Solaris Express 11/06 Issues
The following issue applies to the Solaris Express 11/06 release.
Using patchadd With the -R Option To Specify an Alternative Root Path From Systems That Are Not Zones Aware Should Be Restricted (6464969)
On systems running a Solaris release that is not zones aware, using
patchadd -R, or any command that accepts the -R option to specify an alternate
root path for a global zone that has non-global zones installed, will not
In contrast with the error message that is displayed by using the
luupgrade [-t, -T, -p, -P] command, no error message regarding the use
of appropriate command-level restrictions is displayed in this instance.
There is no indication that the -R option did not work. As a
result of the failure of the command, Solaris Express packages or patches are
not installed on any of the installed non-global zones.
This problem occurs while installing and uninstalling packages or patches.
Note - The -R option works if the alternate boot environment has configured non-global zones,
but no installed non-global zones. However, to avoid a potential problem, or if
you are not sure whether there are any installed non-global zones used as
the alternate root path, restrict the use of the -R option in all
For more information, see the following man pages :
Workaround 1: Upgrade the OS to at least the Solaris Express 12/05 release.
Workaround 2: Restrict the use of the patchadd -R command or any command that accepts the
-R option to create an alternate root path.
Instead, boot the alternate root, for example, the Solaris Express release, as
the active OS.