Solaris 10 10/08 Release Notes

Chapter 1 Installation Issues

This chapter provides information and describes issues that relate to the installation of the Solaris 10 Operating System.

Note –

To see which bugs and issues are fixed and no longer apply to the Solaris 10 10/08 software, refer to Appendix A, Table of Integrated Bug Fixes in the Solaris 10 Operating System.

General Information

This section provides general information such as behavior changes in Solaris 10 OS.

New Memory Requirements

The following are the minimum and recommended memory requirements for the Solaris 10 10/08 release:

Changes in Upgrade Support for Solaris Releases

Starting with the Solaris 10 8/07 release, for SPARC systems, you can upgrade the Solaris OS only from the following releases:

For x86 systems, you can upgrade the Solaris OS only from the following releases:

To upgrade releases previous to the Solaris 8 software to the Solaris 10 10/08 software, upgrade to any of the releases in the preceding list first. Then upgrade to the Solaris 10 10/08 release.

Support for Products Not Part of the Solaris OS

The Solaris 10 10/08 has been tested for compatibility with previous releases in line with Solaris's compatibility guarantee. This means that applications, including third party applications, which adhere to Solaris's published ABI will work without modification on the Solaris 10 10/08 release. For more information, see the Solaris Application Guarantee Program at

Your system might run both a Solaris OS and other products that are not part of the Solaris software. These products might be supplied by either Sun or another company. If you upgrade this system to the Solaris 10 release, make sure that these other products are also supported on the Solaris 10 OS. Depending on the status of each of these products, you can perform one of the following options:

Before You Begin

This section contains critical installation issues that you need to be aware of before installing or upgrading to Solaris 10 OS. These issues might have an impact that would prevent installation or upgrades from completing successfully. If bugs in this section apply to your system, you might need to perform the recommended workarounds before you install or upgrade.

Solaris Live Upgrade and Solaris Zones

Starting with the Solaris 10 8/07 release, using Solaris Live Upgrade with Solaris zones is supported. For more information about this, see InfoDoc 206844 at

Solaris Live Upgrade Restrictions

For Solaris Live Upgrade to operate correctly, a limited set of patch revisions must be installed for a given OS version. Make sure you have the most recently updated patch list by consulting The Solaris 10 10/08 release has the following Solaris Live Upgrade restrictions:

These patches provide the new p7zip functionality. Solaris Live Upgrade requires p7zip functionality in order to support upgrade to Solaris 10 10/08.

Note –

The minimum required patch information for Solaris Live Upgrade in Infodoc 72099 is now in Infodoc 206844.

Using Solaris Live Upgrade With a Zone Root on a ZFS File System

The Solaris 10 10/08 release provides the ability to install a ZFS root file system and configure a zone root on ZFS. Typically, you can create and configure a zone root on ZFS as you wish. With Solaris Live Upgrade, however, only the following configurations for a zone root on ZFS are currently supported:

For complete instructions on setting up these configurations, see Solaris Installation and Solaris Live Upgrade Requirements for ZFS Support in Solaris ZFS Administration Guide.

Review the information in this chapter before you begin your migration to a ZFS root file system or before setting up zones on a system with a ZFS root file system. Follow the recommended procedure exactly to set up zones on a system with ZFS root file system to ensure that you can use Solaris Live Upgrade on that system.

Upgrading a Solaris Trusted Extensions System That is Configured with Labeled Zones

Solaris systems that are configured with Solaris Trusted Extensions use non-global zones. Upgrading these systems is the same as upgrading a Solaris system that uses zones, and has the same issues.

Patching Miniroot on SPARC and x86 Machines

The procedures for using patchadd with the -C destination specifier to patch a miniroot on SPARC and x86 machines have changed. You must now unpack the miniroot, apply patches, then repack the miniroot.

See the following for the detailed steps:

Solaris Data Encryption Supplement on Solaris 10 Updates

Starting with the Solaris 10 8/07 release, the Solaris Data Encryption Supplement packages are included by default with the Solaris 10 OS software. You no longer need to install and download these packages.

Additional Procedures Required When Installing GNOME Display Manager Patches for Solaris 10 10/08 Release

The following patches are applied to resolve problems that were reported in CR 6277164 and CR 6214222:

The sections that follow provide further steps that you must perform to completely resolve the reported problems. For more information, read the Special Install Instructions section of the patch README for these patches.

x86: Systems With elx or pcelx NICs Fail Network Configuration

Systems with an elx or a pcelx network interface card (NIC) fail to install. During the configuration of the NIC, the following error message might be displayed:

WARNING: elx: transmit or jabber underrun: d0<UNDER, INTR, CPLT>

See the elxl(7D) or pcelx(7D) man page for more information.

Workaround: Install and run on systems that do not have elx or pcelx NICs.

Default Size of /var File System Inadequate

The default size of the /var file system might be insufficient if the /var file system is located on a separate slice.

You must manually specify a larger slice size for the /var file system.

Note –

If the /var file system is not on a separate slice or partition, this problem does not occur.

Workaround: Choose one of the following workarounds.

x86: Do Not Upgrade Hewlett-Packard (HP) Vectra XU Series Systems With BIOS Version GG.06.13

The Solaris 10 software includes a feature that enables you to install large partitions. The system BIOS must support logical block addressing (LBA). BIOS Version GG.06.13 does not support LBA access. The Solaris boot programs cannot manage this conflict. This issue can also affect other HP Vectra systems.

If you perform this upgrade, your HP system can no longer boot. Only a blank black screen with a flashing underscore cursor is displayed.

Workaround: Do not upgrade HP Vectra XU Series systems with the latest BIOS Version GG.06.13 to the Solaris 10 release. This version no longer supports these systems.

