View Full Version : [ubuntu] Best way to backup before fresh install

December 19th, 2009, 02:06 AM
I am currently running an upgraded Karmic system.

How can I start with a fresh install and ensure I have the same packages I am running with now?

Is there a good reliable guide for this?


December 19th, 2009, 02:28 AM
how much in size are we talking?

December 19th, 2009, 02:33 AM
what you like you dont forget best backup is in your skull :P

December 19th, 2009, 02:40 AM
Well i have pictures, movies, ect ect on a separate disk. So I just need to backup the actual packages or the list of packages so that I can re-install them. I found this page.


And the 1st command doesnt work for me.

sudo dpkg --get-selections > /home/USERNAME/packages.backup

(and yes I changed username ;) )

I like his idea though, so that's why I am posting here.