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Solaris 8 brandz getppid hack

September 12th, 2009 No comments

Sun has always said that any application written for Solaris 6 will be forwards compatible with any other version. It’s a big claim, but as long as the application adheres to the API it’s possible.
Occasionally you bump into things that don’t adhere to the API, (quite a lot of applications really). This is usually caused by developers thinking that they should do things “this way”, because Sun does it oh so wrong all the time. Consequently, you end up with legacy applications that can’t run on Solaris 10.

Enter Solaris 8 brandz zones. Being able to run legacy applications in a Solaris 8 brandz generally gets you around most of the issues in the remaining apps that do stupid things. However, there’s a couple of quirks with a zone that can introduce odd behaviour in an application.

Progress for example……. Read On.
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Sun Java Web Console

July 9th, 2009 No comments

This is a little rant from several angles.

Sun’s Java Web Console is a nice little toy. Great for those people who prefer the less extreme learning curve of a CLI, and great for manager types who like pictures.

I’ve used it several times before, but thought I’d try it in on x86 Solaris10u6 box I have here. Bloody Sun. You think a released version implies that it’s stable, and working.
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Rant – Solaris vs Linux Part I

November 13th, 2008 No comments

A rant about the state of play with Sun, and what I’d like to see Sun do to improve Solaris.
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Solaris jumpstart common problems

October 24th, 2007 No comments

I’ve been playing around with Solaris jumpstart recently. I haven’t used it since the early days. It seems that a lot of the old problems still exist. So, I’ve listed most of the common problems and their solution here. This also covers Sun’s JET, (Jumpstart Enterprise Toolkit).
This is a Work In Progress – so I’ll be updating this from time time as I come across issues.
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HOWTO – clearcase under a solaris 10 zone

February 7th, 2006 No comments

I had the situation at work where I wanted to run Clearcase under a Solaris 10 zone. With a bit of coercing it’s possible to do, and doesn’t impact much of the global zone at all. If you don’t know what Clearcase is, then this still may be handy information to know. Undoubtedly, there are other applications that rely on loadable modules.
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