On Mon, Nov 17, 2003 at 09:42:36AM +0530, Dr. Sharukh K. R. Pavri. wrote:
Now, the hdd has developed bad sectors. As the hdd is
still within the
warranty period, I have to return it to the vendor for testing which
will destroy all my data on the hdd.
I have never tried doing this myself, but I do know that the Debian
packaging system is so insanely sane, that you can indeed recreate
your config on a new HDD ... only the package-specific preferences
will need to be handled manually.
If I back up these .deb files, will I be able to reuse
them after I
reinstall knoppix ? if so, how ?
The files you are looking for reside in /var/cache/apt ... copy the
contents onto some place on your new HDD, and then create a new entry
in your sources.list I am not sure exactly how that works, but the
sources.list manpage gives the basic idea. More information might be
available on http://debianplanet.org/
BTW, its a good idea to use a weekly cron job to keep cleaning your
cache, using "apt-get autoclean"
What other files do I need to backup ?
In order to get the exact set of packages on your system use the
command, "dpkg --get-selections" Again, more "info" in the manpage ;)
You can reuse this later using "dpkg --set-selections"
I read somewhere that this is best done by installing
just a base system
from woody and then upgrading the base system to testing or unstable. I
can't find this reference now so, any pointers are welcome.
One way is to install from the Knoppix CD, then change the
sources.list to unstable, follwed by "apt-get update" and "apt-get
I install Debian using a netinst CD image, with only the basedebs.
Essentially, with such a CD, you install a base working Debian
(stable) system on your hard-disk and when you boot for the first
time, it asks you for more packages and mirrors to get them from. You
might want to try the new debian-installer that released its first
The netinst CD's are available here:
I use David Kimdon's image - the one called bootbf2.4, which uses
kernel 2.4 by default.
The Debian Installer project lives here:
This seems more useful and I look forward to try it the next time we
need to install Debian on a machine here!
I am a newbie to debian.
It would be great if you help us all by recording your experiences in
shifting to a new hard-disk, as a mini-HOWTO and contributing to the
Debian newbiedoc project (Documentation by newbies, for newbies) ;)
Research Scholar, KReSIT, IIT Bombay