[OpenIndiana-discuss] Newbie Questions - Installing various software
ironsides.medvet at gmail.com
Sun Apr 8 08:54:03 UTC 2012
I would be interested in learning how to package correctly too. Would save
a lot of time and trouble if I didn't have to compile stuff like the R
If I recall correctly, you need a particular setup (with SunStudio?) to
prepare packages for the IPS repo.
On Apr 8, 2012 2:46 AM, "Andrew Myers" <lists at abmyers.com> wrote:
> How difficult is packaging? Is OI looking for people to help? Is it
> perhaps some way I could get involved? I have some experience with
> rpmbuild - is there an Solaris equivalent?
> > From: jsowoc at gmail.com
> > Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2012 07:32:19 -0600
> > To: openindiana-discuss at openindiana.org
> > Subject: Re: [OpenIndiana-discuss] Newbie Questions - Installing various
> > On Sat, Apr 7, 2012 at 7:08 AM, Andrew Myers <lists at abmyers.com> wrote:
> > > I guess I'm a "newbie" although I've been using various Linux distro's
> for about 10 years.
> > I'm a "newbie" to OI just like you, but I can answer some (not all) of
> > your questions.
> > > Firstly, I wanted to have a later version of Firefox installed, and I
> did this by downloading 11.0 from
> Is that the best way to upgrade? Is 3.6.12 the most recent in the
> "official" repo?
> > Many of the packages (including the Firefox 3.6.12) are from when
> > OpenSolaris was still available. When it was forked to OpenIndiana,
> > the (limited) team of developers focused on packages that were
> > important to have a usable system. Since you found a build of Firefox
> > 11 for Solaris, that means that it's possible to build Firefox 11 for
> > OI, and it hasn't been done because no one has done it (yet).
> > > Similarly I wanted a jdk installed. I went to the Oracle download
> site, but the download for x64 is only 9.25MB. This doesn't seem right to
> me. How do you install JDK7 on OI?
> > If I recall correctly, to install Java x64 on Solaris you must first
> > install the 32-bit version. The former uses the same libraries
> > (written in Java) and merely swaps out the virtual machine. Does 81MB
> > + 9MB sound about right?
> > > In the meantime I installed jdk 1.6 using the command pfexec pkg
> install jdk.
> > >
> > > Next, I'd like to install Eclipse. pkg search eclipse isn't showing
> me anything useful, and I can't find any solaris builds at eclipse.org.
> Do they not exist, or am I looking in the wrong place?
> > Don't know. Sorry. I would assume you googled "eclipse solaris", found
> > this as the first hit, but it isn't what you want (?):
> > > I come from a Red Hat / Fedora background and I'm very used to
> installing most software using yum. Is pkg comparable to this? Or is the
> OI way more to download software individually and install it by hand?
> > It's analogous to what you'd have with Red Hat. You can have several
> > repositories with various policies for including packages (the
> > official one, the "Sun Freeware" one, the "I'm not afraid of software
> > patents" one, and random ones you may find throughout the Internet).
> > As with Red Hat, this is the "preferred" way to get software, as you
> > can update it all with two simple commands: "pkg refresh" "pkg
> > update".
> > As with Red Hat, specific software you want may be missing from the
> > repositories (or have the version of Firefox from when RHEL 5 was
> > originally released). You may be able to find ".pkg" files (the
> > equivalent of ".rpm") to install the software, registering it with the
> > package manager. In some cases, the only alternative is the ".tar.gz"
> > which may contain a prebuilt binary or even just the source code.
> > Jan
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