The Oracle Solaris Image Packaging System (IPS) is a framework that enables you to do the following tasks:
List and search software packages
Install, update, and remove software
Upgrade to a new Oracle Solaris operating system release
IPS interfaces enable you to restrict which packages can be installed, which versions of packages can be installed, and how installed software needs to be signed.
This chapter describes IPS concepts and describes how to gain the privilege you need to do tasks such as install and update software.