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Upgrading from OpenSolaris 2009.06 to Solaris 11 Express 2010.11

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In this entry I document my experience of upgrading from OpenSolaris 2009.06 to Solaris 11 Express 2010.11. I selected to include lots of output, in case you want to compare your experience to mine.

Step 1: Read the Release Notes!

We done our best to document the known issues in the release notes and I'll touch on the more common ones here (at least the ones that affected me). The steps for upgrading are also included in the release notes, but my goal is to provide a more thorough set up steps here.

Step 2: Create a New Boot Environment.

Yes, the image-update process creates a new boot environment, but for big updates like this I like to also create a "trailing" boot environment. My last boot environment dates back to September. If for some reason I need to revert back, I want to know I'm reverting back to exactly how things are as of today.

bleonard@opensolaris:~$ pfexec beadm create opensolaris-november_17_2010

Step 3: Remove "Problematic" Packages

Some packages, such as PostgreSQL, have been removed from Solaris 11 Express. If the image update finds these problematic packages installed, it simply assumes you want to continue using them and terminates the update. You can read more about this here and here. The release notes contain a complete list of the features removed in the current release. Also note the comment about removing any packages you may have installed from the contrib repository.

From the note above:

..PostgreSQL Versions 8.2, 8.3, and 8.4 have been removed.

As amp-dev depends on SUNWphp52-pgsql (a PHP PostgreSQL library) which depends on PostgreSQL, the package system is unable to move your system forward. It assumes you prefer to keep postgre, etc. working instead of updating it to a point where software stops working.

You'll need to remove amp-dev, all of the \*php\* and postgre packages.

I believe that should allow you to upgrade (assuming there isn't some other package in the way).

I'm going to start by removing any packages I've installed from the webstack repository:

bleonard@opensolaris:~$ pkg list -s | grep '(webstack)'
drupal (webstack) Drupal is a content management system. See project web site at http://drupal.org/
drupal-demo (webstack) This package provides a quick start for setting up drupal on localhost. While not suitable for production setup, it is handy for setting up a local instance for testing, evaluation or demonstrations.
bleonard@opensolaris:~$ pfexec pkg uninstall -r drupal
PHASE ACTIONS
Removal Phase 366/599
Warning - directory etc/drupal/default not empty - contents preserved in /var/pkg/lost+found/etc/drupal/default-20101117T151647Z
Removal Phase 599/599
PHASE ITEMS
Reading Existing Index 8/8
Indexing Packages 2/2

I might as well remove the webstack publisher at this time too:

bleonard@opensolaris:~$ pfexec pkg unset-publisher webstack

In the note above, Shawn recommends deleting all of the \*php\* packages, however, this isn't really necessary (and with all the associated dependencies, I'm not sure you'd have any packages left). I'm going to simply remove PostgreSQL and its 2 dependent packages, which can be identified as follows (the same two Shawn lists in the note above):

bleonard@opensolaris:~$ pkg uninstall -rnv SUNWpostgr-83-libs 
Creating Plan - Before evaluation:
UNEVALUATED:
-pkg:/SUNWpostgr-83-libs@8.3.7,5.11-0.111:20090508T163014Z
After evaluation:
pkg:/amp-dev@0.5.11,5.11-0.111:20090508T164640Z -> None
pkg:/SUNWphp52-pgsql@5.2.9,5.11-0.111:20090508T162718Z -> None
pkg:/SUNWpostgr-83-libs@8.3.7,5.11-0.111:20090508T163014Z -> None
Actuators:

Now running the uninstall one more time with feeling:

bleonard@opensolaris:~$ pfexec pkg uninstall -rv SUNWpostgr-83-libs 
Creating Plan - Before evaluation:
UNEVALUATED:
-pkg:/SUNWpostgr-83-libs@8.3.7,5.11-0.111:20090508T163014Z
After evaluation:
pkg:/amp-dev@0.5.11,5.11-0.111:20090508T164640Z -> None
pkg:/SUNWphp52-pgsql@5.2.9,5.11-0.111:20090508T162718Z -> None
pkg:/SUNWpostgr-83-libs@8.3.7,5.11-0.111:20090508T163014Z -> None
Actuators:
PHASE ACTIONS
Removal Phase 333/333
PHASE ITEMS
Reading Existing Index 8/8
Indexing Packages 3/3

