Re: debian-specific machine cloning
(No need to Cc me, btw.)
> On the golden machine do
> dpkg --get-selections > golden.txt
> copy -r /etc/apt/* to the new machine, as well as golden.txt
> Then do on the new clone
> apt-get update
> cat golden.txt | dpkg --set-selections
> apt-get upgrade
If I did that, I would get whatever was current on whatever apt sources I
was using. For example, download.kde.org has a newer version of KDE 3 than
I have on the golden machine. I've hand backported a bunch of stuff (like
kopete) that won't necessarily work with a newer KDE. (My experience is
that it won't work, in fact.) Hence my thought about using "dpkg-repack"
to regenerate what the golden machine has back into packages for use on the
other machines to use. Then a good old-fashioned "dpkg --install *.deb" or
"dpkg -iGROEB" to either install everything or upgrade everything from
> That shoud do it. Or try one of the low-level approaches
I'll look into those.
Dale E. Martin, Clifton Labs, Inc.
Senior Computer Engineer
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