> Now that I am satisfied with how Fink works on my test (virtual)
> machine, I am ready to upgrade my main machine and move what I already
> have there. I see at least three ways of doing it:
> 1. Most tempting, I thought of just copying the whole /sw (/opt/sw in
> my case actually) to the new machine. However, I am aware of some
> packages that perform system-wide changes (in the password
> database, xinitrc, probably launch daemons too) so these will have
> to be reinstalled. Is there any way to find out which packages
> need reinstallation?
> 2. I can also move all the fink trees and DEBs over and reinstall (not
> rebuild) everything. This should work, right? If so just
> appropriate "fink install" commands (with the DEBs in place) should
> work, right?
> 3. Worse comes to worst I can obviously just start from scratch and
> rebuild everything. For obvious reasons I would rather not do that
> if I can take any of the two paths above...
> Advice (pitfalls, etc.) is appreciated.
> By the way, I would like to express my admiration (and my thanks too!)
> for the Fink project as a whole. I tried macports on my test rig
> (during my Firefox versus Xcode 4.3 saga). True, they have so many
> more packages for 10.7; problem is, half of those will not work. I
> had my own pains with Fink (most notably attempting to get a GNOME
> desktop together), but minimal porting from the 10.4 tree worked well
> and I am now a happy camper. Thank you once more.
> Best regards,
1) shouldn't be too bad. Using something along the lines of
should search the database for installed packages that require
reinstallation and then perform the install. In principle maybe you
could do it on one line, but I preferred to break it up to set the order