From 64 bit to 32 bit?

James Gray james.gray at
Sat Apr 21 04:23:04 UTC 2007

Donn wrote:
>>      sudo apt-get update
>>      sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
>>      dpkg --set-selections < Kubuntu-files
>>      sudo dselect
> It's a pity it's not a more apt/aptitude oriented solution. all that dpkg and 
> dselect stuff just smacks of trouble coming down the line.

Just out of curiosity, have you ever tried this approach?  I've been 
using the get-selections/set-selections options to move Debian and 
Ubuntu installs around for years and NEVER had a problem that wasn't a 
result of a borked package (in other words, the package maintainer 
screwed up).  In the cases of failures I've experienced, they would've 
occurred whether I used command line tools or a GUI - it was the package 
that was screwed.

Rule of life in a lot of ways - don't knock it, until you've tried it :) 
   The debain package system is the closest thing I've ever seen (both 
open and closed source) to a bullet-proof package manager.  If the 
packages are built properly (and often if not), it just doesn't screw 
up....ever.  However, if I had a dollar for every 
Solaris/AIX/HP-UX/True64/RPM/Windows package I've installed that blew up 
in my face, well, I could've retired a while ago!

Just for kicks and giggles, give the get/set-selections trick a go; I'm 
sure you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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