SUMMARY:installing Solaris 2.6 on Ultra 5: can't boot

From: Erwin Fritz (
Date: Mon May 11 1998 - 09:24:19 CDT

Many thanks for the multitude of replies I received. My original query
can be found at the end of this message.

The problem turned out to be an assumption of mine.

<sarcasm mode on>
I ASSUMED, when I asked my vendor for Solaris 2.6 for the Sparc 5
that I ordered from him, that he would ship a version that actually
worked with that Sparc. Silly me.
<sarcasm mode off>

I was installed the August 1997 release of Solaris 2.6, and I need
the March 1998 release, as so many people graciously pointed out.

Thanks go to the following people:
Jeff Wasilko
Tim Evans
Benjamin Cline
Bob Radvanovsky
Matthew Stier
Rick Hernandez
Viet Hoang
Michael Perlman
Jeff Woolsey
David Evans
Sanjaya Srivastava
Roop Kumar
Anthony Worral
Casper Dik
Steve Butterfield
Tomas Felner
John Steffen
Waqar Hafiz
Derek Cameron
Shriman Gurung
Federico Lazzarin
Mick Morgan
Tom Crummey
Darren Joy
James Wendling
Burak Baysal

attached mail follows:

I have a brand new Ultra 5 workstation (architecture sun5u). I installed
a CD-ROM drive in it. Because I don't like the way the default installation
of Solaris 2.6 partitions disks, I wanted to wipe out the original
installation and reinstall the OS.

In the past, I'd do this by putting the Solaris CD in the drive,
hitting STOP-A and typing 'boot cdrom'. That didn't work, because I
got the error:

boot: cannot open /kernel/unix

I flipped open the Troubleshooting chapter Solaris 2.6 Information Library
and it says that, to fix this problem, you reset the boot file in the PROM
to " " (blank).

I hit STOP-A, and entered 'setenv boot-file " "'. I then did 'boot cdrom' and
the same message comes up.

I doubled checked the drive, and I do have the right CD in the drive.

Has anyone run into this before? I get the feeling I'm missing something
obvious, and I'll feel like an idiot when I learn the answer.

Erwin Fritz
Gilbert Laustsen Jung Associates Ltd.

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