[wpkg-users] Managing unrelated packges?

Josh Kelley joshkel at gmail.com
Fri May 12 21:26:03 CEST 2006

What's the best way to manage two packages that don't have anything to
do with each other?

Most of our packages are deployed along organizational lines, which I
can easily manage through profiles, but we then have a couple of
packages (WordPerfect and instant messaging) that are deployed on an
individual basis (e.g., one user in the labs might want WordPerfect,
and one user in the development office, and one user in the admissions
office...).  As I understand WPKG, this would require a development
profile, and a development+WordPerfect profile, and a
development+IM+WordPerfect profile, etc.  This seems like it could
very quickly get ugly.

I can think of two solutions:

Some kind of generator for profiles.xml and hosts.xml that creates all
of the possible profile combinations automatically - does anyone have
such a generator?

Alter the package definition: instead of always installing a package,
check a text list of hosts that should have this particular package,
and only install the package if the host is listed.  This would
require that the checkinstall condition for the package always returns
true, and it would have the disadvantage of not automatically
installing or removing the package as hosts are added to or removed
from the text list.

Any suggestions?  Am I making sense?

Josh Kelley

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