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Re: Return a Debian system to a pristine state

On Lu, 01 iun 20, 12:26:28, Marco Möller wrote:
> On 01.06.20 08:04, Andrei POPESCU wrote:
> > On Sb, 30 mai 20, 19:54:09, Marco Möller wrote:
> > > 
> > >  From the view of a user, it does not sound so complicated ;-) . I guess, and
> > > this will be fair, that I am now asked to program it, it's open source and I
> > > should contribute. But unfortunately I can only contribute ideas, I am not a
> > > programmer. :-(
> > APT is possibly not be best place to implement something like this,
> > especially since there are various other softwares that do more or less
> > what you want:
> > 
> > debootstrap, mmdebstrap, FAI: custom installations

Forgot to mention vmdb2 (build images or installations from scratch)...

> > ansible, puppet, etc.: shape your installation as needed.

... and equivs, to easily build your own meta-packages.

> > Or integrate with your backup strategy (you do have backups, right?).
> I strongly suggest that the package manager cares for managing the packages.
APT is already managing packages.

It can also be improved in many ways related to it's core mission, like 
fixing bugs[1] and adding new features[1].

What you are requesting is for it to manage collections of possibly 
unrelated packages (no Depends/Recommends/Suggests/etc. relations).

In my opinion this functionality is better and easier implemented in 
other tools.

[1] which are close to 1000 :(
[2] I'm looking forward to support for aptitude's search patterns.

Kind regards,

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