November 2011 Archives

32-bit vs 64-bit Solaris 8 or is it 9?

One of my customers called me in for a weekend update that had me scrambling for older Solaris patches on a system that confused me.

Sun Microsystems Inc.   SunOS 5.8       Generic Patch   October 2001
[root@host8 /]$  uname -a
SunOS host 5.8 Generic_117350-62 sun4u sparc SUNW,Sun-Fire-280R

Now, you can see that the system is SunOS 5.8 -- Solaris 8.

However, I needed to find out if it was 32-bit or 64-bit for patching. How to figure that out? Google returns this out of some query I'd diced together:

isainfo -vk

So I tried it:

[root@host8 /]$  isainfo -kv
64-bit sparcv9 kernel modules

Well, obvious the system is 64-bit. Why does a Solaris 8 box identify as sparcv9 though? Well, because SPARC V9 is the processor architecture.

Here's a Solaris 9 system:

Sun Microsystems Inc.   SunOS 5.9       Generic May 2002
[root@host9 /]$  uname -a
SunOS host9 5.9 Generic_118558-09 sun4u sparc SUNW,UltraAX-i2

It's a vastly different piece of hardware. For those of you not up on Sun Hardware, it's a T1 AC-200.

[root@host9 /]$  isainfo -kv
64-bit sparcv9 kernel modules

Just for giggles, here's a Solaris 10 system:

Sun Microsystems Inc.   SunOS 5.10      Generic January 2005
[root@host10 /]$  uname -a
SunOS host10 5.10 Generic_137111-03 sun4v sparc SUNW,Sun-Fire-T200
[root@host10 /]$  isainfo -kv
64-bit sparcv9 kernel modules

So even a T2000 is a "sparcv9" system.

So the root level confusion of this is that sparcv9 does not equal solarisv9.

Droid Ringtones


On your storage card, or the device itself (the X2 shows up as a USB drive under Mac OSX, making this a drag-drop no-software install job):

mkdir /ringtones

mkdir /audio
cd audio
mkdir notifications
mkdir ringtones
mkdir alarms

Place your mp3s, wavs into the appropriate directories. If you have really short wav files, add some silence to the beginning of the wav to pad it out where the audio system is on line. I had to do this because I use a few short wavs for notification. The "Nextel Chirp", actually a Motorola "Talk Permit" tone -- an old hold-over from Motorola Trunking Radio -- is only 90 ms long. However, it seems that the Droid X2's audio system isn't on line in 90 ms. Adding about 600 ms of silence allows the wav to be played fully.

I didn't bother getting scientific with this one, I've got better things to do. ;)

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