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1.  Installation Issues

2.  Oracle Solaris Runtime Issues

General Information

Recommended Adoption of SHA-256 and SHA-512 crypt(3C) Plug-ins for Password Encryption

Common Desktop Environment

Problem When Printing to a Local Printer With Thunderbird 3 (6978760)

Trusted Stripe Disappears From the Screen After a Resolution Change (6460624)

x86: kdmconfig Command Does Not Create System Identification Configuration File for Xorg X Server (6217442)

File Systems

The config/local_only Property in sendmail Must Not Be Set to true (6970172)

SPARC: Console sync Command Can Hang While Attempting a Crash Dump (6967825)

32-bit x86: Unable to Use reboot Command to Boot Kernel (6741682)

zpool attach Command Does Not Copy bootblock Information (6668666)

x86: ata Driver Timeouts During Boot (6586621)

zoneadm install Command Fails With a ZFS Legacy Mount (6449301)

ZFS and UNIX/POSIX Compliance Issues

fdisk -E Command Can Sweep Disk Used by ZFS Without Warning (6412771)

ZFS and Third-Party Backup Product Issues

BrightStor ARCserve Backup Client Agent for UNIX (Solaris) and ZFS Support

ZFS GUI Should Check for /usr/lib/embedded_su Patch at the Beginning of Each Wizard (6326334)

Failure to Synchronize File System on Panic (6250422)

Upgrading From Some Oracle Solaris 10 Releases Requires Remounting of File Systems

NFSv4 Access Control List Functions Might Work Incorrectly

System Crash Dump Fails on Devices Greater Than 1 TByte in Size (6214480)

Hardware-Related Issues and Bugs

SPARC: Issuing XIR on Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 OS Causes a Failure to complete trap processing Error (6962156)

x64: PCI Subsystem ID Changes in ConnectX Firmware 2.6.0 From Mellanox (6810093)

The ZFS ARC Allocates Memory Inside the Kernel Cage Preventing DR (6522017)

mpathadm Command Does Not Display Load-Balance Setting Specific to Device

Registration Tool Prevents Power Management on Some Frame Buffers (6321362)

SPARC: Sun Crypto Accelerator 4000 Board Versions 1.0 and 1.1 Not Supported in the Oracle Solaris 10 OS

Certain USB 2.0 Controllers Are Disabled

Supported USB Devices and Corresponding Hub Configurations

x86: Limitations Exist With Certain Device Drivers in the Oracle Solaris 10 OS

DVD-ROM/CD-ROM Drives on Headless Systems

x86: Manual Configuration Required to Specify Non-U.S. English Keyboards

SPARC: jfca Driver for Certain Host Bus Adapters That Are Connected to Tape Devices Might Cause Errors (6210240)

Contention Exists Between Certain Devices That Share the Same Bus (6196994)

Some DVD and CD-ROM Drives Fail to Boot the Oracle Solaris 10 OS (4397457)

iPlanet Directory Server 5.1 Issues

Installing Directory Server 5.1

Migrating to the Sun Java System Directory Server 5 2005Q1

Localization Issues

Swedish Software Translations Note

Multiple Input Method Switcher Applications Appear in Trusted Java DS

Wnn8 Japanese Input Method

New ChuYin Input Method Not Supported in Upgrade to IIIMF rev.12 (6492129)

AltGr Key Does Not Work As a Mode Switcher in Some Russian Locales (6487712)

Arabic Text Not Appearing in ar Locales

Several Arabic Fonts Do Not Work in GNOME Desktop (6384024)

Unable to Switch Input Language on Session-Saved Applications (6360759)

Keyboard Shortcuts in Mozilla 1.7 in ES Locale Are Unusual and Ambiguous (6288620)

Migration Note for UTF-8 Locales

Microsoft Office Files

HTML Files

Fixing Broken HTML File

Emails Saved As Portable Format

Plain Text Files

File Names and Directory Names

Launching Legacy Locale Applications

Hardware for Some Keyboard Layouts Type 6 and 7 Not Available

Networking Issues

SPARC: NFS/RDMA Connection Errors (6229077)

System Domain of Interpretation Is Not Configurable (6314248)

IP Forwarding Disabled by Default in the Oracle Solaris 10 OS

Zone Not Booting When IP Address Belongs to a Failed IP Network Multipathing Group (6184000)

Security Issues

Nonpassword Logins Fail With pam_ldap Enabled (6365896)

Oracle Solaris Commands and Standards

winbind Command Fetches Only the First 1000 Active Directory Users

Changed Man Pages for Trusted Extensions Are in Reference Manual Only

Bash 3.00 No Longer Sets Some Environment Variables

New ln Utility Requires -f Option

New tcsh Version Rejects setenv Variable Names That Use a Dash or an Equal Sign

STDIO getc Family EOF Condition Behavior Change

Output Columns of the ps Command Have Been Widened

Solaris Volume Manager Bugs

Solaris Volume Manager Does Not Remove Devices Correctly If fdisk Does Not Have Valid Entries