You can still boot your system by using the boot diskette or boot CD because the boot paths do not use the hard disk code. Then select the hard disk as your bootable device instead of the network or CD-ROM drive.

SPARC: Older Firmware Might Need Boot Flash PROM Update

On SPARC based systems, Solaris 10 OS runs in 64–bit mode only. Some Sun4UTM systems might need to be updated to a higher level of OpenBootTM firmware in the flash PROM to run the OS in 64-bit mode. The following systems might require a flash PROM update:

The following table lists the UltraSPARC systems and the minimum firmware versions that are required to run the 64–bit Solaris 10 OS. System type is the equivalent of the output of the uname -i command. You can determine which firmware version you are running by using the prtconf -V command.

Table 1–1 Minimum Firmware Versions Required to Run 64–Bit Solaris Software on UltraSPARC Systems

System Type From uname -i

Minimum Firmware Version From prtconf -V







If a system is not listed in the previous table, the system does not need a flash PROM update. For instructions to perform a flash PROM update, see any edition of the Solaris 8 Sun Hardware Platform Guide at

Note –

Upgrading firmware on both SPARC and x86 systems can lead to significant performance improvements. See the Firmware section on the BigAdmin Patching Hub at See also, the FAQ at

Solaris Management Console 2.1 Software Is Not Compatible With Solaris Management Console 1.0, 1.0.1, or 1.0.2 Software

Solaris Management Console 2.1 software is not compatible with Solaris Management Console 1.0, 1.0.1, or 1.0.2 software. If you are upgrading to the Solaris 10 release, and you have Solaris Management Console 1.0, 1.0.1, or 1.0.2 software installed, you must first uninstall the Solaris Management Console software before you upgrade. Solaris Management Console software might exist on your system if you installed the SEAS 2.0 overbox, the SEAS 3.0 overbox, or the Solaris 8 Admin Pack.

Workaround: Choose one of the following workarounds:

x86: Failure of BIOS Device Utility Prevents Installation or Upgrade From Being Completed (6362108)

On certain occasions, the utility for BIOS devices (/sbin/biosdev) might fail and prevent a successful installation or upgrade. The failure can occur under either of the following circumstances:

The following error message is displayed:

biosdev: Could not match any!!

Workaround: Make sure that you reboot the system after applying Patch ID 117435-02. Ensure that identical disks to be used in the installation or upgrade are configured with different fdisk-partition layouts.

The following example is based on a system that has two disks with identical fdisk-partition layouts. To change the layouts, perform the following steps.

  1. Become superuser.

  2. Start the disk maintenance utility.

    # format

    A list of available disks in the system is displayed.

  3. To select the disk whose fdisk partition you want to change, type the disk's number.

  4. From the list of Format options, select fdisk.

    The disk's partition information and a list of fdisk options are displayed.

  5. To change the disk's layout, choose one of the following:

    • To specify a different active partition, press 2.

    • To add another disk partition, press 1.

    • To delete an unused partition, press 3.

  6. To save your changes and exit the fdisk menu, press 5.

  7. To exit the disk maintenance utility, select Quit from the Format options.

  8. Reboot the system.

  9. After the system reboots, verify that the error message no longer appears. As superuser, type the following command:

    # /sbin/biosdev

    If the error message is still generated, repeat the procedure but select a different option in Step 5.

  10. If the system contains other identical disks with identical fdisk-partition layouts, repeat Steps 1-9 on these disks. Otherwise, you can proceed with your Solaris installation or upgrade.

Cannot Create a Solaris Flash Archive When Solaris Zones Are Installed (6246943)

Starting with the current Solaris release, a Solaris Flash archive cannot be properly created when a non-global zone is installed. The Solaris Flash feature is not currently compatible with the Solaris containers (zones) feature.

Do not use the flar create command to create a Solaris Flash archive in these instances:

If you create a Solaris Flash archive in such an instance, the resulting archive might not install properly when the archive is deployed.

Workaround: It might be possible to create a Solaris Flash archive of a system that has installed zones if they are all halted. For more information, see

x86: Sun Java Workstations 2100Z Might Panic When Booting From Solaris 10 Operating System DVD (6214356)

The DVD combo-drive firmware in a Sun Java Workstation 2100Z might cause a system panic. The panic occurs when you boot the workstation from the Solaris 10 Operating System DVD. After the kernel banner is displayed, the following message is very quickly flashed:

panic[cpu0]/thread=fec1be20: mod_hold_stub: 
Couldn't load stub module sched/TS_DTBL
fec25cb0 genunix:mod_hold_stub+139 (fec04088, 63, fea11)
fec25cc4 unix:stubs_common_code+9 (1, 8, fec026e4)
fec25ce4 unix:disp_add+3d (fec026dc)
fec25d00 genunix:mod_installsched+a4 (fef01530, fef01518)
fec25d20 genunix:mod_install+2f (fef01518, fec25d3c,)
fec25d2c TS:_init+d (0, d6d89c88, fec25d)
fec25d3c genunix:modinstall+d9 (d6d89c88)
fec25d50 genunix:mod_hold_installed_mod+2e (d6d77640, 1, fec25d)
fec25d7c genunix:modload+ac (fec026c4, fec26c4)
fec25d98 genunix:scheduler_load+3d (fec026c4, fec026dc)
fec25db4 genunix:getcid+50 (fec026c4, fec28514)
fec25dcc unix:dispinit+df (fec25ddc, fe814ba9)
fec25dd4 unix:startup_modules+d5 (fec25dec, fe8cac37)
fec25ddc unix:startup+19 (fe800000, 166130, 7)
fec25dec genunix:main+16 ()

Then the system automatically resets.

