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Manual page for SUNINSTALL(8)

suninstall - install and upgrade the SunOS operating system




suninstall is a forms-based subsystem for installing and upgrading the SunOS operating system. Unlike previous installation subsystems, suninstall does not require recapitulation of an interrupted procedure; you can pick up where you left off. A new invocation of suninstall displays the saved information and offers the user an opportunity to make any needed alterations before it proceeds.

Note: suninstall only exists in the mini-root and should only be invoked from there (see [a manual with the abbreviation INSTALL]).

suninstall allows installation of the operating system onto any system configuration, be it standalone, dataless, a homogeneous file server, or a heterogeneous server. It installs the various versions of the operating system needed by clients on a heterogeneous file server, from any Sun distribution media format. The number of different system versions that can be installed is only limited to the disk space available.

After the initial installation, the suninstall utility program add_client.8 adds clients while the server is running in multiuser mode. The suninstall add_services.8 program converts a standalone system or server into a heterogeneous file server, without rebooting, while the system is running in multiuser mode. To remove a diskless client, use the suninstall rm_client.8 program in multiuser mode.

To abort the installation procedure, use the interrupt character (typically CTRL-C).


Refer to [a manual with the abbreviation INSTALL] for more information on the various menus and selections.


directory containing installation programs and scripts
subsystem utility program
directory containing suninstall data files


add_client.8 add_services.8 extract_unbundled.8 rm_client.8

[a manual with the abbreviation INSTALL]


It is advisable to exit suninstall through the exit options from the suninstall menus.

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