Verifying and installing helper programs with cot install-helpers


cot install-helpers --help
cot <opts> install-helpers --verify-only
cot <opts> install-helpers [--ignore-errors]


Install or verify the installation of COT manual pages and various required third-party helper programs for COT.


-h, --help show this help message and exit
--verify-only Only verify helpers – do not attempt to install any missing helpers.
-i, --ignore-errors
 Do not fail even if helper installation fails.


Verify whether COT can find all expected helper programs

> cot install-helpers --verify-only
COT manpages: present in /usr/share/man/man1/
fatdisk:      present at /opt/local/bin/fatdisk
mkisofs:      present at /opt/local/bin/mkisofs
ovftool:      present at /usr/local/bin/ovftool
qemu-img:     present at /opt/local/bin/qemu-img
vmdktool:     NOT FOUND

Have COT attempt to install missing helpers for you. Note that most helpers require administrator / sudo privileges to install. If any installation fails, COT will exit with an error, unless you pass --ignore-errors.

> cot install-helpers
    INFO: Installing 'fatdisk'...
    INFO: Compiling 'fatdisk'
    INFO: Calling './RUNME'...
    INFO: ...done
    INFO: Compilation complete, installing now
    INFO: Calling 'sudo cp fatdisk /usr/local/bin/fatdisk'...
    INFO: ...done
    INFO: Successfully installed 'fatdisk'
    INFO: Installing 'vmdktool'...
    INFO: vmdktool requires 'zlib'... installing 'zlib'
    INFO: Calling 'sudo apt-get -q install zlib1g-dev'...
    INFO: ...done
    INFO: Compiling 'vmdktool'
    INFO: Calling 'make CFLAGS="-D_GNU_SOURCE -g -O -pipe"'...
    INFO: ...done
    INFO: Compilation complete, installing now.
    INFO: Calling 'sudo mkdir -p --mode=755 /usr/local/man/man8'...
    INFO: ...done
    INFO: Calling 'sudo make install'...
install -s vmdktool /usr/local/bin/
install vmdktool.8 /usr/local/man/man8/
    INFO: ...done
    INFO: Successfully installed 'vmdktool'
    INFO: Copying cot-add-disk.1 to /usr/share/man/man1/cot-add-disk.1
    INFO: Copying cot.1 to /usr/share/man/man1/cot.1
COT manpages: successfully installed to /usr/share/man
fatdisk:      successfully installed to /usr/local/bin/fatdisk
mkisofs:      present at /usr/bin/mkisofs
ovftool:      INSTALLATION FAILED: No support for automated
              installation of ovftool, as VMware requires a site
              login to download it. See
qemu-img:     present at /usr/bin/qemu-img
vmdktool:     successfully installed to /usr/local/bin/vmdktool

Unable to install some helpers


Unfortunately, VMware requires a site login to download ovftool, so if you need this tool, you will have to install it yourself. COT cannot install it for you at present.