System Administration Guide: Basic Administration

ProcedureHow to Clear Automatic Boot Archive Update Failures by Using the bootadm Command

During the process of booting the system, if a warning message that is similar to the following is displayed, take action accordingly:

WARNING: Automatic update of the boot archive failed.
Update the archives using 'bootadm update-archive'
command and then reboot the system from the same device that
was previously booted.

The following procedure describes how to manually update an out-of-date boot archive by using the bootadm command.

  1. Become superuser or assume an equivalent role.

    Roles contain authorizations and privileged commands. For more information about roles, see Configuring RBAC (Task Map) in System Administration Guide: Security Services.

  2. To update the boot archive, type:

    # bootadm update-archive

    Manages the boot archives on a system.


    Updates the current boot archive, if required. Applies to both SPARC and x86 based systems.

  3. Reboot the system.

    # reboot