Defining and pinning packages

Images are based on templates. You can create images by solving a template or an existing image. To see what options are available for defining software packages for your image and what impact they have, view the following example.

Our example image is based on a very simple image template with only two package placeholders (unversioned packages):

For further information, see Creating a template and Creating an image.

Once we solve the template and create an image from it, we receive an operational image. ELIAS then completes the image for us by:

After the image has been created, it looks like this:

1 The image is complete
2 Defined packages

The latest version has been selected automatically.

3 Automatically added packages that are required to make the image complete
4 Click the package name to expand the package and view its features.
5 These features are locked: You cannot deactivate them.
6 Click the package icon to pin or unpin the package.

You can save the image and use it as it is. Also, for most packages, you can select or deselect included features. Moreover, you can pin package versions to anchor the version to your image definition.

Selecting individual features of a defined package

  1. In the Image Library, for the relevant package, click the icon to pin the package.

    This step is necessary to ensure that the relevant features are included in the package. Otherwise, when you re-use and solve the image later on, an updated package version might lack the feature that you have explicitly selected.

  2. To expand the package, click the package name.

    The features of the package are displayed.

  3. Select or deselect features as required. Note that you cannot deactivate locked features .

You can already define in the image template which package features are to be included or excluded.

Pinning package versions

When solving a template or image, ELIAS defines the latest versions for automatically added packages and for package placeholders. To save a specific version with the package in the current image, pin the package:

The icon of a pinned package is shown with blue squares . The package version is saved in the image and remains anchored when you solve the image at a later time. In contrast, unpinned packages are replaced by a later version if available.