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Re: [Libguestfs] febootstrap and zypper



On Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 10:24:54PM +0100, Olaf Hering wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 29, Richard W.M. Jones wrote:
> 
> > On Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 09:02:34PM +0000, Richard W.M. Jones wrote:
> > > > zypper \
> > > >         --verbose \
> > > >         --verbose \
> > > >         --gpg-auto-import-keys \
> > > >         --root /dev/shm/${LOGNAME} \
> > > >         --reposd-dir /etc/zypp/repos.d \
> > > >         --pkg-cache-dir /dev/shm/${LOGNAME}--pkg-cache-dir \
> > > >         --non-interactive \
> > > >         install \
> > > >         --auto-agree-with-licenses \
> > > >         --no-recommends \
> > > >         --download-only \
> > > >         kernel-default
> > 
> > By the way, does this download everything (even, for example,
> > packages which are already installed at the latest version)?
> 
> It will download kernel-default from the configured repos in
> /etc/zypp/repos.d into --pkg-cache-dir. Installed packaged will not be
> considered. Does febootstrap work with installed packages?

The idea of febootstrap is to create new instances of the operating
system, so essentially whatever is installed on the host we don't care
about.

ie:

  febootstrap --names bash

will download 'bash' and all its dependencies and create a supermin
appliance out of them, whether or not bash + dependencies happen to be
installed on the host.

Of course "normal" yum commands and suchlike consider what's installed
on the host already and only install or upgrade packages.  We don't
want that behaviour -- hence the complicated Python script (see link
in previous email).

If there's a way to do all this from the zypper C API, then we could
use that instead.  Calling out to C from OCaml is simple -- in fact we
already do it in libguestfs.  See example resize/progress-c.c, or for
the real documentation read:
http://caml.inria.fr/pub/docs/manual-ocaml-4.00/manual033.html

In short, we need a way to download all RPMs, starting at a set of
root packages (or root package names), without considering what is
installed already.

Rich.

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