Phillip Pearson - web + electronics notes

tech notes and web hackery from a new zealander who was vaguely useful on the web back in 2002 (see: python community server, the blogging ecosystem, the new zealand coffee review, the internet topic exchange).


Moving along with Solaris

OpenSolaris isn't exactly easy on the new administrator, but I think I've finally got things going. It worked all right out of the box, but configuring a static IP address was a little involved. Some tips:

- Don't believe what all the 'how to get started with solaris' guides say about setting a static IP address by editing /etc/hosts and /etc/hostname.device; OpenSolaris has a new system for that. Edit /etc/nwam/llp and change 'rtls0 dhcp' to 'rtls0 static' (replacing rtls0 with the device name of your ethernet card and with the IP address you want).

- You have to manually enable DNS if not using DHCP! Edit /etc/nsswitch.conf and look down to the 'hosts: files' line. Change it to 'hosts: files dns'.

- Otherwise, follow the usual instructions for filling out /etc/hosts, /etc/defaultrouter, /etc/hostname.device, /etc/nodename, and /etc/resolv.conf.

Now, to get some useful stuff going.

- Install pkg-get from blastwave.

- /opt/csw/bin/pkg-get install emacs mysql5 apache2 ap2_modphp5 php5_xsl php5_gd php5_devel autoconf

- /opt/csw/bin/pkg-get upgrade

- /opt/csw/php5/bin/pear config-set http_proxy none

- /opt/csw/php5/bin/pecl install dtrace

Here's a BigAdmin article about installing Apache, MySQL and PHP on Solaris.

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