Installing, managing, and removing software

Spooling packages without installing them (pkgadd)

When you spool a package, you copy its components directly from an installation medium to a storage directory without invoking any installation actions, such as running installation scripts or updating the installation software database.

You cannot spool a set directly. Instead, use pkginfo(1) to determine which packages are members of the set, verify that you have sufficient disk space to spool to, and then spool the package(s).

To spool packages, enter:

pkgadd [other_options] -s spool_dir_name pkgname

For example, to copy a package named mypkg from disk drive diskette1 to a spool directory named /var/temp/spooldir, run:

pkgadd -d diskette1 -s /var/temp/spooldir mypkg

To specify that pkgadd(1M) copy the package into the default spool directory (/var/spool/pkg), follow the -s option with the word ``spool.''

NOTE: If multiple versions reside on the installation medium, you must use a package identifier with a numerical suffix. When there is only one version of a package on a medium, the package identifier is the package abbreviation without a suffix.

The package identifier suffix defines the package instance only on that particular medium. To find out what instances are available on the media, run:

pkginfo -d device

For more information on pkginfo(1), see ``Displaying information about installed packages or sets (pkginfo, pkgparam)''.

After you spool a package, you can:

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