Generate a list of installed packages on Debian-based systems

dpkg --get-selections > LIST_FILE
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
Sample Output
a2ps                                            install
acl                                             install
acpi                                            install
acpi-support                                    install
acpid                                           install

By: o6291408
2009-03-28 17:45:29

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get-selections doesn't need root. dpkg --get-selections>LIST_FILE
point_to_null · 656 weeks and 1 day ago
@point to null: Of course. It's an accidental habit of mine use sudo with any package manager command even not necessary.
o6291408 · 656 weeks and 1 day ago
Yet another helpful feature of dpkg!
kaedenn · 656 weeks ago
Cool command! But don't forget, at the end apt-get -u dselect-upgrade
laugg · 598 weeks ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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