SUMMARY: Re: Sol 9 smpatch prompts for password even in Local Only Mode (can I disable this?)

From: Ian Wallace <>
Date: Mon Mar 28 2005 - 16:11:34 EST
I only recv'd one reply to this question (beyond the typical auto
responder barrage that one gets)

Big thanks to:

Nathan Bardsley from LeadFusion  

Answer:  Use the command line version!  I didn't know this but smpatch
is really a wrapper around the 'pprovsvc' command.  So just use that.
On Solaris 8 machines it'll be located in /opt/SUNWppro/bin and on
Solaris 9 boxes they've moved it to /usr/sbin.

Works like a charm!


On Wed, 2005-03-23 at 09:15 -0700, Ian Wallace wrote:
> Hello Gurus!  I've been searching the archives, and trying to figure out
> via different man pages/Sun documents how to do this but with no luck.
> I manage a mixed environment of Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 boxes.  Each has
> the smpatch utility installed on it.
> When I run 'smpatch analyze' on the Solaris 8 boxes it just returns a
> nice list of suggested patches.
> On Solaris 9 the same command instead prompts me for the root password
> (the user I'm running the command as).  We don't give out the root
> password though ... so I don't know it (we use sudo).
> I scanned the man page, and it suggested that I needed to use 'local
> only mode' by spec'ing the '-L' option.  So I tried:
> smpatch analyze -L
> And it *still* prompts for a password.  Is there any way to get the
> Solaris 8 behaviour out of this tool on Solaris 9?  I'd like to just be
> able to pop on the machine and analyze what it's missing (without having
> to have the root password).
> ian
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