Workaround: Choose one of the following options:

Workaround 1: Modify some BIOS configuration settings. This temporary workaround enables a Solaris 10 installation to be completed. However, this method might cause poor read-DVD performance. Follow these steps:

  1. During system boot, press F2 at the prompt to enter the setup.

    The screen displays attachment-type options similar to the following example:

    Primary Master [ ]
    Primary Slave [ ]
    Secondary Master [CD-ROM]
    Secondary Slave [ ]
  2. Choose the DVD drive's attachment type by selecting the attachment type for CD-ROM.

    Note –

    The screen might display more than one attachment type for CD-ROM, for example, if your system has multiple optical drives. In such cases, you might need to open the system case to determine the DVD drive's point of attachment. Make sure that you select the correct attachment type that applies to the DVD drive.

  3. After selecting the correct CD-ROM attachment type, press Enter.

    The next screen appears with Type:[Auto] automatically selected.

  4. Press the spacebar twice to change the selection to Type:[CD-ROM].

  5. Use the arrow keys to select Transfer Mode.

  6. Press Enter to display a list of other Transfer Mode options.

  7. Use the arrow keys to select Standard, then press Enter to accept your selection.

  8. Press F10 to save the configuration changes and exit BIOS setup.

    The system restarts.

Workaround 2: Update the DVD combo drive's firmware to v1.12. This option requires your DVD combo drive to be attached to a system that is running Microsoft Windows. Follow these steps.

  1. Remove your DVD combo drive from the Sun Java Workstation 2100z. See the workstation's user's guide for steps to remove the drive properly.

  2. Connect the drive to a system that is running Microsoft Windows. Make sure to change the drive's master and slave jumper settings, if needed.

  3. Go to AOpen's download center at

  4. Search for your DVD drive's firmware by using the following information:

    • Product: Combo drives

    • Model: COM5232/AAH

    • Categories: Firmware

  5. Download and install the firmware version R1.12.

  6. Reinstall the drive on the workstation. If needed, restore the original master and slave jumper settings.

Note –

Newer versions of the firmware might already be available at the site. Sun's tests confirm that the v1.12 release resolves the panic issue. Sun cannot confirm whether newer firmware revisions after v1.12 similarly resolve the problem.

x86: Serial Consoles of Some Sun Fire Systems Do Not Work (6208412)

The serial console (ttya) on the following Sun Fire systems does not work by default:

To use the serial console, you must manually configure the system's BIOS.

Workaround: This workaround requires your system to have a Sun keyboard and a display monitor. Follow these steps:

  1. Boot the machine.

  2. During system boot, press F2 at the prompt to access the Phoenix BIOS.

  3. Under Peripherals, change the comm port from disabled to enabled.

  4. Save the configuration and boot the system.

  5. Use the eeprom command to change input-device and output-device to ttya.

Note –

Pressing the Stop and N keys at system boot to reset the low-level firmware to default settings does not work on these systems.

Solaris Installation GUI Program Might Fail on Systems With Existing x86 fdisk Boot Partitions (6186606)

The Solaris installation GUI program might fail on a system with an existing x86 boot partition. The failure occurs if the existing x86 boot partition was created with the Solaris text-based installer. The following error message is displayed.

Default layout will not work on this system.
Error: ERROR: Could not create explicit fdisk partition on c0t0d0,
requested cylinders 14581 - 14597 in use by fdisk partition 1
Error: ERROR: System installation failed
Pfinstall failed. Exit stat= java.lang.UNIXProcess@a89ce3 2 
artition on c0t0d0, requested cylinders 14581 - 14597 in use by fdisk
partition 1  ERROR: System installation failed

Workaround: Choose one of the following workarounds.

Workaround 1: When the installation program prompts you to select an installation type, select 3 Solaris Interactive Text (Desktop Session).

Workaround 2: If you use the Solaris installation GUI program, follow these steps.

  1. Begin the installation.

  2. At the prompt to select an installation type, select Custom Install.

    The custom installation panels prompt you for information about the locales, software, and disks that you want to install.

  3. Answer the questions on the screens as appropriate for your system.

  4. On the Fdisk Selection screen, check the disk that contains the x86boot partition.

  5. Remove the x86boot partition by changing it to UNUSED in the pull-down menu.

  6. Add the x86boot partition back by changing UNUSED back to x86boot.

  7. Continue the installation.

Installation Bugs

The following bugs might occur during or after the installation of Solaris 10 OS.

Localized Installation Note

Localized Solaris installer always runs in the EUC or ISO8859 locales. Thus, the install log is written in EUC or ISO8859 encoding.

Workaround: While performing localized CLI (command line interface) install through a terminal, the locale on the terminal must be EUC or ISO8859 locale.

SPARC: WAN Boot Installation Fails for Solaris 10 10/08

The installation fails, when installing WAN boot image from Solaris 10 10/08 release. The following error message is displayed:


Workaround: The Solaris 10 10/08 miniroot image must be patched to proceed with the installation. Perform the following steps to patch a network installation miniroot image:

Note –

These steps assume that you have a system on your network that is running the current Solaris release, and that system is accessible over the network.

  1. On a system that is running the current Solaris release, log in as superuser or assume an equivalent role.

  2. Change to the Tools directory of the installation image you created.

    # cd install-server-path/install-dir-path/Solaris_10/Tools

    Specifies the path to the install server system on your network, for example, /net/installserver-1.

  3. Create a new installation image, and place that image on the system that is running the current Solaris release.

    # ./setup_install_server remote_install_dir_path

    Specifies the path on the current Solaris release in which to create the new installation image.

    This command creates a new installation image on the current Solaris release. In order to patch this image, you must temporarily place this image on a system that is running the current Solaris release.

