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1.  Designing a Package

2.  Building a Package

3.  Enhancing the Functionality of a Package (Tasks)

4.  Verifying and Transferring a Package

5.  Case Studies of Package Creation

6.  Advanced Techniques for Creating Packages




The Application Packaging Developer’s Guide provides step-by-step instructions and relevant background information for designing, building, and verifying packages. This guide also includes advanced techniques that you might find helpful during the package creation process.

Note - This Oracle Solaris release supports systems that use the SPARC and x86 families of processor architectures. The supported systems appear in the Oracle Solaris OS: Hardware Compatibility Lists. This document cites any implementation differences between the platform types.

In this document, these x86 related terms mean the following:

For supported systems, see the Oracle Solaris OS: Hardware Compatibility Lists.

Who Should Use This Book

This book is intended for application developers whose responsibilities include designing and building packages.

Though much of the book is directed towards novice package developers, it also contains information useful to more experienced package developers.

How This Book Is Organized

The following table describes the chapters in this book.

Chapter Name
Chapter Description
Describes package components and package design criteria. Also describes related commands, files, and scripts.
Describes the process and required tasks for building a package. Also provides step-by-step instructions for each task.
Provides step-by-step instructions for adding optional features to a package.
Describes how to verify the integrity of a package and how to transfer a package to a distribution medium.
Provides case studies for creating packages.
Describes advanced techniques for creating packages.
Defines terms used in this book.

Related Books

The following documentation, available through retail booksellers, can provide additional background information on building System V packages.

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Typographic Conventions

The following table describes the typographic conventions that are used in this book.

Table P-1 Typographic Conventions

The names of commands, files, and directories, and onscreen computer output
Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.

What you type, contrasted with onscreen computer output
machine_name% su


Placeholder: replace with a real name or value
The command to remove a file is rm filename.
Book titles, new terms, and terms to be emphasized
Read Chapter 6 in the User's Guide.

A cache is a copy that is stored locally.

Do not save the file.

Note: Some emphasized items appear bold online.

Shell Prompts in Command Examples

The following table shows the default UNIX system prompt and superuser prompt for shells that are included in the Oracle Solaris OS. Note that the default system prompt that is displayed in command examples varies, depending on the Oracle Solaris release.

Table P-2 Shell Prompts

Bash shell, Korn shell, and Bourne shell
Bash shell, Korn shell, and Bourne shell for superuser
C shell
C shell for superuser