System Administration Guide: Basic Administration

Accessing Oracle Solaris Patches

You can obtain patches from the Website. To access patches from the SunSolve Patch Portal Website, your system must be connected to the Internet and be capable of running a web browser, such as the Mozilla web browser.

You can access individual patches or a set of patches from a patch cluster, or refer to patch reports.

Each patch is associated with a README file that has information about the patch.

Patch Numbering

Patches are identified by unique patch IDs. A patch ID is an alphanumeric string that is a patch base code and a number that represents the patch revision number joined with a hyphen. For example, patch 118833-10 is the patch ID for the SunOS 5.10 kernel update patch, 10th revision.

Managing Oracle Solaris Patches

This section describes how to manage Oracle Solaris patches with the patch tools that are available.

The patch tools do the following:

While you apply patches, the patchadd command logs information in the /var/sadm/patch/patch-id /log file.

Note –

Improvements have been made to the patchadd -M command. When you use this command to apply patches to your system, you are no longer required to specify patch IDs in numeric order. If you use the patchadd -M command without specifying a patch ID, all patches in the directory are installed on the system. For more information about these changes, see the patchadd(1M) man page.

The patchadd command cannot apply a patch or software update under the following conditions: