Solaris 9 Maintenance Update 3 Installation Guide


The Solaris 9 Maintenance Update 3 Installation Guide explains how to install and back out the SolarisTM 9 Maintenance Update 3 (MU3) software. For late-breaking MU3 issues that were identified too late to be included in this guide, refer to the Solaris 9 Maintenance Update 3 Installation Guide at

If you need more information on general procedures for system administration, refer to the Solaris 9 System Administrator Collection.

Who Should Use This Book

This guide is for system administrators who are installing the MU3 software.

How This Book Is Organized

Chapter 1, Introduction contains an introduction to the Solaris 9 MU3.

Chapter 2, Installing the Solaris 9 Maintenance Update 3 describes the installation requirements and procedures for the Solaris 9 MU3 software.

Chapter 3, Backing Out the Solaris 9 Maintenance Update 3 describes the procedures to back out the Solaris 9 MU3 software.

Chapter 4, Known Problems contains a listing of the known bugs.

Chapter 5, Error Messages contains the error messages generated by the installation and backout scripts.

Accessing Sun Documentation Online

The docs.sun.comSM Web site enables you to access Sun technical documentation online. You can browse the archive or search for a specific book title or subject. The URL is

Ordering Sun Documentation

Sun Microsystems offers select product documentation in print. For a list of documents and how to order them, see “Buy printed documentation” at

Typographic Conventions

The following table describes the typographic changes used in this book.

Table P–1 Typographic Conventions

Typeface or Symbol 




 The names of commands, files, and directories; on-screen computer output

Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.


 What you type, contrasted with on-screen computer output

machine_name% su



 Command-line placeholder: replace with a real name or value

To delete a file, type rm filename.


Book titles, new words, or terms, or words to be emphasized. 

Read Chapter 6 in User's Guide.

These are called class options.

You must be root to do this.

Shell Prompts in Command Examples

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

Table P–2 Shell Prompts



 C shell promptmachine_name%
 C shell superuser promptmachine_name#
 Bourne shell and Korn shell prompt$
 Bourne shell and Korn shell superuser prompt#