Jerome R. Acks | 1 Oct 01:10 2003
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Re: Umask trouble

On Fri, Sep 26, 2003 at 12:34:08PM +0200, Ron Rademaker wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> 
> I'm trying to find some umask settings, however I'm afraid the ones I
> look for don't exist. Here's what I'm trying to achieve:
> 
> When a user makes a file: -rwxrwxr--
> When a user makes a directory: drwxrwx--x

                      directory: drwxrwxr-x

Permission on directory has to be set to "r-x" for files to be
readable.

> 
> However when I use a umask that makes the files okay... the dirs are
> also readable and when I use a umask that makes the dirs okay... fhe
> files are no longer readable. Any suggestions?
> 
> Thank,
> 
> Ron
> 
> PS. Please CC any reactions to me as I'm not on the list.
> 
> 
> 
Josh Metzler | 1 Oct 01:21 2003

Re: Problem with Fontconfig and TrueType Fonts in Unstable?

On Tuesday 30 September 2003 04:18 pm, Scott Thatcher wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I'm writing with a question that I believe concerns fontconfig in
> unstable.  I've searched every combination of keywords in Google and
> Google Groups that I can think of, but haven't found anything that can help
> me.  Here's my situation:
>
> I've tried to insert endashes, emdashes, curly quotes and other punctuation
> using Insert Special Character... in KWord, and they show up as empty boxes
> (regular characters are fine).  Other programs such as OpenOffice work
> fine.

I think this might be related to the font problems I (and others) have seen 
which I have assumed were related to qt 3.2.1.  See bugs #207959, #208718, 
and #209378.  If you can add comments to any of them, that would be great.

Josh

John Hasler | 1 Oct 01:38 2003

Re: How Do You Know If It Works In Linux?

csj writes:
> The only question should be the kernel version.  The NDA-conscious
> manufacturer could always code for the latest stable versions of the
> kernel.org kernel (the plain, unpatched, official Linus Torvalds vanilla
> version of Linux).

True for kernel modules and the rare userland program that interacts with
the kernel.  All others should code for the latest stable glibc.
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Haim Ashkenazi | 1 Oct 01:02 2003

Re: rpm -qa vs apt/dselect/etc

shorton wrote:

> Greetings:
> 
> Another RH to Debian convert question...
> 
> I'm used to rpm but clueless about apt, etc.  I've mostly gotten the
> hang of dselect I think.
> 
> Can someone tell me the equivilant these commands, and/or what to run
> to get the desired result:
> 
> rpm -qa = show all packages installed?
> 
> rpm -q --whatprovides xxxx = tell me what package provided program
> xxxxx
all of these can be achieved with 'apt-files', 'apt-cache' etc... but a very
easy and nice tool is dpkg-www which gives you a web interface for these
tasks.

Bye

> 
> Thanks very much for the education as I convert to debian!
> 
> Scott
> 
> 
> 

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Karsten M. Self | 1 Oct 01:53 2003
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Re: Anyone else notice that Swen is slowing down?

on Tue, Sep 30, 2003 at 12:11:16PM -0400, Mike Mueller (linux-support <at> earthlink.net) wrote:
> On Tuesday 30 September 2003 02:05, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> > Seems
> > like about the only way we're going to get a reasonable handle on this
> > barring ISPs refusing to carry executables in email format.
> 
> Hear! Hear!  No more attachments - period.  I'll settle for elimination of 
> any known sort of executable though. 

No.

Specifically:  executables.  Various other mail 'sploits -- there are
some header buffer overflows, IIRC affecting LookOut -- exist and should
be filtered as well.  But specifically, AUPs against transmission of
executable content, and concomittant filtering, would serve a useful
purpose.  There are opaque formats, from zip to tarball to encrypted
payloads, which can be used by those sufficiently clueful to handle the
task appropriately.

MIME attachments of themselves serve many useful functions.  There's an
awful lot of baby in that bathwater.  Starting with the signature on
this message.

Peace.

