encfs - encrypted virtual filesystem
EncFS integrates file system encryption into the Unix(TM) file
system. Encrypted data is stored within the native file system,
thus no fixed-size loopback image is required.
EncFS uses the FUSE kernel driver and library as a backend. You
may need to install the kernel modules, running
"module-assistant a-i fuse".
Install encfs in Debian
#apt-get install enfs
For more options and how to use
check encfs man page
ethtool - Display or change ethernet card
ethtool is used for querying settings of an ethernet device and
Many ethernet drivers in 2.4 or newer kernel can be queried and
tuned using ethtool.
However, backward compatibility is ensured on 2.2 kernel running
Sparc with SUN Happy Meal (hme) Ethernet card.
Install ethtool in Debian
#apt-get install ethtool
For more information and how to use check ethtool
fakechroot - gives a fake chroot
This package provides a library which overrides libc functions,
so it is possible to use root-specific tools without root
In fake chroot you can install i.e. Debian bootstrap, create
developer's environment and build packages inside chroot'ed
system using standard non-root user account.
Install fakechroot in Debian
#apt-get install fakechroot
For more information and how to use check fakechroot
fakeroot - Gives a fake root environment
This package is intended to enable something like:
i.e. to remove the need to become root for a package build. This
is done by setting LD_PRELOAD to libfakeroot.so, which provides
wrappers around getuid, chown, chmod, mknod, stat, and so on,
thereby creating a fake root environment.
fakeroot requires SYSV IPC to operate.
Install fakeroot in Debian
#apt-get install fakeroot
For more information and how to use check fakeroot
falselogin - False login shell
Strange kind of 'shell' which don't let the user to log in.
Before the next login prompt falselogin gives some info to the
Install falselogin in Debian
#apt-get install falselogin
For more information and how to use check falselogin
fcrackzip - password cracker for zip
fcrackzip is a fast password cracker partly written in
assembler. It is able to crack password protected zip files with
brute force or dictionary based attacks, optionally testing with
unzip its results.
It can also crack cpmask'ed images.
Install fcrackzip in Debian
#apt-get install fcrackzip
For more information and how to use check fcrackzip
fdflush - Flush out-of-date disk buffers
fdflush is a band-aid for floppy (or other) drives with bad
disk-change sensing. fdflush makes the system believe the
disk-change switch has been triggered forcing the system to
discard the buffered data.
If you have one of these slightly-broken disk drives, you'll
have to run fdflush every time you change a disk.
fdflush is useful for computers which might be sleeping when you
change floppies or other removeable media.
The command "floppycontrol -f" does the same thing, but the
fdutils package is significantly larger; it only uses the
floppy-specific flush ioctl.
The command "blockdev --flushbufs" only uses the generic flush
Install fdflush in Debian
#apt-get install fdflush
For more information and how to use check fdflush
fdupes - Identifies duplicate files within
FDupes uses md5sums and then a byte by byte comparison to find
duplicate files within a set of directories. It has several
useful options including recursion.
Install fdupes in Debian
#apt-get install fdupes
For more information and how to use check fdupes
flawfinder - examines source code and looks for security
Flawfinder searches through C/C++ source code looking for
potential security flaws, ranking them by likely severity.
Flawfinder intentionally works similarly to another program,
ITS4, which is not open source.
Install flawfinder in Debian
#apt-get install flawfinder
For more information and how to use check flawfinder
floppybackup - Floppy backup using a diversity of floppy formats
This little package was hacked together because all the more
sophisticated backup systems were more suited for tape drives
and such, and even if they supported floppies, verify mode was
either lacking or missing, and mixed-size floppies caused
Other Packages Related to floppybackup
Install floppybackup in Debian
#apt-get install floppybackup
For more information and how to use check floppybackup
fondu - convert between Mac and UNIX font formats
Fondu is a set of programs to convert between Mac font formats
and PFB, TTF, OTF and BDF files on UNIX.
