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I am so confused on where to begin when it comes to dealing with package management with Solaris 10. I am so used to YUM(fedora)URPMI(Mandriva) and Yast(Suse) - RPM packages. What does Solaris use for package management and what are the files called? How would I query my system to see the packages installed and the names and the files associated with the packages like with linux: rpm -ql package-name ? Also where does Sun on its website hold the repositories for Solaris 10 in case of add-on that I would need. I am trying to install net::telnet for Solaris 10 and I would like to find a package for it as oppossed to installing it from a .tar
Last edited by metallica1973; 12-14-2007 at 07:34 AM.
download pkg-get from blastwave, make life simpler.
Personally, I think pkg-get/blastwave make it worse. The built-in package management is quite easy. When I start using blastwave, I start getting weird errors and seemingly unrelated packages start breaking. I definitly wouldn't recommend it to someone new.
Distribution: Solaris 10, Solaris Express Community Edition
It's off topic but I ask you because you keep on telling us about the wonderful linux world.
Insisting to compare with GNU/linux it's a bit absurd. As jlliagre explained, a project has been opened to resolve such issues (and more). Solaris had a specific target and now it's moving towards less "power users", too, and it's doing this much later than GNU/linux did. So, wait some time and try Indiana, too.
Nevertheless I would ask you: what would linux users' answer to your question? I see some distros in your profile but I'm sure that if we'd ask, for example, a Slackware user, a Debian user, a Gentoo user, etc., everyone would swear that its distro's pkg management is the best. At least, Solaris isn't as fragmented as GNU/linux distros' users are.
Last edited by crisostomo_enrico; 12-14-2007 at 03:03 PM.
I believe Dox System - Brian is ranting about Blastwave, not pkg-get. They shouldn't be confused.
pkg-get is a tool that automatize package installation and do it pretty well.
Blastwave is a community driven Solaris freeware repository which provides packages for Solaris 8 which generally run on newer Solaris releases. To avoid bad interactions with bundled software and because duplication is unavoidable, Blastwave is installing its files almost exclusively under /opt/csw directory. At least this prevents from breaking "official" packages. I agree some of the Blastwave packages are outdated or of uneven quality. Should one dislike Blastwave, pkg-get can still be used and point to any other repository supporting pkg-get catalog format, although I'm afraid only Sunfreeware is currently in the list.