The latest versions of the
dpkg package come with extensive
new programmers' manual and Debian policy manual
which are installed into the directory
These documents are now available in the "unstable"
distribution, but will be included in the next release.
Users who install the package
find additional Debian-specific documentation in
/usr/doc/debian. This package
is stored in the
Debian-1.1/binary/doc section in the Debian
doc/(which is just a link to
doc-linux_VVV-RRR.debinstalls all of the most recent versions of the HOWTO's and mini-HOWTO's from the Linux Documentation Project. This package is in the Debian-1.1/binary/doc section in the FTP archives.
man 3 foo, or just
man fooif section 3 is the only one containing a page on
foo. One can learn which directory of
/usr/mancontains a certian man page by executing
man -w foo.
New Debian users should note that the 'man' pages of many general system
commands are not available until they install these packages (both of
which are normally stored in the
directory of the Debian FTP archive:
manpages-de_VVV-RRR.debfor German text).
man_VVV-RRR.deb, which contains the
manprogram itself, and other programs for manipulating the manpages.
info. Its main advantage over the original 'man' pages are that it is a hypertext system. It does not require the WWW, however;
infocan be run from a plain text console. It was designed by Richard Stallman and preceded the WWW. The program that manipulates `info' files is installed as a separate package
info_VVV-RRR.deb, usually stored in the directory
Debian-1.1/binary/docon the FTP archive.
There are several Debian-related mailing lists:
To subscribe to debian-X (for X in announce, changes, user), send mail to debian-X-REQUEST@lists.debian.org with the word "subscribe" in the Subject: header. If you have a forms-capable World Wide Web browser, you can subscribe to debian-announce and debian-user by using the WWW form. You can also un-subscribe using that form.
The lists are managed by Anders Chigstrom (email@example.com)
Archives of the Debian mailing lists are available on WWW at http://www.debian.org/Lists-Archives/.
Users can address questions to individual package maintainers, since their email addresses are provided in the Debian control file (see Section Debian control file that is included within each package. One can also learn the maintainers' names and email addresses by searching the "Packages" file, since this file is just a concatenation of all the available package control files in a particular directory tree. To extract a control file from a particular debian package, use the command,
dpkg --info packageName_VVV-RRR.deb
Another related mailing list, debiangame, is being run by Gary Moore
(htmlurl url="mailto://firstname.lastname@example.org" name="mailto://email@example.com)
at the University of Washington. As the name suggests, it is devoted
to the discussion of games that have been (or might be) packaged for Debian.
To subscribe, send mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org, putting in
the message body:
Both FirstName and LastName are required for ListProc.
subscribe debiangame FirstName LastName
Users should post non-Debian-specific questions to one of the Linux Usenet groups, which are named comp.os.linux.* or linux.*. Specialized Systems Consultants (a.k.a. SSC) maintains a list of Linux, Unix, X, and networking newsgroups on their WWW site.
When using the Debian mailing lists, please follow these rules:
Software in the Public Interest, Inc ., operates a WWW-server at http://www.debian.org which provides additional on-line resources. See also Section on contributing to Debian Linux.
Generally, users should also exploit the WWW search engines for addressing specific problems. For example, the DejaNews news search service is an invaluable resource for exploring Usenet newsgroups. Try this search:
This tells DejaNews to report any postings containing either the string "linux" or the string "WD" When I used it, I discovered that my WD card (which I've only had for 6 months) has been declared outmoded by Adaptec, now that they've bought WD. So there are no drivers available. (Bless Adaptec's hearts.)
linux & WD
Or search the WWW using the Altavista Search Engine. For example, searching on the string "cgi-perl" gives a more detailed explanation of this package than the brief description field in its control file.