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1.  Introduction to the Image Packaging System

2.  IPS Graphical User Interfaces

3.  Getting Information About Software Packages

4.  Installing and Updating Software Packages

5.  Configuring Installed Images


Adding and Updating Oracle Solaris 11.1 Software Packages describes the software installation functions of the Oracle Solaris Image Packaging System (IPS) feature. IPS commands enable you to list, search, install, update, and remove software packages for the Oracle Solaris 11 operating system. A single IPS command can update your image to a new operating system release. IPS commands enable you to restrict which packages can be installed or which versions of packages can be installed.

IPS commands also enable you to copy and create IPS package repositories, and create IPS packages. See Related Documentation for information about those tools.

To use IPS, you must be running the Oracle Solaris 11 OS. To install the Oracle Solaris 11 OS, see Installing Oracle Solaris 11.1 Systems.

Who Should Use This Book

This book is for system administrators who install and manage software and manage system images.

How This Book Is Organized

Related Documentation

In addition to these books, see the Package Manager online help and the pkg(1M) and beadm(1M) man pages.

Access to Oracle Support

Oracle customers have access to electronic support through My Oracle Support. For information, visit or visit if you are hearing impaired.

Typographic Conventions

The following table describes the typographic conventions that are used in this book.

Table P-1 Typographic Conventions

The names of commands, files, and directories, and onscreen computer output
Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.

What you type, contrasted with onscreen computer output
machine_name% su


Placeholder: replace with a real name or value
The command to remove a file is rm filename.
Book titles, new terms, and terms to be emphasized
Read Chapter 6 in the User's Guide.

A cache is a copy that is stored locally.

Do not save the file.

Note: Some emphasized items appear bold online.

Shell Prompts in Command Examples

The following table shows UNIX system prompts and superuser prompts for shells that are included in the Oracle Solaris OS. In command examples, the shell prompt indicates whether the command should be executed by a regular user or a user with privileges.

Table P-2 Shell Prompts

Bash shell, Korn shell, and Bourne shell
Bash shell, Korn shell, and Bourne shell for superuser
C shell
C shell for superuser