4.7. Cloning Software Channels

RHN Satellite Server Channel Administrators also have the ability to clone software channels for easy package association. Cloning offers you a complete replica of another channel, enabling you to immediately associate appropriate packages and errata with a custom software channel. To access this functionality, click the Channels tab on the top navigation bar, then the Manage Software Channels on the left navigation bar. This takes you to the Software Channel Management page. To begin cloning, click clone channel at the top-right corner.
You are immediately presented with three cloning options: current state of the channel, original state of the channel, or select errata. These options are described fully on the webpage itself but are summarized as:
  • Current state of the channel — All of the errata and all of the latest packages now in the target channel.
  • Original state of the channel — All of the original packages from the target channel but none of the errata or associated update packages.
  • Select Errata — All of the original packages from the target channel with the ability to exclude certain errata and associated update packages.
Select the option you desire using the radio buttons within the Clone field, identify the target channel using the Clone From dropdown menu, and click Create Channel.
On the New Software Channel page, complete the fields as described in Section 4.5, “Creating a Software Channel”. The default values often suffice. When satisfied, click Create Channel. If you selected either the original or current option, you are directed to the Details tab of Managed Software Channel Details page, where you may alter settings for the new channel. Refer to Section 4.3, “Managed Software Channel Details” for instructions.
If you used the select errata option to clone the channel, you are instead directed to the Clone subtab of Managed Software Channel Details page, where you may individually select errata and associated packages for cloning and inclusion in the new channel. Refer to Section 4.3, “Managed Software Channel Details” for specific instructions.