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PKGENPACK(1) [FIXME: manual] PKGENPACK(1)
pkgenpack - PackageKit Pack Generator
pkgenpack [--help] [--verbose] [--with-package-list] [--output] [--package] [--updates]
This manual page documents briefly the pkgenpack command.
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:
[james@jamesbook:~]$ 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
[rishi@devils-temple:~]$ pkgenpack --with-package-list=/media/USB/bill.package-list \
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:
[hacker@tim-lounge:~]$ pkcon install-local /media/USB/TimPacks/valgrind-fedora-9-i686.servicepack
pkmon (1). pkcon(1).
This manual page was written by Shishir Goel <email@example.com> and Richard Hughes
Copyright (C) 2008 Shishir Goel
[FIXME: source] 31 July,2008 PKGENPACK(1)
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