For good measure, I'm also going to remove the packages associated with the now decommissioned Source Juicer.
bleonard@opensolaris:~$ pkg list -s | grep jucr
conky (jucr.opensolaris.org) Light-weight system monitor for X
bleonard@opensolaris:~$ pfexec pkg uninstall conky
PHASE ACTIONS
Removal Phase 30/30
PHASE ITEMS
Reading Existing Index 8/8
Indexing Packages 1/1
bleonard@opensolaris:~$ pfexec pkg unset-publisher jucr.opensolaris.org

Step 4: Update the OpenSolaris Image

The upgrade from OpenSolaris 2009.06 (build snv_111b) to Solaris 11 Express 2010.11 (snv_151a) requires an intermediate stop along to way at OpenSolaris 2010.05 (build snv_134b), which was never officially released (until now).

The update process is a bit noisier than usual, but all warnings can be ignored:

bleonard@opensolaris:~$ pfexec pkg image-update --be-name=opensolaris-b134 
DOWNLOAD PKGS FILES XFER (MB)
Completed 2085/2085 74286/74286 1356.88/1356.88 56.88 88
PHASE ACTIONS
Removal Phase 20384/30296
Warning - directory usr/share/gdm/applications not empty - contents preserved in /tmp/tmpPvRzSx/var/pkg/lost+found/usr/share/gdm/applications-20101117T162536Z
Removal Phase 21274/30296
Warning - directory usr/lib/python2.4/vendor-packages/pkg not empty - contents preserved in /tmp/tmpPvRzSx/var/pkg/lost+found/usr/lib/python2.4/vendor-packages/pkg-20101117T162536Z
Warning - directory usr/lib/python2.4/vendor-packages/osol_install/distro_const not empty - contents preserved in /tmp/tmpPvRzSx/var/pkg/lost+found/usr/lib/python2.4/vendor-packages/osol_install/distro_const-20101117T162536Z
Removal Phase 22132/30296
Warning - directory usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/misc not empty - contents preserved in /tmp/tmpPvRzSx/var/pkg/lost+found/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/misc-20101117T162536Z
Warning - directory usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/encodings/large not empty - contents preserved in /tmp/tmpPvRzSx/var/pkg/lost+found/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/encodings/large-20101117T162536Z
Warning - directory usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/encodings not empty - contents preserved in /tmp/tmpPvRzSx/var/pkg/lost+found/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/encodings-20101117T162536Z
Warning - directory usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/Type1 not empty - contents preserved in /tmp/tmpPvRzSx/var/pkg/lost+found/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/Type1-20101117T162536Z
Warning - directory usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/TrueType/wqy not empty - contents preserved in /tmp/tmpPvRzSx/var/pkg/lost+found/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/TrueType/wqy-20101117T162536Z
Warning - directory usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/TrueType/unfonts not empty - contents preserved in /tmp/tmpPvRzSx/var/pkg/lost+found/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/TrueType/unfonts-20101117T162536Z
Warning - directory usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/TrueType/thai-scalable not empty - contents preserved in /tmp/tmpPvRzSx/var/pkg/lost+found/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/TrueType/thai-scalable-20101117T162536Z
Warning - directory usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/TrueType/ipafont not empty - contents preserved in /tmp/tmpPvRzSx/var/pkg/lost+found/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/TrueType/ipafont-20101117T162536Z
Warning - directory usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/TrueType/indic-fonts-core not empty - contents preserved in /tmp/tmpPvRzSx/var/pkg/lost+found/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/TrueType/indic-fonts-core-20101117T162536Z
Warning - directory usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/TrueType/hangyang not empty - contents preserved in /tmp/tmpPvRzSx/var/pkg/lost+found/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/TrueType/hangyang-20101117T162536Z
Warning - directory usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/TrueType/arphic not empty - contents preserved in /tmp/tmpPvRzSx/var/pkg/lost+found/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/TrueType/arphic-20101117T162536Z
