Sunday, April 24, 2011

"apt-listbugs" package of Debian derived distros

Hi All,

I don't know how many of you have faced problems when you have performed a dist-upgrade or even many times a simple package upgrade -- which completely breaks down your system into pieces...

One worst example to give: What if you upgraded your X server and the moment you start you system next time - you get no display at all???  I have faced this and many other types of similar problems many times....

So dont we have a pre step where the package manager or the apt tells that - Boss you are trying to upgrade to a new version - through which I will break your system???

Thanks.. And yes we do have a package like that.. Called the apt-listbugs

Installation of this package:

Issue the command apt-get install apt-listbugs or use synaptic.

From there on - any time you go for upgrading your package / or a complete dist upgrade... This particular software tells you - that there exists some bugs - with the bug numbers and the associated problems with it and the severity of the bug.

It would also ask you a question in the end as to - Do you still want to proceed Yes or No and ?

At this stage - you always have an option to decide your future system. But as long as the bugs are critical or severe - its advised not to go for an upgrade and simply type n and quit out of synaptic or Unmark the selected packages....

Also there is one more package called apt-listchanges which would note you the changes wrt apt or a particular deb file..

Access the man pages for both the commands to learn more about them...

Ananth S Gouri

Fixing the rtl_nic firmware missing warning(s) in Debian

Hi All,

I was curious to use the new Linux kernel 2.6.38 and also since I had some free time yday after a long time - I tried to install it...

I upgraded my repositories to include the sid repos and gave the apt-get update command.

Next it was a normal way of installing the kernel - as I made use of Synaptic package manager...

The installation went fine - but every other time I installed any new software I used to get some warnings about a Realtek NIC card firmware missing. This was pretty irritating - as it would not quit the synaptic happily...

I tried googling out and I got different sites with different answers. But I could fix the problem after I installed the package firmware-realtek

I installed it through Synaptic and I did not get any warnings from there on...

Hope this helped some of you..
Ananth S Gouri


Hi All,

This post explains about a nice player called Moovida...

Its a "Moovida is much more than a simple media player... it is a cutting edge media center bringing the best of the internet to your TV screen"

Ok -- How to install it onto your Debian. I use Squeeze (Debian 6)

If you search for Moovida in site, you can see that the pkg is available from squeeze till testing..

Enable the proper repositories in your sources.list file and issue the apt-get update command..

Then you can install Moovida using apt-get install moovida or by making use of Synaptic package manger....

Happy media enjoyment... :)
Ananth S Gouri 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Gnome 3 Desktop

Hi All,

The much awaited Gnome 3 Desktop was released on April 6th, 2011.

You can install it using Ubuntu's PPA (Personal package archives).

But its a warning that you could break your system as the Gnome 3 team build is still not stable.

Also please think twice if you are planning to install Gnome 3 Desktop onto your Debian by using the Ubuntu PPA. Mixing Ubuntu and Debian repositories will create an unstable system.

Follow this below Digitizor link for installation:

Also adding the ppa repository to a Debian system has to be done manually as there is no "apt-add-repository" command in Debian.

Manually add the debian http / src line with its ppa onto the sources.list file.

Mail me for any problems.

Take care All,
Ananth S Gouri

Iceweasel 4.0

Hi All,

Its been long long time since me posting. Have been kinda busy with my college stuff and some cool Android work behind... ;)

Right, this post explains how to install Iceweasel 4 (Mozilla Firefox rebranded by Debian Project) onto your Squeeze.

Add this below line to your sources.list file
deb squeeze-backports iceweasel-4.0

Issue these below commands:
As root:

apt-get update
apt-get install -t squeeze-backports iceweasel

This should install your Iceweasel 4. Restart your browser if its up and running.

Enjoy my first post of the month of April 11,
Ananth S Gouri