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Preparing for Installation

This chapter includes information about the following topics:

Software Installation Overview

The following steps outline the general process you follow to install the Sun Studio 10, product serial number, and supporting software. See the references provided in each step for specific procedures.



For Instructions

  1. Verify that the system on which you are installing the Sun Studio 10 software meets the minimum requirements for this release.

  2. Determine whether you are going to display the installer locally or remotely.

  3. Verify that your system has access to the Javatrademark 2 Platform, Standard Edition technology.

  4. Choose an installation method.

  5. Locate the product serial number.

  6. Install the Sun Studio 10 and serial number.

Using a system that meets the system requirements is recommended for proper performance.

You can install the Sun Studio software using a remote display or local display.

The Sun Studio 10 software supports the Javatrademark 2 Platform, Standard Edition technology

There are four ways to install the Sun Studio software.

The product does not work without a valid serial number.

Step through the installation information.

See System Requirements.

Refer to Choosing Local Display or Remote Display of the Installer for more details.

See Installing the J2SE Platform and Related Solaris Operating System Patches for J2SE installation instructions, if necessary.

SeeChoosing an Installation Method for more information.

See Locating the Product Serial Number for the product serial number.

See Installing the Sun Studio 10 Software for installation instructions.

System Requirements

Sun Studio 10 product software supports the system requirements shown in TABLE 1-1.

Note - For further disk space requirements and important last minute information about this release, see the release notes for the Sun Studio 10 software on Solaris platforms on the product web site at http://wwws.sun.com/software/products/studio/index.html

TABLE 1-1 System Requirements

Solaris OS on SPARC based systems

Solaris OS on x86 based systems

Operating system

Solaris 8, 9, or 10


Solaris 8, 9, or 10



SPARC architecture:

Sun Blade 750 MHz
UltraSPARC III 750 MHz

Ultra 60 450 MHz

x86 architecture:

AMD Mobile Athlon XP 1800+ 1.53 GHz
Intel Xeon 2.0 GHz

Pentium III 500 MHz

AM64 architecture:

Sun Fire V40x Server
Sun Java Workstation W2100z
Sun Java Workstation W1100z

Sun Fire V20z Server

Disk Space

1.5 Gbytes

925 Mbytes

(Use the df -k command to check your disk space.)


Recommended: 1 Gbyte

Minimum: 512 Mbytes

Swap Space

Recommended: 2 Gbytes
Minimum: 1 Gbytes

J2SE Technology

J2SE 1.4.2_06 technology and required OS patches


Operating System Configuration

Entire Solaris Software Group Plus OEM Support, Entire Solaris Software Group, or Developer Solaris Software Group
(To determine your operating system configuration, you need to verify the installed packages. Specific packages are installed for each configuration. See the Solaris OS installation documentation for more details.)

*Use the swap -s command to check the swap space.

Adding Swap Space

If you want to add swap space, do the following:

1. Become a superuser (root) by typing:

% su
Password: root-password

2. Create a file in a selected directory to add swap space by typing:

mkfile number[m|k|b] /directory/swap-file-name

where number is an amount of swap space, followed by either m for megabyte, k for kilobyte, or b for block. The directory is a directory in which you have permission to add swap space. The swap-file-name is the name of the swap file you are creating.

For example, to create a 16-megabyte swap file named 16mswap in the foo directory, type the following:

# mkfile 16m /foo/16mswap

See the mkfile(1M) man page for more information.

3. Verify that the file was created by typing:

# ls -l /directory/swap-file-name

The new file appears in the directory. For example:

# ls -l /foo/16mswap
-rw------T   1 root     other    16777216 Dec 12 14:24 /foo/16mswap

4. Run the swap command to specify the additional swap space by typing:

# swap -a /directory/swap-file-name

5. Verify that the extra swap space was added by typing:

#swap -s

The output shows the allocated swap space. For example:

#swap -s
total: 289336k bytes allocated + 27008k reserved = 316344k used, 298336k available

Choosing Local Display or Remote Display of the Installer

You can display the installer either locally or remotely while you are installing the Sun Studio 10 with the graphical user interface installer or the command-line installer:

To prepare for installation using a remote display, follow these steps:

1. On the display computer, enable client access to the X server by typing the following at a command line:

% xhost + source-computer-name

Replace source-computer-name with the output of the /usr/bin/hostname command entered on the source computer, which is the computer that contains the product CD-ROM or downloaded files.

2. Log in to the source computer and become a superuser (root) by typing:

% rlogin source-computer-name -l rootname
Password: root-password

3. On the source computer, set the display to the monitor that is attached to the display computer.

If you use the C shell, type:

# setenv DISPLAY display-computer-name:0.0

If you use the Bourne shell, type:

# DISPLAY=display-computer-name:0.0
# export DISPLAY

If you use the Korn shell, type:

# export DISPLAY=display-computer-name:0.0

Replace display-computer-name with the output of the /usr/bin/hostname command entered on the display computer.

Installing to an NFS-mounted Filesystem

To install the Sun Studio software on an NFS-mounted filesystem, you must run the installer on a supported system regardless of where the NFS partition is mounted. In the following procedure, the server is the machine with the physical disk on which the installed software will reside, and the client is the machine on which you run the installer and which NFS-mounts the filesystem from the server.

Note - The best way to share the product image as an NFS-mounted filesystem is to export it from a supported system. Run the installer on the server and share the directory in which the software is installed. Use the following NFS install procedure only if your NFS server is not a supported platform for the product.

To prepare for installing the Sun Studio software on an NFS-mounted filesystem:

1. On the server machine, share the filesystem with the appropriate options. It is essential that root on the client machine on which the installer will be run have full access to the NFS filesystem:

# share -F nfs -o root=client-machine,rw filesystem

2. On the client machine, mount the shared filesystem with read/write access:

# mount server-machine:filesystem installation-directory

For example, you might mount the filesystem on installation directory /mnt on client machine foo.

You can then install the Sun Studio product on the server by running the graphical user interface installer, command-line installer, or batch installer on client machine foo. For the graphical user interface installer or the command-line installer, you would select /mnt as the installation directory. For the batch installer, you would specify /mnt as the installation directory using the -d option.

After you have installed the software, any machine that is running version 8, 9, or 10 of the Solaris OS can mount the filesystem from the server on which you installed the software, and run the software. Each client machine that runs the software must have the correct OS patches installed (see Appendix B and Appendix C).

To uninstall Sun Studio software installed on an NFS-mounted filesystem, you must run the uninstaller on the same client machine you used to install the software, and you must mount the filesystem prior to running the uninstaller

Locating the Product Serial Number

When you purchase the product, the serial number is listed on a card that is enclosed in the product package. The 26-character number on the card is the number that you enter in the Enter Serial Number page of the installer during installation. You can also generate a 60-day trial serial number during the installation process.

Installation Features Included in This Release

This Sun Studio 10 release includes the following installation features:

This document includes instructions for using each of the features.