where is the list of installed packages kept?
stanb at panix.com
Fri Jan 19 23:27:26 UTC 2007
On Fri, Jan 19, 2007 at 03:05:05PM -0800, Mitch Contla wrote:
> stan said the following on 01/19/2007 12:24 PM:
> > I'm rebuilding a machine, and I forget to get a list of the installed
> > packages on the original one. I do howeverr have a tarball of the whole
> > root filesystem on that machine.
> > Where in that can I look for the list of installed .debs?
> A quick look at some Debian docs, and a poke around my system looks like
> package information is contained in /var/lib/dpkg/status. Once you
> un-tar the file, you could try something like:
> $ cat /var/lib/dpkg/status | grep -B1 'ok installed' > selections
> >From there you could use sed an create something that could be recovered
> $ sudo dpkg --set-selections < myselections
> $ sudo apt-get -u dselect-upgrade
> See the Debian Reference; specifically: 6.3.4 Recover package selection
> data and 6.4.9 Record/copy system configuration.
> Of course, others may know an easier way. Good Luck.
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