on Wed, Aug 06, 2003 at 10:30:20AM +0200, Philipp Leusmann (email@example.com) wrote: > Hi, > > due to a harddisk-failure many files were corrupted. Far too many to > reinstall them manually. > Is there a way to reinstall all installed packages? something like 'apt-get > intall --reinstall *'? Yep. In my case (wiped out my root partition due to a rookie move two weeks ago, recovered most, but not everything, from lost+found), I dumped my package list to a file and fetched it. This had the added benefit that when conflicts showed up when trying to install/configure packages, I could winnow down this file until everything worked. As I was only concerned with packages touching /bin /sbin /dev /etc /lib /root, I generated the first package list with a 'dpkg -S' query, suitably trimmed, sorted, and made unique. # generate package list dpkg --get-selections | grep ' install' > reinstall-packages # fetch new/updated debs. apt-get -duy install --reinstall $( cat reinstall-packages ) # Install apt-get -uy install --reinstall $( cat reinstall-packages ) ...editing out say, half of reinstall-packages if this doesn't complete successfully, then bringing these back in. I actually used a sed command: sed -e '1,40' reinstall-packages ...say, to attempt install on packages 1-40. If these ran successfully, I'd delete those lines from the file and try another set. Wash, rinse, complete. Peace. -- Karsten M. Self <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://kmself.home.netcom.com/ What Part of "Gestalt" don't you understand? The golden rule of technical design: complexity is the enemy.
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