install_packages

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
OPTIONS
NOTES
SEE ALSO
FILES
AUTHOR

NAME

install_packages − install FAI configured packages

SYNOPSIS

install_packages

DESCRIPTION

Fully Automatic Installation (FAI) is used to provide unattended installation of Debian GNU/Linux operating systems with a very flexible class-based system. install_packages is a Perl script written for FAI to selectively install, hold, remove, or purge packages or tasks.

install_packages is called from the fai installation script and should not be called directly. Its function is to parse the package_config files based on the class definitions of the client. For example, if the client belonged to the SMTPSERVER class, install_packages would parse ../package_config/SMTPSERVER for instructions on what packages to install, hold, remove, or purge.

OPTIONS

−d

Only download packages instead of installing them. Variable $aptoptions must be set.

−h

Show help, version and summary of options.

−H

Show list of all available commands for the file in package_config.

−l

Print only the list of all packages that would be installed, then exit.

−L

Print the list of all packages with version number that would be installed, then exit.

−m MAX

Install only MAX packages at a time. Same as setting the shell environment variable MAXPACKAGES.

−n

Dry run. Do not execute installation commands, just print them.

−N

Do not check package names whether they are valid.

−p DIRECTORY

Read the configuration files from DIRECTORY instead of $FAI/packages_config.

-s

Download source of binary packages that are installed. Currently supported only for apt-get/aptitude based installations.

−v

Be verbose.

NOTES

install_packages expects to find the FAI_ROOT directory, the location of class definitions, package configurations, and custom install scripts, somewhere in the filesystem. This location is configurable in /etc/fai/fai.conf and defaults to /srv/fai/config.

SEE ALSO

apt(1), aptitude(8), apt-get(8), dpkg(8), tasksel(1)

This program is part of FAI (Fully Automatic Installation). See the FAI manual for more information on how to use install_packages. The FAI homepage is http://fai-project.org.

FILES

/etc/fai/fai.conf

The FAI configuration file.

/srv/fai/config/package_config/

The FAI package configuration directory.

AUTHOR

Thomas Lange <lange@informatik.uni-koeln.de>