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Updated: Thursday, June 13, 2019
 
 

contents(5)

Name

contents - list of files and associated packages

Synopsis

/var/sadm/install/contents

Description

The file /var/sadm/install/contents is a source of information about the packages installed via the SVR4 package system. This file must never be edited directly.

Each entry in the contents file is a single line. Fields in each entry are separated by a single space character.

Two major styles of entries exist, old style and new style. The following is the format of an old-style entry:

ftype class path package(s)

The following is the general format of a new-style entry:

path[=rpath] ftype class [ftype-optional-fields] package(s)

New-style entries differ for each ftype. The ftype designates the entry type, as specified in pkgmap(5). The format for new-style entries, for each ftype, is as follows:

ftype s: path=rpath s class package
ftype l: path l class package
ftype d: path d class mode owner group package(s)
ftype b: path b class major minor mode owner group package
ftype c: path c class major minor mode owner group package
ftype f: path f class mode owner group size cksum modtime package
ftype x: path x class mode owner group package
ftype v: path v class mode owner group size cksum modtime package
ftype e: path e class mode owner group size cksum modtime package

A significant distinction between old- and new-style entries is that the former do not begin with a slash (/) character, while the latter (new-style) always do. For example, the following are old-style entries:

d none /dev SUNWcsd
e passwd /etc/passwd SUNWcsr

The following are new-style entries:

/dev d none 0755 root sys SUNWcsr SUNWcsd
/etc/passwd e passwd 0644 root sys 580 48299 1077177419 SUNWcsr

The following are the descriptions of the fields in both old- and new-style entries.

path

The absolute path of the node being described. For ftype s (indicating a symbolic link) this is the indirect pointer (link) name.

rpath

The relative path to the real file or linked-to directory name.

ftype

A one-character field that indicates the entry type (see pkgmap(5)).

class

The installation class to which the file belongs (see pkgmap(5)).

package

The package associated with this entry. For ftype d (directory) more than one package can be present.

mode

The octal mode of the file (see pkgmap(5)).

owner

The owner of the file (see pkgmap(5)).

group

The group to which the file belongs (see pkgmap(5)).

major

The major device number (see pkgmap(5)).

minor

The minor device number (see pkgmap(5)).

size

The actual size of the file in bytes as reported by sum (see pkgmap(5)).

cksum

The checksum of the file contents (see pkgmap(5)).

modtime

The time of last modification (see pkgmap(5)).

Attributes

See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:

ATTRIBUTE TYPE
ATTRIBUTE VALUE
Availability
package/svr4
Interface Stability
Uncommitted

See Also

pkgmap(5), attributes(7), pkgadd(8), pkgadm(8), pkgchk(8)

Notes

As shown above, the interface stability of /var/sadm/install/contents is Uncommitted (see attributes(7)). It is common practice to use this file in a read-only manner to determine which files belong to which packages installed on a system. While this file has been present for many releases of the Solaris operating system, it might not be present in future releases. The fully supported way to obtain information from the installed package database is through pkgchk(8). It is highly recommended that you use pkgchk rather than relying on the contents file.

Note that only packages installed via SVR4 package commands are included in the contents file. While pkgchk(8) is the recommended way to query for packages, you need to use pkg(1) to query most of the packages on the system as they will be installed via IPS instead of SVR4.