The pkgrm utility can be used with the -G option from the global zone to remove packages from the global zone only. The package must not affect any area of the global zone shared with non-global zones or be installed in any non-global zone.
When the pkgrm utility is used in the global zone, the following actions apply.
pkgrm can remove a package from the global zone and from all non-global zones, or from the global zone only when the package is only installed in the global zone.
pkgrm cannot remove a package only from the global zone if the package is also installed in a non-global zone, or remove a package from any subset of the non-global zones.
Note that a package can only be removed from a non-global zone by a zone administrator working in that zone if the following are true:
The package does not affect any area on the non-global zone that is shared from the global zone.
The package is set SUNW_PKG_ALLZONES=false.
To remove a package from the global zone and from all non-global zones, execute the pkgrm utility in the global zone. As the global administrator, run pkgrm without the -G option.
A package can be removed from the global zone and from all non-global zones without regard to the area affected by the package.
The following steps are performed by the pkgrm utility:
Package dependencies are checked on the global zone and on all non-global zones. If the dependency check fails, then pkgrm fails. The system notifies the global administrator, who is prompted whether to continue.
The package is removed from each non-global zone.
The package database on each non-global zone is updated.
The package is removed from the global zone.
The package database on the global zone is updated.