installf [-c class] pkginst -
installf -f [-c class] pkginst
installf [[-c class] pkginst path1=path2 [l|s]
When the second synopsis is used, the pathname descriptions will be read from standard input. These descriptions are the same as would be given in the first synopsis but the information is given in the form of a list. (The descriptions should be in the form: pathname [ftype [[major minor] [mode owner group]].)
When the last synopsis is invoked, the pathname argument is used to specify a link, where path1 indicates the link and path2 the file being linked to. The ftypes l and s are used to specify a hard link or symbolic link, respectively. If ftype is not specified, installf defaults to type l.
After all files have been appropriately created and/or modified, installf should be invoked with the -f synopsis to indicate that installation is final. Links will be created at this time and, if attribute information for a pathname was not specified during the original invocation of installf or was not already stored on the system, the current attribute values for the pathname will be stored. Otherwise, installf verifies that attribute values match those given on the command line, making corrections as necessary. In all cases, the current content information is calculated and stored appropriately.
Once a file has the file type attribute v, it will always be volatile. For example, if a file being installed already exists and has the file type attribute v, then even if the version of the file being installed is not specified as volatile, the file type attribute will remain volatile.
#create /dev/xt directory #(needs to be done before drvinstall) installf $PKGINST /dev/xt d 755 root sys || exit 2 majno=`/usr/sbin/drvinstall -m /etc/master.d/xt -d $BASEDIR/data/xt.o -v1.0` || exit 2 i=00 while [$i -lt $limit] do for j in 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 do echo /dev/xt$i$j c $majno `expr $i * 8 + $j` 644 root sys echo /dev/xt$i$j=/dev/xt/$i$j done i=`expr $i + 1` [$i -le 9] && i="0$i" #add leading zero done | installf $PKGINST - || exit 2 # finalized installation, create links installf -f $PKGINST || exit 2
|p x d f v e||mode owner group|
|c b||major minor mode owner group|
The installf command will create directories, named pipes and special devices on the original invocation. Links are created when installf is invoked with the -f option to indicate installation is complete.
For symbolically linked files, path2 can be a relative pathname, such as ./ or ../. For example, if you enter a line such as
installf -c none pkgx /foo/bar/etc/mount=../usr/sbin/mount s
path2 (/foo/bar/etc/mount) will be a symbolic link to ../usr/sbin/mount.
When a link is specified, the directory in which the link is to reside must exist, otherwise installf -f will fail for that entry.
Files installed with installf will be placed in the class none, unless a class is defined with the command. Subsequently, they will be removed when the associated package is deleted. If this file should not be deleted at the same time as the package, be certain to assign it to a class which is ignored at removal time. To do this, associate the file to a class which will be handled by a removal class action script delivered with the package.
When classes are used, installf must be used as follows:
installf -c class1 installf -c class2 installf -f
Using multiple invocations is discouraged if standard input style invocations can be used with a list of files. This will be much faster because the contents file must be processed for each entry.