[nSLUG] Inventory/history/log of installed software/packages

Daniel Arndt danielarndt at gmail.com
Wed Aug 31 12:15:16 ADT 2011

Hi Frank

The files in /var/log may be what you're looking for. Specifically,
/var/log/apt/history.log (and /var/log/apt/history.log.1.gz ..etc) . I'd
recommend looking through all of them since there may be other ones you find
useful. I'm not quite sure what you expect to find in these, however..

If there is a problem booting up the desktop, it is likely your most useful
log is going to be /var/log/Xorg.0.log

In regards to copying the .evolution folder over, this should be fine. I
can't think of any off the top of my head that would throw a fuss, and it is
likely if it did, it would tell you why.

Daniel Arndt


On Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 11:38, Frank Geitzler <
frank.geitzler at ns.sympatico.ca> wrote:

> **
> I was 'bitten' recently by upgrading to a new release of Ubuntu on my
> laptop computer, and then within a few days applying a number of recommended
> fix packages.  The result was a system which would not bring up the desktop,
> and I was uncertain which package had caused the problem, nor how to undo it
> if I had been able to do so -relatively new to Ubuntu, coming from a Windows
> world.  I was able to boot to a terminal, and back up my /Home folder to a
> USB hard drive.  I eventually installed a complete new release, Ubuntu
> 10.04.3, but have not yet done any updates, nor have I restored the backup
> files.
> Is anyone aware of a method of keeping track of installed products/levels
> and/or packages and their history other than Ubuntu's package manager, or
> the Synaptic Package Manager?  I would like to be able to review a text file
> or database on another computer (Windows or Ubuntu, I have both on a desktop
> system).
> I am about to begin recovering the data from my backup, beginning with my
> email messages and address book, which I assume are in the hidden folder
> '.evolution' which is in my backup under '/home/frank'.  I have not opened
> evolution since my reinstallation, and there is no '.evolution' folder in my
> '/home/frank' folder.  I *think *I can just copy the '.evolution' folder
> into my new '/home/frank' folder, and then open evolution.  I hope that when
> I open evolution, it will search for and find that restored data -does
> anyone have any experience or opinion on this?  Will it cause any problems?
> I hope to see some of you next Monday at the NSLUG meeting.
> Frank Geitzler
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