msn on linux

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Mon Apr 14 01:46:18 UTC 2008

Actually you can filter out libraries though you'll need to use grep in 
combination with apt-cache and less to do that. apt-cache search msn | 
grep -v "lib" | less <cr> may shorten the list some, and you could even 
add another instance of grep in there with grep -v "graphical" to perhaps 
really optimize the list.

On Wed, 12 Mar 2008, Daniel Dalton wrote:

> On Tue, 11 Mar 2008, Tony Baechler wrote:
>>  Daniel Dalton wrote:
>> >  And are you saying questions like; "Does anyone know of a good whatever 
>> >  for linux?"
>> >  Replacing whatever with what you want is not ok?
>> >
>>  No, but the great thing about free software is that you can try every
>>  different program out there just with "aptitude install whatever." I often
>>  install two or three similar programs until I determine what I like and
>>  what works for me. If program 1 doesn't work, I go to program 2, etc. If I
>>  tried every possible option and have yet to find anything I like, I ask
>>  here. Just trying one program is a start but not enough. If you have a
>>  good reason why
> Hi,
> Sorry if I sounded agressive. I was trying to say that I had tried tmsnc, 
> however, the rest looked like graphical apps to me and libraries.
> But yes I should probably look a little harder next time or search for stuff 
> on google to if apt doesn't give me what I want.
> And your right it can't hurt to try lots of different software.
> So sorry about that.
> But I didn't find a message with the line
> apt-cache search msn
> terribly useful since I had stated in my post I did a search through apt so I 
> obviously have some idea with apt searches.
> So sorry if my message was a bit abrupt, I didn't intend for that at all.
>>  system, that's of course different but I didn't see any of those things in
>>  your original post.
> Yes, ok.
>> > >  either one, but at least I 
>> >  bothered to look. As I said, I saw several text
>> > >  mode MSN clients in my very brief search and I didn't even look at
>> > 
>> >  So your now saying I didn't bother?
>>  No, I'm saying that it's a good start but it didn't go far enough. OK,
>>  "aptitude purge x" and "aptitude install y" would have been better in
>>  terms of looking.
> Of course. But a lot looked like graphical apps to me like gaim for example.
>>  I don't know, maybe it's just me, but it seems to me that if a distro
>>  supplies thousands of packages and a good and easy way to search through
>>  them, people should try all possible options until they find what they
>>  like before giving up. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with asking
>>  for help,
> Sure.
>>  and of course accessibility is a concern, I'm just saying that looking at
>>  one thing and giving up is hardly bothering. Maybe I'm wrong and am being
>>  too
> Yes your right I should try more and I probably didn't look terribly hard, 
> but as I said libraries and stuff that I saw wasn't exactly what I wanted.
> I am now using pebroc and that is working nicely for me.
> (Its not in the repo.)
>>  judgmental. I'm sure others will chime in if they disagree with me. If I'm
> Your not. And your correct.
> And yes I will look harder next time.
>>  wrong, I'm sorry and I'll either shut up or try to be more helpful in the
> No, most of your replies have been very helpful. I was just a bit disapointed 
> with a message containing
> "apt-cache search msn" when I had already done this.
> But yes please continue to help, and I'm sorry if I sounded abrupt and for 
> asking instead of looking!
>>  future. Obviously Daniel thinks that I'm not being fair from his post and
>>  maybe he's right.
> Well I wouldn't say that exactly, but as I said the first message wasn't that 
> helpful and I think it should be ok to ask about good applications with 
> speakup on this list.
> But your right in saying that you might as well test lots of different 
> software.
> And I will do this nextime.
> So sorry about not looking and next time I will look for longer.
> And your posts are always helpful even though I may not think so sometimes so 
> please continue to help, because 99% of the time you answer the question or 
> give the answer the person was looking for.
> And I guess 1% of the time with anyone sometimes there message isn't as 
> helpful as the other 99% but that rarely happens.
> So thanks for the help and thanks for all the suggestions.
> And please keep helping because as I said your help is really good And I 
> really appreciate it.
> -- 
> Daniel Dalton
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