Sun Studio and patchadd -G
By Chris Quenelle on Sep 28, 2006
Because Sun Studio 11 wasn't very zone savvy, we decided to install it with the -G option so that it always installed in a global zone. Unfortunately the advanced patch tools like updatemanager and smpatch don't deal very well with patches to products that were installed with -G. (see bug 6374972, visible on bugs.opensolaris.org). So to work around that, you have to install the patches using the patchadd command for now. If the Solaris group fixes 6374972 then I think the problem would go away. Of course, there is also a bug filed for Sun Studio to be zone-savvy and support installing into whatever zone the user wants. Fixing that bug (bug 6447164, visible on bugs.sun.com) might also result in better cooperation with updatemanager and smpatch.