And I'd like to get this list directly and if possible from an external source (maybe repositories?).

Almost all one-liners I have found didn't work for me. So I hope there is an indicator somewhere that denotes packages as "preinstalled".

PS: I don't want to run a clean installation in a VM.

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    Would you mind fetching the contents from a Live CD directly?
    – Lekensteyn
    Jun 22, 2011 at 17:45
  • I found the list mikewhatever posted on the CD too but, you know, I don't always have a CD ;)
    – dAnjou
    Jun 22, 2011 at 23:17

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Every *buntu release has a .manifest or .list file that lists preinstalled packages. This file is located online.

For example:

...and so on.

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    I've compared the Kubuntu CD contents with a fresh installation inside VBox, and it seems that the contents match a Live CD, not an actual installation (e.g. the installer, ubiquity, is included in Mike's list)
    – Lekensteyn
    Jun 23, 2011 at 8:34
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    That's probably true. The ubiquity, ntfsprogs and unused locales are removed at the end of the installation. Jun 26, 2011 at 21:53
  • Does the manifest list includes dependent packages as well? For example, libgomp1 is not listed in the manifest file but is a dependent of libgcc-5-dev, which is on the manifest file. Oct 4, 2019 at 15:27

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