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Packaging and Delivering Software With the Image Packaging System in Oracle® Solaris 11.4

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Updated: November 2018
Chapter 1

IPS Design Goals, Concepts, and Terminology

This guide explains how to create packages that can be installed on the Oracle Solaris 11 OS and maintained using IPS, and how the Oracle Solaris OS is packaged using IPS.

This chapter discusses the following topics:

  • IPS design concepts, to help you understand and use the more advanced features of IPS

  • Software self-assembly: the ability of installed software to build itself into a working configuration

  • Phases of the IPS package lifecycle

  • Concepts such as installable image, package publisher, and package actions