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9.3.3. Performing an Import

The following process assumes the user has completed Section 9.3.2, “Moving Exported Data” and 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. 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.
    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 executes until completion. Verify all of the packages are moved out of the repository 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