Pre-emptive Request: Backing up installed packages.

Darryl Clarke smartssa at
Thu Jan 26 18:01:41 UTC 2006

On 26/01/06, Sasha Tsykin <stsykin at> wrote:
> Michael T. Richter wrote:
> > I'm getting the distinct impression that I'm going to have to resort to
> > backing up /home and reinstalling Ubuntu to get access to my audio
> > hardware again.  The problem is that I've downloaded and installed an
> > obscene number of packages from Synaptic.  (It's really quite addictive,
> > isn't it?)  Is there any convenient way to automate getting a list of
> > packages that have been installed placed on a file somewhere and then
> > automagically reinstalling them without having to select them one by one
> > through Synaptic?  (And, too, a convenient way to backup the repository
> > information?)
> >
> All the deb files installed with apt-get are kept in the folder
> /var/cache/apt/archives. To backup the list type:


That is not necessarily correct.  This is completely dependant on
system settings, and how a user uses their favorite package manager.

If you run 'apt-get clean', or If your update-notification is
configured to auto clean at a set interval, or if synaptic is
configured to do so these files will be removed.

~ Darryl  ~ smartssa at /

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