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OpenSolaris 2008.11 Installation FAQ

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I wrote an FAQ which answers many of the common questions people have when installing OpenSolaris. It also tells you how to avoid some common pitfalls (e.g. avoiding usage of extended partitions, how to recover from overwritten boot manager, etc.). If you have any additional questions or you spot any incorrections please let me know at roman dot strobl at sun dot com.


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  • Kristian Sunday, November 16, 2008

    Hi Roman;

    while I generally like most of the FAQs, there are two (minor) things I would like to add to this:

    \* Referring to "Question: Help! OpenSolaris overwrote my boot loader and I cannot boot into Linux anymore!":

    Asides the fact that, yes, I consider mindlessly overwriting any existing bootloader without asking before a _rather_ impolite thing to do in course of installing an operating system, the most "straightforward" way of booting into an existing Linux installation using the (OpenSolaris) grub is something like this:

    - Use "c" to enter the "grub" console at the OpenSolaris boot prompt.

    - While there, choose the kernel to boot:

    > kernel (hdx,y)/boot/vmlinuz-<whatever> root=/dev/<root-device>

    ... replacing "x" with the hard drive number and "y" with the partition number of the partition where your Linux kernel is to be found, along with setting <root-device> to be the Linux device node your / partition rests on (like "sda5"),

    - do the same for eventually used initial ram disks:

    > initrd (hdx,y)/initrd-<whatever>

    - after doing so, enter

    > boot

    to get your Linux system started. This way, then, you either can append the OpenSolaris boot entry to your Linux grub and get it re-installed or backup your Linux grub boot configuration for use with the OpenSolaris grub.

    \* Regarding software installation: I'd like to have a short pointer added to this how to, in example, use .spec files to install software not found in the IPS repositories on OpenSolaris. :)

    Cheers & keep up the good work,


  • Roman Strobl Monday, November 17, 2008

    Thanks Kristian. I agree, overwriting boot loader without asking is bad - however this is how things are. I have already provided the feedback, that we need to add an option not to overwrite the boot loader.

    Btw what kind of software installation do you mean?

  • Varun Tuesday, November 25, 2008

    Off-topic; "Where's Gregg these days?"

  • Roman Strobl Wednesday, November 26, 2008

    Hi Varun, Gregg doesn't work for Sun anymore.

  • Varun Wednesday, November 26, 2008

    Hi Roman,

    Thats shocking! Was there any announcement made on blogosphere?

    Whats he doing these days?

  • Roman Strobl Wednesday, November 26, 2008

    No, there was no announcement - he's working for a company that works on code review tools. I think he enjoys his new job very much :) He left Sun voluntarily.

  • IL Sunday, December 14, 2008


    I have participated in Sun Tech Days 2008 Seoul.

    and I'm struck with your presentation in Seoul.

    I want to ask you a question.

    Can you let me know your e-mail address?

    Or, please, e-mail me with my e-mail address.


  • Roman Strobl Sunday, January 25, 2009

    Hi, my e-mail address is roman dot strobl at sun dot com.

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