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Setting Up the Application Development Environment in Oracle® Solaris 11.4

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Updated: October 2019

Creating IPS Packages

In the Oracle Solaris 11 operating system, you should deliver the software you develop as Image Package System (IPS) packages. IPS packages are installed and updated from IPS repositories.

    IPS is a framework for complete software life cycle management including packaging, installing, upgrading, and removing software. You must deliver software as IPS packages to obtain the following benefits:

  • Automatically calculate sufficient correct dependencies on other software

  • Automatically install or update dependency software as needed

  • Automatically refresh or restart necessary system services to perform tasks such as software configuration and automatically starting other dependent services

  • Form a single package, automatically install only the components appropriate for the existing system architecture, or other variants

  • Make updates in a new boot environment without modifying the existing boot environment

  • Enable users to easily verify whether the software installation is correct

For more information about creating IPS packages, see Packaging and Delivering Software With the Image Packaging System in Oracle Solaris 11.4.