[bug-notifications] [pkgutil 0004117]: RFE: Support installation of packages to alternate root (pkgaddopts not sufficient)

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Thu Apr 15 14:59:10 CEST 2010

A NOTE has been added to this issue. 
Reported By:                skayser
Assigned To:                bonivart
Project:                    pkgutil
Issue ID:                   4117
Category:                   regular use
Reproducibility:            N/A
Severity:                   minor
Priority:                   normal
Status:                     feedback
Date Submitted:             2010-01-07 12:12 CET
Last Modified:              2010-04-15 14:59 CEST
Summary:                    RFE: Support installation of packages to alternate
root (pkgaddopts not sufficient)
I have a system which is running the OpenCSW stack already. On this system
I just tried to install packages to another root environment mounted to /a.
To do so I added "pkgaddopts=-R /a" to an alternative pkgutil.conf file
(pkgutil.conf.dr) and specificied this configuration with --config.

The problem with this approach is that pkgutil doesn't query the /a root
for installed packages. Instead it checks the local / file system which
already has the requested packages installed.

# grep pkgaddopts /etc/opt/csw/pkgutil.conf.dr
pkgaddopts=-R /a

# pkginfo -R /a | grep CSW

# pkgutil --config /etc/opt/csw/pkgutil.conf.dr -i sudosh2 sudo
Parsing catalog, may take a while...
Updated packages: CSWcswclassutils-1.30,REV=2009.11.21
Current packages: CSWcommon-1.4.7,REV=2009.09.20
CSWsudo-1.6.8p12,REV=2005.12.19 CSWsudo-common-1.6.8p12,REV=2005.12.19
Total size: 51.6 KB
2 packages to fetch. Do you want to continue? [Y,n] 

Could we get an pkgutil-integrated approach for package installation to an
alternate root path? Or as a temporary workaround a pkginfoopts option
(don't know whether that would be sufficient though)? I would favor the
integrated approach though.

 (0007859) bonivart (manager) - 2010-04-15 14:59
There's a new option in pkgutil.conf called root_path, default is of course
/ but if you set it to /a it should work as expected. I have prefixed every
pkgadd/pkgrm/pkginfo/pkgparam call with $root_path.

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