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       install_packages - install FAI configured packages




       This  command  is only called internally by FAI and not directly by the

       install_packages is a  Perl  script  written  for  FAI  to  selectively
       install,  hold,  remove, or purge packages or tasks. Its 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.

       -H     Show  list  of  all  available  commands   for   the   file   in

       -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. Same as setting the shell
              environment variable MAXPACKAGES.

       -n     Dry run. Do not execute installation commands, just print them.

       -N     Do not check package names whether they are valid.

       -p DIRECTORY
              Read  the  configuration  files  from   DIRECTORY   instead   of

       -s     Download source of binary packages that are installed. Currently
              supported only for apt-get/aptitude based installations.

       -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.


       apt(1), aptitude(8), apt-get(8), dpkg(8), tasksel(1)

       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


              The FAI package configuration directory.


       Thomas Lange <>