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In the context of RT on Solaris 9, do you recommend using the Companion CD
Packages (where compatible), Sunfreeware packages, or building from
I used RT2 with great success on RedHat 7.3 with all packages.
I don’t tend to use the companion CD for Solaris. Many of the versions of
software are old and as a result may contain security problems, or newer
versions are required for other software.
One problem on Solaris is that the native perl is built using Sun’s compiler
but additional modules might need GNU gcc/make. I think this results in
problems so one of the first things I always do on a new Sun box is use the
perl from www.sunfreeware.com or compile it. Solaris 8 perl is 5.005 I don’t
know the version on Solaris 9 but I’d imagine its not 5.8.
In general the packages from sunfreeware are good in that everything is
generally installed under /usr/local (you might want to make this a sym link
to /opt/local) so that files are not spread around the operating system (as
is the case with the companion CD apache install for instance). So they
might be worth trying if you don’t want to compile everything.