- pkgenpack [--help] [--verbose] [--with-package-list] [--output] [--package] [--updates]
pkgenpack is the command line client for PackageKit for creating service packs.
WHAT IS A SERVICE PACK?
A service pack is a tarball which contains a set of packages and their dependencies. The user can reduce the dependencies to be packed using the --with-package-list option. Along with the dependencies, a service pack has a file named metadata.conf which contains the information about the distribution and creation date of the pack.
CREATING A SERVICE PACK?
A service pack is created using the command pkgenpack.
This program follows the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes (`-'). A summary of options is included below.
- Show summary of options.
- Show extra debugging information.
Set the filename of dependencies to be excluded.
Generally, the file list of packages is generated when doing a PackageKit refresh on the target system. If not specified, pkgenpack uses /var/lib/PackageKit/system.package-list by default.
- The directory to put the pack file, or the current directory if omitted.
- The package to be put into the ServicePack.
- Put all updates available in the ServicePack.
NAMING A SERVICE PACK
The only valid extension for a service pack is ".servicepack".
1. Tim is facing problems with his Internet connection at home. He needs a service pack with valgrind and it's dependencies for his system. He asks James to generate a pack for him. Both know James's system should contain similar packages as Tim's system, as both of them have installed Fedora 9 two days ago.
James simply runs:
[[email protected]:~]$ pkgenpack --output=/media/USB/TimPacks --package=valgrind
This generates a file /media/USB/TimPacks/valgrind-fedora-9-i686.servicepack on the USB key Tim gave to James. Tim can now go home, insert the USB key and double clicks on the valgrind-fedora-9-i686.servicepack file to be prompted to install these packages.
2. Bill wants to create a service pack named kdegames-fedora-9-i686.servicepack for his new system which does not have an internet connection. He generates a list of packages on his system using pkcon list-create and copies that list to his USB key. He then gives that USB to Rishi who has a good internet connectivity. Rishi runs the following command on his system:
[[email protected]:~]$ pkgenpack --with-package-list=/media/USB/bill.package-list \ --output=/home/rishi/Desktop --program=kdegames
This generates a service pack, kdegames-fedora-9-i686.servicepack, on Rishi's Desktop, which can be distributed to Bill and users with similar requirements.
INSTALLING A SERVICE PACK
Service Packs can be installed using pkcon. For example:
[[email protected]:~]$ pkcon install /media/USB/TimPacks/valgrind-fedora-9-i686.servicepack
This manual page was written by Shishir Goel c[email protected] and Richard Hughes [email protected].
Copyright © 2008 Shishir Goel