Sun Studio and Solaris integration
By Chris Quenelle on Apr 13, 2006
Now that Sun Studio is free, we’re trying to get it installed more seamlessly with Solaris in time for Solaris 10 update 2. Ooops. Scratch that, “update 2” is an internal name. The external name would be “Solaris 10 0X06” with some month number for X. Don’t ask me, it wasn’t my idea. Anyway, one thing we want to do is get the compilers and tools on everyone’s default path by adding symlinks in /usr/bin.
Of course when this idea was thunk up, the thinker didn’t realize that we have about 100 executables in the Sun Studio bin directory. (Not to mention the 2084 man pages, mostly for library routines). That’s a lot of symlinks. It would be nice to get ‘gvim’ and ‘xemacs’ on everyone’s path by default, even if they aren’t a big Sun Studio fan. And it would be nice to help prevent the /usr/ucb/cc problem. Having a ‘cc’ command in /usr/bin would help.
One of the reasons for this is that Linux has gcc, gdb, g++ etc on the default search path, and it really makes sense for Solaris to offer the support for building software. Configure scripts are used to just ‘finding’ the right tools on your search path.
For now, all the developer tools would be a separate DVD which is optional to install. So this isn’t going to be inflicted on everyone, at least for now.
So just for grins, here’s the list of things in the ‘bin’ directory for Sun Studio 11: