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Oracle Solaris 11 Express Distribution Constructor Guide     Oracle Solaris 11 Express 11/10
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Document Information

1.  Introduction to the Distribution Constructor

2.  Design and Build Oracle Solaris Images

System Requirements

Customize Your Image by Editing the Manifests

Modifying Manifest Contents

Further Customize an Image Using Finalizer Scripts

Creating Custom Finalizer Scripts

Characteristics of Finalizer Scripts

Using the Manifest Reader

Specifying Key-Value Pairs

Building an Image

Building an Image in One Step

Building an Image in Stages

Building an Image in Stages by Using Checkpoint Options

Troubleshooting the Distribution Constructor

I Get Error Messages When I Download a Package

How to Debug Manifests With Validation Errors

Debugging Semantic Validation Errors

Checking Data

Additional Installation Information

3.  x86: Design and Build a Virtual Machine

A.  Custom Finalizer Scripts, Examples

System Requirements

In order to use the distribution constructor, set up the following on your system.

Table 2-1 System Requirements

Disk space
Confirm that you have sufficient space on your system to use the distribution constructor. The recommended minimum size for your distribution constructor work space is 8 Gbytes.
Oracle Solaris release

You must have the SPARC or x86 Oracle Solaris operating system (OS) installed on your system. Note the following considerations.

  • Your installed Oracle Solaris system must have network access. The distribution constructor accesses Image Packaging System (IPS) repositories that are available on the network to retrieve packages for the ISO image. You must have network access to the repositories that you specify in the manifest file.
  • When using the distribution constructor, you can only create SPARC images on a SPARC system. And, you can only create x86 images on an x86 system. Also, the Oracle Solaris release version on your system must be the same as the release version of the AI images that you use with the distribution constructor.

Note - To run the distribution constructor on your system, you will need to assume the root role by executing the su - command.

Required packages
Install the distribution-constructor package, which contains the distribution constructor application, on your system.

You can use the Package Manager tool to install the required package. The Package Manager is available as an icon on the desktop of the Oracle Solaris operating system and on the menu bar on the desktop. On the menu bar, go to System>Administration>Package Manager.

Alternately, use IPS commands such as the following to install this package:

# pkg install distribution-constructor