I'm running 13.04 on VMWare Fusion 6 on top of OS X, which has some serious stability problems, necessitating hard reboots (power cycling) at least once/day if not more.
Since VMWare is lame and doesn't always write disk data to disk, it is very easy for virtual machines to get damaged when someone restarts the machine without shutting down the VM.
At any rate, I've got a virtual disk from my old VM which can be mounted in a new install, but I don't know how to get a list of installed packages, since
dpkg is looking at its new database and doesn't care about the old one.
There are a lot of issues with the old partition, files corrupted and such, so I can't just
dd it to a new location. I figure the easiest way forward is to compile a list of packages I added post-install, then feed it to
apt-get as in this answer. My only problem is generating that list of packages. Can anyone help?