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The recommended OS to build OpenIndiana on will always be the latest development release at the time you are building. The exception to the OS rule is for bootstrapping OpenIndiana from OpenSolaris where you should have the latest development binary release (b134) installed which can be obtained from Genunix. (In case you want to upgrade an older OpenSolaris install to osol-134, follow How to upgrade to osol-134).

Setup Compiler 


The recommended build environment uses a patched Sun Studio version 12 to compile along side a patched Sun Studio 12.1 to provide the lint. Both compilers are available to download as tarballs from here: Use


These links are no longer active. Oracle has removed these packages from public view.



Also see the IllumOS site, section 'Installing required packages', howto install the above Sun Studio packages.

Make sure your regular user account has "pkg install/uninstall" privilege in /etc/user_attr.

Code Block
myregularaccount::::profiles=Primary Administrator;roles=root

Before beginning, make sure you don't have Sun Studio installed:

Code Block
pkg info | grep sunstu

If they are installed, remove. Eg:

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pfexec pkg uninstall -r pkg:// \
                 pkg:// \
                 pkg:// \

Keep running "pkg info | grep sunstu" and uninstalling until nothing reports back.

Then double check there is nothing under /opt related to compilers, and remove as necessary, eg:

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ls -l /opt
pfexec rm -rf /opt/SUNWspro /opt/sunstudio12.1 /opt/onbld
# etc

Then install the tarballs:

Code Block
pfexec mkdir /opt/SUNWspro
cd /opt/SUNWspro
bzip2 -dc $DOWNLOAD_LOCATION/sunstudio12-patched-ii-2009Sep-sol-{x86,sparc}.tar.bz2 | pfexec tar xvf -
cd /opt
gzip -dc $DOWNLOAD_LOCATION/sunstudio12u1-patched-ii-2010Feb-sol-{x86,sparc}.tar.gz | pfexec tar xvf -
pfexec ln -s ../sunstudio12.1 /opt/SUNWspro

Information of installed Sun Studio Compiler for x86 platform.

Code Block
root@oi:/opt/SUNWspro# ls -lrt
total 904990
drwxr-xr-x  3 root sys          3 2008-06-03 12:15 inventory
drwxr-xr-x 12 root sys         13 2008-06-03 12:15 man
drwxr-xr-x  2 root sys          3 2008-06-03 12:16 docs
drwxr-xr-x 21 root sys         21 2008-06-03 12:17 prod
drwxr-xr-x  2 root sys          5 2008-06-03 12:17 include
drwxr-xr-x  5 root sys          5 2008-06-03 12:17 contrib
drwxr-xr-x  2 root sys          7 2008-06-03 12:17 examples
drwxr-xr-x  2 root sys         25 2008-06-03 12:17 READMEs
drwxr-xr-x  3 root sys         95 2008-06-03 12:18 bin
drwxr-xr-x  9 root sys         40 2008-06-03 12:18 lib
drwxr-xr-x  5 root sys          5 2008-06-03 12:18 sfw
lrwxrwxrwx  1 root root         9 2011-04-01 11:37 atd1 -> prod/atd1
lrwxrwxrwx  1 root root        15 2011-04-01 11:37 LEGAL-SS12 -> prod/LEGAL-SS12
lrwxrwxrwx  1 root root        16 2011-04-01 11:40 sunstudio12.1 -> ../sunstudio12.1

root@oi:~# cc -V
cc: Sun C 5.9 SunOS_i386 Patch 124868-10 2009/04/30
usage: cc [ options] files.  Use 'cc -flags' for details
root@oi:~# which cc

Note: Sun Studio 12.2 is available but has not been tested so please do not use at this time.


Install GCC 3.4.3, Mercurial and swigsome packages:

Code Block
pfexec pkg install developer/gcc-3 pkg install developer/versioning/mercurial
pkg install developer/swig


 developer/opensolaris/pkg5 \
 developer/swig \
 developer/build/automake-110 \
 developer/build/autoconf \


Setup Common Build Environment

  1. CBE(Common Build Environment) is a RPM based software build tool but it generate SVR4 package format for OpenSolaris, Solaris 10 and prior.
  2. Get CBE 1.7.0 

    Code Block
    svn co svn+ssh:// jds-cbe


    or from


  1. Install CBE
    1. The ./cbe-install script is not


    1. meant to be run as root. It has to be run as user with "Software Installation" or "Primary Administrator" rights! (See /etc/user_attr).

      Code Block
      Package SUNWgpch is not installed
      * Would you like the CBE installer to install this package for you? [yes] no
      * Would you like to skip all missing packages? [no]: yes
      * Enter the base directory (prefix) of the cbe [/opt/dtbld]: enter for default
      * Would you like to do this now? [no]: enter for default
      * Would you like to configure more compilers for use with the Desktop CBE? [no]: enter for default
      * Please select the default compiler [3]: enter for default
      Answer 'no' to all


CBE source browser

Get GNU gettext (at least version 0.16.1):

    1.  remaining questions.
    2. Following log is the last part of install log.

      Code Block
      Installation of <SFpkgbuild> was successful.
      Building CBEenv
      INFO: Copying %use'd or %include'd spec files to SPECS directory
      INFO: Processing spec files
      INFO: Installing package CBEenv
                               package |      status | details
                                CBEenv |   INSTALLED |
      CBE setup complete
      . /opt/dtbld/bin/ [environment]
      source /opt/dtbld/bin/env.csh [environment]
      depending on your shell, to use this build environment.
      You can also run /opt/dtbld/bin/ [environment] to start subshell.
      Installation log saved in /tmp/desktop-cbe-install-2011-04-06-08:58.log
    3. Set the CBE build environment by 

      Code Block
      oi@openindiana:~/oi/src/jds-cbe$ . /opt/dtbld/bin/
      Desktop CBE version 1.7.0 built on 2011-04-06 by oi@openindiana
      Unsetting USER
      Unsetting LANG
      Using CC=/opt/SUNWspro/bin/cc
      Using CXX=/opt/SUNWspro/bin/CC
      Setting PATH=/opt/dtbld/bin:/opt/SUNWspro/bin:/usr/ccs/bin:/usr/gnu/bin:/usr/bin:/usr/sbin:/bin:/usr/sfw/bin
      Setting CONFIG_SHELL=/bin/bash
      Setting MAKESHELL=/bin/bash
      Setting MAKE=/opt/dtbld/bin/make
      Setting M4=/opt/dtbld/bin/m4

Then remove gnu make, so that (the other) make is the default Different consolidations require different make versions so do not remove any binaries you install while setting up your environment. Please pay close attention to the PATH variables that are set in each consolidations build instructions.

CBE source browser


Install GNU gettext-0.16.1:




  • On oi_148, Install math header by "pkg install library/math/header-math"
  • install it using: ./configure --prefix=/opt/dtbld && make && pfexec make install

Alternative: You may use pkgbuild from CBE (above).

Wiki Markup\[18:04\] <Meths> Otherwise, cd jds-cbe-dir; pkgbuild \ -bb CBEgettext.spec \
[18:04\] <Meths> cd \ ~/packages/PKGS/CBEgettext/reloc \
[18:05\] <Meths> tar cf - * \ | ( cd /opt/dtbld; pfexec tar xvpf - )


Once you've setup and installed the recommended build environment, the build process can/shall be entirely done as user.