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    < pingfloyd> normally, I wouldn't worry about backing up executables
    < pingfloyd> easier to just reinstall if disaster strikes
    
    < pingfloyd> ryouma: what about "reinstall" directive?
    < pingfloyd> e.g., aptitude reinstall ...
    < mutante> what can be nice to have a backup of is
    the list of installed packages, just that tiny file you would get from
    dpkg --get-selections. then you can restore it even easier
    
    < somiaj> !aptitude clone
    < dpkg> To clone a Debian machine using aptitude
    (or install your favourite packages) use
    aptitude search --disable-columns -F%p '~i!~M!~v' > package_list;
    on the reference machine;
    xargs aptitude --schedule-only install < package_list; aptitude install;
    on the other machine.
    This preserves information about "automatically installed" packages that other methods do not. 
    
     See also <reinstall>, <things to backup>, <debian clone>, <apt-clone>.
    
    < somiaj> mutante: I like that over --get-selections because it saves autoinstall info
    
    < missmbob> i like <debian clone> since not all machines have aptitude
    
    < pingfloyd> the problem with --set-selections is it marks it all as manually installed
    
    < pingfloyd> mutante: here's another alternative:
    
    apt-mark showmanual > pkg_list; then on target; xargs apt-get install < pkg_list
    
    
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