Joined: Mar. 2004
||Posted: May 25 2004,04:44
|Quote (nugget @ May 18 2004,09:06)|
|Quote (Grim @ May 18 2004,07:43)|
|Quote (nugget @ May 18 2004,04:16)|
|I got .7 installed now and I think apt-get works, just havent tried it out cuz I dont know what there is to install|
apt-cache search .* | sort | less
What? why do people just put a line of code on and expect you to know what it dose. I'm still a newbie at this stuff. I have not used anything debian based. Mandrake, and slackware(not too well though). My lil bro killed the mandrake machine so that one was out of the question on learning. Please explain a little more of what you mean by that string. Yes I'm learning and reading but You only get so far so fast and when people confuse you it basicly is like a reset button. Sorry if I sound mean, or flaming you but I just need to say that.
See, this is what I get for being nice. I tell you, succinctly, how to do exactly what you wanted done, and I get grief for it. This is why I've changed my sig, yet again.
So, to go around the mountain, as you prefer, I'll answer your question...
Debian history--DSL comes from Knoppix, and Knoopix, in turn, comes from Debian. This makes Debian DSL's grandfather or something. Here you can read about Debian's humble beginnings and founder Ian Murdock and how all of this came to be.
Debian Package management quick start guide--Since DSL is ultimately a Debian derivative, it has inherited it's package management, Dpkg. There are user friendly front-ends, dselect (questionably user friendly), apt (user friendly) and the newcomer synaptic (*baa* *baa* -click-click-click- *baa* *baa*).
Apt HOWTO--If you want to have a deeper understanding of how to use apt, this will get your hands dirty on the nuts and bolts of maintaining a Debian-like system.
Damn Small Apt Walkthrough, Using Apt with Damn Small Linux--A DSL-specific HOWTO detailing the basics of Apt.
Debian FAQ wiki--Technically, it's the FAQ for users on #debian at freenode. It answers most of the mind-numbingly repetitive questions asked by new users, like you for instance.
Debian Sid FAQ--True, you're not going to be running Sid with DSL, it does explain the differences between the tracks (stable, testing, unstable and experimental) and why you should and shouldn't use each.
Knoppix FAQ--While DSL is ultimately a Debian derivative, it's roots lie closer to Knoppix as it's primary purpose is as a liveCD. This FAQ is sorted by the frequency of which the same questions are asked by new users, much like you.
Now, armed with all of the above information, sift through all of that shit and find the simple command apt-cache search .* | sort | less.
You asked how you could find out what packages were available to install from your sources.list. The very next answer is a string of code. How could I have possibly expected you to have an inkling of an idea about what that little string of code may or may not do? In retrospect, it seems very silly of me to assume that it might be the very answer to the question you were asking. I'd have been more verbose, but since you didn't post the url to your webcam, I couldn't see your sign.
|What? why do people just put a line of code on and expect you to know what it dose.|
I especially like how you linked to DSL's front page, you know, in case somebody in this forum was wondering where they might find out more information about DSL. Of course, you could've been linking the main page to remind the Luit and Feather users which forum they were on, but I think I've already beat that horse way into the ground.
Somebody mark this thread sticky. I'm done answering questions for awhile.
No good deed goes unpunished...