Abstracts - 12th Systems Administration Conference
mkpkg: A software packaging tool
Carl Staelin - Hewlett-Packard Laboratories
mkpkg is a tool that helps software publishers create
installation packages. Given software that is ready for distribution,
mkpkg helps the publisher develop a description of the software
package, including manifests, dependencies, and post-install
customizations. mkpkg automates many of the painstaking tasks
required of the publisher, such as determining the complete package
manifest and dependencies of the executables on shared libraries.
Using mkpkg, a publisher can generate software packages for
complex software such as TeX with only a few minutes effort.
mkpkg has been implemented on HP-UX using Tcl/Tk and provides
both graphical and command line interfaces. It builds product-level
packages for Software Distributor (SD-UX).
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