[TriLUG] Clean Ubuntu upgrade procedure?
slitt at troubleshooters.com
Fri Nov 20 07:31:57 EST 2009
Unfortunately, when I switched from Mandriva to Ubuntu 9.04 in July 2009, I
installed 32bit Ubuntu and so limped along with 4GB instead of my hardware 8GB
installed RAM. Ubuntu Upgrade Manager gives me the choice to upgrade in place,
but AFAIK I can't switch to 64 bit if I use that, so I'll need to wipe the
system and fresh-install 64bit 9.10.
Here's the problem. I've installed several hundred packages, so I'd like an
automated way to re-install all those packages.
My thought is to find all the installed virtual packages like this:
aptitude search . | grep ^v > vpackages.sh
Then I can use Vim to tweak that file into a shellscript to install the
But I have a question: Lines beginning with v -- are they all installed, none
of them installed, or some installed?
Then I do the same thing for lines beginning with i, which are the installed
Does that sound like a reasonable procedure?
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