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Re: Bug#225999: ITP: debsync -- installed packages synchronization tool

On Sun, Jan 04, 2004 at 11:06:28PM +0100, Tollef Fog Heen wrote:
> * Arnaud Vandyck 
> | > What's important here is *having* the _tool_. The fact that it does
> | > what you could do in 5 commands is irrelevant. And if you were to
> | > write the script yourself, you'd have to test/debug it, etc.
> | 
> | I don't agree.
> | 
> | 1° We already have the tools (dpkg, ssh, aptitude)
> | 2° If every scripts have to be package, I think we'll have some problems
> |    in the distro! Also, note that ssh and aptitude are tools that must
> |    be known by the average administrator (and I think your tool is for
> |    admins, not users who don't have the right to install anything). And
> |    if this admin read some docs about Debian, he'll learn dpkg fast!
> | 3° Well, yes, you'll have to test!
> I'm hoping that debsync can fulfill something I'm at least have been
> looking for for a while:
> I want a bunch of hosts to have a set of debs installed.  I don't want
> any excess packages removed, but I want this minimum set installed.

for host in $hostlist
  ssh -t $host apt-get install $pkglist

where $hostlist contains the names of the hosts, and $pkglist the list
of debs you want installed. If a package is already installed, apt will
skip it (unless a more recent version is available)...

Wouter Verhelst
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