OpenSolaris Bug and Workaround: Package Manager

So, I wanted to use the latest build of OpenSolaris to take advantage of some new features.  I am using the June 2009 release (2009.06) and upgrading to the latest build means using a development build.  I was thinking the easiest way for me to switch to the development builds is to go into the Package Manager application, add the publisher "http://pkg.opensolaris.org/dev/" (and give this publisher a name like "development"), tell Package Manager to set this as the preferred publisher, then delete the "opensolaris.org" publisher from the list because I no longer need that one; I'm getting the software I need from the dev publisher.

Well, that's nice in theory but it didn't work for me, and there's a bug for that (here, check it out).  Turns out that for now, you must name your preferred publisher "opensolaris.org".  So the relatively simple workaround is to create a publisher called "opensolaris.org", and have it point to "http://pkg.opensolaris.org/dev/", then delete the original publisher that is called "opensolaris.org".

Worked for me, and now I'm using build 128 (b128) and it's working (mostly) like a charm.  There are other minor things going on with that build, but I've been able to work around them so far with no problems.  I'm happy.


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