Re: How to refresh Debian to install software set
Damon L. Chesser <email@example.com>:
> Dennis G. Wicks wrote:
> > I have four Debian systems and a couple of them seem to have gotten in
> > the state that they don't have a full set of packages for some reason.
> > Is there any way to do a refresh or reinstall of the system to make
> > sure everything is there? Short of an install from the beginning that
> > is!! I can figure that one out with no help. ;-)
> One way it to get on a "good" system and do: dpkg --get-selections
> Move that file over to a "bad" system and: dpkg --set-selections
> followed by apt-get dselect-upgrade
I just tried this on a recent reinstall, and it worked marvelously:
- dpkg --set-selections < file
- aptitude update && aptitude install
> your "bad" system will now install all the packages your "good" system
> has listed. This is also a way to "clone" a load out (that and copy
> /etc, /var, and any data). I do not think it will remove any pacakges
> "bad" has that "good" does not unless it conflicts with the upgrade (but
> I have not tried it, so am not sure).
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