Tips and Tricks of the Month – August 2020

I played a lot with Rust this month, so wasn’t working in new technologies a whole lot; I don’t have a lot of tips and tricks. I’m not sure I found anything revolutionary in Rust that is worth stating just yet.


See Package Release Notes

In case you ever want to know what has changed in a package, you can do an apt changelog to see the release notes of a package

> apt changelog grub2
grub2 (2.04-1ubuntu26.2) focal; urgency=medium

  * debian/ Avoid calling grub-install on upgrade of the grub-pc
    package, since we cannot be certain that it will install to the correct
    disk and a grub-install failure will render the system unbootable.
    LP: #1889556.

 -- Steve Langasek <>  Thu, 30 Jul 2020 17:34:25 -0700

See SSH Key algorithms

I was debugging a SSH connection problem, and had to look at what keys a client supported. ssh -Q key will tell you all the algorithms that are supported for keys, and ssh -Q kex will tell you all the algorithms that are supported for key exchange.

Watch a command

If you want a command to run every so often, you can do it with the watch command. For instance, if you are tracking your temperature of your processors: watch sensors --farenheit