Local repository for OpenIndiana, Solaris 11 Express and Solaris 11

I’m recently updated my old OpenSolaris to Solaris 11. It needed a multiple step update, for the step from the final version of OpenSolaris (b134) to Solaris 11 Express I decided to use a local repository as I still have the images.

A step by step instruction for

Setting up a local repository and

Upgrade from OpenSolaris to Solaris 11

you can find in the tutorial section



openindiana ntfs support

For openindiana is the ntfs-3g package in the SFE (spec file extra) package repository available. Just add the publish by running

pkg set-publisher -p http:

and install the ntfs-3g package by running:

pkg install ntfs-3g
ln -s /devices/pseudo/fuse@0:fuse /dev/fuse

The last command adds a missing link. Now it’s time to find the disk name  and partition number for mounting the ntfs file system by running


that shows as something like

0. c3t0d0 <ATA-ST9320423AS-HPM1 cyl 17262 alt 2 hd 255 sec 63>
Specify disk (enter its number):

where c3 indicating the controller, t0 is the target-id, determined by the SCSI target-id number set on the device.
After the target number each disk has got a LUN-id number, in the example d0. This number is determined by the SCSI LUN-id.
After specifying the disk number (in my case 0) we can issue:


the find the partition number and it shows something like

Partition   Status    Type          Start   End   Length    %
=========   ======    ============  =====   ===   ======   ===
1                 IFS: NTFS         0    12      13      0
2                 IFS: NTFS        12  21648    21637     56
3       Active    Solaris2       21649  38913    17265     44

the second partition will be mounted by

ntfs-3g /dev/dsk/c3t0d0p0 /home/*my user name*/Desktop/windows

You only cam mount to an existing folder, in this case on my Desktop.


Solaris 11 installed

The update from Solaris 11 Express on my laptop (HP Pavillion dm3) went not that smoothly. Mostly conflicts with the multimedia packages from homeunix. So I did a copy of the boot environment, removed all homeunix (multimedia) and OpenSolaris (webstack gui) packages  and than it went well.

Things to do:

  • Adding ntfs support
  • Adding support for mp3
  • Adding postgresql/postgis
  • Installing OpenOffice
  • Installing Netbeans
  • Installing AMP & wordpress

Sextant – Geoinformation with Solaris

Solaris (and his siblings like OpenSolaris and OpenIndiana) is a feature rich and reliable enterprise OS. The features including

  • Role based access management
  • ZFS – an advanced file system tightly connected with volumen and boot management
  • Timeslider – backup management
  • Zones – a lightweight container virtualization

I’m using it at server, workstation as well as on my laptop.

The task is to provide an open-source geoinfrastructure, including spatial database and middleware.