Warning - directory usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/TrueType/arabeyes not empty - contents preserved in /tmp/tmpPvRzSx/var/pkg/lost+found/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/TrueType/arabeyes-20101117T162536Z
Warning - directory usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/TrueType not empty - contents preserved in /tmp/tmpPvRzSx/var/pkg/lost+found/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/TrueType-20101117T162536Z
Warning - directory usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/TTF not empty - contents preserved in /tmp/tmpPvRzSx/var/pkg/lost+found/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/TTF-20101117T162536Z
Warning - directory usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi not empty - contents preserved in /tmp/tmpPvRzSx/var/pkg/lost+found/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi-20101117T162536Z
Warning - directory usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi not empty - contents preserved in /tmp/tmpPvRzSx/var/pkg/lost+found/usr/X11/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi-20101117T162536Z
Removal Phase 22345/30296
Warning - directory etc/sma/snmp/mibs not empty - contents preserved in /tmp/tmpPvRzSx/var/pkg/lost+found/etc/sma/snmp/mibs-20101117T162536Z
Removal Phase 30296/30296
Install Phase 107697/109140 The 'pcieb' driver shares the alias 'pciexclass,060400' with the 'pcie_pci'
driver, but the system cannot determine how the latter was delivered.
Its entry on line 2 in /etc/driver_aliases has been commented
out. If this driver is no longer needed, it may be removed by booting
into the 'opensolaris-b134' boot environment and invoking 'rem_drv pcie_pci'
as well as removing line 2 from /etc/driver_aliases or, before
rebooting, mounting the 'opensolaris-b134' boot environment and running
'rem_drv -b <mountpoint> pcie_pci' and removing line 2 from
<mountpoint>/etc/driver_aliases.
The 'pcieb' driver shares the alias 'pciexclass,060401' with the 'pcie_pci'
driver, but the system cannot determine how the latter was delivered.
Its entry on line 3 in /etc/driver_aliases has been commented
out. If this driver is no longer needed, it may be removed by booting
into the 'opensolaris-b134' boot environment and invoking 'rem_drv pcie_pci'
as well as removing line 3 from /etc/driver_aliases or, before
rebooting, mounting the 'opensolaris-b134' boot environment and running
'rem_drv -b <mountpoint> pcie_pci' and removing line 3 from
<mountpoint>/etc/driver_aliases.
Install Phase 109140/109140
Update Phase 49275/49317 driver (aggr) upgrade (removal of policy'read_priv_set=net_rawaccess write_priv_set=net_rawaccess) failed: minor node spec required.
Update Phase 49279/49317 driver (softmac) upgrade (removal of policy'read_priv_set=net_rawaccess write_priv_set=net_rawaccess) failed: minor node spec required.
Update Phase 49280/49317 driver (vnic) upgrade (removal of policy'read_priv_set=net_rawaccess write_priv_set=net_rawaccess) failed: minor node spec required.
Update Phase 49290/49317 driver (ibd) upgrade (removal of policy'read_priv_set=net_rawaccess write_priv_set=net_rawaccess) failed: minor node spec required.
Update Phase 49302/49317 driver (dnet) upgrade (removal of policy'read_priv_set=net_rawaccess write_priv_set=net_rawaccess) failed: minor node spec required.
Update Phase 49303/49317 driver (elxl) upgrade (removal of policy'read_priv_set=net_rawaccess write_priv_set=net_rawaccess) failed: minor node spec required.
Update Phase 49304/49317 driver (iprb) upgrade (removal of policy'read_priv_set=net_rawaccess write_priv_set=net_rawaccess) failed: minor node spec required.
Update Phase 49317/49317
PHASE ITEMS
Reading Existing Index 8/8
Indexing Packages 2085/2085
Optimizing Index...
PHASE ITEMS
Indexing Packages 2192/2192
A clone of opensolaris-firefox-plugin-flash-10.1.82.76.0.111 exists and has been updated and activated.
On the next boot the Boot Environment opensolaris-b134 will be mounted on '/'.
Reboot when ready to switch to this updated BE.
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NOTE: Please review release notes posted at:
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Step 5: Reboot Into Build 134

