LibreOffice on Solaris 11

  • Posted on: 1 November 2015
  • By: tomww

LibreOffice on Solaris 11 is available now from the build repository/IPS-publisher "localhosts11". Solaris 11.3 Users can set the publisher according to "Quicklinks" from the menu on the top right. Solaris 11.2 Users with no SRU installed have to upgrade to 11.3 (you want this!) or wait a moment until packages with relaxed requirements are uploaded. Please comment and spread the work! (klick on read more)

First Light for LibreOffice on Solaris 11

  • Posted on: 30 October 2015
  • By: tomww

Update 20151031: Packages uploaded! \o/
Upgrade your Solaris to 11.3, then do "pfexec pkg install -v libreoffice4-desktop-int".
OTN Users of S11.2 GA (no extra SRU!) need to wait or better upgrade to S11.3 - you *really* want this.

==(click on the headline to see the full article)

Dear Readers,

after a long way, I can announce the "first light" for LibreOffice on Solaris 11.

I'll make an IPS package of this first build and upload this to the "localhosts11" repository.

Proposal - Webstack - Which Packages needed?

  • Posted on: 23 October 2015
  • By: tomww


Build a webstack in SFE for Solaris. OpenIndiana (Hipster) and OmniOS.
Which packages would you like to see?


php (latest)


What about nodejs as a separate stack? Nodejs 4.x.x LTS and nodejs 5.x.x

Please write comments and add if possible which application you want to run on the webstack.
If PHP extensions are necessary for your project, that would be of interest as well!


NewsFlash - Libreoffice work ongoing

  • Posted on: 4 October 2015
  • By: tomww

Update 20151024: [Solved OIHipster] pfexec pkg update -v consolidation/userland/userland-incorporation@0.5.11,5.11-2015.0.2.0:20151023T185528Z #(or newer!)
pfexec pkg uninstall g++/icu g++/boost
(update) pfexec pkg uninstall pkg://
pfexec pkg install -v libreoffice4
This should give you now a correct install for libreoffice. Alex from OI-Hipster removed the forced dependency for the g++/icu and g++/boost packages, they aren't longer in use for OIH

NewsFlash - Updating Solars 11 build machine to 11.2 - Update OpenSSL 1.0.0 to 1.0.1 with ec.h ecdsa.h - for nettle samba

  • Posted on: 2 October 2015
  • By: tomww

Update 20151021 Upgrade to 11.2 completed. I had to uninstall a few SFE packages (gnu-getopt, mtr) and fix grub2 bootloader.
Update 20151020 Upgrade ongoging, I had to fix a broken disk first

I'm planning to update the autobuild machine for Solaris from Version 11.0 to 11.2.

The consequences will be, that new packages and packages which get rebuilt will require you to
update your Solaris copy to at least version 11.2.

Totally Thrilled: LibreOffice for OpenIndiana Hipster

  • Posted on: 11 August 2015
  • By: tomww
LibreOffice for OpenIndiana Hipster is now in SFE spec-files-extra! Other OS-Distro will follow!

(Update: For now, please start Libreoffice with: /usr/lib/libreoffice/program/soffice -writer )

I'm totally thrilled! Burning 10 hours of CPU time and what is the result?

We have LibreOffice now in SFE!

What does that mean? You can build it on your own or use the ready built binary IPS-package (expect the package to be up before Friday 14th Aug 2015)

Newsflash - Repository localhosts12 under full rebuild

  • Posted on: 7 August 2015
  • By: tomww

Newsflash: The Build-Machine for S12 has been updated from build 66 to build 79 and the complete set of SFE packages is currently rebuilt. SFEgcc is now at 4.8.5 (with LINK_LIBGCC_SPEC)
Update 20150810: the rebuild works, one highlight will be boost 0.58 and anoter highly desired package will hopefully work (wou'll have to guess which one can be based in the supporting libs snet to svn during the past few days)

Samba 4.2 with Active Directory support is leaving experimental

  • Posted on: 5 August 2015
  • By: tomww

SFEsamab42.spec is leaving experimental/ soon. It contains support for Active Directory and is currently in testing.

Expect the binary packages to appear during the next one or two weeks (approx until Aug 14th 2015).
Do you have any comments or questions? Use the comment function, drop me an email or use IRC on
channel #pkgbuild

Thanks for using SFE packages and have a nice day!


localhostoi151a8 testing Repository for OpenIndiana OI151a8 (and a9) is updated

  • Posted on: 20 March 2015
  • By: tomww

During the last days, the testing repository for OpenIndiana OI151a8 (most packages should work in OI151a9 as well) got an update.
You can for instance find vlc, postfix, dovecot, tightvnc, and so on in this repostory. Please test the packages and give feedback, so I can collect package names and versions that can be promoted to an official repository soon.

If you whish to have SFE packages included, please drop me a note on any channel where you can find me (well that should not be to difficult).

Have fun with SFE packages and thanks for supporting SFE!

Blog user registration now online (again)

  • Posted on: 4 January 2015
  • By: tomww

User registration is now back online. There has been an error in the blog spam filter module, the upgrade procedure didn't update the database tables correctly. This is now fixed and user registration works again. Please note, new users need to be approved by the blog administrator. This is necessary, because internet bots try to register lots of users in the hope, that they could publish comment spam.

Attending #31C3

  • Posted on: 29 December 2014
  • By: tomww

If you are attending the Chaos Communication Congress 31C3 in Hamburg, I would like to talk with you.

If you're using OmniOS, OpenIndiana or Solaris 11 (IPS), then we could talk on which packages are needed or if you would like to help the SFE spec-files-extra project to get even more packages.

You can reach me on twitter @tomww or txt me on extention 8660 (GSM congress phone system)

My base is the "Sendezentrum" on Level 1 just below hall 1.



Testing OmniOS r151012 with SFEdovecot.spec and SFEpostfix.spec

  • Posted on: 15 December 2014
  • By: tomww

Update: 20150119: the testing repository is not online: pkg set-publisher -G '*' -g localhostomnios

Tested #SFE on OmniOS:
SFEpostfix and SFEdovecot compile clean. SFEsamba is on the way testing.

Thats very good news for the whole spec-files-extra project.
It now runs on Solaris 11, OpenIndiana oi151a8 and OmniOS.

Which packages would you like to see first on OmniOS?

MPlayer Version 1.1.1 hit the repositories

  • Posted on: 9 December 2014
  • By: tomww

SFEMplayer.spec is now at version 1.1.1 and reached the spec-files-extra repository.

Automatic builds succeeded for Solaris 11 and he package is uploaded to the IPS repositoriy localhosts11.

Please test and provide a short feedback if it works or if you see errors.

Have fun with MPlayer!

(Tip1: Use "smplayer" to get a very nice gui ontop for mplayer)
(Tip2: If you like VLC more then MPlayer, VLC 2 is in the repos as well)