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Does it contain the only packages I installed manually from sources or with aptitude?

If so I think I can easily reinstall all packages I had installed with aptitude. Those few I built from sources are not much important to me to back them up.

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Achu, thank you for useful link! I realised that my backup strategy is not the best to me. – zuba Sep 5 '12 at 6:57
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Does it contain the only packages I installed manually from sources or with aptitude?

No, for me it's just stuff that I didn't install from the apt repos. Lots of Python libraries that I've installed with pip. And a few binaries in /usr/local/bin/ (that either symlink out to Python or Doom 3 (which installs there too apparently).

In my case it's all stuff I'd reinstall in about five seconds with pip as I needed it... But I's strongly suggest you get an overview of what's there. Here are the two commands I used to look (you can probably use them elsewhere):

ls -l /usr/local/bin

That shows you what's lurking in the local bin and that should be a good indicator as to what's installed in /usr/local/. For more depth I used:

find /usr/local -type d -maxdepth 4 | grep -v locale
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Oli, thank you for sharing your knowledge! I checked out as you suggested and found out that my /usr/local contains rvm, opera, hlds, duke nukem, ... not much stuff that I can easily reinstall. So, I excluded /usr/local from backing up. Best wishes, man! – zuba Sep 5 '12 at 6:36

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