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Oracle Solaris 11 Support Repository Explained (Doc ID 1021281.1)

Last updated on JUNE 13, 2023

Applies to:

Solaris x64/x86 Operating System - Version 11.0 and later
Solaris Operating System - Version 11.0 and later
Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)
Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit)


The release of Oracle Solaris 11 Express 2010.11 and Oracle Solaris 11 11/11 use the Image Packaging System (IPS, also known as pkg(5)). Software is available via network-accessible repositories. Support updates are delivered to these repositories. Access to these Support Repositories are typically limited to customers with support contracts and/or subscriptions for the associated software products. Some products use package repositories in addition to the method of using My Oracle Support to deliver updates as patches while other products use Support Repositories as the exclusive delivery channel for updates.

Oracle also ports the pkg(5) to a variety of other OS platforms including Windows, Linux, Solaris, Mac OS X and AIX in support of layered or unbundled software products.  The latest versions of Oracle layered products such as GlassFish Enterprise Server, Web Space Server, Web Stack and Message Queue have adopted the pkg(5) system for use across their supported OS platforms.


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In this Document
 Gaining Access to Support Repositories
 Accessing Support Repositories
 Obtain your certificate
 Setting Up Solaris to Use a Support Repository
 Certificate Expiration
 Browsing a Support Repository using Firefox
 Offline Access to Repositories
 Common pkg commands for searching packages, managing repositories, and publishers

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