Sun Software Distribution at Rutgers
This document describes the way software for Suns is distributed at Rutgers. It is intended for anyone who runs a Sun workstation.
Sun software distribution at Rutgers
Software for Suns is distributed in four ways:
- /rutgers/ref: for software that comes directly from Sun. This area also contains a few packages that are maintained at Rutgers.
- /sos/oss-media: this will be a replacement for /rutgers/ref. Currently it is not a full replacement. At this instant it has a distribution of Redhat Linux for SPARC, and the most recent hardware release of Solaris 7. As new software is received it will go here. Eventually the patch tracking and other things from /rutgers/ref will move here.
- TINT: an automatic software distribution system. Most software that is commonly used at Rutgers can be obtained via Tint.
- Track: an older software distribution system. It is still running, but new software is not being put into it.
- Sunsite: a repository of free software, supported by Sun.
- MSSG: the Rutgers site license group has some applications packages for Suns.
All software that we get from Sun is placed on a central server, accessible to all systems at Rutgers. This includes operating system distributions, as well as additional software for which we have site licenses. This software may be used on any University-owned machine (though Sun does not appear to object to using it on machines owned by faculty and staff).
Until recently, the only server has been igor.rutgers.edu. That machine is nearing the end of its useful life. Thus a new server is being set up, by our new Unix support group (OSS). As of the end of February, 2000, most software is still on igor. So are the automatic retrievals of Sun patches. However new software is going onto alfred.
Here are appropriate mounts:
/rutgers/ref igor:/rutgers/refIf you have the /net file system set up (which happens by default when you install Solaris), you can also access /rutgers/ref and /sos/oss-media as follows:
The most important directories on /rutgers/ref are
- /rutgers/ref/solaris-dist - the current Solaris distribution. Various additional tools come with Solaris, and are here (e.g. online disksuite).
- /rutgers/ref/sun-enterprise - Sun's "enterprise" software, currently their network management software and their mail/calendar server.
- /rutgers/ref/sun-hpc - The High Performance Computing package. Much of this software requires you to purchase an additional license, but some is free.
- /rutgers/ref/sun-languages - Sun compilers. We are licensed for C, C++, Fortran, Pascal, and Java.
- /rutgers/ref/sun-marketing - various information from Sun sales, including price lists.
- /rutgers/ref/sun-patches - this is a mirror of Sun's patch repository. You should start by looking at Solaris2.6.PatchReport, or whatever file is appropriate for the operating system you are running. This will describe the patches, giving patch numbers. The patches themselves are in subdirectories such as Solaris-2.6. Certain patches are not associated with operating system releases. To the extent that we can identify them, they are in Unbundled_Recommended. (If you prefer, you can get the recommended patches from Sun's public patch web page. They have "clusters" containing all the recommended and security patches.)
- /rutgers/ref/sun-pc - Sun products for PC's, i.e. their network client software.
- /rutgers/ref/sunos-dist - Contains the Rutgers version of SunOS 4.1.4. (We do not recommend using this.)
/rutgers/ref is also used to distribute certain Rutgers software. This is primarily Rutgers authentication software, intended for people who do not use Track. See /rutgers/ref/ru-dist/README. /rutgers/ref/ru-dist also has a few files that are referred to in the Solaris installation guide.
TINT is an automated software distribution system. It has a wide variety of software for Suns. Most of it is free, but there are a few commercial packages for which we have a site license (e.g. Maple). See the TINT web page for further information.
Track the previous generation of software distribution. It is still running, but new software is not being placed in it.
Sun sponsors a repository of free software for Suns, called Sunsite. Sunsite has a number of different things, including software for Linux.
For Suns, Sunsite has a collection of software in pkgadd format. Pkgadd comes with Solaris. It is normally used to add optional or commercial software.
The Sunsite collection includes the major Gnu packages, as well as Perl, X, and various other utilities.
The Microcomputer Support Services Group maintains most site licenses for Rutgers. While most of their software is for PC's and Macintoshes, they do have some applications software for Unix, including Arcview and related products, SAS, and SPSS. The Rutgers site license web page contains information about this software, as well as contact information for Oracle.
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Last updated: Tuesday, 22-Feb-2000 00:00:00 EST
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