Patches for "Turbo-Charging SVR4 Package Install" are now available

I am delighted to announce that Casper Dik's "Turbo-Charging SVR4 Package Install" feature enhancement is now available by downloading and installing the following patches:

119254-70 (SPARC) / 119255-70 (x86): Patch utilites patch
121428-13 (SPARC) / 121429-13 (x86): Live Upgrade Zones Support Patch
121430-40 (SPARC) / 121431-41 (x86): Live Upgrade Patch
124630-28 (SPARC) / 124631-29 (x86): System Administration Applications, Network, and Core Libraries Patch

It is important to apply 119254-70 (SPARC) / 119255-70 (x86) and 121428-13 (SPARC) / 121428-13 (x86) if the system is running non-global zones.  Otherwise booting newly installed zones will fail until the pkgserv daemon exits, about 5 minutes after zoneadm install finished.  Zones which were already installed can be booted as expected.

"Turbo Packaging" is designed to dramatically improve the performance of install, upgrade, Live Upgrade, and zone creation on Solaris 10.  It delivers only a small improvement for patching performance.   (See my Zones Parallel Patching blog entry for information on dramatic patching performance improvements.)

For background reading on the "Turbo Packaging" feature, please see
http://www.opensolaris.org/jive/thread.jspa?messageID=358081 and http://arc.opensolaris.org/caselog/PSARC/2009/173/

The "Turbo-charging SVR4 Package Install" feature will also be included in the forthcoming Solaris 10 Update 8 release and will be documented in the Release Notes for that release.

Great work, Casper - well done!

Comments:

Thank you very much great article

Posted by Sesli Chat on September 09, 2009 at 01:58 PM IST #

Thanks for the information, this is great news.

Unfortunately, your blog entry on Zones Parallel Patching is only accessible for Sun Employees...

Posted by Stefaan Eeckels on September 11, 2009 at 04:39 PM IST #

Stefaan, the link given appears to be for editing the page, not just viewing it, hence unavailable to us.
Try the "Latest Entries" links in the sidebar, or these two related links:

Friday Jun 19, 2009: Zones Parallel Patching versus Update On Attach: When to use which one?
http://blogs.sun.com/patch/entry/zones_parallel_patching_versus_update

Wednesday Jun 17, 2009: Zones Parallel Patching feature now available!
http://blogs.sun.com/patch/entry/zones_parallel_patching_feature_now

Oh, not to forget Casper, Gerry & his team: Great job, huge thank you!

Posted by Stuart Remphrey on September 13, 2009 at 10:13 PM IST #

Ooops, sorry about that! I've corrected the link.

BTW: I can claim no credit for Turbo packaging at all. That one is all down to Casper and those nice Install Sustaining (RPE) folk under Jon Bowman.

Best Wishes,

Gerry.

Posted by Gerry Haskins on September 14, 2009 at 04:00 AM IST #

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