The Workbench 2016-10

  • Posted on: 5 October 2016
  • By: tomww

working on GCC 4.8.5 / 4.9 / 5.4 with new install location /usr/gcc-sfe and compatibility symlinks /usr/gcc/
(click read more)
temporary repository localhosts12nogccdeps discontinued (replaced by -> localhosts12 with new /usr/gcc-sfe)
LibreOffice5 is waiting for being fine tuned for the OSDistros with X11 present

LibreOffice4 available for Solaris 11.3 (x86) and OpenIndiana Hipster (& S12)

  • Posted on: 28 May 2016
  • By: tomww
Screenshot of LibreOffice on Solaris 11 Version 11.3

LibreOffice has been updated to version (previous:
Instructions for configuring the IPS repositories are here: quickrepolinks
pfexec pkg install -v libreoffice4-desktop-int libreoffice4
(click "read more")

Quick links to IPS Repositories

  • Posted on: 21 October 2016
  • By: tomww



By clicking on the URL you can browse available packages for your OS:
(X86 only! Donate a SPARC build zone? Well there is something in preparation, ask for updates on this!)

Solaris 11 IPS Packages Repository (460)

Solaris 12 (internal) IPS Packages Repository (270)

discontinued: testing repo localhosts12nogccdeps -> please use localhosts12 now.
(same as above, but experimental experimental experimental with dropped gcc-4.8 runtime dependencies, will be deleted anytime but good for testing with solaris provided gcc 4.8 compiler installed and you want LibeOffice4)

OpenIndiana OI151a8 (and a9) IPS Packages Respository (333)

OmniOS IPS Packages Repository (172)

OpenIndiana Hipster (moving target) IPS Packages Repository (224)


To configure those repos as publishers use: (pick only the one matching you OS)
pfexec pkg set-publisher -G '*' -g localhosts11
pfexec pkg set-publisher -G '*' -g localhosts12
pfexec pkg set-publisher -G '*' -g localhostoi151a8
pfexec pkg set-publisher -G '*' -g localhostomnios
pfexec pkg set-publisher -G '*' -g localhostoih

These repositories are 1:1 copies from the build machines, so please expect contents to change frequently and as well, the content may have bugs. Drop us a note (in the comments, or by email) if a package works (yeah, we like that!) or breaks for you (we need to know that).
One day there will be a process which establishes a voting system that is used to promote packages from these development repositories to a public release repository. If you have ideas, how a test / promotion process should look like, please let us know (in the comments or by email).
What we need for SFE is volunteers testing the packages. Would you like to be one?

What is it good for

These are development repositories but good for normal use.
For production use, you can compile packages yourself, or, help us building up a "release" repository with QA and a voting website to get packages promoted to "release".

Mirroring the Repository?

Please do *not* mirror these development repositories. You can download the package and prerequisite packages with special switch "-r" to the pkgrecv command. That saves capacities on the server. I'm sure you understand that mirroring 18Gbytes for the whole repository is not the right thing to do.
Once a release repository exists, you are welcome to mirror this (though we understand that it only makes sense in very, very rare cases).
Thank you!


Please keep in mind: You can install any exact package version if you specify the *complete* FMRI listed including the timestamp.
pkg list -avf postfix
To install exaclty that version and no other, use:
pfexec pkg install -v pkg://localhosts11/sfe/service/network/smtp/postfix@3.0.3,5.11-

This way, you could install exactly an *older* or a *newer* package then the resolver would auto-select for you. This enables you to help yourself, in case we have a broken package in these build repositories. You simply install another version which is working for you.


Drop me an email at sfepackages at g mail dot com - or create a useraccount here on the blog and leave me a comment.
Need additonal packages? Put them on the package wishlist here!

Wish List for binary packages for Solaris OpenIndiana OmniOS

  • Posted on: 4 September 2016
  • By: tomww

Package Wishlist for ready-to-install SFE IPS packages for Solaris 11, OpenIndiana Hipster and OmniOS

Please edit the table yourself. If you want to volunteed, please pick the package you would like to work on and send in your results.

The Workbench 2016-07

  • Posted on: 6 August 2016
  • By: tomww

What is currently on my workbench?  (There is a new workbench article 2016-08 available)

(Edit:) In the meanwhile I'll try to get LibreOffice 4 to S12 - the procfs.h compile issue is now solved and I'm fixing small issues as they appear while building on S12. Package compiles, will be uploaded in early version without dictionaries and language files. Once it appears on publisher "localhosts12" you may do first tests.
(Edit2:) LibreOffice 4 works on S12 - thanks to some few lines of code changes from a collegue!

