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How do I reinstall Ubuntu but keep package files (to eliminate re-downloading)

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How do I reinstall Ubuntu but keep package files (to eliminate re-downloading)

I am using Ubuntu 7.10

I want to make sure the package files are moved to a data or /home partition or something is done to ensure that I do not have to download them again due to bandwidth limit constraints (and the time needed).

Surprisingly, a Google search for "reinstall ubuntu" finds close to nothing.
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All you have to do is copy the files in

/var/cache/apt/archives/

and after you re-install put them back..

do an apt-get update then you can install with apt-get install and matching packages will be fetched from your archives.
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