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     germinate-pkg-diff - compare seeds against currently installed packages


     germinate-pkg-diff [-l file] [-m {i|r|d}] [-a arch] [seeds]


     germinate-pkg-diff compares the expansion of a list of seed packages
     against the set of packages installed on the current system.  When
     constructing seeds for a software distribution, it can be used to
     iteratively find packages installed on developers’ systems that should be
     included in the seeds.

     A list of seeds against which to compare may be supplied as non-option
     arguments.  Seeds from which they inherit will be added automatically.
     The default is ‘desktop’.


     -l, --list file
           Read the list of currently installed packages from file.  The
           default is to read the output of dpkg --get-selections, and any
           supplied file should be in the same format.

     -m, --mode {i|r|d}
           Set the output mode as follows:

           i     Show the dpkg selections needed to install just these seeds.
                 List unseeded but installed files as “deinstall”, and seeded
                 but uninstalled files as “install”.

           r     List unseeded but installed files as “install”, and seeded
                 but uninstalled files as “deinstall”.

           d     Show the differences between the packages specified by the
                 seeds and the list of installed packages, in a somewhat
                 diff-like format.

     -S, --seed-source source,...
           Fetch seeds from the specified sources.  The default is

     -s, --seed-dist dist
           Fetch seeds for distribution dist.  The default is ubuntu.lucid.

     -d, --dist dist,...
           Operate on the specified distributions.  The default is lucid.
           Listing multiple distributions may be useful, for example, when
           examining both a released distribution and its security updates.

     -a, --arch arch
           Operate on architecture arch.  The default is i386.


     --mode r is useless as dpkg --set-selections input.


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