Solaris 9 12/03 Installation Guide


This book describes how to install and upgrade the SolarisTM 9 operating environment on both networked and non-networked SPARC® and x86 architecture based systems.

This book does not include instructions about how to set up system hardware or other peripherals.

Note –

The Solaris operating environment runs on two types of hardware, or platforms—SPARC and x86. The information in this document pertains to both platforms unless called out in a special chapter, section, note, bulleted item, figure, table, example, or code example.

Note –

In this document the term “x86” refers to the Intel 32-bit family of microprocessor chips and compatible microprocessor chips made by AMD.

Who Should Use This Book

This book is intended for system administrators responsible for installing the Solaris operating environment. This book provides both of the following types of information.

Related Books

Table P–1 lists related information that you need when you install the Solaris software.

Table P–1 Related Information



System Administration Guide: Basic Administration

Describes how to back up system files 

Solaris 9 12/03 Release Notes

Describes any bugs, known problems, software that is being discontinued, and patches that are related to the Solaris release 

SPARC: Solaris 9 Sun Hardware Platform Guide

Contains information about supported hardware 

Solaris 9 12/03 Package List

Lists and describes the packages in the Solaris 9 12/03 operating environment 

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–2 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–3 Shell Prompts



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