pkgenpack - PackageKit Pack Generator
pkgenpack [--help] [--verbose] [--with-package-list] [--output]
This manual page documents briefly the pkgenpack command.
pkgenpack is the command line client for PackageKit for creating
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
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
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 system:
[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
INSTALLING A SERVICE PACK
Service Packs can be installed using pkcon. For example:
[hacker@tim-lounge:~]$ pkcon install /media/USB/TimPacks/valgrind-fedora-9-i686.servicepack
pkmon (1). pkcon(1).
This manual page was written by Shishir Goel firstname.lastname@example.org
and Richard Hughes email@example.com.
Copyright © 2008 Shishir Goel
[FIXME: source] 31 July,2008 PKGENPACK(1)