.

Thanks
aptitude is a good front end for apt-get and unlike syaptic...does not require a gui
 
Old 06-16-2004, 08:09 PM   #3
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dpkg-reconfigure <nameofpackage>

debian.org >Documentation
 
Old 06-16-2004, 08:21 PM   #4
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Is there something to configure a printer?
I tried the openoffice.org tool.
Thanks
 
Old 06-16-2004, 08:36 PM   #5
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Sorry I'm posting , should try harder.
http://localhost:631/ is really cool.
So I got my printer working.

thanks,
It seems Debian will take a little getting used to.
 
Old 06-16-2004, 10:57 PM   #6
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KDE has many excellent system configuration utilities. The same applies to Gnome. There's also the "gnome-system-tools" package, which you can install to configure certain system properties via a GUI frontend even if you're using some light-weight wm instead of KDE or Gnome.

Also, Debian uses DebConf to configure many important packages. You can install gkdebconf and libgnome2-perl packages to get a GUI frontend for "dpkg-reconfigure" that can be used to (re)configure the packages that DebConf controls. (After installing these packages, run "gksu gkdebconf" from xterm to invoke gkdebconf.)

The APT (Advanced Packaging Tool) related utilities (dpkg, apt-get, apt-cache, aptitude) are VERY useful in Debian. You can get a quick introduction to these utilities by typing the desired command in command line followed by " --help".

For instance, you can check out all the packages that are installed in your system by typing "dpkg -l | more". To see where APT has placed the different files from the package "foo", you can do "dpkg -L foo". And to find all the available Debian packages that have something to do with printers, you can do "apt-cache search printer". Etc, etc...

The Debian Wiki page here at linuxquestions.org gives you a good overview on what Debian has to offer. Utilities like modconf, update-rc.d, and update-alternatives are briefly introduced. Once you get started with these utilities, you may want to check out their man pages. (I really mean it -- once you get familiar with some command, you'll do wisely if you Read The Friendly Manpage.)

http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/Debian

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Old 06-17-2004, 01:42 PM   #7
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Debian Not Just a Pretty Face

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http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?res...review-debian2

Part 2
http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?res...review-debian3
 
  


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