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Enterprise Data Center Design and Methodology by Rob Snevely

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Packages

How do you know what software and utilities are on your system? How do you know what version is in use?

Use of the packaging facility in Solaris Operating Environment is a great way to add software to the system. Rather then browsing through directories and comparing binaries, pkginfo could be used to inspect the versions of custom software added to the systems. With the use of packages, it is not only simple to see what software is on the system, but what version is on the system, Also, upgrades are simplified. Packaging software is right up there with labeling cables—it really is a must.

The functionality to build packages is built into Solaris Operating Environment. Using the pkgmk and pkgproto commands, packages can be made relatively ...

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