Updated 22 March 2010
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Applying Patches to Global Zone Only

  • This procedures describes how to apply a patch to the Global Zone but exclude applying this patch to any of the non-global zones.
  • You must be the global administrator in the global zone to perform this procedure.
  • When patchadd is used in the global zone, the following conditions apply:
    • The patchadd utility is able to add the patch(es) to the global zone and to all non-global zones only. This is the default action.
    • The patchadd utility cannot add the patch(es) to the global zone only or to a subset of the
      non-global zones.

When you add a patch to the global zone and to all non-global zones, you do not have to consider whether the patch affects areas that are shared from the global zone.

  • In general, a patch consists of the following components:
    • Patch information:
      • Identification, which is the patch version and patch ID
      • Applicability, which is the operating system type, operating system version, and architecture
      • Dependencies, such as requires and obsoletes
      • Properties, such as requires a reboot afterwards
    • One or more packages to patch, where each package contains:
      • The version of the package to which the patches can be applied
      • Patch information, such as ID, obsoletes, and requires
      • One or more components of the package to be patched

Step Action Description
1 global#su -

Become superuser, or assume the Primary Administrator role.

2 global# patchadd -G patch_id Execute the patchadd command with the -G option, followed by the patch ID.
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