On a related note...

seth vidal skvidal at fedoraproject.org
Tue May 29 21:16:15 UTC 2012


On Tue, 29 May 2012 17:04:52 -0400
Neal Becker <ndbecker2 at gmail.com> wrote:

> You know what was the painless part of this re-install?  After firing
> up google chrome, I didn't need to reinstall anything for it.  It's
> all synced with gmail.
> 
> I find myself wishing that all my fedora packages could be restored
> just like that.
> 
> Oh sure, there's a few methods for automaticing installs.  But none
> are so brain-dead easy.  Imagine, just 1 click (or command) to sync
> all the packages (and maybe /etc?) to some server, and 1 step to
> reinstall back to the last state.
> 
> What's that?  Wouldn't work over upgrades?  Somehow it does for
> chrome.  And for android.
> 

You want to do that? I can give you a couple of ideas:
 - register your host and have it upload your pkgs list + repos list to
   fedorapeople using your account
 - on update/reinstall - you are prompted for this same info and yum
   tries to put back the same set of pkgs.

It would miss if a repo is not updated to the next release, yet, or if
programs moved around in pkgs A LOT - but in many many cases it would
work.

the edge cases would suck, though, but that's true in general in
packaging.


I only suggested fedorapeople.org b/c it is immediately available and
obvious - but a web app which stored these lists would also work,
trivially.

If you're interested in working on it I can imagine a number of places
to shove this data and I know what's necessary from the rpmdb/yum
history/repos to do it.

-sv


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