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

Dop Ganger nslug at fop.ns.ca
Wed Aug 31 14:16:18 ADT 2011

On Wed, 31 Aug 2011, Frank Geitzler wrote:

> 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).

If you just want a list, look in /var/lib/dpkg - that's where all the 
database files are. dpkg -l will give you a list of installed debs, 
version, and a brief description (check the man page for more details on 

> 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've done this before with Evolution without a problem.

Cheers... Dop.

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