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Updated: November 2018
 
 

Troubleshooting Package Installations in Non-Global Zones

This section discusses problems that users might encounter when attempting to install a package in a non-global zone.

Packages that Have Parent Dependencies on Themselves

If you encounter a problem installing a package in a non-global zone, ensure that the following services are online in the global zone:

svc:/application/pkg/zones-proxyd:default
svc:/application/pkg/system-repository:default

Ensure that the following service is online in the non-global zone:

svc:/application/pkg/zones-proxy-client:default

These three services provide publisher configuration to the non-global zone and a communication channel that the non-global zone can use to make requests to the repositories assigned to the system publishers served from the global zone.

You cannot update the package in the non-global zone, since it has a parent dependency on itself. Initiate the update from the global zone; pkg updates the non-global zone along with the global zone.

Once the package is installed in the non-global zone, test the functionality of the package.

Packages that Do Not Have Parent Dependencies on Themselves

If the package does not have a parent dependency on itself, then you do not need to configure the publisher in the global zone, and you should not install the package in the global zone. Updating the package in the global zone will not update the package in the non-global zone. In this case, updating the package in the global zone can cause unexpected results when testing the older non-global zone package.

The simplest solution in this situation is to make the publisher available to the non-global zone, and install and update the package from within the non-global zone.

If the zone cannot access the publisher's repositories, configuring the publisher in the global zone enables the zones-proxy-client and system-repository services to proxy access to the publisher for the non-global zone. Then install and update the package in the non-global zone.