[rescue] Solaris 10 puzzle

Kevin Loch kloch at gurunet.net
Tue Feb 22 16:09:43 CST 2005

Phil Stracchino wrote:
> Anyway, the point is, on Solaris 9 this involves removing a relatively 
> small number of packages, and then you have a light, fast, bloat-free X 
> desktop.  I'm not sure this is even feasible any more on 10.  I tried it 
> after successfully completing my install on the second try, and 
> abandoned the CDE-cleaning attempt after I had removed almost half of 
> the total install and still had more than a third of the first-level 
> dependency list to do.  At that point I started seriously wondering 
> whether it's even possible to remove CDE from Solaris 10 and still have 
> a usable system.

My typical Solaris install procedure through 9 involved removing
unnecessary stuff from /etc/rc2.d, rc3.d, rcS.d and inetd.conf.
Which each new version there was more junk to disable, but it
was still manageable.

That tedious but simple procedure has been replaced by a
remarkably more tedious and complicated procedure in
Solaris 10.  Now we have to use svccfg or whatever it's
called to disable all that crap (and there's even more
than usuall for a new version).  There were a few
processes I was never able to disable without setting
off the dependency mess.

I'm sure I will eventually turn out a true minimal
startup but they sure made it a pita.

Don't they realize a baseline minimal startup is
necessary for real world use?  Apparently professional
Solaris admins don't have any input into product

Why couldn't they make minimum startup (kernel
with associated helpers and console login) an
installation option?

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