[wpkg-users] How can I ignore non-existent profiles

Rainer Meier r.meier at wpkg.org
Fri May 25 19:37:21 CEST 2012

Hi Carl,

On 25.05.2012 16:16, Carl van Eijk wrote:
> I've noticed that application of all profiles fail if there is a reference to
> just one non existent profile.
> Even though neither "wbl_uk_computers" nor "wbl00379" exist, I still want "test"
> to apply.
> How do I go about this?

In fact a host definition which refers to profiles which cannot be found is 
invalid and there are very good reasons for it.
If WPKG cannot find a profile, then this might be due to errors in profile 
definition, missing profile files, failed to mount/access share or other reason. 
WPKG cannot know whether the profile referenced is just missing by accident or 
not. If WPKG would allow missing profiles and continues anyway this would lead 
to extremely dangerous situation that if a profile is temporary unavailable WPKG 
will just uninstall any package which was assigned through this profile earlier. 
So it might cause serious unwanted injury to your existing systems. Therefore 
WPKG aborts if profiles which are not found are referenced. There is no way to 
override it.

I think the best and very cleanway would be to extend your VB script to assure 
that there is a profile for any of your groups. Even if the profile is empty. 
This way all the references would be valid and if (forany reason) profiles.xml 
cannot be loaded WPKG would not simply uninstall all the software from your clients.


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