How to backup installed packages??
Hi!!! I'm thinking of trying Arch , after having used Ubuntu for quite sometime!!
I just want to ask something about backing up installed packages:
In Ubuntu, I could just copy the contents of /var/apt/cache/archives to some safe place, and after a reinstallation, I just copied back the contents in the respective directory of the new installation...and apt could almost always reinstall them without downloading anything. (I sometimes used a GUI tool called AptOnCD to same effect)
My question is, in Arch if I copy the contents of /var/cache/pacman/ and restore them to a new installation, will pacman be able to install them ??
My ISP charges me per MB uploaded/downloaded, so downloading everything everytime is not feasible! also, I tend to experiment and consequently break my sytem very often, so reinstalling is very frequent for me!! :P