On Tuesday 03 November 2009 10:38:41 Johannes Wiedersich wrote: > Andrew Sackville-West wrote: > > On Sun, Nov 01, 2009 at 07:08:00PM -0500, Andrew Reid wrote: > >> For the sysems I back up at work, we do the dpkg --get-selections > >> thing, but I've never kept a copy of the boot sector -- that's an > >> excellent idea. > > I guess the 'state of the art' way of recording a list of installed > packages, nowadays is > > # aptitude -F "%p" search '~i!~M' > package-list > > You can then just install like > > # aptitude install $(cat pacage-list) > > dpkg --get-selections does not distinguish between packages installed > manually or automatically, so that information is lost on the reinstall. > The search pattern just looks for packages that were installed > manually. The install will automatically install all dependencies. However, because of OR dependencies (i.e. using the '|' character), it might install *different* packages to satisfy dependencies. Your saved configuration files won't work with those packages. Some combination of dpkg --get-selections and aptitude search '~M' should be able to save both "all installed packages" and "all automatically installed packages", and some combination of dpkg --set-selections, aptitude markauto, and aptitude install should be able to restore them. -- Boyd Stephen Smith Jr. ,= ,-_-. =. email@example.com ((_/)o o(\_)) ICQ: 514984 YM/AIM: DaTwinkDaddy `-'(. .)`-' http://iguanasuicide.net/ \_/
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