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spk - An application to interface with the local spk package management system.
[OPTION]... [PACKAGE] [EXEC ARGUMENTS]
spk interfaces with the local spk package management system. It is used to install packages, list packages, list the files contained in a package, and perform other similar functions. It is primarily aimed at package management for source-based package installations.
spk will execute EXEC ARGUMENTS (e.g., make install), recording which files are added/modified/deleted. It will place these records in its repository, associating them with PACKAGE. PACKAGE can then be queried for information or uninstalled from the system.
By default spk will back up files that are removed or changed and archive them with the information for PACKAGE. These files can later be restored when PACKAGE is uninstalled.
spk has a number of other functions. It can be told about dependencies and warn if a package about to be uninstalled is needed by other packages. It can scan the filesystem for files which are not under package management.
If PACKAGE is specified in reference to an existing package, only enough characters need be specified so that PACKAGE is unambiguous ("some_package" will match against "some_package-1.0" if no other packages begin with "some_package").
- -a, --append-install
Process existing records by adding them to the existing package PACKAGE.
Archive removed or changed files during an installation. This option is only valid when either --execute, --complete-install, or --install-execute is specified. This is the default behavior, but the behavior can also be set in spk.conf. This option will override whatever is in spk.conf.
- -c, --complete-install
Complete the install of PACKAGE. This means that any records that were made with the --execute option will now be placed in the repository and associated with PACKAGE.
Mark a dependency on PACK with PACKAGE.
Delete the archived files associated with PACKAGE from the repository.
- -d, --drop-records
Discard any records (and backed up files) that have not already been placed in the repository (by installing a package).
- -e, --execute
Execute EXEC ARGUMENTS, making records of files that are added, changed, or removed. This is implied if no options are specified and EXEC ARGUMENTS are made up of at least two arguments (e.g., spk make install). Changed or removed files will be backed up unless --no-archive is specified or archiving is turned off in spk.conf and --archive is not specified.
- -f, --force
Force an uninstall of PACKAGE even if other packages depend on PACKAGE and even if there are archived files associated with PACKAGE (--uninstall does not restore archived files, --uninstall-full does). This option only makes sense with --uninstall and --uninstall-full. If used with --uninstall-full archived files will still be restored.
- -h, --help
Display a usage summary for spk and exit.
- -i, --install-execute
Execute EXEC ARGUMENTS, making records of files that are added, changed, or removed. Then complete the install of PACKAGE. Changed or removed files will be backed up unless --no-archive is specified or archiving is turned off in spk.conf and --archive is not specified. --install-execute is the same as performing an --execute followed by a --complete-install.
- -l, --list
List all packages in the repository, or list those that start with PACKAGE ("spk --list gnome" will list all packages whose name starts with "gnome").
- -n, --no-archive
Do not archive removed or changed files during an installation. This option is only valid when either --execute, --complete-install, or --install-execute is specified. This option will override whatever is specified in spk.conf.
Remove a dependency on PACK from PACKAGE.
Remove support for PACK from PACKAGE.
- -Q, --quiet
Display the minimal amount of output.
- -q, --query
Retrieve information about the package managment system if PACKAGE is not specified. Otherwise retrieve information about PACAKGE. If the --verbose option is specified information about the package management system will contain a list of files that are not under package management.
- -r, --rename=NEW_NAME
Rename PACKAGE to NEW_NAME.
Display the archived files associated with PACKAGE.
- -s, --show-files
Display the files associated with PACKAGE.
Tell whether or not there any records exist which have not yet been placed in the repository. This is implied if no other options are specified and no arguments are given.
Mark support for PACK with PACKAGE.
- -u, --uninstall
Uninstall PACKAGE from the system, deleteing files that were added when PACKAGE was installed. If other packages depend on PACKAGE --force must be specified. If there are archived files associated with PACKAGE --force must be specified or --uninstall-full should be used instead.
- -U, --uninstall-full
Uninstall PACKAGE from the system, deleteing files that were added when PACKAGE was installed and restoring files that were archived when PACKAGE was installed. If other packages depend on PACKAGE --force must be specified.
- -V, --verbose
Display the maximum amount of output.
- -v, --version
Display version information and exit.
- -w, --where-is=FILE
Check all packages for records containing the string FILE and display results.
Written by Christopher Carroll.
Report bugs to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Copyright (C) 2004 Christopher Carroll
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
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Time: 12:55:55 GMT, April 10, 2004