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Application Packaging Developer's Guide     Oracle Solaris 11 Express 11/10
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1.  Designing a Package

Image Packaging System (IPS) Packages

Where to Find Packaging Tasks

What Are Packages?

Package Components

Required Package Components

Optional Package Components

Package Information Files

Package Installation Scripts

Considerations Before Building a Package

Make Packages Remotely Installable

Optimize for Client-Server Configurations

Package by Functional Boundaries

Package Along Royalty Boundaries

Package by System Dependencies

Eliminate Overlap in Packages

Package Along Localization Boundaries

Packaging Commands, Files, and Scripts

2.  Building a Package

3.  Enhancing the Functionality of a Package (Tasks)

4.  Verifying and Transferring a Package

5.  Case Studies of Package Creation

6.  Advanced Techniques for Creating Packages



What Are Packages?

Application software is delivered in units called packages. A package is a collection of files and directories that are required for a software product. A package is usually designed and built by the application developer after completing the development of the application code. A software product needs to be built into one or more packages so that it can easily be transferred to a distribution medium. Then, the software product can be mass produced and installed by administrators.

A package is a collection of files and directories in a defined format. This format conforms to the application binary interface (ABI), which is a supplement to the System V Interface Definition.