Installing ZFS as root filesystem on Solaris 10

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More bullshit from Sun.

From Sun’s documentation:

“In this Solaris release, you can perform an initial installation by using the Solaris interactive text installer to create a ZFS storage pool that contains a bootable ZFS root file system.”

What this really means, however, is that if you try to use the graphical installer for Solaris, the option to use ZFS as your root filesystem does not appear. You have to use the text installer. Which also means, if you want to customize packages (eg. You don’t need StarOffice or Evolution installed on a server OS), you have to use the painfully slow scrolling crappy text installer.



Written by Adam N. Copeland

December 4, 2008 - 9:39 am at 9:39 am

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  1. It seems it’s all or nothing. By the way, what makes it slow, the fact that you need to type commands to remove packages and customize the install or is the actual text install slower by design?


    December 10, 2008 - 9:58 am at 9:58 am

    • Just the customization part: for example if I want to remove StarOffice, I have to keep hitting the down arrow on the keyboard for about two minutes until I arrive at the check box for StarOffice. It’s gotten slightly better – older versions of the text install were so bad that I would just let the installer run and remove packages I didn’t want afterward. Talk about a colossal waste of time.

      Adam N. Copeland

      December 10, 2008 - 10:45 am at 10:45 am

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