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|Getting Started With Oracle Solaris 11 Express Oracle Solaris 11 Express 11/10|
After installing Oracle Solaris 11 Express, you may find that some of the software applications that you use on a regular basis are not immediately available to you. You can install these software applications from a package repository, by using either the Package Manager GUI or the IPS command-line interface (CLI).
IPS is a framework that provides the capability for software lifecycle management, which includes installation, upgrade, and the removal of packages. IPS also provides you with the ability to upgrade all of those packages on your installed system that have available updates.
With IPS, you can do the following:
Search for packages that are already installed on your system or packages that are available from a specified package repository.
Add package sources (publishers) that can be searched.
Get information about installing packages, such as package dependencies and any additional packages to be installed.
Download and install packages with a single click.
Update existing packages on a system.
Remove (uninstall) existing packages.
Note that your system must be connected to the Internet to use the default package repository.
For more information, see the pkg(1) man page.
Package Manager is the GUI for IPS. Package Manager provides a subset of the functionality that is offered by using IPS commands. With Package Manager, you can search for and manage publishers, and administer boot environments. The following procedure provides basic instructions on how to use Package Manager to add software packages to your system. For more detailed instructions, refer to the Package Manager online help.
Click the Package Manger icon in the GNOME desktop tool panel.
Double-click the Package Manger icon that is located on the desktop.
From the main menu of the desktop, choose System -> Administration -> Package Manager.
The Package Manager window opens and catalogs of the publishers that you have defined are loaded.
Your newly installed Oracle Solaris system has one publisher (package source) configured, the solaris publisher. The repository for the solaris publisher is http://pkg.oracle.com/solaris/release. You can search for packages on this web site, as well as by using Package Manager or the pkg command.
For example, to search for the OpenOffice package, type “office” in the Search field.
The Status column indicates whether the package is installed. The Status column also indicates whether there is an update currently available for an installed package.
Tip - Hovering your mouse over the icon also displays the current status of the package.
Note that you can select multiple packages at one time by selecting multiple check boxes.
The Details panel displays additional information about the package that is currently selected with your cursor. Although you can select multiple packages at one time (by selecting multiple check boxes), you can only view details about the one package that is currently selected.
Package Manager checks for and evaluates whether there are any package dependencies. The Install/Update Confirmation dialog displays the name, publisher, and summary about the package that is displayed in the package list.
Package Manager downloads and installs (or updates) the packages that are listed in the Confirmation dialog box. The Install/Update window displays a log of the installation.
When the installation has successfully completed, the Status column in the Package Manager package list displays the Installed icon (a plain box).