Repository Sync Reparied

  • Posted on: 14 July 2016
  • By: tomww

Hi all,

during the last days the repository upload was broken. I had to repair the script after I extended the functionality to get a quicker sync for the shared files stored on the path /file/.

The plan was, to make syncing faster for the 629424 files stored in /file/. Even if you say "rsync" is smart, I believe it should be very much faster is I run a "find" to see filesnames newer then a flagfile (carrying the timtestamp of the previous seccuessful sync).
I've prepared the code and will try it out during the next few days.


IPS Package Repository on

  • Posted on: 13 July 2016
  • By: tomww

In a hurry? Go to:

I promise, one day there will be someone volunteering and re-write this article for you.

Update 20150710: The build machine for OI Hipster is running, the setup for the repository follows shortly. Once available, I'll post this on this blog. (Done! It is now online!)

Software for Oracle Solaris 11 (TM)

  • Posted on: 13 July 2016
  • By: tomww

This project compiles RPM spec files into IPS packages for the Oracle Solaris 11 (TM) operating system.
You can find the IPS package repositories here:

If you are using OpenIndiana Hipster or OmniOS, then you find separate IPS repositories for those as well.

Volunteers for this website are highly welcome!

Contributing to the build recipes in RPM format is open. A quick start tutorial can be given so you have a greate first time experience!

The Workbench 2016-06

  • Posted on: 23 June 2016
  • By: tomww

Some quick notes about what's happening on the SFE side.

LibreOffice5 is on the workbench in Australia.

Foswiki (perl) now has all its required modules in the repository. So CGI-Mode looks working but mod_perl doesn't play well at the moment. Either troubles with Apache rewrite rules loosing the tag "perl-script" or perl 5.12 on S11 is not suitable. Need help from a mod_perl guru. Know one?

Foswiki and Perl Modules available

  • Posted on: 9 June 2016
  • By: tomww

Hi all,

the Perl modules required to build up a "foswiki" are now available in the repositories.
For Foxwiki itself, I'll create a package once I managed to get a propper basic configuration that works:
The cgi-mode is already functioning, only the mod_perl mode is a but hairy to debug. The apache22 mod_rewrite rules and the call to bin/view don't play well together in my Test-Setup on Solaris 11.3.

Wine 1.9.10 Emulator Is Hitting The Repositories

  • Posted on: 25 May 2016
  • By: tomww

Hi all,

I've updated the package for wine these days to version 1.9.10

You may find the wine package for your favored OS if you search the repositories here:

Something to test would be if directx works. If you have success or a failure and can help to debug this, that would be great.

Try it. You'll be surprised how fast firefox runs inside wine!

To start, run the script "winetricks" and install firefox from the application submenu.



Fuse Update in Planning

  • Posted on: 16 May 2016
  • By: tomww

I'm planning to update the fuse modules and libraries very soon. As well ntfs-3g should get an update.

Those modules/libs are used by e.g. ntfs, DAV tool "cadaver" and others like filesystem over ssh (sshfs).
If I can re-enable ext2 (or newer) over fuse will be interesting.

If you want to test the new packages or want to get notified for news, then please drop me a note in the comments or email to: sfepackages at g mail dot com


Funny Searchterms for Packages

  • Posted on: 24 April 2016
  • By: tomww

From time to time, vistors use the search function for the package repositories.

One or the other package or project name is maybe of interest to others as well.

If you find a package in the list below that is very interesting for you, then please let me know or write right into the comment field of the table why you have good use for such a package.

It can only help to get someone starting to work on it!


FireFox Video - Discarding Ideas is as Important as Creating New Ones

  • Posted on: 29 March 2016
  • By: tomww

Demand for Video Playback in Firefox
Since quite a while I had the idea to update the gstreamer modules for video (e.g. gst-ffmpeg) for Solaris. OpenIndiana Hipster added those a few months ago plus created a few new ones. The ffmpeg module enables firefox to play non-flash and non-html5 view quite nicely. Today on OpenIndiana only.

How To Setup SFE Publisher for OpenIndiana Hipster 2015 (draft)

  • Posted on: 27 March 2016
  • By: tomww

Dear readers, here is a draft version of upgrading OpenIndiana Hipster to the lastest version and then add the SFE publisher to install packages. Please read and if you already have access to the blog by username, *edit* this text to make it better. This is highly appreciated! I would prefer to let you improve this text, while I try to improve the packages. Deal?