Re: Unattended package install.
Henry Hollenberg email@example.com
On Sat, 4 Apr 1998, Philip Hands wrote:
> > I tried it and it seemed to die in the middle of the generation of
> > it's script. It might have something to do with my script hanging at
> > the end though.
> Just run the interactive bits through the expect script. i.e.:
> /usr/doc/expect5.24/examples/autoexpect -f inewsinn.exp \
> dpkg -i `find . -name "inewsinn_*.deb"`
> and fill in the blanks. Once done, have a look at the new script. Each
> prompt should have been turned into an ``expect'' statement, but there will be
> a lot of stuff you don't need, and you need to make the script capable of
> surviving variable prompts.
That's nice....gives me a vantage point to beging studying expect from. I
feel a book purchase coming on!
I think hubert is working on a way to record variables in a file and
then call them up into these routines, so that a general firewall
layout can be discussed/described, then a few variables set, then let the
install rip unattended from there. If you've been there before the
variable-file could have an "automatic" setting that tells the install
script not to bother asking any questions.....just start right away on the
I guess most of the packages are non-interactive so they could be
installed with regular shell scripts and expect scripts only called in
I don't think installing expect and tcl is that big of deal...we can just
purge them when we're thru.
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