Solaris-Debian Installation Instructions and FTP site
Installating Debian under Solaris
1. Get the contents of ftp.fuller.edu/Solaris
2. Untar the dpkg*nondebbin.tar.gz as root
in the root directory:
tar zxvf <where-ever it is>/dpkg*tar.gz
3. Install the solaris-base-files package.
You need to specify
to install it since dpkg will not be able to
find ldconfig until that package is installed.
dpkg --force-bad-path -i solaris-base-files*
4. Install the other packages using dpkg.
You might have to use
a couple of times since Solaris might have
the software a package is depending but which
is not registered with dpkg.
You can install all debian packages from the binary-all
sections on the Debian Mirrors. For Architecture dependant
packages you have to get files from
If you have packaged some stuff yourself then please tell me about
it and I will make it available here.
B. Functioning of dpkg or debmake depends on the presence of a bunch
of freeware packages which are not yet available for SunOS.
I am running quite a number from opcom.sun.ca:/pub/freeware to
make do for now.
C. By installing dpkg you are running two conflicting package
managers on the same machine. Installing debian packages
will replace SunOS binaries! Usually Freeware is much better
than SunOS but there might be incompatibilities.
D. Most packages under Linux assume that /bin/sh = /bin/bash.
This is not true under Solaris and might cause some problems.
Make sure that you have bash-2.0 installed in /bin/bash!
Christoph Lameter, <email@example.com> August 2, 1997
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