  4. On the current Solaris release, unpack the network installation boot archive.

    # /boot/solaris/bin/root_archive unpackmedia remote_install_dir_path \

    Specifies the path to the network installation image on the current Solaris release.


    Specifies the path to the directory to contain the unpacked boot archive.

  5. On the current Solaris release, patch the unpacked boot archive.

    # patchadd -C destination_dir path-to-patch/patch-id

    Specifies the path to the patch that you want to add, for example, /var/sadm/spool.


    Specifies the patch ID that you want to apply.

    You can specify multiple patches with the patchadd -M option. For more information, see patchadd(1M).

    Caution – Caution –

    Don't use the patchadd -C command unless you have read the Patch README instructions or have contacted your local Sun support office.

  6. On the current Solaris release, pack the boot archive.

    # /boot/solaris/bin/root_archive packmedia remote_install_dir_path \
  7. Copy the patched archives to the installation image on the install server.

    # cd remote_install_dir_path
    # find boot Solaris_10/Tools/Boot | cpio -pdum \

x86: Solaris Flash Archive Installation Fails on Releases Before the Solaris 10 10/08 Release (6735181)

If you are installing a Solaris Flash archive from a release before the Solaris 10 10/08 release, the archive fails to install. Starting with the Solaris 10 10/08 release, if the archive is from the Solaris 10 10/08 release or later, the archive can be installed. The following error message is displayed:

bootadm: biodev command failed for disk:
bootadm: 1s_bootdisk(): cannot determine BIOS disk ID "hd?" for disk:
bootamd: get_grubroot(): cannot get (hd?, ?,?) for menu. menu not on bootdisk:

Workaround: Choose one of the following workarounds:

SPARC: Using WAN Boot Program to Directly Boot From Installation Media Fails (6734066)

Installation fails if you attempt to boot the system by using the following command:

# boot  -F wanboot -vV -o prompt

As a result, a system panic occurs. The following error message is displayed:

wanboot: panic - boot: can't alloc ramdisk memory

This problem occurs on both Sun4u and Sun4v platform types.

Workaround: Do not use wanboot program to boot the system. Instead, boot the system directly from the installation media.

Some Asian Locales Cannot Be Used for Custom JumpStart (6681454)

Some Asian locales like, th_TH.ISO8859-11, th_TH.TIS620, ko_KR.EUC, ko_KR.UTF-8, zh_TW.EUC, zh_CN.EUC, zh_CN.GBK, and zh_CN.UTF-8 cannot be used while installing with Custom JumpStart. While setting locales in the sysidcfg file using the system_locale keyword, the following error message is displayed:

xx_xx.xxxxx is not a valid system locale

The JumpStart installation is stopped and Interactive installation starts.

Workaround: Use shorter locale names such as th_TH, ko, ko.UTF-8, zh_TW, zh, zh.GBK, and zh.UTF-8, instead of longer locale names,

PRODRM Has Problems Deleting prodreg Entry For Solaris Trusted Extensions (6616592)

While upgrading Solaris Trusted Extensions from the Solaris 10 11/06 or Solaris 10 8/07 release to the current Solaris 10 10/08 release, the prodreg entry for Solaris Trusted extensions is not removed. No error message is displayed.

Workaround: After upgrading Solaris Trusted Extensions to the current release, remove the prodreg entry manually as follows:

# prodreg unregister -f -r -u "Solaris Trusted Extensions" -i 1

x86: NVidia SATA Controllers Do Not Support ATAPI Devices (6595488)

The driver for the NVidia SATA controller MCP55 and CK804 chipsets included in the Solaris 10 10/08 release does not support ATAPI CD/DVD devices.

During system installation or upgrade by using a SATA CD/DVD device, the Solaris installer starts and appears to function but fails with the following error messages:

During normal system operation, the SATA CD/DVD drive is not configured and cannot be used.

Workaround: Use the USB CD/DVD.

Sun Upgrade Detailed Patch Analysis Panel Not Scrollable (6597686)

During a Solaris upgrade, if you select Detailed Analysis to see the patches that will be removed, the panel that displays the patches is not scrollable. The complete list of patches to be removed cannot be viewed.

Workaround: Run the analyze_patches scripts manually:

# cd <cdrom>/Solaris_10/Misc
# ./analyze_patches -R rootdir -N netdir -D databasedir

The command options are as follows:

-R rootdir

rootdir is the root of the installed system. The default root directory is /.

-N netdir

netdir is the path to the root of the OS image to be installed. /cdrom/cdrom0 is the default path. netdir is the path to the directory that contains the Solaris_10_606 directory. You must use this option if you are running the patch_analyzer from an NFS mount point.

-D databasedir

If the script is called from a directory other than the /Misc directory in the OS image, the program cannot find the database it uses for patch analysis. Use the -D option to supply the path to the database. Without this database, which is located in the Solaris_10_606/Misc/database directory on the OS image, the script will not run correctly.

Panic in PCIe as dev_info Node Has No Parent Data (6517798)

The Solaris OS might panic with a null pointer dereference if the driver.conf file has been modified using the parent attribute. The following error message is displayed:

System panic: BAD TRAP: type=31 rp=2a101d31200 addr=8 mmu_fsr=0 
occurred in module "pcie" due to a NULL pointer dereference

Workaround: Before you install the Solaris 10 10/08 OS on a PCI Express (PCIe) based SPARC system, check if you have modified the driver.conf files as described below:

  1. Change to the /kernel/drv directory.

  2. Check if the parent attribute is set in the driver.conf file. If the parent attribute has been set and the last node in the parent has the word pci in it, comment out that line. Ensure that you comment out the entire property. For example:

    # name="ACME,simple" parent="/pci@7c0/pci@0/pci@9"
    # unit-address="3,1" debug-mode=12;
    name="ACME,example" parent="pseudo" instance=1;
    name="ACME,scsi" parent="/pci@7c0/pci@0/pci@9/scsi"
    unit-address="3,1" debug-mode=12;
  3. Repeat step 2 for the driver.conf files in the following directories:

    • /usr/kernel/drv

    • /platform/`uname -i`/drv

    • /platform/`uname -m`/drv

  4. Install the Solaris 10 10/08 OS.

  5. Install patch 127747-01.

  6. Change to the directories listed in steps 1 and 3. Uncomment all the lines that were commented out in step 2 in the driver.conf files.

