Satellite 5.3.0 - Incremental export of a single base channel with a start-date produces an export that contains all the channel content for the kickstart files

Solution Verified - Updated -

Issue

  • Running an incremental export of a single base channel using "--start-date" will produce an export that contains all of the channel content for kickstarts.  The kickstart_files directory, as a result, can be several gigabytes in size.  This can make importing data into a disconnected satellite in classfied networks, for example, extremely cumbersome because the data sets are so large.

  • For example,

    # /usr/bin/rhn-satellite-exporter --dir=/var/satellite/export-test/ --start-date=20100101000000 -c rhel-i386-server-5
    
  • Once this is all done, take a look at the space taken up by the kickstart_files directory..this one's almost 1GB in size:

    910M     ./kickstart_files
    
  • Note that it looks as if the exporter dumps everything for the kickstart data, regardless of whether or not this is just for a particular date range.

Environment

Red Hat Network Satellite Server version 5.3.0.

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