Solaris: Setting Up Package Manager and Installer

Oracle Solaris 11 is one of the  most popular UNIX-based operating system which widely download to be used by enterprise user, after FreeBSD. If you have FreeBSD basic knowledge, you should able to play around with Solaris as well.

If FreeBSD we have ports, the package manager and application installer, in Solaris, we can use pkgutil. It is rather simple to use and similar to apt-get and yum on how to use it. We will use OpenCSW, which aims to produce an easy to use open source software distribution installable on top of Solaris and Solaris-based systems, developed by a transparent and democratic community.

My Oracle Solaris version:

$ cat /etc/release
Oracle Solaris 11 11/11 X86
Copyright (c) 1983, 2011, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
Assembled 18 October 2011

1. Run following command as root to install the pkgutil application:

$ pkgadd -d

2. We need to set some environment for CSW. Open ~/.profile using text editor:

$ nano ~/.profile

And append :/opt/csw/bin at the end of PATH line and add another line for XFILESEARCHPATH so it will be shown like below:

export PATH=/usr/bin:/usr/sbin:/opt/csw/bin
export XFILESEARCHPATH=/opt/csw/lib/X11/%T/%N%C:/usr/openwin/lib/X11/%T/%N%C

To check whether it is correctly inserted, use following command:

$ echo $PATH

3. Now we should able to use pkgutil. Lets update our catalog:

$ pkgutil -U

Note: If you unable to execute the command with error similar to ‘command not found’, you need to relogin your session or type su – command

4. It will download the list from this mirror: . To find available application in the catalog, we can use following command:

$ pkgutil -a mysql
libmysqlclient15   CSWlibmysqlclient15 5.0.92,REV=2011.10.05     1.4 MB
libmysqlclient_r15 CSWlibmysqlclient-r15 5.0.92,REV=2011.10.05   1.4 MB
mysql4             CSWmysql4 4.1.22,REV=2008.01.20              13.0 MB
mysql4bench        CSWmysql4bench 4.1.22,REV=2006.11.28        487.4 KB
mysql4client       CSWmysql4client 4.1.22,REV=2007.12.01         2.4 MB
mysql4devel        CSWmysql4devel 4.1.22,REV=2008.01.20          2.1 MB
mysql4rt           CSWmysql4rt 4.1.22,REV=2008.01.20             3.6 MB
mysql4test         CSWmysql4test 4.1.22,REV=2006.11.28           1.3 MB
mysql5             CSWmysql5 5.0.92,REV=2011.10.05              11.0 MB
mysql5client       CSWmysql5client 5.0.92,REV=2011.10.05         3.0 MB
mysql5devel_stub   CSWmysql5devel 5.0.92,REV=2011.10.05          7.9 KB
mysql5rt_stub      CSWmysql5rt 5.0.92,REV=2011.10.05             7.9 KB
mysql_dev          CSWmysql-dev 5.0.92,REV=2011.10.05          115.8 KB
php4_mysql         CSWphp4mysql 4.4.9,REV=2009.05.28            17.3 KB
php5_mysql         CSWphp5-mysql 5.3.8,REV=2011.09.04           22.6 KB
php5_mysqli        CSWphp5-mysqli 5.3.8,REV=2011.09.04          49.8 KB
php5_pdomysql      CSWphp5-pdomysql 5.3.8,REV=2011.09.04        17.3 KB
php5mysql_stub     CSWphp5mysql 5.3.8,REV=2011.09.04             2.5 KB
php5mysqli_stub    CSWphp5mysqli 5.3.8,REV=2011.09.04            2.5 KB
php5pdomysql_stub  CSWphp5pdomysql 5.3.8,REV=2011.09.04          2.5 KB
pm_dbdmysql        CSWpmdbdmysql 4.013,REV=2010.02.11          169.8 KB
py_mysql           CSWpy-mysql 1.2.3,REV=2011.03.13             41.0 KB
pymysql            CSWpymysql 1.2.3,REV=2011.03.13               1.8 KB
rb18_mysql_2_8_1   CSWrb18-mysql-2-8-1 2.8.1,REV=2011.08.14    217.0 KB

5. Now lets install application using pkgutil:

$ pkgutil -i -y mysql5

To update application:

$ pkgutil -u mysql5

To remove application:

$ pkgutil -r mysql5

To update all applications:

$ pkgutil -u

From here you may start to manage your applications and let your Solaris working!

2 thoughts on “Solaris: Setting Up Package Manager and Installer

  1. Hi, nice article but I think you mean “-r” for removing packages, run it recursively for complex removals until nothing more is to be done. Also, it’s not necessary to pipe to grep to filter the output, try just “pkgutil -a mysql” instead. Or “pkgutil -a mysql apache” if you want multiple filters, makes it easier to type.

    Author of pkgutil


    1. Peter, what an honor to have u visiting my blog!

      That is typo on the command and i have fixed it. Your application is really making Solaris easier!


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