A bootstrap repository contains required packages for registering Salt or traditional clients during bootstrapping, as well as packages for installing Salt on clients. When products are synchronized, bootstrap repositories are automatically created and regenerated on the SUSE Manager Server.
1. Prepare to Create a Bootstrap Repository
When you select a product for synchronization, the bootstrap repository is automatically created as soon as all mandatory channels are fully mirrored.
In the SUSE Manager Web UI, navigate toand select the
Productstab. This dialog displays a completion bar for each product when they are being synchronized.
Alternatively, you can navigate to, then click the channel associated to the repository. Navigate to the
Repositoriestab, then click
At the command prompt on the SUSE Manager Server, as root, use the
tailcommand to check the synchronization log file:
tail -f /var/log/rhn/reposync/<channel-label>.log
Each child channel generates its own log during the synchronization progress. You need to check all the base and child channel log files to be sure that the synchronization is complete.
2. Options for Automatic Mode
You can change how the automated bootstrap repository creation works. This section details the various settings.
- Flush Mode
By default, existing repositories are updated only with the latest packages. You can configure it to always start with an empty repository instead. To enable this behavior, add or edit this value in
server.susemanager.bootstrap_repo_flush = 1
- Automatic Mode
By default, automated regeneration of the bootstrap repositories is enabled. To disable it, add or edit this value in
server.susemanager.auto_generate_bootstrap_repo = 0
2.1. Configure Bootstrap Data File
The tool uses a data file with information about which packages are required for each distribution.
The data file is stored at
SUSE updates this file regularly.
If you want to makes changes to this file, do not edit it directly.
Instead, create a copy in the same directory and edit your copy:
cd /usr/share/susemanager/ cp mgr_bootstrap_data.py my_data.py
When you have made your changes, configure SUSE Manager to use the new file.
Add or edit this value in
server.susemanager.bootstrap_repo_datamodule = my_data
On the next update, the new data from SUSE overwrites the original data file, not the new one. You need to keep the new file up to date with changes provided by SUSE.
3. Manually Generate a Bootstrap Repository
By default, bootstrap repositories are regenerated daily. You can manually create the bootstrap repository from the command prompt.
At the command prompt on the SUSE Manager Server, as root, list the available distributions to create repositories for:
Create the bootstrap repository, using the appropriate repository name as the product label:
mgr-create-bootstrap-repo -c SLE-version-x86_64
Alternatively, use the number shown next to the distribiution name in the list of available distributions.
The client repository is located in
If you have mirrored more than one product (for example, SLES and SLES for SAP), or if you use custom channels, you might need to specify the parent channel to use when creating the bootstrap repository. This is not required in every situation. For example, some SLES 15 versions have common code bases, so there is no need to specify a parent channel. Use this procedure only if your environment requires it.
Check which parent channels you have available:
mgr-create-bootstrap-repo -c SLE-15-x86_64 Multiple options for parent channel found. Please use option --with-parent-channel <label> and choose one of: - sle-product-sles15-pool-x86_64 - sle-product-sles_sap15-pool-x86_64 - sle-product-sled15-pool-x86_64
Specify the appropriate parent channel:
mgr-create-bootstrap-repo -c SLE-15-x86_64 --with-parent-channel sle-product-sled15-pool-x86_64
3.1. Repositories with Multiple Architectures
If you are creating bootstrap repositories that include multiple different architectures, you need to be careful that all architectures are updated correctly.
For example, the x86-64 and IBM Z architectures for SLE use the same bootstrap repository URL at
flush option is enabled, and you attempt to generate the bootstrap repository for multiple architectures, only one architecture is generated.
To avoid this, use the
--no-flush option at the command prompt when creating additional architectures.
mgr-create-bootstrap-repo -c SLE-15-SP2-x86_64 mgr-create-bootstrap-repo --no-flush -c SLE-15-SP2-s390x
4. Bootstrap and Custom Channels
If you are using custom channels, you can use the
--with-custom-channels option with the
In this case, you also need to specify the parent channel to use.
Automatic creation of a bootstrap repository might fail if you are using custom channels. In this case, you need to create the repository manually.
For more information about custom channels, see Custom Channels.