The Linux Partition Does Not Display on the GRUB Menu After Installing the Solaris OS (6508647)

If Linux is installed on your disk and you installed the Solaris OS on a separate partition, the Linux partition does not display on the GRUB menu. No error message is displayed.

Workaround: Edit the GRUB menu's menu.lst file to add Linux to the GRUB menu. Perform the following steps:

  1. Boot the Solaris OS.

  2. Edit the menu.lst file at /boot/grub/menu.lst. For more information, see the System Administration Guide: Basic Administration.

x86: Install Hangs on Systems With 512 Mbyte of Memory (6423854)

Installations can run out of memory and hang on 512-Mbyte systems under the following conditions:

When the system exhausts available memory, the GUI installation process slows and eventually fails. The text does not display in a windowing environment.


To avoid this problem, select a non-windowing environment during the initial installation startup. During startup from the installation media the following menu is displayed:

 1.     Solaris Interactive (default)
 2.     Custom JumpStart
 3.     Solaris Interactive Text (Desktop session)
 4.     Solaris Interactive Text (Console session)
 5.     Apply driver updates
 6.     Single user shell
 Enter the number of your choice.

At this point, choose “4. Solaris Interactive Text (Console session)”. This non-windowing environment will initiate a text-only installation, without using memory-intense processes.

x86: Invalid /sbin/dhcpinfo Error During Installation (6332044)

If you install the Solaris 10 10/08 OS on an x86 based system, the following error message is displayed.

/sbin/dhcpinfo: primary interface requested but no primary interface is set

The error does not affect the installation, and the installation succeeds.

Workaround: Ignore the error message.

x86: Installation From CD Media Appears to Hang After Reboot Selection (6270371)

A problem might occur when you are using the Solaris installation program and are using CD media. After the installation of the Solaris software from the Solaris 10 10/08 Software CD - 4, the following prompt is displayed:

Press Reboot now to continue.

If you press Reboot, the system might not respond. The installation is successful. However, the error prevents the installation program from exiting normally. Consequently, the typical postinstallation cleanup and system reboot cannot occur.

An error message similar to the following example is logged in /tmp/disk0_install.log file:

Exception in thread "Thread-70" java.lang.IndexOutOfBoundsException:
Index: 6, Size: 5
     at java.util.ArrayList.add(

Workaround: Choose one of the following workarounds.

x86: System Fails to Boot After Custom JumpStart Installation (6205478)

If you use the Custom JumpStart installation method to install on an x86 based system, and explicitly configure slice 2 as the overlap slice in the profile, an error occurs. The system does not reboot successfully after the installation is completed. The following error message is displayed:

Cannot find Solaris partition

This failure occurs because the overlap slice 2 (c0t0d0s2, for example) is set to begin at cylinder 1 rather than cylinder 0.

Workaround: In the Custom JumpStart profile, remove the filesys keyword entry that configures slice 2 as the overlap slice. For example, you would remove a keyword entry that is similar to the following entry.

filesys c0t0d0s2 all overlap

After you remove the entry, perform the Custom JumpStart installation.

x86: GUI Interactive Installation From DVD Fails if boot-device Variable Is Not Set (5065465)

If you install Solaris from the Solaris 10 Operating System DVD, the interactive GUI installation might fail. This failure occurs if the boot-device configuration variable is not set on the system.

To determine if the boot-device configuration variable is set, type the following command.

# prtconf -pv | grep boot-device

If the output of this command is boot-device: with no associated device, you cannot use the interactive GUI installation program to install from the Solaris 10 Operating System DVD.

Workaround: Use the interactive text installer to install Solaris 10 software. When the installation program asks you to select a type of installation, select option 3, Solaris Interactive Text (Desktop Session).

For more information about installing from the Solaris 10 Operating System DVD, see Solaris 10 10/08 Installation Guide: Basic Installations.

x86: USB Keyboards Might Freeze During Install on Some Dell Precision Workstations (4888849)

During installation, USB keyboards on some Dell Precision Workstations might freeze or become partially inoperative, thereby preventing installation.

Workaround: Perform one of the following workarounds:

Alternatively, update the system's BIOS to resolve the problem.

SPARC: Network Download Performance on hme Is Very Slow (4704616)

It takes about 15 minutes to download a 180–MByte miniroot file into the RAM on systems with on-board hme.

Workaround: At the ok prompt, make the following changes to the nvram:

  1. Open the nvram editor:

    ok> nvedit
  2. Type the following patch code in the buffer. Each line is automatically numbered.

    probe-all install-console banner
    cd net
    patch drop ms get-hme-status
    patch use-frame-mode use-bit-bang-mode set-vectors
  3. Press Control-C.

  4. Save the contents of the buffer:

    ok> nvstore
  5. Set the following parameter values:

    ok> setenv use-nvramrc? true
    ok> setenv fcode-debug? true
    ok> reset-all

See also CR 5106365.

