I'm currently thinking to reinstall Ubuntu on my system. The reasons include upgrading to Hardy (I'm running Gutsy), and the fact that when I boot up now, I get a message about a difficulty initializing Gnome, and I get into what I think is an X desktop.
However, I'm daunted by the prospect of reinstalling all those packages. I must have typed "sudo apt-get install xxx" a half a billion times. In the Synaptic Package Manager window, there's an option that says "Generate package download script" which I thought might bail me out, but when I chose this, and entered a filename and destination, the script it generated was empty -- it just had the line "#!/bin/sh" at the top and nothing else.
Is there any way to save the packages I have now, or some list thereof, so that I can easily reinstall/download them when I redo my system? Any insight anyone might have would be appreciated.