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       install_packages - install FAI configured packages




       Fully  Automatic  Installation  (FAI)  is  used  to  provide unattended
       installation of Debian GNU/Linux operating systems with a very flexible
       class-based  system.  install_packages is a Perl script written for FAI
       to selectively install, hold, remove, or purge packages or tasks.

       install_packages is called from the custom fai_rcS  script  and  should
       not  be  called directly.  It’s function is to parse the package_config
       files based on the class definitions of the client.   For  example,  if
       the  client  belonged  to  the SMTPSERVER class, install_packages would
       parse ../package_config/SMTPSERVER for instructions on what packages to
       install, hold, remove, or purge.


       -d     Only  download  packages  instead  of  installing them. Variable
              $aptoptions must be set.

       -h     Show help, version and summary of options.

       -l     Print only the list of all packages  that  would  be  installed,
              then exit.

       -L     Print the list of all packages with version number that would be
              installed, then exit.

       -m MAX Install only MAX packages at a time

       -t     Test mode. Do not execute installation commands.

       -v     Be verbose.


       install_packages expects to find the FAI_ROOT directory,  the  location
       of  class  definitions,  package  configurations,  and  custom  install
       scripts, somewhere in the filesystem.  This location is configurable in
       /etc/fai/fai.conf and defaults to /usr/local/share/fai.


       This  program  is  part of FAI (Fully Automatic Installation).  See the
       FAI manual for more information on how to  use  install_packages.   The
       FAI homepage is
       apt(1), apt-get(8), dpkg(8), tasksel(1)


              The FAI configuration file.

              The FAI package configuration directory.


       Thomas Lange <>