6.2.2. Import from Local Media

The following process assumes in the previous step the user has copied all data to /var/rhn-sat-import.
  1. List the channels available for import.
    # satellite-sync --list-channels --mount-point /var/rhn-sat-import
  2. Initiate the import of a specific channel using a channel label presented in the previous list.
    # satellite-sync -c [channel-label] --mount-point /var/rhn-sat-import


    Importing package data can take up to two hours per channel. Register systems to channels as soon as they appear in the Red Hat Network Satellite Web Interface. No packages are necessary for registration, although updates cannot be retrieved from the Satellite until the channel is completely populated.
  3. Repeat this step for each channel or include them all within a single command by passing each channel label preceded by an additional -c flag, like so:
    # satellite-sync -c [channel-label-1] -c [channel-label-2] --mount-point /var/rhn-sat-import
After running the preceding command, the population of the channel should be complete. All of the packages should have been moved out of the repository; this can be verified with the following command:
# cd /var/rhn-sat-import/; ls -alR | grep rpm
If all RPMs have been installed and moved to their permanent locations, then this count will be zero, and the administrator may safely remove the temporary /var/rhn-sat-import/ repository.