Packages missing after a fresh installation

… is a matter of taste, but this is (part of) my list:

# For general use:
apt-get install aptitude zsh less strace psmisc rcs screen \
                rsync sshfs ntpdate host exim4-daemon-light \
                sudo file bc mlocate man [uemacs|nano]
# For some diagnostics
apt-get install pciutils iftop tcpdump lshw
# For systems running on the "bare metal"
apt-get install smartmontools
# For server maintenance
apt-get install munin-node munin-plugins-extra sysstat
# For development use
apt-get install dpkg-dev debhelper devscripts patch liburi-perl \
                fakeroot build-essential autoconf bison \
                autotools-dev sharutils



At least for uemacs you need to access the /usr/local repositories. Get it by

wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/usr-local-debian.list -c


:!: This is outdated :!:

APT::Default-Release "squeeze";

Change timezone

To change the timezone of a running systems, issue



dpkg-reconfigure tzdata

depending on your version of Debian.

NFS Workaround

For some versions of Debian, you need to add sec=sys in /etc/exports if you want to use no_root_squash

Reference: Re: NFS and no_root_squash - cannot write as root - permission denied (SOLVED)

Change locale

update-locale LANG=C LC_CTYPE=de_DE LANGUAGE

Building Packages

sudo apt-get install devscripts
apt-get source <package>
# If you start here: dpkg-source -x <package>.dsc
cd <packagedir>
# generating new changelog entry with local version suffix for distribution lenny:
export DEBEMAIL="${}"
export DEBFULLNAME="${DEBFULLNAME:-Peter Foobar}"
dch -l .ul~lenny -D lenny
dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot

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