6.3.3. Performing an Import

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 with the command:
    # 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. Run the following command :
    # satellite-sync -c [channel-label] --mount-point /var/rhn-sat-import


    Importing package data can take up to two hours per channel. You may begin registering systems to channels as soon as they appear in the Red Hat Network Satellite's website. No packages are necessary for registration, although updates cannot be retrieved from the Satellite until the channel is completely populated.
    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:
    # satellite-sync -c channel-label-1 -c channel-label-2 -mount-point /var/rhn-sat-import
  3. The population of channels is complete. Verify all of the packages are moved out of the repository with the following command:
    # cd /var/rhn-sat-import/; ls -alR | grep rpm
    This count will be zero if all RPMs have been installed and moved to their permanent locations. Remove the temporary /var/rhn-sat-import/ repository:
    # rm -rf /var/rhn-sat-import