Solaris 10 10/09 Release Notes


This document describes the Solaris 10 10/09 operating system. For information about the Solaris 10 3/05, Solaris 10 3/05 HW1, Solaris 10 3/05 HW2, Solaris 10 1/06, Solaris 10 6/06, Solaris 10 11/06, Solaris 10 8/07, Solaris 10 5/08, Solaris 10 10/08, and Solaris 10 5/09 releases, see the “Solaris 10 5/09 Release Notes”, Sun part number 820–7273.

The Solaris 10 10/09 Release Notes contain installation and runtime problem details. Also included are end-of-software support statements for the SolarisTM 10 Operating System.

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This Solaris release supports systems that use the SPARC® and x86 families of processor architectures: UltraSPARC®, SPARC64, AMD64, Pentium, and Xeon EM64T. The supported systems appear in the Solaris 10 Hardware Compatibility List at This document cites any implementation differences between the platform types.

In this document the term “x86” refers to 64-bit and 32-bit systems manufactured using processors compatible with the AMD64 or Intel Xeon/Pentium product families. For supported systems, see the Solaris 10 Hardware Compatibility List.

Who Should Use This Book

These notes are for users and system administrators who install and use the Solaris 10 software.

Related Books

You might need to refer to the following documentation when you install Solaris software:

For information on current CERT advisories, see the official CERT web site at

For some hardware configurations, you might need supplemental hardware-specific instructions for installing the Solaris software. If your system requires hardware-specific actions at certain points, the manufacturer of your hardware has provided supplemental Solaris installation documentation.

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Typographic Conventions

The following table describes the typographic conventions that are used in this book.

Table P–1 Typographic Conventions





The names of commands, files, and directories, and onscreen computer output 

Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.


What you type, contrasted with onscreen computer output 

machine_name% su



Placeholder: replace with a real name or value 

The command to remove a file is rm filename.


Book titles, new terms, and terms to be emphasized 

Read Chapter 6 in the User's Guide.

A cache is a copy that is stored locally.

Do not save the file.

Note: Some emphasized items appear bold online.

Shell Prompts in Command Examples

The following table shows the default UNIX® system prompt and superuser prompt for the C shell, Bourne shell, and Korn shell.

Table P–2 Shell Prompts



C shell 


C shell for superuser 


Bourne shell and Korn shell 


Bourne shell and Korn shell for superuser