"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties

Solaris 10 10/08 (Update 6) was released yesterday. Release notes here.

I grabbed SPARC media and headed down to the colo yesterday to reinstall our T5120 (previously running b93). Fed the media in, consoled in via the SP, booted the system, and then left.

From much more comfortable environs, I got the system installed (service processors really are the best thing ever) without issue, and then, thanks to hilarity with my laptop, lost the randomized password I'd set for root. So whatever, I boot single-user and ... get asked for root's password. This is very similar to most Linux single-user boots these days, and more recently OpenSolaris.

I really, really didn't expect Solaris to follow suit. At least not for .. a while.

Very annoying. At dlg's suggestion, I tried booting -m milestone=none, but still had no joy. Ended up just booting cdrom -s and munging /etc/shadow that way.

Very annoying.

Anyway, having ZFS root in Solaris GA is pretty great. There are a number of really awesome features putback from Nevada this release, along with zfsboot. Check out the release notes. Good stuff.


Ceri Davies corrects me:

Just a note, because it sounds as if you think otherwise, that this behaviour has been present since at least update 3; ie. at least two years. You can turn it off by creating /etc/default/sulogin with the line PASSREQ=NO.

I don't recall seeing this behavior with u4 or u5, so evidently I am a crazy person. Thanks to Ceri for the info.

See sulogin(1M) for further details.

November 1, 2008 2:45 PM