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Solaris™ 8 System Administrator Exam Cram™ 2 (Exams CX-310-011 and CX-310-012) by Darrell L. Ambro

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Patch Administration

A patch is a collection of files intended to update or fix problems with installed software. For example, a patch might be required to fix a problem with a system command or address a security issue. Because most system and application software are installed as packages, patches are applied against one or more packages. Actually, patches are special packages used to update other packages. Like packages, a collection of patches can be grouped together into a patch cluster.

The ability to obtain and install patches, keep track of installed patches, and occasionally remove patches are key skills of a competent system administrator.

Obtaining Patches and Patch Information

You can obtain patches from Sun Microsystems in several ...

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