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porgball - Binary package support for porg(8).



porgball - Binary package support for porg(8).


porgball [OPTIONS] [-a|<packages>]
porgball -e [OPTIONS] <porgballs>


By default, porgball may be given one or more package names as arguments, and for each of those packages it creates a binary tarball containing all the currently installed files. For this to work the packages have to be registered in the porg database.
Leading slashes ('/') are stripped from the paths of the files in the tarballs, so they can be extracted into user-defined directories.
With option -e, porgball admits one or more previously created tarballs ("porgballs") as arguments, and installs them into the system, optionally logging the installation with porg(8).
Note: Options cannot be joined up, for instance: '-af' is not correct, type ' -a -f' instead.
Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.


-h, --help
Show usage information and exit.
-v, --verbose
Explain what is being done.
-V, --version
Print version information and exit.
-L, --logdir=DIR
Porg log directory. Default is '/var/lib/porg', unless option LOGDIR is set in porgrc(5).


-a, --all
Create a porgball for each package logged in the porg database.
-X, --exact-version
Disable expansion of package version.
By default, porgball automatically expands the package names given as arguments, by adding all the versions of the package that are registered in the porg database.
The option -X inhibits this expansion, so that package names must match the basename and the whole version of a registered package.
-d, --directory=DIR
Create the porgballs in directory DIR (default is '.').
-g, --gzip
Compress with gzip (default).
-b, --bzip2
Compress with bzip2.
-x, --xz
Compress with xz.
Set the compression level (speed/quality balance). '#' is a number between 1 (faster compression) and 9 (best compression). Default is 9.
An alias for -1.
An alias for -9.
-f, --force
Force overwrite of existing output files.
-t, --test
Test intergity of the porgball after creating it.
-n, --no-porg-suffix
Do not append '.porg' suffix to the name of the porgballs. For instance, create 'foo-1.0.tar.gz' instead of 'foo-1.0.porg.tar.gz'.


-e, --extract
Extract (install) the given porgballs, in directory '/' by default.
-l, --log
Log the file extraction with porg, retrieving the appropriate package name from the name of the porgball.
-d, --directory=DIR
Extract the files into directory DIR (as the option -C in tar).


/etc/porgrc - porg configuration file
/var/lib/porg - default porg log directory


Written by David Ricart (


porg(8), porgrc(5)
17 May 2016 porg 0.10