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Old 11-17-2003, 01:22 PM   #1
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Solaris 9 Patch Cluster questions

OK, I have the file There are 79 patches in there.
The system I am working with has about 30 of the patches already installed, as shown in 'showrev -p' .
There were only about 4 that did not show up in 'showrev -p'.
The others are there but with older revision numbers, ie. installed: 112963-07, new patch: 112963-10 .

So, I'm tight on disk space and therefore I am looking at this in the /9_Recommended/CLUSTER_README:
Backout of older versions of patches provided in the cluster is not
required in order for the newer version to be installed. However
not backing out an older rev before installing a newer rev will
cause showrev -p to continue to show the older rev along with the
newer rev. And, if the older rev was previously installed with
the save option, the older rev will continue to occupy disk space
in /var/sadm/patch even though it has been obsoleted by the new rev.

The patchrm command will only allow the most recently saved
objects to be restored, thus there are no serious risks associated
with leaving an older rev on the system. It just may, however,
avoid confusion and be more economical to first backout an older
patch revision before installing a newer revision.
1. - Seems simple enough, but, should I do a 'patchrm 112963-07', and repeat for the other older patches, before I do the './install_cluster'?
2 - Should I run the './install_cluster' first, and then if there are no problems, run the 'patchrm' command on the older patches.
I'm thinking (1.) would be best since I have limited disk space.

3 - I have 1.1GB available on the c0t0d0s0. Maybe that's plenty of space for a patch cluster update??

4 - Also, it appears that I need to reboot to single-user mode, 'boot -s' . I suppose that is the best way. However, I downloaded and installed PatchPro the other day and then downloaded and tried to install 113273-04. I went into the Solaris Management Console and tried to install the patch. It said I should be in single-user mode. So I figured out how do boot -s, went to the directory where I put the patch and ran patchadd. I don't remember all the details now, but as I recall it then said that it couldn't continue because Solaris Management Console wasn't running!! Seems like the making of an endless loop. What am I missing there? If I 'boot -s' for the './install_cluster', is there going to be some issue with the Solaris Management Console? Where does PatchPro come into play? Can that be run from single-user mode?

Thanks for any input.
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