Install fondu in Debian
#apt-get install fondu
For more information and how to use check fondu
freecdb - a package for creating and reading constant databases
freecdb is a small, fast and reliable utility set and subroutine
library for creating and reading constant databases. The
database structure is tuned for fast reading:
- Successful lookups take normally just two disk accesses.
- Unsuccessful lookups take only one disk access.
- Small disk space and memory size requirements; a database
uses 2048 bytes for the header and 24 bytes per record.
- Maximum database size is 4GB; individual record size is not
- Portable file format.
- Fast creation of new databases.
- No locking, updates are atomical.
This package contains both the utilities and the development
Install freecdb in Debian
#apt-get install freecdb
freetype1-tools - Bundled tests, demos and tools for FreeType 1
The FreeType 1 engine is a free and portable TrueType font
rendering engine. It has been developed to provide TT support to
a great variety of platforms and environments.
This package contains several programs bundled with the FreeType
1 engine for testing and demonstration purposes, as well as some
contributed utilities such as ttf2pk, ttf2bdf, ttf2pfb and
Install freetype1-tools in Debian
#apt-get install freetype1-tools
freetype2-demos - FreeType 2 demonstration programs
This package contains some demonstration programs and utilities
which showcase the features of the FreeType 2 font engine.
Install freetype2-demos in Debian
#apt-get install freetype2-demos
ftdi-eeprom - Tool for
reading/erasing/flashing FTDI USB chip eeproms
ftdi-eeprom is a small tool for creating and uploading the
configuration eeprom for the FTDI chip. This eeprom contains
information such as vendor and product ID, manufacturer and
product strings, revision, etc.
Install ftdi-eeprom in Debian
#apt-get install ftdi-eeprom
For more information and how to use check ftdi-eeprom
hddtemp - Utility to monitor the
temperature of your hard drive
hddtemp will give you the temperature of your IDE or SCSI hard
drive by reading Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting
Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) information (on drives that support this
feature). Only modern hard drives have a temperature sensor.
Install hddtemp in Debian
For more information and how to use check hddtemp
hdup - Filesystem duplicator and backup
hdup is a backup utility with the following characteristics:
remote backups (move the backup to another machine); encrypted
backups; no obscure format for the backups; compression (gzip/bzip
or none); simple to use.
The source also includes two manpages, one for hdup itself and
the other for the configuration file. It should be fairly
obvious how to use hdup.
Install hdup in Debian
#apt-get install hdup
For more information and how to use check hdup
hexer - An interactive binary editor with
a Vi-like interface
Hexer is an interactive binary editor (also known as a hexeditor)
with a Vi-like interface
Install hexer in Debian
#apt-get install hexer
For more information and how to use check hexer
hibernate - activates your computer's
This package provides a way to activate the suspend
functionality in the kernel. Currently it supports anything
using the /sys/power/state interface (including ACPI suspend and
the in-kernel software suspend), as well as Software Suspend 2
(which is available as a separate kernel patch).
Hibernate can take care of loading and unloading modules,
various hacks needed to get some video cards to resume properly
under X, restarting networking and system services. It can be
extended by writing new "scriplets" which run at different parts
of the suspend process.
Install hibernate in Debian
#apt-get install hibernate
For more information and how to use check hibernate
page and hibernate.conf
hsftp - Ssh client with look and feel of a
hsftp emulates and provides the look-and-feel of an ftp client
session, but uses ssh to transport commands and data. No
dedicated daemon (apart from sshd) is required.
Install hsftp in Debian
#apt-get install hsftp
For more information and how to use check hsftp
htop - interactive processes viewer
Htop is an ncursed-based process viewer similar to top, but it
allows to scroll the list vertically and horizontally to see all
processes and their full command lines.
Tasks related to processes (killing, renicing) can be done
without entering their PIDs.
