older releases of Solaris 10

If like me, you’re looking for an older release of Solaris – so you can replicate a client’s setup, you can find them at http://www.sun.com/software/solaris/releases.jsp

I couldn’t find it without help – as Sun’s web site is a study in how to make things impossible to find.

Now to install Solaris 10 update 3 (11/06) on my old ultra sparc 5 – yep, 10 year old tech. its been sitting in the garage for the last year or so, but as its built like a tank, it seems to start fine. I do wish the 10K 18.4G Quantum cheetah wasn’t quite such a painful noise though.

My client chooses to use the http://www.sunfreeware.com/ packages – which means that to get Perl 5.8.8 humming (and subversion so I could commit TWiki fixes), required me to install:

  • db-4.2.52.NC-sol10-sparc-local
  • diffutils-2.8.1-sol10-sparc-local
  • expat-2.0.1-sol10-sparc-local
  • gcc-3.4.6-sol10-sparc-local
  • gdbm-1.8.3-sol10-sparc-local
  • grep-2.5.1a-sol10-sparc-local
  • libiconv-1.9.2-sol10-sparc-local
  • libintl-3.4.0-sol10-sparc-local
  • libxml2-2.6.31-sol10-sparc-local
  • make-3.81-sol10-sparc-local
  • ncftp-3.2.1-sol10-sparc-local
  • neon-0.25.5-sol10-sparc-local
  • neon-0.28.3-sol10-sparc-local
  • openssl-0.9.8i-sol10-sparc-local
  • pcre-7.8-sol10-sparc-local
  • perl-5.8.8-sol10-sparc-local
  • rcs-5.7-sol10-sparc-local
  • subversion-1.4.4-sol10-sparc-local
  • swig-1.3.36-sol10-sparc-local
  • wget-1.11.4-sol10-sparc-local
  • zlib-1.2.3-sol10-sparc-local

and after all that, I’m having weird spillover issues with CPAN, caused by having the built in Perl 5.8.4 in the PATH before /usr/local/bin/perl (the 5.8.8)

So if you have more than one Perl installed, and want to use CPAN – BE CAREFUL to set the PATH to use your desired Perl’s path first – calling it directly will lead to problems.

Author: Sven Dowideit

You might remember me from tools like http://TWiki.org, http://Foswiki.org, https://github.com/docker/Boot2Docker, Docker documentation, or https://github.com/rancher/os

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