Warnings Might Occur When a File System Is Created (4189127)

When a file system is created during installation, one of the following warning messages might be displayed:

Warning: inode blocks/cyl group (87) >= data blocks (63) in last
cylinder group. This implies 1008 sector(s) cannot be allocated.


Warning: 1 sector(s) in last cylinder unallocated

The warning occurs when the size of the file system that you created does not equal the space on the disk that is being used. This discrepancy can result in unused space on the disk that is not incorporated into the indicated file system. This unused space is not available for use by other file systems.

Workaround: Ignore the warning message.

Upgrade Issues and Bugs

Note –

For the latest information about upgrade support beginning with the Solaris 10 10/08 release, see Changes in Upgrade Support for Solaris Releases.

This section describes upgrade bugs. Some might occur while you are upgrading to Solaris 10 OS. Others might occur after you have completed upgrading.

SUNWsmbar Removes the /etc/services and /etc/inet/services Files During Upgrade (6756546)

During system upgrade to the Solaris 10 10/08 OS, the /etc/services and /etc/inet/services files are removed when the SUNWsmbar is installed. The following error messages are displayed on the system console upon reboot:

line1-v215 console login: Oct  6 15:40:57 inetd[457]: Property 'name' of instance
svc:/network/stdiscover:default is missing, inconsistent or invalid
Oct  6 15:40:57 inetd[457]: Property 'proto' of instance 
svc:/network/stdiscover:default is missing, inconsistent or invalid
Oct  6 15:40:57 inetd[457]: Invalid configuration for instance 
svc:/network/stdiscover:default, placing in maintenance
Oct  6 15:40:57 inetd[457]: Property 'name' of instance 
svc:/network/stlisten:default is missing, inconsistent or invalid
Oct  6 15:40:57 inetd[457]: Property 'proto' of instance 
svc:/network/stlisten:default is missing, inconsistent or invalid
Oct  6 15:40:57 inetd[457]: Invalid configuration for instance 
svc:/network/stlisten:default, placing in maintenance

Workaround: To prevent removal of the /etc/services and /etc/inet/services during OS upgrade perform the following steps:

  1. Stop all running Samba services:

    #svcadm disable samba:default swat:default wins:default winbind:default
  2. Uninstall the SUNWsmbar package before upgrading the OS:

    #pkgrm SUNWsmbar
  3. Upgrade the OS to the Solaris 10 10/08 release.

  4. Re-install the SUNWsmbar package:

    #pkgadd SUNWsmbar

shutdown Command Might Cause the System to Hang After Upgrade (6751843)

The shutdown command might cause the system to hang after it is upgraded to the Solaris 10 10/08 release. The hang occurs while the svc.startd daemon halts system services.

The Sun Java Web Console debug log file at /var/log/webconsole/console/console_debug_log displays if the web console service is cycling, starting and stopping.

Workaround: Type the following commands:

/usr/share/webconsole/private/bin/wcremove -i console
svcadm clear system/webconsole:console
smcwebserver start

Note –

The wcremove command removes the server domain instance that was created for that specific console. When the console is restarted, a new domain instance is created.

lucreate and lumake Commands Fail on Non-Global Zones (6659451)

When the lucreate and lumake commands are used on non-global zones which are not in the running state, the commands might not execute successfully. The contents of the original non-global zone and the copy might differ. Users might be unable to log in to the zone's console using the zlogin command. The following error message is displayed while using the zlogin command:

zlogin: makeutx failed

The diagnostic output of the lucreate and lumake commands do not display any errors.

Workaround: Ensure that all non-global zones are in the running state before using the lucreate and lumake commands.

SPARC: Upgrading with Solaris Live Upgrade From Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 Releases Fails (6638175)

Upgrading to the Solaris 10 10/08 release using Solaris Live Upgrade, from the previous Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 releases fails. The install images compression file is now unzipped by using the 7za utility. The SUNWp7zip package is not included in the Solaris 8 and 9 releases. As a result, Solaris Live Upgrade fails.

Workaround: Choose one of the following workarounds:

Incorrect Permissions on /tmp in Non-Global Zones After Solaris Live Upgrade (6619278)

Various processes running in non-global zones using /tmp might crash after the zone has been upgraded using Solaris Live Upgrade. The upgrade process changes permissions on the /tmp directory which leads to applications failures. Users will see drwxr-xr-x permissions instead of the correct drwxrwxrwx permissions.

Workaround: Choose one of the following workarounds:

Issues With DSR Upgrade With Zones (6616788)

Disk space reallocation (DSR) upgrade with zones fails if zones are installed in the /opt directory. Upgrade might fail during the restoration of the DSR archive. In some cases, the upgrade might be successful, but the system cannot be rebooted.

Workaround: Ensure that the root file system is not 100% full before upgrade. Remove some files before upgrade so that the root slice is less than 90% full.

Solaris Trusted Extensions Upgrade Issues (6616585)

When you upgrade Solaris Trusted Extensions from the Solaris 10 11/06 or Solaris 10 8/07 release to the current Solaris 10 10/08 release, unwanted localized Solaris Trusted Extensions packages are installed on your system. This bug occurs because the Solaris Trusted Extensions installer in theSolaris 10 11/06 or Solaris 10 8/07 releases installs localized packages by default. No error message is displayed.

Workaround: Before upgrading Solaris Trusted Extensions to the current release, remove the following localized Solaris Trusted Extensions packages:























System Cannot Communicate With ypbind After Upgrade (6488549)

This bug occurs during an upgrade from Solaris 10 Hardware 2 release to the current Solaris 10 10/08 release.

