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[N.B. My first post - guidance welcomed]

We have a small local network of users (5) on deb-based systems and would like to maintain an index of apps installed.

How can we, programmatically, inventory a given Linux desktop installation for all applications added by the user

Optimally, this would include distro repos but, also; appimage, snap & flatpak. It would exclude more container-ish elements such as docker & lxc/lxd.

  • see etc-keeper it does more, but dose not easily answer what is installed. If you care about recovering an OS, then you need etc-keeper. Or configuration management (such as ansible). – ctrl-alt-delor Jun 16 at 9:12
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I recommend you to use Ansible. Here's the tutorial to setup it on debian https://tecadmin.net/install-ansible-on-debian-9-stretch/. and you can follow this one to manage software package of other hosts.

  • I appreciate the recommendation but, learning Ansible not-trivial. Although it is on my list of to-learn, I am hoping there is another discovery mechanism that is more readily available. – Ned Burgher Jun 16 at 0:41
  • Thanks to @ebvjr & ctrl-alt-delor, I'm taking the plunge and learning ansible. – Ned Burgher Jun 17 at 0:45

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