Solaris Volume Manager metattach Command Might Fail

Java Desktop System Bugs

Email and Calendar

Problem With Changing Authentication Type (6246543)

Login Issues

Login Error Message

Help System

Wrong Help Window Opened For Volume Control (6253210)

Mozilla Browser

Cannot Print Certain Documents From the Mozilla Browser

System-Level Issues

User Preferences Not Fully Compatible

Problem With Sound Recorder

Nautilus ACL MASK Is Not Synchronized With Group Permissions (6464485)

strftime(3c) Should Support GNU Extension in %-m And %-d (6448815)

x86: Cannot Configure Full-Screen Magnification on Systems With One Video Card

Certain View Options Might Cause File Manager to Fail (6233643)

System Administration

The Availability Suite Module sdbc Fails to Load During Boot (6952222)

Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 Clock Stops on Oracle VM 2.2 (6952499)

SPARC: FKU 137137-xx Patch Does Not Support Third-Party Volume Manager Software

Solaris 10 10/09 DVD Media Might Not Be Automatically Mounted by vold (6712352)

Oracle Solaris Is Unable to Handle Mode Switches Between Legacy and AHCI Modes for the SATA Controller (6520224)

32-bit: Possible Error With Applications When Obtaining the File System State on Large File Systems (6468905)

Using patchadd Command With the -R Option to Specify an Alternative Root Path From Systems That Are Not Zones Aware Should Be Restricted (6464969)

Sun Patch Manager Tool 2.0 Incompatible With Previous Versions of the Tool

Cannot Delete Existing Diskless Clients From the System (6205746)

SPARC: smosservice delete Command Does Not Successfully Remove All Service Directories (6192105)

3.  System-Specific Issues

4.  End-of-Software Support Statements

5.  Documentation Issues

A.  Previously Documented Bugs That Were Fixed in the Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 Release

Localization Issues

This section describes localization issues that apply to Oracle Solaris 10 OS.

Swedish Software Translations Note

Swedish software translations are no longer updated since the Solaris 10 8/07 release except the ones translated by communities. Thus, updated messages are displayed in English.

Workaround: None.

Multiple Input Method Switcher Applications Appear in Trusted Java DS

When you log in to the Trusted Java DS with UTF-8 or Asian locales, the Input Method Switcher application, iiim-panel, appears per label by default. Thus in multiple label environment, multiple iiim-panel appears, which could be confusing to the user.

No error message is displayed.

Workaround: Stop using the iiim-panel. Perform the following steps:

To switch the input language, you can also use Hotkey. To enable Hotkey, perform the following steps:

Note - When Attach to each application is selected, the language switcher list will not be displayed for GTK applications. You can switch input language by using Hotkey.

Wnn8 Japanese Input Method

Wnn8 Japanese Input method cannot be used if the Wnn8 servers are not enabled.

Workaround: Enable the Wnn8 servers:

# svcadm enable wnn8/server

In addition, select Wnn8 as the Japanese Language engine by running the iiim-properties command.

New ChuYin Input Method Not Supported in Upgrade to IIIMF rev.12 (6492129)

When you upgrade the OS to the Solaris 10 6/06 or Solaris 10 11/06 release, the input method framework and individual input methods get upgraded from rev.10 to rev.12. However, ChuYin is not in the list of supported input methods. Also, you cannot use the function keys F2 and F3 to switch methods

Workaround: Use PinYin to type traditional Chinese characters with Hanyu PinYin. Use Ctrl+Shift to switch input methods.

AltGr Key Does Not Work As a Mode Switcher in Some Russian Locales (6487712)

The AltGr key does not work as a mode switcher for the Russian Xsun layout inru_RU.KOI8-R and ru_RU.ANSI1251 locales.

Workaround 1: Switch to the ru_RU.UTF-8 or the ru_RU.ISO8859-5 locale.

Workaround 2: Use IIIMF instead of the Russian keyboard layout.

Arabic Text Not Appearing in ar Locales

If your x86 system is using Xorg as the default Xserver, the Arabic font (iso7759-6) does not appear in the ar locale. This error does not occur if you are using XSun instead of XOrg.

Workaround: Follow these steps.

  1. As superuser, edit /usr/dt/config/Xservers.

    • Uncomment or add the following line:

      :0 Local local_uid@console root /usr/openwin/bin/Xsun :0 
      -nobanner -defdepth 24
    • Comment out the following line:

      :0 Local local_uid@console root /usr/X11/bin/Xorg :0
  2. Reboot the system.

Alternatively, you can log in to ar_EG.UTF-8 or other UTF-8 locales.

Several Arabic Fonts Do Not Work in GNOME Desktop (6384024)

In GNOME when you select certain Arabic fonts, the characters do not display. This problem appears when you select fonts for applications, the desktop, or the window title using the GNOME font properties menu. The affected fonts include:

No error message is displayed.


Use any of the newly delivered Kacst family of fonts to display Arabic characters in GNOME applications.

