apt-get system reinstallation

sktsee sktsee at tulsaconnect.com
Wed Jul 9 19:19:15 UTC 2008

On Wed, 2008-07-09 at 11:38 -0700, NoOp wrote: 
> On 07/09/2008 11:01 AM, sktsee wrote:
> > 
> > It does look like all the packages for installation that need to be
> > downloaded were fetched, though. Were any packages re-installed, or are
> > they all in a hold state? What does "sudo dpkg --configure --pending"
> > output?
> > 
> Nothing.
Bummer :(

> Looks like it just built the dependency tree, database etc., and did
> nothing further. And looking at the history I see only the updates that
> were performed today prior to trying the command.
> Anyway, if you come up with something later I'm happy to give it a go.
> Doesn't matter if it blows the install as it's only a test drive anyway
> and only contains fresh (8.04.1) server, desktops etc., so there aren't
> any oddball packages to worry about.
Well, at the very least, the package cache for that machine is now
completely up-to-date :)

In answer to your question about package verification, use the md5sum
tool to check individual file integrity of installed packages.

(must be run from "/")
$ md5sum -c /var/lib/dpkg/info/<packagename>.md5sums

Of course, this won't cover self-packaged software or packages from
3rd-party repos that don't include a md5sums file.


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