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HP-UX System Administrator's Guide: Routine Management Tasks: HP-UX 11i Version 3 > Chapter 5 Managing Software

Software Package Builder (SPB)


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Software Package Builder (SPB) provides a visual method to create and edit software packages using the HP-UX Software Distributor (SD) package format. Once software is packaged, it can easily be transferred to a distribution medium, mass produced, and installed by administrators.

The SPB graphical user interface (GUI) provides a window into the software package structure, showing attributes that can be set for each package element. SPB dynamically loads packaging policies and validates software package attributes against these policies. The SPB command line interface can also perform validation of software package attributes against policies.

Using SPB you can do the following:

  • Create a product specification file (PSF) to organize files into products, filesets, and optionally, into bundles and subproducts.

  • Set attribute values to define the software package characteristics such as revision, architecture, file permissions, and dependencies.

  • With control scripts, further customize how the software is handled when installing or removing it on the destination system.

  • Validate the PSF against packaging policies to ensure successful installation with the swpackage command and creation of an SD depot.

  • Edit and validate the PSF automatically as part of the nightly build process using SPB’s command line interface.

See Getting Started with Software Package Builder for more information.

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