Kubuntu Files report: was "Re: How to clean out ~/home"

david d.mcglone at att.net
Fri Jul 4 14:38:24 BST 2008

On Thursday 03 July 2008 1:19:09 pm Bas Roufs wrote:
> david wrote:
> > On Wednesday 02 July 2008 8:53:25 am Bas Roufs wrote:
> >> Dear Paul, Dear Everybody
> >>
> >> A safe, but time consuming method may be as follows:
> >> * make a back-up of all your personal files and e-mails at another
> >> computer or at an external HD
> >> * generate a KUBUNTU FILES report containing an overview of all the
> >> software installed at your PC
> >> * back-up this KUBUNTU FILES report also elsewhere
> >> * make a fresh install 'from scratch' at your HD while reformatting/
> >> overwriting the old configuration.
> >> * after installing the basic stuff, use to the KUBUNTU FILES report to
> >> add to it all the software you have been using before.
> >>
> >> If you are interested, I can explain in more detail how to generate and
> >> use a KUBUNTU FILES report.
> >
> > I'd be interested in this. :-) I maintain a couple kubuntu installs for
> > family and when I do a fresh install for an upgrade I get tired of
> > configuring everything all over again.
> Someone gave me useful instructions via the Ubuntu user group. I took
> over the command chains mentioned by him. But instead of 'ubuntu-files',
> I generated and used 'kubuntu files'.
> However it may be: open a console terminal. In my case, I saw this at
> the black screen:
> bas at Viaconsensus1 <mailto:bas at Viaconsensus1>:
> 'bas' is my user name, 'Viaconsensus1' is the name of the computer.
> Than type a set of command codes:
> ~$ sudo dpkg --get-selections | grep -v deinstall > kubuntu-files
> Or better: select this whole command chain from this message.
> Afterwords, go back to your console terminal and press the TWO buttons
> of your mouse TOGETHER and AT THE SAME MOMENT. That is the way to
> EXACTLY copy this chain of UNIX commands into your terminal. One single
> detail error ('typo') is enough to block everything - so be sure to
> EXACTLY copy this whole command so.
> After doing so, I saw the following on the screen in my case:
> bas at Viaconsensus1 <mailto:bas at Viaconsensus1>:~$ sudo dpkg
> --get-selections | grep -v deinstall > kubuntu-files
> Confirm the set of command codes as follows:
> press the enter button at the key board
> type your password for sudo
> press again the enter button.
> By doing so, you wilI generate a script which you can find in the home
> directory: 'kubuntu-files'. Now, look for that file via Konqueror or
> Dolphin. Then, use e.g. Kate to open and read it. And indeed: you will
> see the WHOLE long list of software installed at your PC along with
> Kubuntu.
> The next step is making back-ups of 'kubuntu-files', a quite small file.
> I put it at the USB stick and I e-mailed it as an attachment to my own
> GMAIL address.
> Afterwords I started Kubuntu at my laptop and put my USB stick in an USB
> port of that machine. Via Konqueror or Dolphin I copied 'kubuntu-files'
> to the home directory of the laptop. Than I opened a shell console at
> the laptop. There I saw the following at the screen:
> bas at Viaconsensus2 <mailto:bas at Viaconsensus1>: .... and each time a set
> of command codes next to it. ('viaconsensus2' was the name I gave to the
> laptop.)
> Now, first check weather you already installed 'dselect', a little piece
> of software meant to help you to install software via a console
> terminal. If you do not have yet 'dselect', use the following commands
> to install it:
> sudo apt-get install dselect
> Afterwords, confirm by means of the Enter key at your key board and
> allow dselect to be installed.
> Than, type the following chain of commands:
> sudo apt-get update
> (enter, password, enter)
> sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
> (enter, password, enter)
> sudo dpkg --set-selections < kubuntu-files
> (enter, password, enter)
> sudo dselect
> (enter, password, enter)
> Than choose the THIRD option: install 'preselected packages'.
> 'Preselected packages' means in this case: the 'kubuntu-files'.
> !!! Especially if you need to 'update' a bigger amount of software
> packages, the UNIX command "sudo apt-get update" works better than the
> daily updates from ADEPT manager'!!!
> Please, tell to the list and to me weather these instructions help you.

Thank you Bas. I will definitely let everyone know how it goes.

David M.

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