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Package Description

In the package description you can find some useful information, like a short description of the package, a link to the original website, a list of files contained, and more. The package description can be accessed at the url<package-name>. Or, try "aptitude show $PKG" (you may need to "apt-get update && apt-get aptitude && aptitude update" first).

One of the best places to look for help for a single package or application is to read stuff in /usr/share/doc/<package-name> (especially README.Debian). This is documentation written by developers or package maintainers. It is quite concise, but usually mentions most common problems and solutions, and new features and fixed bugs.

Bug tracking system

Many problems' solutions can be found as bug report responses. A search engine for bug reports is found on Remember that if you want to search in archived (quite old) bugs you must chose "archived bugs" option. If you want to look at bugs of a specific package use<package-name>.

通用Linux & Unix文档

Here is a short list of places where you can find *nix related documentation.

Please add to this list only universally useful links. For example a page explaining how to install nVidia kernel drivers is not a good idea. -- PaoloPan


These are places where you can ask a question and probably receive an answer. It is very important to give as much information as possible (within reason) when asking a question. It is very likely that you will get a satisfying answer, providing you have been able to sufficiently describe your problem so others can understand it.


A resource that many of the tech savvy use is Google. It is a great place to search for Debian related information. You would be amazed how fast you can answer a simple question with a simple query. Try out the English version at:

Google Linux

Linux specific searches using Google can be done through the Linux advanced search page:



Extra books could be listed below.



irc.debian.org和irc.freenode.net上各有一个叫做#debian的IRC频道。你需要有IRC客户端(参看 IrcClients)才可连接到上面去。GettingHelpOnIrcIRC有更多相关信息。

Debian IRC频道的信息参看FAQ


jabber.org服务器上有一个致力于Debian支持的聊天定。可用你的jabber客户端连接到 房间

Jabber and Debian support chat rooms有更多以你使用语言提供的信息。