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In praise of the blogosphere - Upgrading OpenSolaris past build 91

Chris Beal
Senior Principal Software Engineer

I can't believe it's 4 months since I last blogged. Oh well it's been a hectic time. And this is just a quick not for my own memory jogging purposes really. I have been having a pain of a time upgrading from OpenSolaris build 91. I've been away alot (fantastic holiday thanks very much) and had been working on my laptop under VirtualBox. Any way. I would do my usual

$ pfexec pkg refresh --full
$ pfexec pkg install SUNWipkg
$ pfexec pkg image-update

However at the end of downloading all the packages It would give me an error like

pkg: attempt to mount opensola��� 2 failed.
pkg: image-update cannot be done on live image

I hadn't really given it much thought for a while but when I did google the message it took me straight to this page

http://louisbotterill.blogspot.com/2008/07/open-solaris-to-b93.html

Which pointed out the missing information(can't workout how I missed it - may be it was while I was away)

http://defect.opensolaris.org/bz/show_bug.cgi?id=2387

So any way upgrading it on a copy of the BE really helped and I am now on the latest bits. Thanks to Louise Botterill for the tips






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