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Application Packaging Developer's Guide
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Packaging Commands, Files, and Scripts

This section describes the commands, files, and scripts that you might use when manipulating packages. They are described in man pages and in detail throughout this book, in relation to the specific task they perform.

The following table shows the commands to help you build, verify, install, and obtain information about a package.

Table 1-2 Packaging Commands

Task

Command/ man Page

Description

For More Information

Create packages

pkgproto(1)

Generates a prototype file for input to the pkgmk command

Example--Creating a prototype File With the pkgproto Command

pkgmk(1)

Creates an installable package

Building a Package

Install, remove, and transfer packages

pkgadd(1M)

Installs a software package onto a system

Installing Software Packages

pkgask(1M)

Stores answers to a request script

Design Rules for request Scripts

pkgtrans(1)

Copies packages onto a distribution medium

Transferring a Package to a Distribution Medium

pkgrm(1M)

Removes a package from a system

Removing a Package

Obtain information about packages

pkgchk(1M)

Verifies the integrity of a software package

Verifying the Integrity of a Package

pkginfo(1)

Displays software package information

The pkginfo Command

pkgparam(1)

Displays package parameter values

The pkgparam Command

Modify installed packages

installf(1M)

Incorporates a new package object into an already installed package

Design Rules for Procedure Scripts and Chapter 5, Case Studies of Package Creation

removef(1M)

Removes a package object from an already installed package

Design Rules for Procedure Scripts

The following table shows the information files that help you build a package.

Table 1-3 Package Information Files

File

Description

For More Information

admin(4)

Package installation defaults file

The Administrative Defaults File

compver(4)

Package compatibility file

Defining Package Dependencies

copyright(4)

Package copyright information file

Writing a Copyright Message

depend(4)

Package dependencies file

Defining Package Dependencies

pkginfo(4)

Package characteristics file

Creating a pkginfo File

pkgmap(4)

Package contents description file

The pkgmap File

prototype(4)

Package information file

Creating a prototype File

space(4)

Package disk space requirements file

Reserving Additional Space on a Target System

The following table describes optional installation scripts that you can write that affect if and how a package is installed.

Table 1-4 Package Installation Scripts

Script

Description

For More Information

request

Solicits information from the installer

Writing a request Script

checkinstall

Gathers file system data

Gathering File System Data With the checkinstall Script

preinstall

Performs any custom installation requirements before class installation

Writing Procedure Scripts

postinstall

Performs any custom installation requirements after all volumes are installed

Writing Procedure Scripts

preremove

Performs any custom removal requirements before class removal

Writing Procedure Scripts

postremove

Performs any custom removal requirements after all classes have been removed

Writing Procedure Scripts

Class action

Performs a series of actions on a specific group of objects

Writing Class Action Scripts

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