System Administration Guide: Devices and File Systems

ProcedureHow to Add a Device Driver

This procedure assumes that the device has already been added to the system. If not, see What You Need for Unsupported Devices.

  1. Become superuser.

  2. Place the tape, diskette, or DVD into the drive.

  3. Install the driver.

    # pkgadd [-d] device package-name
    -d device

    Identifies the device path name that contains the package.


    Identifies the package name that contains the device driver.

  4. Verify that the package has been added correctly.

    # pkgchk package-name

    The system prompt returns with no response if the package is installed correctly.

Example 5–2 Adding a Device Driver

The following example shows how to install and verify a package called XYZdrv.

# pkgadd XYZdrv
(licensing messages displayed)
Installing XYZ Company driver as <XYZdrv>
Installation of <XYZdrv> was successful.
# pkgchk XYZdrv