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Creating Package Repositories in Oracle® Solaris 11.4

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Updated: May 2020

Comparing Repository Content Sources

The following table offers information to help you decide whether to create and update your repository from the Oracle Solaris support repository or from repository files.

Table 1  Repository Content Source Comparison
Repository Source
Support Repository
Repository Files
The support repository includes every package from every Oracle Solaris release starting from Oracle Solaris 11 11/11.
The repository zip files that are delivered with each release include packages from the current release plus all packages required to update to that release from any previous release starting from Oracle Solaris 11 11/11.
Installing and Updating Systems
Systems can install or update to any release and to any SRU of any release.
You can update systems to an SRU for the current release only if you added the content of the repository file for that SRU to your local repository. For example, if you failed to add the April SRU repository content and then you added the May SRU repository content, you would have all the fixes and enhancements from the May, April, and earlier SRUs, but you would not be able to update systems to the April SRU level.
Time and Space
The repository takes longer to create and requires more disk space.
The repository requires less time to create and consumes less disk space.