Oracle Solaris 11 software is distributed in Image Packaging System (IPS) packages. IPS packages are stored in IPS package repositories, which are populated by IPS publishers.
This guide describes how to create a software package repository using the Oracle Solaris Image Packaging System (IPS) feature. IPS tools enable you to easily copy an existing repository or create your own repository for your own packages and easily update the packages in the repository. You can provide a file interface or an HTTP or HTTPS interface for users of the repository. This guide also describes how to automatically update your repository and how to clone a repository, and shows Apache web server configuration such as caching, load balancing, and configuring HTTPS access.
This chapter provides:
Reasons that you might want to create a local IPS package repository for internal use
Best practices for creating package repositories
System requirements for hosting a package repository
Privileges required for some package repository creation and maintenance tasks