IPS includes two Graphical User Interface (GUI) tools.
Package Manager provides most package and publisher operations and some boot environment (BE) operations. If you are new to the Oracle Solaris OS and IPS technologies, you can use Package Manager to quickly identify and install packages.
Update Manager updates all packages in the image that have updates available.
Package Manager provides a subset of the tasks that can be performed from the command line:
List, search, install, update, and remove packages
Add and configure package sources
Activate, rename, and remove BEs
Start Package Manager in one of the following ways:
Click the Package Manager icon in the toolbar. The Package Manager icon is a box with a circling arrow.
Double-click the Package Manager icon on the desktop.
Select System→Administration→Package Manager.
$ packagemanager &
For complete Package Manager documentation, select Help→Contents from the Package Manager menu bar.
The following options are supported for the packagemanager(1) command.
See the Package Manager Help for detailed information about the Web Install process.
Package Manager supports installing packages using a simple one-click Web Install process. The Web Install process uses a .p5i file. A .p5i file contains information to add publishers and add packages that can be installed from these publishers. The information in the .p5i file is read and used by the Web Install process.
If you want other users to be able to install packages that you have installed on your system, you can export the installation instructions for those package files using the Web Install process. The Web Install process creates a .p5i file that consists of installation instructions for those packages and publishers to be installed.
From the Package Manager Publisher drop-down menu, select the publisher from which you want to include the packages in the .p5i file.
In the Package Manager package list pane, select the package whose installation instructions you want to distribute.
Select File→Export Selections to display the Export Selections Confirmation window.
Click the OK button to confirm the selections. The Export Selections window is displayed.
A default name for the .p5i file is provided. You can change this file name.
Do not change the .p5i extension.
A default location for the .p5i file is provided. You can change the location.
Click the Save button to save the file name and location.
The Web Install process enables you to install packages through a .p5i file. This file might be on your desktop or on a web site.
$ packagemanager ./wifile.p5i
If the .p5i file is located on a web server that has registered this MIME type, just click the link to the .p5i file.
If the .p5i file is located on a web server that has not registered this MIME type, save the .p5i file to your desktop and then select it.
The Install/Update window is displayed. The label at the top of the window is: “Package Manager Web Installer/The following will be added to your system.” The publishers and packages to be installed are listed.
If the specified package publisher is not already configured on your system, the Add Publisher window is displayed. The name and URI of the publisher are already entered.
If a publisher to be added is a secure publisher, an SSL key and certificate are required. Browse to locate the SSL Key and SSL Certificate on your system.
If the publisher is added successfully, the Adding Publisher Complete dialog displays.
If a .p5i file contains packages from a disabled publisher, Web Install opens an Enable Publisher dialog. Use this dialog to enable the publisher so that you can install the packages.
The Install/Update window now looks the same as when you select the Package Manager Install/Update option.
The application closes when all packages are installed.