How to reinstall *everything*?

Luis lemsx1 at
Sat Sep 16 19:54:26 UTC 2006

In my experience, when I have problems like that in Linux it means a
hardware problem, say your drive is bad (check with badblocks?). Or
some other hardware of your computer is going bad (sound, network,

Check dmesg for clues. Use smartd and read your logs with logcheck
(which emails you after finding juicy stuff).

On 9/16/06, Alexander Skwar <listen at> wrote:
> ยท Constantine Evans <constantine at>:
> > Alexander Skwar wrote:
> >> Is there an *easy* way to reinstall all the currently installed packages?
> > Wouldn't it be easier to reinstall the entire system?
> Would it? I'd need to backup all the configuration files, so
> that I can use them after a new installation. This doesn't seem
> to be easier, IMO.
> > Apt-based
> > reinstallation will not purge the configuration files for the packages,
> Yep. That's why I wanted to do a reinstallation in the sense
> of reinstalling all the installed packages.
> > so it is quite likely that reinstalling everything would not fix the
> > issues you are having.
> I disagree. The configuration hasn't been changed, but all of
> a sudden the system isn't working fine anymore.
> > You can make a list of installed packages, and reinstall all of them
> > after reinstalling the system.
> How?
> Alexander Skwar
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