Solaris 10 What's New

Package and Patch Tool Enhancements

This feature is new in the Solaris Express 11/03 release under the title “Solaris Product Registry Enhancements.” This feature description was updated in the Solaris Express 8/04 and 10/04 releases.

The Solaris package and patch tools have been enhanced, providing improved performance and extended functionality.

As a part of these enhancements, the pkgchk command now provides a new option to assist you in mapping files to packages. To map files to packages, use the pkgchk -P option instead of grep pattern /var/sadm/install/contents. The -P option enables you to use a partial path. Use this option with the -l option to list the information about the files that contain the partial path.

If you installed a previous Software Express release, your system might use a SQL format package database. The SQL database was created in one of the following ways.

When you upgrade to the Solaris Express 10/04 release or subsequent releases, the SQL package database is automatically converted back to the ASCII text file format.

See the System Administration Guide: Basic Administration and the pkgchk(1M) man page for further information.