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Old 10-16-2010, 05:58 AM   #1
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Question Maintain Packages on New Install

I will be installing a debian based OS within the week and I want to make sure I include my current packages. I have been currently using LM 9 for awhile and have built up quite a list.(dpkg -l | wwc -l -> 2016)

I tried using remastersys and it tells me the image is toooo big.

I have not decided which distro but have narrowed down to ->

LM 9 (same)
Debian (64 Bit) or LM Debian (only 32 bit though)
Dream Linux (Only 32 bit though)
Ultimate 2.7 (64 bit)

Is there any easy way to port them over ?

Can it be as simple as this ?

dpkg -l>Package_List (Current System)
sudo aptitude install<Package_List (On New system after install)

I already have a data back up plan and key configuration files.

All input welcome.

Thank You
Old 10-16-2010, 06:26 AM   #2
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I believe LM9 refers to Mint, correct?

I think the complete steps that you need in order to re-install your current list of packages is this one from Ubuntu Forums.

Since Mint is Debian-based, I think all of the commands should work just the same.
Old 10-16-2010, 07:05 AM   #3
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Perfect. I will give it a shot.

Thanks for the direction. I integrated this into my back up script that I run a few times a week. Am I missing any other key files that I should grab before a reinstall ? (The data should be all set).

Thanks again for the response.


#! /bin/bash

# Redundancy of Data : Data, Package List , Key Config Files.

touch /home/joe/System-Logs/Current_Packages
dpkg --get-selections | grep -v deinstall >> /home/joe/System-Logs/Current_Packages
touch /home/joe/System-Logs/Back_UP_Record
date > /home/joe/System-Logs/Back_UP_Record
echo "************************************************************************" >> /home/joe/System-Logs/Back_UP_Record
ls /home/joe/ -lhR >> /home/joe/System-Logs/Back_UP_Record
echo "************************************************************************" >> /home/joe/System-Logs/Back_UP_Record
ls /media/DDD-Show/ -lhR >> /home/joe/System-Logs/Back_UP_Record

crontab -l> /home/joe/Documents/Config.bak/Current_Crontab
cp -uv /etc/apt/sources.list /home/joe/Documents/Config.bak/
cp -uv /etc/bash.bashrc /home/joe/Documents/Config.bak/
cp -uv /etc/samba/smb.conf /home/joe/Documents/Config.bak/
rsync -av -t --delete /home/joe/ /media/Archive/joe/
rsync -av -t --delete /media/DDD-Show/ /media/Archive/DDD-Show/



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