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
...

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

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get-selections doesn't need root. dpkg --get-selections>LIST_FILE
point_to_null · 478 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.
cammarin · 478 weeks and 1 day ago
Yet another helpful feature of dpkg!
kaedenn · 478 weeks ago
Cool command! But don't forget, at the end apt-get -u dselect-upgrade
laugg · 420 weeks ago

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