Debian tricks

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Configure apt-get

  • Change the sources of apt (HTTP, FTP, CD-ROM... and Servers):
apt-setup noprobe 
Or/and edit file:

You can also install netselect-apt, that will automaically generate a sources.list using with the fastest server from the ones avalable. Then you can replace/merge that new file with the /etc/apt/sources.list file.

After you done, don't forget to run the following command as root $ apt-get update


  • Install languages for Debian (Man, Nano...):
apt-get install locales 
  • Personalize your box's name!
vim /etc/hostname  (replace KURO-BOX with the name of your choice)
vim /etc/hosts     (update this file, if necessary)

System Time

  • Change the timezone of Debian:
  • If order to have your Real Time Clock working, you must use udev. Set it as root with the command:
hwclock --set --date="12/31/2007 18:13:00"
  • Also, it's a good idea to have ntp to automatically sync the time
apt-get install ntp

Secure Shell (ssh)

  • Login to your box using ssh instead of telnet (more secure)
apt-get install ssh