Unable to Switch Input Language on Session-Saved Applications (6360759)

Multiple language input is supported in UTF-8 locales, but the language switch is not working with session-saved applications where mouse button 1 is clicked first after login. This problem occurs with the Java Desktop System (Java DS). No error message is displayed.


Click mouse button 1 on the background workspace or Launch Menu before clicking any application.

Keyboard Shortcuts in Mozilla 1.7 in ES Locale Are Unusual and Ambiguous (6288620)

The keyboard shortcuts in Mozilla 1.7 are unusual, especially in Spanish locale. For example, Ctrl-S is being used for copying as well as for saving. No error message is displayed.


Identify the shortcut keys assigned to user actions from menu in the product.

Migration Note for UTF-8 Locales

When migrating to UTF-8 locales, the files affect the method that you use to import or export data.

Microsoft Office Files

Microsoft Office files are encoded in Unicode. StarOffice applications can read and write the Unicode encoded files.

HTML Files

HTML files authored using HTML editors such as Mozilla Composer, or HTML files saved by a web browser, usually contain a charset encoding tag. After exporting or importing, you can browse such HTML files with the Mozilla Navigator web browser, or edit the files with Mozilla Composer, according to the encoding tag in the HTML file.

Fixing Broken HTML File

Some HTML files might be displayed in garbage characters. This problem is typically due to the following reasons:

To find the charset encoding tag in the HTML file, perform the following actions:

  1. Open the file with Mozilla.

  2. Press Ctrl-i, or click View to open the View menu.

  3. Click Page Info.

The charset information is in the bottom of the General tab, for example:

Content-Type text/html; charset=us-ascii

If the string charset=us-ascii does not match the actual encoding of the file, the file might appear broken. To edit the encodings of the HTML file, perform the following actions:

  1. Open the file with Mozilla Composer.

  2. Open the File menu.

  3. Select Save as Charset.

  4. Choose the correct encoding. Mozilla Composer automatically converts the encoding and the charset tag as appropriate.

Emails Saved As Portable Format

Modern mails are tagged with the MIME charset tag. The Email and Calendar application accepts MIME charset tags. You do not need to perform any encoding conversion.

Plain Text Files

Plain text files do not have a charset tag. If the files are not in UTF-8 encoding, encoding conversion is needed. For example, to convert a plain text file encoded in Traditional Chinese big5 to UTF-8, execute the following command:

iconv -f big5 -t UTF-8 inputfilename

 > outputfilename

You can also use the File System Examiner for the encoding conversion.

You can use the Text Editor to read and write character encoding text automatically or by specifying an encoding explicitly when opening or saving a file.

To start Text Editor, click Launch, then choose Applications->Accessories->Text Editor.

File Names and Directory Names

If file names and directory names using multibyte characters are not in UTF-8 encoding, encoding conversion is needed. You can use File System Examiner to convert file and directory names and the contents of plain text files from legacy character encodings to UTF-8 encoding. Refer to the online Help for File System Examiner for more information.

To start File Systems Examiner, click Launch, then choose Applications->Utilities->File System Examiner.

When you access non-UTF-8 file or directory names on Microsoft Windows via SMB using File Manager, you can access the non-UTF-8 file or directory names without encoding conversion.

Launching Legacy Locale Applications

For applications that are not ready to migrate to Unicode UTF-8, you can create a launcher on a front panel to start the application in legacy locales. You can also launch the applications directly from the command line. Perform the following steps to create a launcher for an application.

  1. Right-click on the panel where you want to place the launcher.

  2. Choose Add to Panel->Launcher.

  3. Use the following format to type the entry in the Command field in the Create Launcher dialog:

    env LANG=locale LC_ALL= locale application name

    For example, if you want to launch an application called motif-app from /usr/dt/bin in the Chinese Big5 locale, enter the following text in the Command field of the Create Launcher:

    env LANG=zh_TW.BIG5 LC_ALL=zh_TW.BIG5 /usr/dt/bin/motif-app
  4. Click OK to create the launcher on the panel.

When you need to run CLI (command line interface) applications which are specific to a legacy locale, open a Terminal window in the legacy locale first and then run the CLI applications in the same Terminal window. To open a Terminal window in a legacy locale, enter the following command:

eng LANG=locale LC_ALL=locale GNOME-TERMINAL –disbable-factory.

Instead of opening a new Terminal window in a legacy locale, you can switch the locale setting from UTF-8 to a legacy locale in the current Terminal window by changing the encoding the Set Character Encoding menu in the Terminal window. Then you must also set the LANG and LANG environment variables to the current shell.

Hardware for Some Keyboard Layouts Type 6 and 7 Not Available

Software support for some keyboard layouts has been added to the Oracle Solaris OS. This software gives users greater flexibility for keyboard input by modifying standard U.S. keyboard layouts to their own language needs.

Currently, no hardware is available for the following keyboard layout types:

French Canadian
Malta UK
Malta US
Brazil Portuguese
Serbia and Montenegro

Workaround: Choose one of the following workarounds: