[Nottingham] Preserving a list of packages installed (Ubuntu but
could be general!)
david at familyaldred.org.uk
Thu Sep 28 18:39:26 BST 2006
Something wich came to my mind recently...
Installing a new version of linux is always fun and intersting, but the
downside is always the time spent getting the machine back to where you want
it (mainly adding all the extra packages you want, and configuring them).
Is there any standard way (or any Ubuntu specific way) of automagically
getting from whatever is installed as standard to having all the current
packages (re)installed? I suppose I'm thinking of (in some way) saving the
current configuration that apt-get (or whatever) holds which tells it what
packages are installed, then using that to determine what extra packages need
installing to restore the original software setup.
(Mandriva does allow you to make a disk at the install->select packages stage
so that you can later replicate the set of packages put in on initial
installation, but that doesn't get you to where you are several weeks of
fiddling about later!)
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