02 June 2011

Replicating an Ubuntu System

You might want to set up a new Ubuntu system with all the same packages that are installed on an old system. To do this, first go to the old system and execute:

# dpkg --get-selections >package-list.txt

Transfer the package-list.txt file across to the new machine. On the new machine start up Synaptic Package Manager and click File → Read Markings. Select package-list.txt and press Open. Then hit the Apply button. It is possible that it might grumble about some broken packages. This is easily remedied with Edit → Fix Broken Packages.

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