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pkgask


NAME
     pkgask - stores answers to a request script

SYNOPSIS
     pkgask [-d device] [-R root_path] -r response pkginst...

DESCRIPTION
     pkgask allows the  administrator  to  store  answers  to  an
     interactive  package  (one with a request script, that is, a
     user-created file that must  be  named  request).   Invoking
     this  command generates a response file that is then used as
     input at installation time. The use of  this  response  file
     prevents  any interaction from occurring during installation
     since the file already contains all of the  information  the
     package needs.

OPTIONS
     The following options are supported

     -d device       Run the request script for a package on dev-
                     ice.  device  can be a directory pathname or
                     the identifiers for  tape,  floppy  disk  or
                     removable   disk   (for  example,  /var/tmp,
                     /dev/diskette,  and  /dev/dsk/c1d0s0).   The
                     default  device  is  the  installation spool
                     directory.



     -R root_path    Define the full path name of a directory  to
                     use  as  the root_path. All files, including
                     package system information files, are  relo-
                     cated  to  a  directory tree starting in the
                     specified root_path.


                     Note -  The root file  system  of  any  non-
                             global  zones must not be referenced
                             with the -R option. Doing  so  might
                             damage  the  global zone's file sys-
                             tem, might compromise  the  security
                             of the global zone, and might damage
                             the non-global zone's  file  system.
                             See zones(5).



     -r response     Identify a file or directory which should be
                     created to contain the responses to interac-
                     tion with the package. The name  must  be  a
                     full  pathname.  The  file,  or directory of
                     files, can later be used  as  input  to  the
                     pkgadd(1M) command.



OPERANDS
     The following operands are supported:

     pkginst         Specify the package  instance,  or  list  of
                     instances  for which request scripts will be
                     created. The token all may be used to  refer
                     to  all  packages  available  on  the source
                     medium.



EXIT STATUS
     0        Successful completion.



     >0       An error occurred.



ATTRIBUTES
     See attributes(5) for descriptions of the  following  attri-
     butes:

     ____________________________________________________________
    |       ATTRIBUTE TYPE        |       ATTRIBUTE VALUE       |
    |_____________________________|_____________________________|
    | Availability                | SUNWcsu                     |
    |_____________________________|_____________________________|


SEE ALSO
     pkginfo(1), pkgmk(1), pkgparam(1), pkgproto(1), pkgtrans(1),
     installf(1M),     pkgadd(1M),     pkgchk(1M),     pkgrm(1M),
     removef(1M), admin(4),attributes(5)

     Application Packaging Developer's Guide

NOTES
     The -r option can be used to indicate a  directory  name  as
     well  as  a  filename.  The directory name is used to create
     numerous response files, each sharing the name of the  pack-
     age  with which it should be associated. This would be used,
     for example, when you will be  adding  multiple  interactive
     packages  with  one  invocation  of pkgadd(1M). Each package
     would need a response  file.  To  create  multiple  response
     files  with  the same name as the package instance, name the
     directory in which the files should be  created  and  supply
     multiple  instance  names with the pkgask command. When ins-
     talling the packages, you will  be  able  to  identify  this
     directory to the pkgadd(1M) command.

     If the default admin file is too restrictive,  the  adminis-
     tration  file  may  need  to  be modified to allow for total
     non-interaction during a package  installation.  Seeadmin(4)
     for details.










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