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9.2.2. Import from Local Media

The following process assumes the user has completed Section 9.2.1, “Preparing for Import from Local Media” and 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 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 with 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 executes until completion. All packages move out of the repository; verify with the following command:
# cd /var/rhn-sat-import/; ls -alR | grep rpm
If all RPMs are installed and moved to their permanent locations, the count appears as zero. If so, remove the temporary /var/rhn-sat-import/ repository.
# rm -rf /var/rhn-sat-import