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Solaris™ Operating Environment Boot Camp by Dominic Butler, David Rhodes

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Checking the System

The patch levels of the system ought to be checked and repatched on a regular basis, especially some of the jumbo patches since these can change frequently. This can be a very time-consuming process and will obviously depend on the system—it may be a heavy production server that only has downtime available every few months, or it may be a desktop system that gets turned off every night.

Fortunately, a few tools are available from Sun to help automate this task. These are changed from time to time, but the process revolves around downloading a file that contains a listing of every patch and its revision, and checking your system against the list to produce a report detailing the list of patches required to bring the machine ...

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