On systems that are running a Solaris release that is not zones aware, using the patchadd command, or any command that accepts the -R option to specify an alternate root path for a global zone that has non-global zones installed, does not work.
You can use of the -R option to add and remove software packages and patches, if the alternate boot environment has configured non-global zones, but no installed non-global zones.
To avoid a potential problem, restrict the use of the -R option for the creation of an alternate root path.
If you are running this Solaris release, you can alternately choose one of the following methods:
Upgrade any systems that are not running the current Solaris release.
Boot an alternate root as the active OS.
If you are running the Solaris 10 OS, you can alternately choose one of the following methods:
Upgrade any systems that are not running at least the Solaris 10 1/06 OS to the Solaris 10 1/06 release.
If you are running the Solaris 10 initial 3/05 release, you can install the following patch to enable the use of commands that accept the -R option for creation of an alternate root path.
For SPARC based systems – Install at least revision 19 of patch 119254.
For x86 based systems – Install at least revision 19 patch 119255.
Boot an alternate root, for example the Solaris 10 release, as the active OS. You can then install and uninstall packages and patches without using the -R option.