[csw-users] pkg-get and Solaris 10 Zones

Luke Youngblood lyoungblood at phonechargeinc.com
Wed Mar 30 21:58:36 CEST 2005

I wondered about this as well.  I've been experimenting with Solaris 10 a
bit, and I think I've isolated the problem:

When you setup your zone, you set inherit-pkg-dir=/opt/csw.  This tells
Solaris to automatically share all packages installed under this path with
the zone.  Sounds great, right?

Well, the real problem is that the inherit-pkg-dir is read-only, in order to
keep one zone from modifying files that are used by other zones, so nothing
inside of /opt/csw/etc can be modified.  This makes most packages break
because you can't edit their .conf files.

I'm not sure of the workaround.  There is probably something new in the
Solaris 10 package format that allows you to place some files in /etc/csw or
some other folder that is read-write by each zone, where each zone has their
own copy.

Admittedly, I've only played with Zones for a short amount of time.  I was
quite impressed with the way packages are inheritable.  It should make life
very easy for sysadmins that need to setup multiple development environments
and so forth, but some of the quirks need to be worked out.


-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:users-bounces at lists.blastwave.org] On Behalf Of Jan Dreyer
Sent: Wednesday, March 30, 2005 5:00 AM
To: questions and discussions
Subject: Re: [csw-users] pkg-get and Solaris 10 Zones


Am 28.03.2005 um 10:22 schrieb Armand Heijster - Sun EMEA - CES:

> pkg-get from blastwave.org is a great utility, but it has annoying 
> habit to install packages in all zones. Why should I have mplayer in 
> demozone1?
> After reading the source of pkg-get I found out that if you use:
> # export ADMINFLAG=" -G"
> # pkg-get install <pkgname>
> it will install package in global zone only. (Unless you have 
> /var/pkg-get/admin file).

afaik ALL packages from the global zone will be shared to the others 
(though the configs of course will not).
So there is no way of installing a package only in one zone. Well, as 
far as I see this. Please correct me if I'm wrong there.

Jan Dreyer
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