bleonard@opensolaris:~$ reboot

Step 6:  Switch to the Oracle Repositories

The OpenSolaris repositories hosted at opensolaris.org have been replaced with Solaris repositories hosted at oracle.com. The --non-sticky option instructs Solaris to install packages from the new preferred repository (solaris) over the repository they were originally installed from (opensolaris.org):

bleonard@opensolaris:~$ pfexec pkg set-publisher --non-sticky opensolaris.org
bleonard@opensolaris:~$ pfexec pkg set-publisher --non-sticky extra

Set up the new preferred publisher:

bleonard@opensolaris:~$ pfexec pkg set-publisher -P -g http://pkg.oracle.com/solaris/release solaris

After which, your configured publishers should look as follows:

bleonard@opensolaris:~$ pkg publisher
PUBLISHER TYPE STATUS URI
solaris (preferred) origin online http://pkg.oracle.com/solaris/release/
opensolaris.org (non-sticky) origin online http://pkg.opensolaris.org/release/
extra (non-sticky) origin online https://pkg.sun.com/opensolaris/extra/

Step 7: Update the pkg Utility

The pkg utility needs to be updated before running image-update again. You can see this if you run the following:

bleonard@opensolaris:~$ pfexec pkg image-update -n 
WARNING: pkg(5) appears to be out of date, and should be updated before
running image-update. Please update pkg(5) using 'pfexec pkg install
pkg:/package/pkg' and then retry the image-update.

bleonard@opensolaris:~$ pfexec pkg install pkg:/package/pkg
DOWNLOAD PKGS FILES XFER (MB)
Completed 916/916 1/1 0.0/0.0
PHASE ACTIONS
Removal Phase 8202/8202
Update Phase 2/2
PHASE ITEMS
Reading Existing Index 8/8
Indexing Packages 916/916

Step 8: View the Licenses (Optional)

In the next step we're going to update the image and accept the licenses associated with the various packages that will be installed as part of the update. You can first view the licenses for the packages as follows:

bleonard@opensolaris:~$ pfexec pkg image-update --licenses | more
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Package: pkg://solaris/gnome/trusted/locale/zh_tw@0.5.11,5.11-0.151.0.1:20101105T054732Z
License: SUNWtgnome-l10n-ui-zhTW.copyright
Copyright (c) 2008, 2010, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
------------------------------------------------------------
Package: pkg://solaris/release/getting-started/locale/zh_tw@0.5.11,5.11-0.151.0.1:20101105T060221Z
License: SUNWgetting-started-l10n-zhTW.copyright
Copyright 2008 Sun Microsystems, Inc. All rights reserved.
Use is subject to license terms.
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PUBLIC DOCUMENTATION LICENSE
Version 1.01
1.0 DEFINITIONS.
1.1. "Commercial Use" means distribution or otherwise making the Documentation available to a thir
d party.
1.2. "Contributor" means a person or entity who creates or contributes to the creation of Modifica
tions.
1.3. "Documentation" means the Original Documentation or Modifications or the combination of the O
riginal Documentation and Modifications, in each case including portions thereof.
--More--

