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Application Packaging Developer's Guide     Oracle Solaris 10 1/13 Information Library
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1.  Designing a Package

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.