Solaris 7 (SPARC Platform Edition) Installation Library

About Solaris Web Start's Default Behavior and Limitations

Table 4-1 summarizes what Solaris Web Start does and does not let you do, as well as what it does by default.

Table 4-1 Solaris Web Start's Default Behavior and Limitations

By Default ... 

Lets You ... 

Doesn't Let You ... 

Creates root and swap partitions on the system disk

Change the size of partitions 


Sets up the system disk 

Set up other disks using Lay Out File Systems in the Customized Installation option 


Creates an /opt partition for co-packaged software

Create additional partitions and file systems 

Store co-packaged software in a partition other than /opt

Installs English versions of the Solaris operating environment 

Choose additionally to install localized Solaris versions 

Omit installation of the English version of the Solaris operating environment 

Solaris Web Start determines dynamically what products to install by default. This decision is based on:

The Solaris Web Start interface always reflects the appropriate defaults for your situation. These defaults are summarized in tabular form when you select the Default Installation option.

Product-Specific Defaults

Some default decisions are made by Solaris Web Start on a per-product basis. For Solaris Documentation, Solaris Web Start installs both the server and data packages. If you want only one of these packages, install it manually after running Solaris Web Start.

Limitations of Default Installation on Multiple-Disk Systems

If you are installing software on a system that has multiple disks, you should be aware that the Default Installation option sets up only the system disk. Other disks will not be recognized by the operating system unless you manually set up file systems on them, mount the file systems, and create entries for them in /etc/vfstab. For details, see the "Managing File Systems" chapter of System Administration Guide, Volume I, as well as the reference manual page for format.

If you want Solaris Web Start to set up all the disks in your system, use the Customized Installation option and select all those disks using Lay Out File Systems.