[ubuntu-uk] value of /var/cache/apt/archives ?

Neil Greenwood neil.greenwood.lug at gmail.com
Fri Dec 22 11:15:33 GMT 2006

On 21/12/06, alan c <aeclist at candt.waitrose.com> wrote:
> I am not totally convinced that the cd images created are equivalent
> to the updates which happen up to that date, and would like to somehow
> confirm this or test it somehow.

I guess you could install from the created image into a QEMU image.
Alan Pope has a blog entry about QEMU, if you're not familiar with it.

To convince myself that the cd image is equivalent, I would install
one QEMU image from the original (k)ubuntu CD, and upgrade it. Then I
would dump a list of packages from dpkg (can't remember the
command-line option at the mo). Ahh, just remembered that Synaptic can
dump a list of packages too. I guess you could use an existing system
rather than a QEMU image, if you have one with the correct packages.

Then I would install the aptoncd image into another QEMU image and
dump the list of packages again. Comparing the two lists should prove
one way or the other...

HTH. If you need links and suchlike, let me know.


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