View Full Version : [all variants] How to install from package list?

June 7th, 2009, 05:14 AM
Before I wiped out Ubuntu 7.10 and installed 9.04 on my son's computer, I ran:

sudo dpkg --get-selections>installed_package_list
and it generated a list of installed packages that looks like this:

acpi install
acpi-support install
acpid install
adduser install

Now I want to install all the packages on that list.

I tried this:

sudo dpkg --set-selections<installed_package_list[
... but it doesn't install them.

Is there a way to install from that list?
Thanks for any advice!

June 7th, 2009, 05:20 AM
this is not elegant at all, but here goes.

copy the results from you first command into text editor, and use sudo apt-get install with the resulting packages pasted on the end.

June 7th, 2009, 06:21 AM
Thanks, rickycodie.

I tried your suggestion but the shell seemed to lock up when fed 1200 install commands strung together!

Afer googling some more, I found out that after the

dpkg --set-selections < loaded-apps.txt
command, I should have called:

So after installing dselect I was able to re-install all the packages.

It's running now, and the output like:

Get:50 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com jaunty/main openjdk-6-jre-lib 6b14-1.4.1-0ubuntu7 [4770kB]
...looks to me like it's installing the jackalope packages, not the old ones.

Along with setting up a separate /home partition, the dpkg package list seems like an almost painless way to do a major upgrade.