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The system that hosts the IPS package repository can be either an x86-based or a SPARC-based system.
The IPS repository server must be running the same or a newer version of the Oracle Solaris 11 OS as the version for which the packages you plan to copy are built. For example, if the server is running Oracle Solaris 11 Express and you want to create a copy of the Oracle Solaris 11 repository, update the server to Oracle Solaris 11 before you copy the repository.
To host a copy of the Oracle Solaris 11 release repository, the repository server must have 15 gigabytes of free space.
Recommended best practice is to create a separate ZFS file system for your local package repository. Using a separate ZFS file system enables you to take advantage of the following benefits:
Achieve better performance.
Set separate file system characteristics.
Directly snapshot and recover specified file systems.
If one system hosts more than one IPS repository, make each repository a separate ZFS file system so that you can rollback and recover each repository separately.
Use the zfs list command to view your current ZFS datasets.
$ zfs list NAME USED AVAIL REFER MOUNTPOINT rpool 75.2G 108G 5.00G /rpool rpool/ROOT 23.0G 108G 31K legacy rpool/ROOT/solaris 44.8G 108G 3.52G / rpool/dump 1.97G 108G 1.97G - rpool/export 43.0G 108G 30.5G /export rpool/export/home 12.6G 108G 32K /export/home rpool/export/home/bob 12.6G 108G 12.6G /export/home/bob rpool/swap 2.09G 108G 1.97G -
Assume the root role:
$ su - root
Create a ZFS file system for the package repository in the root pool:
# zfs create rpool/export/repoSolaris11 # zfs list NAME USED AVAIL REFER MOUNTPOINT rpool 75.2G 108G 5.00G /rpool rpool/export/repoSolaris11 31K 108G 31K /export/repoSolaris11 ...
Tip - For better performance when updating the repository, set atime to off.
# zfs set atime=off rpool/export/repoSolaris11
The atime property controls whether the access time for files is updated when the files are read. Turning this property off avoids producing write traffic when reading files.