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Generate a list of installed packages on Debian-based systems

Terminal - Generate a list of installed packages on Debian-based systems
dpkg --get-selections > LIST_FILE
2009-03-28 17:45:29
User: cammarin
Generate a list of installed packages on Debian-based systems

This command is useful when you want to install the same packages on another fresh OS install for example. To do that, use:

sudo dpkg --set-selections < LIST_FILE


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
dpkg -l
aptitude search ~i -F %p
2011-10-15 00:31:10
User: dbbolton

This will print the name of every installed package on a Debian system.

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get-selections doesn't need root.

dpkg --get-selections>LIST_FILE
Comment by point_to_null 468 weeks and 6 days ago

@point to null:

Of course. It's an accidental habit of mine use sudo with any package manager command even not necessary.

Comment by cammarin 468 weeks and 6 days ago

Yet another helpful feature of dpkg!

Comment by kaedenn 468 weeks and 5 days ago

Cool command! But don't forget, at the end

apt-get -u dselect-upgrade
Comment by laugg 410 weeks and 5 days ago

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