2

I keep /home, /etc, and /usr/local backed up. My hard drive crashed and I reinstalled Ubuntu and copied over my backed-up directories. (Yay for backups!)

I assumed that something in /etc would tell the package manager what I want to have installed. Apparently it doesn't work that way. I would like to re-install all the packages that I had previously installed. Is there something in my backed-up files that would tell me what I had installed?

3

The list of packages that you had installed was kept in /var/lib/dpkg/status, with daily backups of the dpkg database to /var/backups. These directories unfortunately aren't in the list of directories that you backed up.

3
  • 2
    And if I DO have /var/lib/dpkg/status , and restore it - will it restore all the packages that I had? Jul 27 '12 at 7:07
  • Please answer this.
    – BigSack
    Aug 15 '12 at 6:15
  • 1
    in this answer is explained how to restore packages from /var/lib/pdkg/status unix.stackexchange.com/a/161940/8115
    – Paolo
    Feb 8 '15 at 11:46

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.