Update Manager

I was pleasantly surprised to see a new icon on my top panel today - the update notifier .

Clicking on it opened the Update Manager, which you can also access from the System > Administration menu:


Selecting Update All notified me that a new Boot Environment was going to be created. This is great as I don't have to worry about these updates somehow harming my system.

The update took a couple of minutes to complete:

After which I rebooted. There was a new opensolaris-1 grub menu item, which was the default. I'm now up to date.

Comments:

Excellent. Is the old boot environment just a ZFS snapshot? Any way to delete it later? I will want to clear out the boot menu after a while.

I thought Sun charged for Solaris updates? What's the difference between these updates and the subscription updates?

Posted by ryan on December 05, 2008 at 12:48 PM GMT #

Hallo!

I have updated my 2008-05 Open-Solaris-Installation to the latest Build (101b), which must be the same as the second Release Candidate and - I think also - as the Release of Open-Solaris 2008-11.

If I start the Update-Manager, I do not get the message, that there are new updates available.

Do I have to update my repository-url first? My current url is: - according to the output of pkg authority: - http://pkg.opensolaris.org/

Here is the full output of the command pkg authority:
SolUser@opensolaris:~$ pkg authority
AUTHORITY URL
Blastwave http://blastwave.network.com:10000/
Sunfreeware http://pkg.sunfreeware.com:9000/
opensolaris.org (preferred) http://pkg.opensolaris.org/

Is my assumption, that an updated 2008-05 Open-Solaris installation is equal to a new fresh installation of 2008-11, correct?

Posted by Gerald Klaes on December 05, 2008 at 12:55 PM GMT #

@ryan:
One can manage the boot environments using the package manager.File->boot environment should get you there.

@Gerald Klaes
Set your URL to http://pkg.opensolaris.org/release.

Posted by nadkarni on December 05, 2008 at 05:35 PM GMT #

Re: boot environment management feature of package manager.. very cool! Thanks

Posted by Ryan on December 05, 2008 at 11:18 PM GMT #

I was \*unpleasantly\* surprised. Why isn't this just a 'simple mode' of the existing package manager, rather than having a whole different application for it?

Posted by Sieb on December 06, 2008 at 03:08 PM GMT #

Gerald,

The update notifier is not just for the base installation of OpenSolaris, but also for any packages you have installed. In my case, I believe the update was to the amp-dev (Sun Web Stack) package.

And yes, I believe an updated OpenSolaris 2008.05 is equivalent to a new fresh installation of 2008.11.

Posted by Brian Leonard on December 08, 2008 at 07:32 AM GMT #

"I was \*unpleasantly\* surprised. Why isn't this just a 'simple mode'"
Seb we are using the same API's underneath, it just gave us more freedom to have a lightweight app to handle the Updates.
We did look at a simple mode variant for the PM but the underlying data model needs to include a lot more than what's required for UM and there was no simple way to change this in PM, without introducing a lot of unecessary complexity. Goal keep things simple and maintainable.

Posted by John Rice on December 09, 2008 at 12:40 AM GMT #

quisiera ver el resultado de esta instalacion

Posted by jose luis antonio luque herencia on December 17, 2008 at 12:27 PM GMT #

What specifically would you like to see? The new grub boot menu?

Posted by Brian Leonard on February 03, 2009 at 11:18 AM GMT #

I AM A PUPIL

Posted by RASAD on March 28, 2009 at 03:04 AM GMT #

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