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Re: Method of Accessing Package Databases in Cfengine

From: Mark . Burgess
Subject: Re: Method of Accessing Package Databases in Cfengine
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2005 20:51:48 +0100 (MET)

I don't recall getting this, but I have been so overloaded. Send it


On 10 Jan, Phil D'Amore wrote:
> On Sun, 2005-01-09 at 23:38, Tim Nelson wrote:
>> On Tue, 4 Jan 2005, Brian E. Seppanen wrote:
>> > Was there a method for accessing package databases from
>> >
>> > redhat - rpm
>> > debian - dpkg
>> > solaris - pkg
>> >
>> > that is native to the newer versions of cfengine?
>>      There's a package mechanism, but:
>> 1.   It only reads what packages are where; it allows you to define
>>      classes based on whether the package is installed, and if so,
>>      which version, but doesn't have an "else install" option.
>>      You could combine this with shellcommands, though, to achieve
>>      this effect.  This appears to be exactly what you were asking for;
>>      or did you have something more general in mind? 
> I submitted a patch here about 2 months ago IIRC that adds an option to
> automatically install the packages in question, but never got any
> feedback on it.  If there is interest in this I can dust it off and try
> to re-submit it.
>> 2.   It currently only supports RPM, although it appears to have been
>>      designed to be easily expandable.
> When writing the patch mentioned above, I noticed that folks had in fact
> contributed debian and I'm pretty sure also solaris support to this
> mechanism.  Unfortunately, nobody ever contributed the docs updates to
> go with them, so what is in the docs only reflects the original work
> done to add packages: in the first place.
>>      I'm hoping that Arpmats ( will 
>> someday support multiple package managers, but at this point, it supports 
>> only RPM also.
>>      Thanks,

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