archlinux: reinstall

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Mon Jul 13 18:17:48 UTC 2015

Hi Tim,

I forgot to mention I have 107 packages installed from aur as well.  I 
used yaourt to install most of them and used makepkg for a few in the 
beginning of this system's life.  I am pretty sure aur/ will appear to 
the left of those packages so I'll probably just need to put a duplicate 
line for reinstallation using yaourt in the script as was done with 
pacman to reinstall those aur packages.

On Mon, 13 Jul 2015, Tim Chase wrote:

> Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:08:57
> From: Tim Chase <blinux.list at>
> To: Jude DaShiell <jdashiel at>
> Cc: blinux-list at
> Subject: Re: archlinux: reinstall
> On July 13, 2015, Jude DaShiell wrote:
>> using archlinux, did you find out how to get a listing of all
>> software installed on a system?
> You should be able to use
>  pacman -Qqen > installed_packages.txt
> you can the copy/move that file in a directory that you won't
> overwrite (such as your $HOME if it's on its own partition, or an
> external drive)
>> When I do a reinstall, I want to be able to have all packages
>> installed on the new system that were on the old system before
>> reinstallation.  I may end up writing a script and have the script
>> do the post-installs for me before I do the reinstall.
> If you have the package-list generated above, you can use
>  pacman -S $(< installed_packages.txt)
> to re-install the same packages that were previously installed.
> -tim


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