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contents(4)				   File Formats 			      contents(4)

       contents - list of files and associated packages


       The  file  /var/sadm/install/contents  is  a  source  of  information  about  the packages
       installed on the system. This file must never be edited directly. Always use  the  package
       and patch commands (see SEE ALSO) to make changes to the contents file.

       Each  entry in the contents file is a single line. Fields in each entry are separated by a
       single space character.

       Two major styles of entries exist, old style and new style. The following is the format of
       an old-style entry:

	 ftype class path package(s)

       The following is the general format of a new-style entry:

	 path[=rpath] ftype class [ftype-optional-fields] package(s)

       New-style entries differ for each ftype. The ftype designates the entry type, as specified
       in pkgmap(4). The format for new-style entries, for each ftype, is as follows:

	 ftype s: path=rpath s class package
	 ftype l: path l class package
	 ftype d: path d class mode owner group package(s)
	 ftype b: path b class major minor mode owner group package
	 ftype c: path c class major minor mode owner group package
	 ftype f: path f class mode owner group size cksum modtime package
	 ftype x: path x class mode owner group package
	 ftype v: path v class mode owner group size cksum modtime package
	 ftype e: path e class mode owner group size cksum modtime package

       A significant distinction between old- and new-style entries is that  the  former  do  not
       begin with a slash (/) character, while the latter (new-style) always do. For example, the
       following are old-style entries:

	 d none /dev SUNWcsd
	 e passwd /etc/passwd SUNWcsr

       The following are new-style entries:

	 /dev d none 0755 root sys SUNWcsr SUNWcsd
	 /etc/passwd e passwd 0644 root sys 580 48299 1077177419 SUNWcsr

       The following are the descriptions of the fields in both old- and new-style entries.

       path	  The absolute path of the node being described. For ftype s (indicating  a  sym-
		  bolic link) this is the indirect pointer (link) name.

       rpath	  The relative path to the real file or linked-to directory name.

       ftype	  A one-character field that indicates the entry type (see pkgmap(4)).

       class	  The installation class to which the file belongs (see pkgmap(4)).

       package	  The  package	associated with this entry. For ftype d (directory) more than one
		  package can be present.

       mode	  The octal mode of the file (see pkgmap(4)).

       owner	  The owner of the file (see pkgmap(4)).

       group	  The group to which the file belongs (see pkgmap(4)).

       major	  The major device number (see pkgmap(4)).

       minor	  The minor device number (see pkgmap(4)).

       size	  The actual size of the file in bytes as reported by sum (see pkgmap(4)).

       cksum	  The checksum of the file contents (see pkgmap(4)).

       modtime	  The time of last modification (see pkgmap(4)).

       See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       |      ATTRIBUTE TYPE	     |	    ATTRIBUTE VALUE	   |
       |Availability		     |SUNWcsr			   |
       |Interface Stability	     |Unstable			   |

       patchadd(1M), pkgadd(1M), pkgadm(1M), pkgchk(1M), pkgmap(4), attributes(5)

       As shown above, the interface stability of  /var/sadm/install/contents  is  Unstable  (see
       attributes(5)).	It is common practice to use this file in a read-only manner to determine
       which files belong to which packages installed on a  system.  While  this  file	has  been
       present	for  many  releases  of  the Solaris operating system, it might not be present in
       future releases. The fully supported way to obtain information from the installed  package
       database  is  through pkgchk(1M). It is highly recommended that you use pkgchk rather than
       relying on the contents file.

SunOS 5.11				   20 Dec 2007				      contents(4)
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