In the Solaris 10 Hardware 2 release, the name_service.xml file for any name service, such as NIS, NIS+, FILES, or LDAP is as follows:

# ls -l name_service.xml
lrwxrwxrwx   1 root     root     10 Apr 10 16:26 name_service.xml -> ns_files.xml

If the name service is NIS, the name_service.xml file links to ns_files.xml. However, the contents of the ns_files.xml are the same as ns_nis.xml.

  # cat /etc/release
                     Solaris 10 3/05 HW2 s10s_hw2wos_05 SPARC
           Copyright 2005 Sun Microsystems, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.
                        Use is subject to license terms.
                           Assembled 26 September 2005
  # cd /var/svc/profile
  # ls -l name_service.xml ns_files.xml ns_nis.xml
  lrwxrwxrwx   1 root   other    12 May 21 04:06 name_service.xml -> ns_files.xml
  -r--r--r--   1 root   sys     779 May 21 04:25 ns_files.xml
  -r--r--r--   1 root   sys     779 Jan 21  2005 ns_nis.xml
  # diff ns_files.xml ns_nis.xml
  # diff name_service.xml ns_nis.xml

In the above output, the ns_nis.xml and ns_files.xml files are the same. This means that the name_service.xml file symbolically links to the wrong name service file. The name_service.xml file links to ns_files.xml. Instead, the name_service.xml file should link to the ns_nis.xml.

Note –

The fix for CR 6411084, the SUNWcsr install or postinstall script, creates the correct link only if name_service.xml is not a link file. If name_service.xml is already a symbolic link file, as in the Solaris 10 Hardware 2 release, the fix for CR 6411084 will not work.

After an upgrade from Solaris 10 Hardware 2 to the current Solaris 10 10/08 release, the following message is displayed on the console or logged in the messages file:

Oct 23 12:18:45 vt2000a automount[301]: [ID 366266 daemon.error] 
can't read nis map auto_master: can't communicate with ypbind - retrying 

Also, the /network/nis/client:default service is offline.

Workaround: Choose one of the following workarounds:

Upgrade Fails on System With Zones That Have Been Installed But Not Booted

A non-global zone that has been installed but never booted or made ready prevents a system from being upgraded correctly. No error message is displayed.


If such a zone is found, the zone should be made ready and then halted prior to starting the upgrade. For example:

global# zoneadm -z myzone ready ; zoneadm -z myzone halt

Upgrading a Solaris 10 System with Non-Global Zones to the Solaris 10 10/08 Release Might Cause the Local File System Service to Fail (6428258)

Upgrading a Solaris 10 3/05 system or a Solaris 10 1/06 system to the Solaris 10 10/08 release with non-global zones might cause the SMF service that mounts local file systems to fail in the non-global zones. As a result, other services in the non-global zones might fail to start.

After upgrading a Solaris 10 system with non-global zones to the Solaris 10 10/08 release, services might be in the maintenance state. For example:

# zlogin myzone svcs -x
    svc:/system/filesystem/local:default (local file system mounts)
     State: maintenance since Wed May 24 13:18:06 2006
    Reason: Start method exited with $SMF_EXIT_ERR_FATAL.
       See: /var/svc/log/system-filesystem-local:default.log
    Impact: 18 dependent services are not running.  (Use -v for list.)


Reboot the non-global zone from the global zone. For example:

global# zoneadm -z myzone reboot

Device ID Discrepancies After Upgrading From Solaris 9 9/04 OS

In this Solaris 10 release, Solaris Volume Manager displays device ID output in a new format. Solaris 9 9/04 OS, which introduced device ID support in disk sets, does not recognize the new format. When you upgrade to Solaris 10 OS from the Solaris 9 9/04 release, device IDs that are associated with existing disk sets are not updated in the Solaris Volume Manager configuration. If you need to revert to Solaris 9 9/04 OS, configuration changes made to disk sets after the upgrade might not be available to Solaris 9 9/04 OS. For more information, see Chapter 25, Troubleshooting Solaris Volume Manager (Tasks), in Solaris Volume Manager Administration Guide.

Solaris Live Upgrade luupgrade Command Missing the Progress Bar (6239850)

The upgrade progress bar does not appear when you use the Solaris Live Upgrade software in the following manner:

For example, if you run the following command, the progress bar should be displayed after you see the following output:

Running installer on BE s10u1.

However, the bar fails to appear.

# luupgrade -i -n s10u1 -s /net/installsrv/export/s10u1
 -O "-nodisplay -noconsole"

Validating the contents of the media /net/installsvr/export/s10u1.
The media is a standard Solaris media.
The media contains a standard Solaris installer.
The media contains Solaris 3 version 10.
Mounting BE s10u1.
Running installer on BE s10u1.

No error message is displayed.

Workaround: Use the prstat command. This command enables you to watch the progress while packages are being added during the installation.

Obsolete Uninstallers Not Removed When You Use Solaris Live Upgrade to Upgrade From Previous Solaris Releases (6198380)

If you use Solaris Live Upgrade to upgrade from the Solaris 8 or Solaris 9 releases to Solaris 10 OS, obsolete uninstaller programs are not removed. These uninstaller programs from the previous OS remain in the system's /var/sadm/prod directory.

The following obsolete uninstallers are not removed.

uninstall_CDRW_1_1.class o uninstall_CDRW_1_0.class

Workaround: After you upgrade the system, manually remove the obsolete uninstallers in the /var/sadm/prod directory.

Configuration File pam.conf Not Automatically Updated After an Upgrade (5060721)

This Solaris 10 release introduces changes in pam_ldap functionality. When you upgrade to the current release, pam_ldap configurations in your existing pam.conf configuration file are not updated to reflect these changes. If pam_ldap configuration is detected, the CLEANUP file that is generated at the end of the upgrade contains the following notification:

/etc/pam.conf please examine/update the pam_ldap configuration 
because its functionality has changed, 
refer to pam_ldap(5) documentation for more information

Workaround: After the upgrade, examine /etc/pam.conf. If necessary, modify this file manually to be compatible with the new functionalities of pam_ldap. The modifications involve password prompting such as the use_first_pass and try_first_pass options as well as password updates. For more information about updating pam.conf, refer to the pam_ldap(5) man page and documentation.

