You were ignoring my request and stating that "it is not important" to solve your issue.
This is "not cooperating" and "thinking you know more than me".
Never ignored anything, you started making it personal and it became hard to focus on facts and the technology instead of the childish games. You keep trying to find 'weird' things that I'm doing and if I said 'not important', I mean I'm trying not to complicate the post with too many details that are not very relevant.
When I post, I always post with as much detail as is relevant in case it's a simple fix. No one wants to find a thread they have to read dozens and dozens of pages to get to some point. That's why I ended up posting here in fact, got tired of reading post after post and not finding answers.
Can we stop with the personal attacks now and get on with the question?
I have a little tree structure that I maintain different versions in, that's why you see /clients. Not relevant.
I use the files directory when I want to have custom configs. I didn't need it to show the problem in this post so didn't use it as it is non relevant.
I usually use a little script so I don't forget which packages I want to have or not have installed but in this case, to keep things simple, I used the command line so I could show you the error. Non relevant.
are you hardlinking or something?
just showing this in your OP would have saved us all alot of time...
Just showing what? There is no hard linking, there is nothing unusual about what I'm doing.
I download the openwrt IB package, untar it, rename it to the version so I know what it is, go into it and generate what I need.
Although you did not say where you downloaded the image builder from. I assume you
used official release builds.
I would have mentioned if I got it from somewhere else. In fact, I would have then tried an official repo version before posting to see if there was a difference.
Copying xxxxxx is just the Image Builder that is pulling the packages from the dl
folder instead than downloading again.
I don't know what you mean by this. I have not changed anything, paths, scripts, have not added packages manually, nothing. I simply downloaded the IB package, untared it and ran the command I showed you to build the fw.
I did find some posts from others suggesting you download the entire package tree and put it into the build environment (or what ever it's called for IB) so they would not need to be downloaded and that is all my original question was asking about.
which thread is your favourite out of this one and your other one?
They are two different questions but somehow related, maybe.
This post was simply asking where do you put manually downloaded packaged. That's all I wanted to know so I could see why the packages are not showing up after I build the fw. I wondered if pre-downloading all of the packages would make any difference. I've not tried that yet because it is still not clear to me where you would put all of the packages.
The other post was asking why when I build using 19.x.x, I can see the packages I want being downloaded, installed and enabled but when I fire up the fw, those packages do not exist but some of their config files do.