This weekend I decided to
bite the bullet and convert my desktop to Indiana Preview 2. Since
unlike most people at Sun my desktop machine also receives my email,
and hosts both my home directory and calendar server, the switch-over
needed some quiet concentration on my part to insure nothing
important got left behind.
The installation of
Preview 2 (now available here)
went smoothly – not surprising, since I'd tested many trial
builds on the same machine, a 2 x 2.8GHz Ultra 40. After
installation completed and the machine rebooted, I created a second
zpool with the two remaining drives; I use this for my home
directory, mail spool, tunes and pkg server. This isolates me from
any difficulties with the new installer or possible future upgrade
problems. ZFS of course makes this all very easy:
: barts@cyber; zfs list
NAME USED AVAIL REFER MOUNTPOINT
rpool 2.63G 224G 49.5K /rpool
rpool@install 0 - 49.5K -
rpool/ROOT 2.62G 224G 18K none
rpool/ROOT@install 0 - 18K -
rpool/ROOT/preview2 2.62G 224G 2.09G legacy
rpool/ROOT/preview2@install 66.8M - 1.94G -
rpool/ROOT/preview2/opt 483M 224G 483M /opt
rpool/ROOT/preview2/opt@install 77K - 3.61M -
rpool/export 2.44M 224G 19K /export
rpool/export@install 15K - 19K -
rpool/export/home 2.41M 224G 2.39M /export/home
rpool/export/home@install 19K - 21K -
zfs 177G 51.8G 21K /zfs
zfs/home 133G 51.8G 133G /export/home/cyber
zfs/local 291M 51.8G 291M /usr/local
zfs/mail 110M 51.8G 110M /var/mail
zfs/music 43.4G 51.8G 43.3G /zfs/music
email@example.com 2.54M - 42.3G -
zfs/repo 18K 51.8G 18K /zfs/repo
I then got to thinking about
having a mirrored root pool; I hunted up one more 250GB drive, hot
plugged it into the machine (love those SATA features) and used
cfgadm -al and cfgadm -c to get Solaris to find the drive. Zpool
attach took care of establishing the mirror; the mirror was
resilvered in just a few minutes since ZFS knows what's data and
what's empty space.
I needed dovecot, since I run an
IMAP server to allow remote access of my mail. Off to dovecot.org
for a tarball, download, configure and hmm – no C compiler.
pkg search -r gcc told me that I needed SUNWgcc installed, so
pkg install SUNWgcc grabbed the compiler, assembler and
binutils. Cool. Run configure again and whoops – no headers!
pkg search -r stdlib.h said I needed SUNWhea, so pkg install
SUNWhea and I was compiling dovecot.... For a quick look at the
packages available in Indiana so far browse over to
I wrote this blog post using openoffice – which you'll find in
a package called openoffice.
and IPS are usable, but we've still got a lot work to do:
packages need to be re-factored into smaller pieces and renamed and
tagged to better support minimization, searching, etc.
command line pkg interface needs some attention...
here's still much work to be done in constraints, simplifying pkg
publishing and there are lots of bugs, tracebacks and other issues
it's coming together – and being able to upgrade
from preview2 from preview1 without running any postinstall scripts
helps use feel better about the assertions
that started the project....