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Re: Where is data stored when Synaptic scans DVDs?

Richard Owlett wrote:
> On 03/17/2017 11:15 AM, songbird wrote:
>> Richard Owlett wrote:
>>> As I have limited bandwidth, I install from DVDs.
>>> Also I frequently experiment with various options by doing a fresh
>>> install to a different partition.
>>> It is annoying to keep re-scanning a set of 13 DVDs.
>>> Where is the information stored?
>>> /etc/apt/sources.list is obvious, but where is the data about contents
>>> of each DVD stored?
>>   man apt-get
> It implies *BUT DOES _NOT_ STATE* the all the requested data is in the 
> /var/lib/apt directory.
> I hadn't thought of looking at apt-get when I posted, even though I had 
> just chased down some differences on how synaptic and apt-get differed 
> in how they logged some trans action. mea culpa ;>

  a tool like tripwire or even git will track 
changes made if you don't trust the package file
list itself.

  an even more lightweight solution is using find
along with a timestamp file as a reference.


  as for space, space is cheap these days, it takes
a lot longer to load files from dvd for each install
instead of loading them from another media.  if i
were doing as many installs as you seem to be doing
i for sure would not want to waste my time waiting 
for something to happen that can go much faster
otherwise (which is why partition copies are my 
method of choice).  but hey, it's your life and time 
i hope you are enjoying this...  ;)