Adventures in Solaris – Chapter 2

Ok, first of all thanks to those who posted to my previous blog mentioning pkg-get, it somewhat like what I wanted (but my experience so far wants me to label it the paralympics version of apt-get).

Anyway my Solaris goal of the day was to get GStreamer installed and working. Which turned out to be easier said than done. First of all Solaris seems to be a system where no matter how many ‘bin’ directories you add to your PATH you always seem to need some more.

Secondly configure fails to find a working C compiler, even if I install Sun Studio 11. Just getting a message about my compiler not being able to create binaries. The reason for this according to my config.log seems to be being unable to access a file. Which doesn’t suprise me as the file is in a directory called amd64. Which either means I got the wrong version of Sun Studio 11 installed or it is missing this file for my 32 bit system.

Got a little disapointed in pkgbuild too, but I guess that was due to having to high expectations. It is not like I am able to use my Fedora SPEC files on Mandriva or Novel Linux either without editing it.

5 thoughts on “Adventures in Solaris – Chapter 2

  1. Oi! The paralympics are awesome. An incredible melding of man and machine. It is like Formula 1 in some ways. When I watch it I cannot help but think of the Six Million Dollar Man (and the Bionic Woman).

    Choose your metaphors carefully.

  2. Well, you do need to edit your spec files, even if only to
    change the dependencies to the Solaris equivalents.
    If you find inconsitencies/missing features you need, please
    let me know. pkgbuild currently supports whatever we used
    in JDS/SuSE and JDS/Solaris. I’m adding stuff as people
    request them or as I discover missing bits and pieces.

  3. You may want to check out nexenta os (, which is the opensolaris kernel & tools wrapped up as a debian distro…kind of ubuntu solaris. i installed it on an extra dual amd 1800 mp box, and i must say that it performs considerable better than the same running linux. (fc4 or suse 10) no question the menu’s pop up like lightning as do most programs…i’m a giant linux & gnome fan, though i develop on solaris for a living…these guys definitely have a kick ass os. it will be nice to see it open and approachable like linux…

  4. And a friend of mine suggests you to check that
    you have the required package installed in your system:

    $pkginfo -l SPROdwrfb

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