apt-get system reinstallation
andy at earthsong.free-online.co.uk
Thu Jul 24 06:50:29 BST 2008
> On 07/22/2008 09:42 PM, andy baxter wrote:
>> Bart Silverstrim wrote:
>>> Is there a simple way to try a "reinstall" of everything currently
>>> installed on my system?
>> I have written up a page on how to do this here:
>> get back to me if you need any help with this. Not sure if it will solve
>> your original problem though.
> Two points:
> 1. "apt-get deselect-upgrade # actually installs the packages." should
> be: apt-get dselect-upgrade # actually installs the packages."
Thanks for pointing this out - it was a spelling mistake which I have
> 2. Nothing gets "reinstalled" unless one of the packages was
> considerably outdated or missing from the cache list. Your instructions
> will only _install_ packages from the machine #1 dpkg-selections to
> machine #2 _if_ those packages are not already on machine#2; see my post
> in this thread regarding Sundar Nagarajan's instructions.
I wrote up that page for people who want to completely reinstall their
system from the CD/DVD, which I think is what Bart was talking about
> If the packages are already there & up to date nothing gets
> "reinstalled", which is what Bart was looking for. This is great for
> "mirroring" two systems, but not 'reinstalling' in place. Also note
> Sundar Nagarajan's recommendation when bringing up a new system: "On the
> new machine, do a minimal install. Once you have booted into the
> new machine, do the following". That way you start with a minimal and
> then use dselect to 'build/mirror' the other system.
> Note: you can test this by using your instructions on an exisiting
> system (modify 'deselect' to 'dselect' first).
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