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

Forrest Aldrich forrie at gmail.com
Mon Jul 1 22:45:28 CEST 2013

I am aware of this.  Nothing I need to do will interfere with the AK 
(service) section.

On 7/1/13 4:44 PM, Leslie H Wood wrote:
> If you bought the Oracle ZFS Storage 7320 for their intended purpose 
> you may want to be careful in what you want to do since they have a 
> really stripped down version of S11.x.   This is a very integrated 
> appliance so if you have a service contract, I would check first.
> Forrest Aldrich wrote, On 07/01/2013 01:36 PM:
>> 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:
>> /opt/csw
>> /etc/opt/csw
>> /var/opt/csw
>> 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.
>> Thanks,
>> Forrest
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