Solaris 8 7/01 What's New Supplement

Chapter 4 What's New for Installation

This chapter highlights new installation features in the Solaris 8 Update releases.

Note –

For the most current man pages, use the man command. The Solaris 8 Update release man pages include new feature information not found in the Solaris 8 Reference Manual Collection.

Table 4–1 Solaris 8 Features for Installation


First Released 


JumpStart enhancements: New options have been added for use with the boot command when you perform a custom JumpStart installation.

With the boot command, you can specify the location of the configuration files to use to perform the installation. You can specify a path to an HTTP server, an NFS server, or a file that is available on local media. If you do not know the path to the files, you can require that the installation program prompt you for the path after the machine boots and connects to the network.

The nowin option enables you to specify that the custom JumpStart program not begin the X program. You do not need to use the X program to perform a custom JumpStart installation, so you can shorten the installation time by using the nowin option.

For detailed instructions about how to use these new options, refer to “Performing a Custom JumpStart Installation” in Solaris 8 Advanced Installation Guide.


The Solaris 8 Advanced Installation Guide has been revised. The revised version combines all of the previous Solaris 8 installation guides:

  • Solaris 8 (SPARC Platform Edition) Installation Guide (806-0955)

  • Solaris 8 (Intel Platform Edition) Installation Guide (806-0956)

  • Solaris 8 Advanced Installation Guide (806-0957)

  • Solaris 8 Installation Supplement (806-7500)

The revision also includes the addition of information about new and enhanced Solaris installation technologies. The focus is on task-based procedures, with reference material covered separately in the guide. 

To view this book, see the Solaris 8 Advanced Installation Guide.


The Web Start Flash installation feature enables you to create a single reference installation of the Solaris operating environment on a machine and then replicate that installation on several machines. 


The system identification utilities automatically attempt to determine the default router during installation. 


During system identification, the system identification utilities can configure systems to be LDAP clients. Prior Solaris releases allowed the configuration of a machine only as a NIS, NIS+, or DNS client. 


The SolarisTM Web Start 3.0 installation method was updated to allow you to modify the selected Solaris Software Group by adding or removing software packages.



The Patch Analyzer is now available when you upgrade with the Solaris Web Start 3.0 installation method on the Solaris 8 Installation CD. The Patch Analyzer performs an analysis on your system to determine which (if any) patches will be removed or downgraded by upgrading from the Solaris 8 release to a Solaris 8 Update release.  


Administering and Uninstalling Software 

A new version of the Solaris Product Registry tool has been released. The Solaris Product Registry 3.0 includes these new features: 

  • Ability to uninstall individual system packages.

  • All of the Solaris system products that you installed in their localized version appear in the System Software Localizations folder.

  • Registry is compatible with more installation wizards.


Early Access 

This release includes an Early Access (EA) directory with EA software. For more information, see the README on the Solaris 8 Software 2 of 2 CD.