Adventures with OpenSolaris (Nevada) B115

Hi All,

I keep promising myself that once I have my primary laptop working fine I will not touch it, why do I keep breaking this promise, I killed B112 in a way that I could not recover it again :-)

I did an luupgrade to B115, I have never seen so many svc errors during boot in my life.

So luck would have it, that I just moved all my user data and source store to an external 500GB USB HD with a zfs pool.

I had to do a clean install of B115, I've been reinstalling my software for about a week now.

B115 has the Gnome 2.26 desktop, so there are still a few issues, I'll have to check bugtraq and add some bugs.

I did upgrade the evolution from the 2.26 version to 2.27.2, it's a pretty nice release.

I did find some issues with the 2.27 gtkhtml module that is used by eveolution for creating, replying and forwarding mail.

If I use 2.27.2, then the drag and drop of attachments work, but check spelling causes the evolution to hang up.

If i use 2.27.1 check spelling works, but drag and drop causes the evolution to hang up.

Using truss on anything causes the desktop to stop resonding though the cursor is still moving.

I run dual screen with compiz on an nvidia card, 8 separate desktops.

The strange old bug is back, if I start a program from the gnome panel on monitor 2 it shows up on monitor 1.

If I start the program from a terminal on monitor 2 then it appears on monitor 2.

I want to think I remeber this is a PATH issue, but I'm still investigating.

Does not matter if I'm root or a standard user, compiz or not compiz.

Cursor staill shows up on monitor 1 if I go to monitor 2 fast enough, never noticed this before on B112.

I did do the upgrade to Xorg 1.6 as well, it looks stable.

So I will have to continue working on the program start up issue and why any use of truss looks up the system.

More later



Did the ever put the session manager back in Gnome 2.26? That's the one that let's you save several running apps and have them restored to their panel #, windows size, etc... the next time you logon?


Posted by alan pae on June 03, 2009 at 05:47 AM PDT #


Running /usr/bin/gnome-session-save should do the trick, I have not tried it for awhile, but it should work.

It actually updates the session file which is xml, I wish I could remember where it is :-)

Looks like it maybe ~/.gconfd/saved_state


Posted by David Clack on June 03, 2009 at 06:06 AM PDT #

Thanks Dave,

On Gnome 2.24 it says that it's not implemented. On 2.26 it reports as saved but it's broken. The one that was in Gnome around 2.22 did what I needed it to do but the one in 2.26 reports that the session is saved but then restores what it wants and not what I want. Oh well.

Maybe you guys could get around to including "Hearts" next time instead of Blackjack. :-)


Posted by Alan Pae on June 04, 2009 at 05:23 AM PDT #

If you're using LiveUpgrade then you're using Solaris Nevada, not OpenSolaris.

Posted by Nico on June 08, 2009 at 07:38 AM PDT #

That's why I put Nevada in brackets ?

It's the base for OpenSolaris

Nevada B115 will become an OpenSolaris release at some point ?

Posted by David Clack on June 08, 2009 at 07:55 AM PDT #

Gnome session save, works for me.

Try gnome-session-properties the options tag, "Remember Currently Running Application"


Posted by David Clack on June 09, 2009 at 02:51 AM PDT #

I did that! :( Oh well. This time I clicked on it and checked auto save on logout and then logged out and back in again and it saved!


Posted by Alan Pae on June 09, 2009 at 04:57 AM PDT #

I gave OpenSolaris 2009.6 a go on my Eee PC 1000HA, and all the components were detected but I was faced with two problems:

1) Battery life is terrible.

2) I am unable to configure my mobile to connect to my provider, I asked on

And not a single answer. Whats the story - do you guys want people to actually use your products?

Posted by Kaiwai Gardiner on June 13, 2009 at 10:27 PM PDT #


I don't have that model in the lab.

Can you try turning on network auto magic, though I think it should be on, svcadm enable nwam

Make your /etc/power.conf look like this

autopm enable
autoS3 default
cpu-threshold 1s
cpupm enable
S3-support enable
system-threshold 15s
# Auto-Shutdown Idle(min) Start/Finish(hh:mm) Behavior
autoshutdown 30 9:00 9:00 noshutdown
[root@os-asus /etc]

put this line in /etc/system

set cpupm_ti_gov_multiple = 5

you should be able to run powertop as root, to see if the processor is being slowed down.

Can you post the output of scanpci se we can see what the ethernet and wifi devices are ?

What's in the file /etc/nwam/llp


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