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Old 10-31-2005, 01:47 PM   #1
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(new to Debian) post install questions

Hello fellow Debianites,

I've recently switched from Fedora and I'm totally loving Debian Sarge. I have few general questions after installation that I hope some one can help me out with.

1- When I first installed Debian I was in my office, which uses an http/ftp proxy server. Now at home every time I launch apt or anything else from the command line that needs Internet access I have to type:

export http_proxy=""

How do I reconfigure my proxy server settings?

2- This question is abit more general. I noticed sometimes my Firefox will just freeze the entire system (aka Windows style.) I haven't found any crash log anywhere that may help me find out what went wrong. Any suggestions where I should look? I've looked in most files inside /vars/log/.

3- When I first installed Debian, I installed it bare bones and kinda feeled my way into installing the rest of the system (i.e. X, xorg, xfce, apps, new kernel, etc...) The problem is that I didn't know the best repositories and I'm sure I have allot of left-over packages that I really don't need. Is there any function on apt or aptitude to remove unused packages? If not is there a way to get the system back to bare bones without having to reformat and reinstall the system?

Thanks in advance.
Old 10-31-2005, 11:13 PM   #2
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run apt-config


have a look at sources.lst --->

Grtz Decep.
Old 11-01-2005, 04:33 AM   #3
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That did the trick. I had to change apt.conf where it configured the proxy server.

Thanks also for the repositories link.

Have you ever seen an article or something about how to get crash reports in Debian?
Old 11-01-2005, 08:54 AM   #4
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re. 2. Crash reports will almost always land in /var/log somewhere. Try running "ls -lt" there to see the most-recently modified files listed first. If you can reproduce the crash, then quickly switch to the terminal window (or another virtual terminal) for an ls -lt, you can see which file is being written to (*if* one is being written to).

You could also have a terminal window up and tailing any number of log files while you work... ("tail -f /var/log/foo"). That may bail you out if the whole screen locks, and if you can't switch to a different virtual console -- at least you've got a terminal window up with the last log message right there. :)

re. 3. To prune out unnecessary packages, use deborphan and debfoster.
Old 11-01-2005, 09:01 AM   #5
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Install 'apt-listbugs' which will give you warnings about any buggy package
you will install next. Ideally, this is the first package to install after X is up
and running.



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