Step 9: Update to Solaris 11 Express 2010.11

This step requires accepting the OTN License Agreement for Oracle Solaris as part of the image-update process:

bleonard@opensolaris:~$ pfexec pkg image-update --accept --be-name Solaris_11_Express_2010.11
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Package: pkg://solaris/consolidation/osnet/osnet-incorporation@0.5.11,5.11-0.151.0.1:20101104T230646Z
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DOWNLOAD PKGS FILES XFER (MB)
Completed 1363/1363 60273/60273 1140.3/1140.3
PHASE ACTIONS
Removal Phase 17325/30895
Warning - directory usr/share/icons/Neutral_Plus_Inv not empty - contents preserved in /tmp/tmpYKlVZ9/var/pkg/lost+found/usr/share/icons/Neutral_Plus_Inv-20101117T222355Z
Removal Phase 17331/30895
Warning - directory usr/share/gdm/themes not empty - contents preserved in /tmp/tmpYKlVZ9/var/pkg/lost+found/usr/share/gdm/themes-20101117T222355Z
Removal Phase 30895/30895
Install Phase 36748/36748
Update Phase 53257/53257
PHASE ITEMS
Reading Existing Index 8/8
Indexing Packages 1363/1363
Indexing Packages 1363/1363
Optimizing Index...
PHASE ITEMS
Indexing Packages 1420/1420
pkg: unable to unmount /tmp/tmpYKlVZ9
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Step 10: Reboot into Solaris 11 Express 2010.11

bleonard@opensolaris:~$ pfexec reboot

Step 11: Enjoy

Coincidence that the upgrade to Solaris 11 takes 11 steps?

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Comments ( 10 )
  • mircea Friday, November 19, 2010

    Hi,

    What about the case when I actually want to keep the PostgreSQL install? The upgrade should be fully backwards compatible with OpenSolaris (that provided PostgreSQL). By this I mean that even though the PostgreSQL packages are no longer present in Solaris 11 Express, the upgrade should allow to keep the old packages and run the old PostgreSQL service.


  • Shawn Walker Saturday, November 20, 2010

    @mircea

    It was decided to force the removal of the contents of and any support for PostgreSQL 8.2, 8.3, and 8.4 packages.

    As a result, to upgrade, they must be removed. If you want to use PostgreSQL, you will have to get your packages from somewhere else.


  • Shawn Walker Saturday, November 20, 2010

    @matt

    Yes, it is normal that you can't view the extra repository using a web browser.

    That's because it requires certificate-based authentication.

    To access it via a web browser, you would need to take the certificates you retrieved from pkg.sun.com/register, place the key & cert in a pkcs12 format file, and then import that into your browser's certificate store.


  • David Kirkby Tuesday, November 23, 2010

    If one removes PostgreSQL, performs the upgrade to Solaris 11 Express, will reinstalling PostgreSQL from the source code work? Or has the kernel been changed to specifically stop the installation of PostgreSQL or other open-source databases?


  • W Brian Leonard Monday, November 29, 2010

    @David Stanton - have you already tried running image-update with -v?

    @David Kirkby - no changes have been made to the kernel to specifically stop the installation of PostgreSQL or other open source databases.


  • Trevor Pretty Sunday, December 5, 2010

    Guys couple of things.

    The upgrade from OpenSolaris to OpenSolaris went well but then to Solaris 11 Express failed until I removed my zones.

    I see the zpool also needs upgrading so that's 12 steps :-)

    It's been a long time between drinks lets hope we won't have to wait so long next time.


  • John Yeary Friday, December 17, 2010

    I love the 11 steps. You are as quirky as me.

    It seems everything is working perfectly on my virtual images based on your instructions. I think you should be providing the technical writers so pointers on how to do good documentation. The default documentation is "lacking" to say the least.

    Thanks for the great information.


  • W Brian Leonard Monday, December 20, 2010

    Hey John,

    Good to hear from you. And I'm glad your updates went smoothly.


  • Predrag Zecevic Friday, December 31, 2010

    Well,

    great tutorial. Great OS.

    After booting to Solaris Express 11, can we remove OpenSolaris publishers from IPS list?

    Regards.


  • Jonathan Kalbfeld Tuesday, October 11, 2011

    Hey Jim,

    I just discovered this too. You want to switch to the openindiana.org repository and you should be able to go to 134. I am trying it out right now.

    Of course, my system probably won't boot from 134 so I'll be going back to 126...


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