imgexport - Exports an xCAT image.


imgexport [-h| –help]

imgexport image_name [destination] [[-e|–extra file:dir] ... ] [-p|–postscripts node_name] [-v|–verbose]


The imgexport command will export an image that is being used by xCAT. To export images, you must have the images defined in the osimage table. All the columns in the osimage and linuximage tables will be exported. If kits are used in stateful or stateless images, kit, kitcomponent and kitrepo tables will be exported. In addition, the following files will also be exported.

For stateful:
x.pkglist x.otherpkgs.pkglist x.tmpl x.synclist kits related files
For stateless:
kernel initrd.gz rootimg.gz x.pkglist x.otherpkgs.pkglist x.synclist x.postinstall x.exlist kits related files
For statelite:
kernel initrd.gz root image tree x.pkglist x.synclist x.otherpkgs.pkglist x.postinstall x.exlist

where x is the name of the profile.

Any files specified by the -e flag will also be exported. If -p flag is specified, the names of the postscripts and the postbootscripts for the given node will be exported. The postscripts themsleves need to be manualy exported using -e flag.

For statelite, the litefile table settings for the image will also be exported. The litetree and statelite tables are not exported.


-e|–extra srcfile:destdir Pack up extra files. If destdir is omitted, the destination directory will be the same as the source directory.

-h|–help Display usage message.

-p|–postscripts node_name Get the names of the postscripts and postbootscripts for the given node and pack them into the image.

-v|–verbose Verbose output.

image_name The name of the image. Use lsdef -t osimage to find out all the image names.

destination The output bundle file name.


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  1. Simplest way to export an image. If there is an image in the osimage table named ‘foo’, then run:

imgexport foo

foo.tgz will be built in the current working directory. Make sure that you have enough space in the directory that you are in to run imgexport if you have a big image to tar up.

  1. To include extra files with your image:

imgexport Default_Stateless_1265981465 foo.tgz -e /install/postscripts/myscript1 -e /tmp/mydir:/usr/mydir

In addition to all the default files, this will export /install/postscripts/myscript1 and the whole directory /tmp/dir into the file called foo.tgz. And when imgimport is called /install/postscripts/myscript1 will be copied into the same directory and /tmp/mydir will be copied to /usr/mydir.

  1. To include postscript with your image:

imgexport Default_Stateless_1265981465 foo.tgz -p node1 -e /install/postscripts/myscript1

The postscripts and the postbootscripts names specified in the postscripts table for node1 will be exported into the image. The postscript myscript1 will also be exported.