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I have Ubuntu WSL installed on two different Windows 10 accounts. I want to have the same packages installed in Acct-2 as I have in Acct-1. Is there an easy way? I have a complex way.

  • This seems like, basically, a duplicate of this. I'd expect the same method to work. – mkasberg Nov 9 '18 at 16:08
  • Why bother? One of the original reasons, many years ago, for the development of Apt was easy, on-demand installs. When you need a new application (like LibreOffice), simply tell Apt to install it (sudo apt install libreoffice), and let Apt handle all the details. – user535733 Nov 9 '18 at 16:27
  • @user535733, It's hard to remember the various packages you've installed over the years, and it's inconvenient to have to install them on the fly. – Wes Nov 9 '18 at 17:58
  • In that case, use @mkasberg's link – user535733 Nov 9 '18 at 18:37
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Here is my complex answer. Make sure that Acct-2 uses the same repositories as Acct-1. Create a list of packages from Acct-1 in a directory accessible to both Accounts, e.g. /mnt/c/WorkTemp and then remove the packages already installed in Acct-1. Install the remaining packages in Acct-2

Specifically, on Acct-1:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
aptitude search '~i!~M' | sort | >/mnt/c/WorkTemp/aptitudelist-1

Do the same on Acct-2 piping into /mnt/c/WorkTemp/aptitudelist-2

comm -23 /mnt/c/WorkTemp/aptitudelist-{1,2} >/mnt/c/WorkTemp/pkglist

Review /mnt/c/WorkTemp/pkglist deleting the lines containing packages you don't want in Acct-2. Then in Acct-2:

sudo apt-get install $(tr -s ' ' </mnt/c/WorkTemp/pkglist |cut -d ' ' -f2)

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