First chapters of the Debian Administrator’s Handbook updated for Debian 7

debian-joyI know that we’re late, but better late than never… we’re in the process of updating the book for Debian 7 Wheezy.

You can follow our progress in the TODO file in the Git repository.

Nothing is final yet, but if you’re interested, you can read and review the chapters that have already been updated:

If you find inaccuracies, typos, or spelling mistakes, please let us know. You can use the comments on this article or a direct email to the authors.

Update of 2013-07-31: Added the 6th and 15th chapter to the list.
Update of 2013-10-14: Added the 8th chapter to the list.


  1. Carey Walker says

    Started reading the ‘squeeze’ version (English) from start to finish as a learning exercise (have a Raspberry Pi).

    Noticing a few small typos and sometime strange wordings, probably from the translation, so will start to keep track of these and post some wishlist bug fixes as I progress. Thanks for a great document.

    • says

      Thanks Carey, please verify in the wheezy version (either on the web or in the git repository directly) before reporting though. I tend to fix those on the fly when I update the chapters so chances are that some of them are already gone.

  2. S says

    There are unresolved bugs in the Debian bug tracking system, or ar least not marked as resolved, don’t forget us!

  3. S says

    BTW, yesterday one/october/2013 I emailed you both ( and got “CNAME lookup failed temporarily. (#4.4.3)”

  4. S says

    “… A package of priority between 500 and 990 …”

    Shouldn’t it be 501 – 990?

    From man apt_preferences:

    *500 < P <=990*
    causes a version to be installed unless there is a version available
    belonging to the target release or the installed version is more
    *100 < P <=500*
    causes a version to be installed unless there is a version available
    belonging to some other distribution or the installed version is
    more recent.

    Avec mes respectueux hommages, je vous prie d’agréer, Monsieur Hertzog, l’expression de ma considération la plus distinguée.

  5. abaci says

    Is there a pdf of the updated for Debian 7 version, I would like to view it on my ereader.