[rescue] No more anon FTP for Sun patches after August 2006

William Enestvedt William.Enestvedt at jwu.edu
Tue Jun 6 15:27:22 CDT 2006

Ripped from the headlines:

   Am I the only one who didn't know this date?

Document Audience:	 PUBLIC
Document ID:	 82023
Title:	 Access to the anonymous FTP server to download patches will
cease from August 2006
Copyright Notice:	 Copyright (c) 2006 Sun Microsystems, Inc. All
Rights Reserved
Update Date:	 Tue May 30 00:00:00 MDT 2006
Products:	  SunSolve Online 5.0
Technical Areas:	  FTP (File Transfer Protocol),  Administration


Keyword(s):ftp, access anonymous, file transfer, patching, patch, update


>From late August, 2006 all existing access to the anonymous ftp server
to download patches will cease.

Document Body

The first version of this document in July 2005 advised that at a future
date anonymous ftp would be discontinued. After 12 months of early
warning, access to Sun patches using the anonymous ftp will cease in
August/September 2006.

This is the 2nd notification of the pending change.  Alternatives for
customers using Anonymous FTP for patches are listed below.

Alternative 1

Use the Sun Update Connection <http://www.sun.com/service/sunupdate/>

Alternative 2

For customers with a Sun Service plan you can make use of the free
scripting service provided by wget starting today June 1, 2006.

For customers without a Sun Service plan access to Software Updates
(patches) via wget will be available mid July 2006.

Customers can access all individual Sun Operating System Updates
(Patches) with the exception of third party and software updates for the
Java Composite Platform Suites (JavaCAPS) with only a Sun Online Account
and the acceptance of the Software License Agreement from mid July 2006.

To use wget, you will need the following:

1. Your Sun Online Account

    If you do not have an account with Sun, please Register
stage=1>   and accept a Software License Agreement.

2. The Wget software.

     If you don't have Wget it can be downloaded from the following

        - GNU Download Site (Source) http://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/wget/

        - Sunfreeware (Compiled for Solaris SPARC)

        - Sunfreeware (Compiled for Solaris x86)

3. JDS systems should come with wget preinstalled.

4. Set up your wget script. Sun has supplied a free test script for your
use [Readme <http://sunsolve.sun.com/README.txt> ] [get script
<http://sunsolve.sun.com/getsolpatch.sh> ]

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