Install htop in Debian
#apt-get install htop
If you want to run htop use the following command
For more information and how to use check htop
hwtools - collection of tools for
low-level hardware management
This package is a collection of tools useful for hardware
troubleshooting and optimization (for ix86 machines):
irqtune: adjusts priority of interrupts (improves serial
scanport: scans for hardware not already handled by Linux
memmxtest: a real mode memory test, with MMX support. You may
want to look at package memtest86 as well.
qic-02 driver and configuration utilities. Adds the qic-02 tapes
Be aware that these tools require some knowledge of what are
they doing to be used properly, not causing damage to your
Some programs that were previously part of this package have
been moved to their own packages (hdparm, scsitools, memtest86)
Install hwtools in Debian
#apt-get install hwtools
i8kutils - Dell Inspiron and Latitude laptop utilities
This is a collection of utilities to control Dell Inspiron and
Latitude laptops. It includes programs to turn the fan on and
off, to read fan status, CPU temperature, BIOS version and to
handle the volume buttons and Fn-keys.
The package includes also a small Tk applet, designed to be
swallowed in the gnome panel, which monitors the CPU temperature
and controls automatically the fans accordingly to user defined
The programs require the kernel module i8k.o which can be
compiled from the package sources or found in Linux kernel
2.4.14 and later versions. The kernel module has been tested
only on Inspiron 8000 laptops but it should work on any Inspiron
and Latitude laptops.
Install i8kutils in Debian
#apt-get install i8kutils
ibam - Advanced battery monitor for
IBAM is an advanced battery monitor for laptops, which uses
statistical and adaptive linear methods to provide accurate
estimations of minutes of battery left or of the time needed
until full recharge. IBAM requires /proc/apm.
Install ibam in Debian
#apt-get install ibam
For more information and how to use check ibam
installwatch - Track installation of local
Installwatch is used to track the changes made during the
installation of local (i.e. non-deb) software.
Install installwatch in Debian
#apt-get install installwatch
For more options and how to use
check installwatch man page
linuxinfo - Displays extended system
Displays system info, such as kernel revision, glibc version,
processor type and memory size, in general by parsing /proc/cpuinfo.
Install linuxinfo in Debian
#apt-get install linuxinfo
After installing you want to see the output of this command just
type the following
output looks like this
Linux test1 2.4.27-2-686-smp #1 SMP Wed Aug 17 10:05:21 UTC 2005
One Intel Pentium II (Deschutes) 348MHz processor, 694.68 total
bogomips, 64M RAM
System library 2.3.2
For more information and how to use check linuxinfo
limo - Lists files in a custom way
limo is a replacement for ls with some knobs on. By default, it
is installed as both limo and as li. It tries to give far more
control over the output format than ls and has simpler and more
straightforward (albeit more verbose) options. It also has the
-l and -s options which behave similarly to those of ls.
Install limo in Debian
#apt-get install limo
For more information and how to use check limo
loadwatch - Run a program using only idle
loadwatch forks a child process and only allows it to run when
the system load meets user-defined parameters. It allows you to
specify that a program should run only if the load is below a
specified point, and will stop it when that point is reached.
When the load falls below a second specified point, the program
will be continued. The user can also specify the system load
Install loadwatch in Debian
#apt-get install loadwatch
For more information and how to use check loadwatch
logtool - Syslog-style logfile parser with
lots of output options
logtool is a syslog-style logfile parser and report-generator,
capable of producing ANSI, ASCII, CSV (for spreadsheets), HTML
or just raw output.
It's very handy in generating nightly reports and in online
monitoring of logfile activity.
Install logtool in Debian
#apt-get install logtool
For more information and how to use check logtool
lzop - fast compression program
lzop is a compressor similar to gzip. Its main advantages over
gzip are much higher compression and decompression speed. lzop
was designed with the following goals in mind:
2) speed (both compression and decompression)
3) reasonable drop-in compatibility with gzip
Install lzop in Debian
#apt-get install lzop
For more information and how to use check lzop