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Oracle Solaris 11 Image Packaging System (IPS) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (Doc ID 1433186.1)

Last updated on DECEMBER 29, 2020

Applies to:

Solaris Operating System - Version 11.0 and later
Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)
Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit)
***Checked for relevance on 18-Jan-2016***


This document provides a quick reference and list of Frequently Asked Questions on the topic of the Image Packaging System (IPS).

This document is a living document and will constantly be updated as more questions get asked.

Questions and Answers

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In this Document
Questions and Answers
 How do I register my system to obtain Support Repository Updates (SRU)?
 How do I update my system to a specific Support Repository Update (SRU)?
 How do I associate a Non-Global Zone Boot Environment (ZBE) to the Global Zone Boot Environment ?
 How to prevent pkg(1) from keeping a large download cache in /var/pkg/download?
 How to change the current publisher?
 How to remove a publisher via the CLI?
 How can I check which Support Repository Update (SRU) I have currently installed?
 How do I install pkgs into an alternate root?
 How do I configure proxy access to
 How do I check if a bug is fixed on Solaris 11?
 How do I list the bugs that are fixed in a package ?
 How do I list files that can be overlaid (similar to 'editable' files in Solaris 10)
 How do I list all the available package groups?
 How do I find which Package Delivers a Specific File?
 How do I list the contents of a package group?
 How do I list set-uid and set-gid files delivered with a package?
 How to list timezones contained in system/data/timezone ? 
 How do I determine which group is installed on my system?
 How do I list the packages contained in a group ?
 Relaxing Version Constraints Specified by Incorporations
 How do I create a local copy of a remote repository?
 How do I update a local repository with only the changes from a remote repository?
 How do I list the changes that would apply to my local repository during an update without actually updating my local repository?
 How do I install a Support Repository Update (SRU) Image?
 How do I locate the pkg that delivers a particular file?
 How do I list pkg dependencies?
 How do I identify which package delivers a specified SMF service
 How to Update Your Local System From a Support Repository Update (SRU) ISO Image
 How to Update an Oracle Solaris 11 Package Repository
 How do I set the default version of pkgs that allow multiple versions to be installed, like Java?
 How to find the source code of a FOSS package
 How do I list all setuid and setgid programs?
 How do I search for a SHA1 hash of a file in IPS (fingerprint)
 How To tune parallel connections to the depot server when performing network operations?
 How to uninstall packages with two-way dependencies
 What are the Environment variables and timeout values ?
 The image cannot be modified as it is currently in use by another package client
 How can I check key and certificate with openssl

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