Thursday Nov 12, 2009

Using a Base Metapackage to Simplify Installation of OpenSolaris

This entry addresses publishing and using a reduced installation profile metapackage and the Automated Installer (AI) as a means of simplifying the installation of heavily reduced forms of OpenSolaris.
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Thursday Nov 05, 2009

Updating Reduced Install of OpenSolaris Build 125 to 126

Since build 126 of OpenSolaris was recently released, it was time to update my Automated Install (AI) server and to verify that the reduced installation profile I had tested using build 125 was still working properly.  Overall, the process was straightforward and trouble free.

Updating the reduced OpenSolaris installation took very little time because only 78 MB was needed to update the 200 or so packages installed on my AI server.  This is a key benefit of using a reduced installation of an OS: you can dramatically reduce update overhead by downloading and applying updates for only those packages that matter to your particular application.  It's also a testament to the pkg(5) system in that it is able to bring down only updated files rather than being forced to always download complete packages.

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