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Updating Systems and Adding Software in Oracle® Solaris 11.4

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Updated: November 2020
Chapter 2

Getting Information About Software Packages

This chapter describes commands that provide the following kinds of information about packages:

  • Whether the package is installed or can be installed or updated

  • The description, size, and version of the package

  • Which packages are part of a group package

  • Which package delivers a specified file

  • Which package delivers a specified SMF service

  • Which packages are dependents of the specified package

  • Which packages are in a particular category

If the content of package repositories for your configured publishers might have changed, update your list of available packages at the beginning of your session to ensure that you receive the most current information. To update your list of packages execute the pkg refresh command. For example, if a repository has been updated with new packages, listing available packages might not show those new packages until you run pkg refresh.

For a complete list of all options for commands discussed in this chapter, see the pkg(1) man page.