SUMMARY: Solaris 7 uname output

From: Richard Zinar (
Date: Thu Apr 27 2000 - 17:33:33 CDT


   The original post is shown below. Several people asked if I had
   rebooted the machine after applying the kernel patch - the answer
   is yes. In fact, I did a reconfiguration reboot, just in case it

   Since the machine had only recently been installed, I persuaded the
   owner to re-install the OS, since I had some doubts about the integrity
   of the original install. This did solve the uname problem I originally
   reported, so the problem is somewhat moot at this point.

   Casper Dik did suggest using the strings command to search the kernel
   file: strings /platform/sun4u/kernel/sparcv9/unix | grep Generic
          strings /platform/sun4u/kernel/unix | grep Generic

   as another way of confirming the kernel version.


Original Posting:

  I recently assisted someone with a Solaris 7 installation, and I
  noticed something unusual. After applying the latest kernel patch
 (106541-10), the command "uname -a" still shows:

     SunOS jackson 5.7 Generic_106541-02 sun4u sparc SUNW,Ultra-5_10

  although command "showrev -p" shows revision 10 as being applied,
  and no errors appeared when I applied the patch.

  In Solaris 2.5.1 and 2.6, the "uname -a" command shows the current (i.e.,
  latest) revision of the kernel patch.

  I'm not sure where the uname command retrieves this information,
  and why it is not displayed correctly. Is this a symptom of a file
  being corrupted, or is it related to whether the machine is booted
  in 32- or 64-bit mode? (The machine is in 64-bit mode).

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