autossh starts an instance of SSH and
monitors it for failures, restarting the client if it goes down or if network
problems disrupt the connection. In order to speed up the recognition of
network failures, autossh creates a “loopback” connection, using SSH’s port
forwarding between local and remote ports. A probe is periodically sent
through this connection and, if not received within a configurable amount of
time, the connection is pronounced dead and restarted.
Autossh is a great tool if you need to make sure your tunnels are always
Keywords: Daily Debian, ssh, tunnel, vpn, autossh, port forwarding
Someone once said that a mouse is a device that allows the user to open
multiple Xterm sessions. While this may not be so true these days, a lot of
time is still spent typing commands on terminal emulators.
When asked what to use as terminal emulation program, most will blindly
respond “Xterm”. While xterm is a mature and stable program, it is good to
know that there are other lightweight and feature rich alternatives out
One of such alternatives is aterm, a
terminal emulator based on rxvt. Aterm
provides everything xterm does, plus transparency, fast transparency with
tinting, and more. Aterm was created with AfterStep window manager users in
mind, but does not require any special libraries to run. As a bonus, aterm
is very light on memory consumption — a must if you keep a large number of
terminal sessions open.
Keywords: Daily Debian, aterm, xterm, rxvt, terminal-emulation
PySol is a solitaire game
written in Python. PySol features over 200 different solitaire games, sounds,
music, and a huge collection of cardsets. To help you master new games, Pysol
offers a “playable preview” of available games and Hints during gameplay.
If you like PySol, you should also check the
package, which adds extra cardsets to the game. To add sounds and music to
PySol, make sure you get the
Keywords: Daily Debian, pysol, python, solitaire, games, card games
Why are you on the computer today? You should be planning your New Year’s eve
party, or at least getting together with friends and having a good time! Life
is more than browsing the net, and it goes by FAST. Before you know it,
you’ll be wishing you spent more time offline…
No packages for today! Just my wishes of a Happy 2006 and all that
good stuff that comes with it.
— Marco Paganini
If you use mutt
as your mail user agent, you probably know that “print
mail” produces output ugly enough to scare babies.
improves mutt’s default “print” function, producing neatly formatted message
printouts. You can also configure muttprint to print an “OS Logo” (penguin,
Debian Logo) letterhead on all printed messages.
Despite its suggestive name, muttprint can also be used with other mail
clients, such as XFMail, Pine, Sylpheed, Gnus, and exmh.
Keywords: Daily Debian, mutt, muttprint, thunderbird, kmail, print, printer