# kiwi system build¶

## SYNOPSIS¶

kiwi [global options] service <command> [<args>]

kiwi system build -h | --help
kiwi system build --description=<directory> --target-dir=<directory>
[--allow-existing-root]
[--clear-cache]
[--ignore-repos]
[--ignore-repos-used-for-build]
[--set-repo=<source,type,alias,priority,imageinclude,package_gpgcheck>]
[--delete-package=<name>...]
[--signing-key=<key-file>...]
kiwi system build help


## DESCRIPTION¶

build an image in one step. The build command combines kiwi’s prepare and create steps in order to build an image with just one command call. The build command creates the root directory of the image below <target-dir>/build/image-root and if not specified differently writes a log file <target-dir>/build/image-root.log. The result image files are created in the specified target-dir.

## OPTIONS¶

 --add-package= specify package to add(install). The option can be specified multiple times --add-repo= Add a new repository to the existing repository setup in the XML description. This option can be specified multiple times. For details about the provided option values see the –set-repo information below --allow-existing-root Allow to use an existing root directory from an earlier build attempt. Use with caution this could cause an inconsistent root tree if the existing contents does not fit to the former image type setup --clear-cache delete repository cache for each of the used repositories before installing any package. This is useful if an image build should take and validate the signature of the package from the original repository source for any build. Some package managers unconditionally trust the contents of the cache, which is ok for cache data dedicated to one build but in case of kiwi the cache is shared between multiple image builds on that host for performance reasons. --delete-package= specify package to delete. The option can be specified multiple times --description= Path to the XML description. This is a directory containing at least one _config.xml_ or _*.kiwi_ XML file. --ignore-repos Ignore all repository configurations from the XML description. Using that option is usally done with a sequence of –add-repo options otherwise there are no repositories available for the image build which would lead to an error. --ignore-repos-used-for-build Works the same way as –ignore-repos except that repository configurations which has the imageonly attribute set to true will not be ignored. --set-repo= Overwrite the first repository entry in the XML description with the provided information: source source url, pointing to a package repository which must be in a format supported by the selected package manager. See the URI_TYPES section for details about the supported source locators. type repository type, could be one of rpm-md, rpm-dir or yast2. alias An alias name for the repository. If not specified kiwi calculates an alias name as result from a sha sum. The sha sum is used to uniquely identify the repository, but not very expressive. We recommend to set an expressive and uniq alias name. priority A number indicating the repository priority. How the value is evaluated depends on the selected package manager. Please refer to the package manager documentation for details about the supported priority ranges and their meaning. imageinclude Set to either true or false to specify if this repository should be part of the system image repository setup or not. package_gpgcheck Set to either true or false to specify if this repository should validate the package signatures. --signing-key= set the key file to be trusted and imported into the package manager database before performing any opertaion. This is useful if an image build should take and validate repository and package signatures during build time. This option can be specified multiple times --target-dir= Path to store the build results.

## URI_TYPES¶

• http:// | https:// | ftp://

remote repository delivered via http or ftp protocol.

• obs://

Open Buildservice repository. The source data is translated into an http url pointing to http://download.opensuse.org.

• ibs://

Internal Open Buildservice repository. The source data is translated into an http url pointing to download.suse.de.

• iso://

Local iso file. kiwi loop mounts the file and uses the mount point as temporary directory source type

• dir://

Local directory