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Patrick Goetz | 1 Oct 01:20 2003
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Configuration file and auxiliary packages


We run a network of 300+ debian servers and desktops with a few Mac OS X
clients thrown in for good measure.  Having hundreds of machines means
that there's usually a lot of installing and upgrading going on.

I'm mostly happy with the dpkg system, but there are a couple of things
that have been bothering me for a while, and I'm wondering if anyone has
come up with satisfactory solutions to the following issues, which
basically boil down to automated installs with site-specific configuration
and auxiliary files.

For many packages we have site-specific configuration files we want set up
on all the machines, and with this many machines we don't want to be
editing configuration files by hand on every machine, for every new
install of a package.  The solution we've come up with is to have a
package whose preinstall script simply copies the correct configuration
files to the system *before* the packages which use these configuration
files get installed.  Obviously this is not optimal, since, for example,
it's already happened several times that a machine has gone out when
someone accidentally forgot to run the "conform" package, and all the
configuration files are wrong.

A less easily solved problem has to do with auxiliary files.  We are heavy
TeX users, and consequently have various TeX gadgets that are not packaged
by Debian.  OK, so we have our own tex-utm package containing these
things.  What do you do, though, if you want to actually replace a
file from, say, the tetex package with one you've customized yourself?
The package system breaks down at this point, since the local and debian
packages will conflict.  There are ways to get around this (forced
installs, etc.) but these complicate package installation considerably.
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ListDude1 | 1 Oct 01:20 2003

Paranoid Admin: Keystroke Logger for Debian

Hey all, I was just wondering if there is a keystroke logger avaialble for
Debian. I'm the administrator of a very secure machine. Unfortunately, I
need to give out a single user account. To be honest, regardless of the
policies my company has in place, I absolutely do not trust the user (I
don't know the person, its just the spider-sense in me), and aside from
chrooting him to his directory, I would like to monitor all of his
keystrokes. This is mentioned quite clearly in the /etc/motd, and there is
no X access (I won't be getting his credit card number of amazzon.com
password). The legal ramifications of this are already understood and have
been brought up, but I MUST give out an account and MUST know what it is
doing.

I was apt-cache searching for some key logger, but I'm not coming up with
anything. Can anyone recommend a package? Thanks ahead of time.

BTW Debian Woody i386

Karsten M. Self | 1 Oct 02:15 2003
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Re: Filesystem Choice

on Sat, Sep 27, 2003 at 11:05:33AM +0100, Rus Foster (rghf <at> fsck.me.uk) wrote:
> Hi All,
> Is there any type of filesystem that can do inline backups such as
> NetApps WAFL or VMS's versioning system. 

Not in general use.

> Or is there something I can lay over the top. This is for backup
> purposes so it will be all media types

There are some tools for doing near-live-time mirroring to network
backup.  Google is your friend.

Peace.

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Oliver Elphick | 1 Oct 02:16 2003
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Re: Configuration file and auxiliary packages

On Wed, 2003-10-01 at 00:20, Patrick Goetz wrote:
> A less easily solved problem has to do with auxiliary files.  We are heavy
> TeX users, and consequently have various TeX gadgets that are not packaged
> by Debian.  OK, so we have our own tex-utm package containing these
> things.  What do you do, though, if you want to actually replace a
> file from, say, the tetex package with one you've customized yourself?
> The package system breaks down at this point, since the local and debian
> packages will conflict.  There are ways to get around this (forced
> installs, etc.) but these complicate package installation considerably.

There is a tool to handle this problem: dpkg-divert (which is part of
the dpkg package).  Check its manpage to see if it will do what you
want.

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Oliver Elphick | 1 Oct 02:22 2003
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Re: Paranoid Admin: Keystroke Logger for Debian

On Wed, 2003-10-01 at 00:20, ListDude1 wrote:
> Hey all, I was just wondering if there is a keystroke logger avaialble for
> Debian...I MUST give out an account and MUST know what it is
> doing.

Perhaps you could set up his login to run script (in the bsdutils
package).

script captures everything that appears on the screen, even cursor
movements and options presented by readline().

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      ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf."  
                                        I Peter 4:16 


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