Installer Text Display Problem When Using Solaris Live Upgrade (4736488)

When using the Solaris Live Upgrade luupgrade(1M) command with the -i option to complete an upgrade of an inactive boot environment, the text that the installers display might be unreadable in some languages. The text is corrupted when the installers request fonts that do not exist on the older release that is on the current boot environment.

Workaround: Choose one of the following workarounds:

SPARC: Removal of SUNWjxcft Package Records Error During Upgrade (4525236)

When you upgrade from the Solaris 8 software to the Solaris 10 release, a problem is encountered when the SUNWjxcft package is removed. The following error message is recorded in the upgrade_log file:

Removing package SUNWjxcft: 
Can't open /a/usr/openwin/lib/locale/ja/X11/fonts/TTbitmaps/fonts.upr 
Can't open /a/usr/openwin/lib/locale/ja/X11/fonts/TTbitmaps/fonts.scale 
Can't open /a/usr/openwin/lib/locale/ja/X11/fonts/TTbitmaps/fonts.alias 
Can't open /a/usr/openwin/lib/locale/ja/X11/fonts/TT/fonts.upr 
Can't open /a/usr/openwin/lib/locale/ja/X11/fonts/TT/fonts.scale 
Can't open /a/usr/openwin/lib/locale/ja/X11/fonts/TT/fonts.alias 
Removal of <SUNWjxcft> was successful

Workaround: Ignore the error message.

Upgrading to Solaris 10 Release Might Disable Existing Secure Shell Daemon (sshd) (4626093)

If you upgrade to the Solaris 10 release on a system that is running a third-party Secure Shell, such as OpenSSH from the /etc/init.d/sshd daemon, the upgrade disables the existing Secure Shell daemon. During an upgrade, Solaris 10 software overwrites the contents of /etc/init.d/sshd.

Workaround: Choose one of the following workarounds:

Upgrade Fails if /export Directory Is Near Capacity (4409601)

If the /export directory is near full capacity when you upgrade to the Solaris 10 release, space requirements for /export are miscalculated. The upgrade then fails. This problem commonly occurs if a diskless client is installed. Another instance of when the problem occurs is when third-party software is installed in the /export directory. The following message is displayed:

WARNING: Insufficient space for the upgrade.

Workaround: Before you upgrade, choose one of the following workarounds:

Upgrading Diskless Client Servers and Clients (4363078)

If your system currently supports diskless clients that were installed with the Solstice AdminSuiteTM 2.3 Diskless Client tool, you must perform the following two steps:

  1. Delete all existing diskless clients that are the same Solaris version and architecture as the server.

  2. Install or upgrade to the Solaris 10 release.

For specific instructions, see the System Administration Guide: Basic Administration.

If you attempt to install the Solaris 10 software over existing diskless clients, the following error message might be displayed:

The Solaris Version (Solaris version-number) on slice 
<xxxxxxxx> cannot 
be upgraded. 
There is an unknown problem with the software configuration installed 
on this disk.

In this error message, version-number refers to the Solaris version that is currently running on your system. <xxxxxxxx> refers to the slice that is running this version of the Solaris software.

Additional Installation Issues

This section describes issues that are related to the installation of the Solaris OS.

smosservice add Command Does Not Install Designated ARCH=all Packages (4871256)

The smosservice add command does not install any packages that are designated ARCH=all in the root (/) or /usr file systems. There is no error message indicating these packages were skipped. This problem exists in all Solaris OS versions, and applies to both SPARC® based and x86 based clients.

Note that the list of missing packages varies, depending on the Solaris release that you are running.

Workaround: Locate and install the missing ARCH=all packages.

For step-by-step instructions on locating and installing missing packages, see How to Locate and Install Missing ARCH=all Packages in System Administration Guide: Basic Administration.

StarOffice and StarSuite Software Cannot Coexist in the Same System

When you install Solaris 10 OS, either the StarOffice or the StarSuiteTM software is also automatically installed, depending on which language you select. The languages and the corresponding software that these languages support are listed as follows:

Selected Language 

Supported Software 

Chinese, Japanese, Korean 


Other languages 


StarOffice and StarSuite cannot coexist in the same system. If you want to replace a software that you accidentally installed, follow these steps.

  1. Insert the Solaris 10 Software - 4 CD or Solaris 10 Operating System DVD in the drive.

  2. Become superuser.

  3. Change to the Product directory, for example, /cdrom/cdrom0/Solaris_10/Product.

  4. Replace the software.

    • To replace StarOffice with StarSuite, use the following commands:

      # pkgrm `pkginfo | grep staroffice- | awk '{print $2}'`
        # pkgadd -d .SUNWstarsuite-*
    • To replace StarSuite with StarOffice, use the following commands:

      # pkgrm `pkginfo | grep starsuite- | awk '{print $2}'`
        # pkgadd -d . SUNWstaroffice-*

If you use Solaris CDs, the localization packages are included in either Language 1 or 2 CD. The package names are as follows:

Additional Related Locales Might Be Installed

When you select a locale for your installation, additional related locales might also be installed. This change in behavior occurs in the Solaris 10 release because all full locales, with message translations, and the Asian and Japanese partial locales, locale enabler, have been repackaged based on language support for locales. Other partial locales are still packaged and installed based on geographic region, such as Central Europe.