Configuring OpenSolaris: Adding IPS Repositories

3rd Party Repositories

If you’ve just installed OpenSolaris 2009.06 the only IPS repository on your list will be the default ‘OpenSolaris’ one. There are however, a few other reputable 3rd-party repositories who provide Solaris software packages which all new users should be familiar with!

Many of these have been around for some time, and have some intricate build/install infrastructures, which once configured, allow you to easily install packages on older versions of Solaris. With the new IPS system, hopefully those days will soon be a hazy memory. However, thse repositories are huge and they have only just begun porting their software-packages to OpenSolaris, and to IPS.

  • Sun Extras – Not really sure what is ‘extra about these but they are separate from the primary repository. To add this IPS repo you will have to follow the (easy) instructions on this page to add it along with the secure SUN encryption keys.
  • BlastWave – A popular 3rd party repository for solaris install packages.
  • SunFreeware – “Celebrating 15 Years as the #1 Site for Free Software Packages for Solaris.” They have many additional software packages ready to install into Solaris.
  • Solaris WebStack -Includes special extras for the Solaris AMP Webstack, including phpMyAdmin.

Installing the IPS Repos

  • Blastwave
  • SunFreeWare
  • WebStack


$ pfexec pkg set-authority -O http://blastwave.network.com:10000/ Blastwave
$ pfexec pkg set-authority -O http://pkg.sunfreeware.com:9000/ SunFreeware
$ pfexec pkg set-authority -O http://pkg.opensolaris.org/webstack Webstack

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