Opensolaris – Updating solaris with the development repository

Want to keep your opensolaris on the “edge” of developments? Most of the experience i have had is that the “dev” repository contains mainly stable releases that are being held until the next official release (every 6 months).

This is how you do it…

Launch Package Manager – and choose “settings” then “manage repositories”

Add the dev repository URL and give it a name.

NOTE: The name cannot contain any spaces!

Name : dev.opensolaris.org
URL : http://pkg.opensolaris.org/dev

If you make it the preferred repository Update manager will inform you of the new updates that are available.

Update : i have had a lockup with the cifs service as well as a problem with the keyboard working in VNC (if it wasnt plugged in at boot). So i have decided to revert back to the non-development repository. See this post on how to use beadm

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