[csw-users] CSW on an Oracle ZFS Server (7320)

Forrest Aldrich forrie at gmail.com
Mon Jul 1 22:36:45 CEST 2013

We purchased two Oracle ZFS 7320 servers recently.    To my surprise, 
these systems are designed to be closed and not meant for general 
shell-level interaction.   For example, / is mounted read-only -- but 
because it's a ZFS filesystem, that flag is easily overridden.

I wanted to install some basic command-line utilities for use here.   
Turns out, Oracle doesn't include some basic /usr/bin commands like "vi" 
and "rsync".

The solution, I thought, was to simply create multiple ZFS volumes to 
allow for:


turns out, it's not that easy as pkg installation needs to write and 
interact with /var/sadm (and other locations), which is making this 
impractical to accomplish.

There is a C compiler on the system in /etc/sfw/bin/gcc, but in my case 
where I need "rsync" the stock /usr/bin/grep command isn't sufficient to 
complete a ./configure:  "checking for grep that handles long lines and -e"

So I'm working against a design that is intended to be closed.   I just 
need to be able to get some basic stuff on there.   Since I need 
"rsync", I thought I could take one compiled from Solaris 10 -- but the 
shared libs are missing, so that won't work.

Anyone know how I can effect a static compile of rsync for Oracle 
Solaris 11 :-)

I'm also curious if anyone else has run into this issue with these 
systems.   We use rsync pretty frequently for some internal stuff, so I 
really need to find a way to get it there.



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