Saturday, May 26, 2012

naming nomanclature

I have always used the patch level number you get from typing uname -a 
/etc/release seems to keep  the install version, I updated this server to Solaris 9 10/09 
but /etc/release does not notate that.. 
Can someone explain the importance of the Update vs. the patch level? I always thought applications cared about the patch level not what version was initially released. 
This is coming up on an Oracle install.... 
I am looking at Oracle102_prerequisites_169706 1.pdf 
# cat /etc/release 
                        Solaris 9 4/04 s9s_u6wos_08a SPARC 
           Copyright 2004 Sun Microsystems, Inc.  All Rights Reserved. 
                        Use is subject to license terms. 
                             Assembled 22 March 2004 
# uname -a 
SunOS hostname 5.9 Generic_122300-47 sun4u sparc SUNW,Sun-Fire-880 

The patch level is the most current major kernel patch bundle that's been 
installed. /etc/release is only updated with an os update (much like an OS 
install), not via a patch



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