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This page is intended to provide answers to frequently-asked questions about using OpenIndiana.  Answers regarding what OpenIndiana is and its place in the world belong in the regular FAQ.

Why can't I login as root/authenticate to the package updater as root?

The root password is immediately expired after installation and you will need to choose a new one.  To do this:

  1. open a Terminal
  2. execute "su -" and give the password you chose for your account at installation time
  3. you will be informed that root's password has expired and prompted to change it
  4. once changed you can exit the su session

You should be able to login/authenticate as root now.

Note that this does not allow root to login via ssh.

Installing VirtualBox with USB support

Current release of VirtualBox 3.2.10 gives an error at install time which means you will not get USB support. The workaround is to unpack the package and modify it before installing:

  1. pkgtrans VirtualBox-3.2.10-SunOS-r66523.pkg .
  2. vi SUNWvbox/reloc/opt/VirtualBox/
    1. change all references of  "snv"  to  "oi"
  3. pkgadd -d . SUNWvbox
    1. this will display and error "content verification of </opt/VirtualBox/>"file size <25318> expected <25312> actual
      file cksum <9288> expected <8526> actual
  4. pkgrm  SUNWvbox
  5. vi SUNWvbox/pkgmap
    1. replace the old size and cksum values for with the new ones.
  6. pkgadd -d . SUNWvbox

That's it and hopefully will get fixed in a later release.

Why is MySQL running in 32-bit mode on my 64-bit machine?

1. Open a terminal

2. Execute "su -" and enter the root password

3. Execute "svccfg -s mysql:version_51 setprop mysql/enable_64bit=true"

4. Execute "svcadm refresh mysql:version_51" 

5. Execute "svcadm restart mysql:version_51"

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  1. Anonymous

    I was upgrading to latest VirtualBox 3.2.12 and had problem with nwam (it is enabled and uses static IP):

    pkgrm failed to remove kernel module, so this is how is possible to fix that problem:

    modinfo | grep vbox
    174 fffffffff86317f0    a90 295   1  vboxnet (VirtualBox NetAdp 3.2.10r66523)
    176 fffffffff86ab000  27db0 291   1  vboxdrv (VirtualBox HostDrv 3.2.10r66523)

    pfexec modunload -i 174
    can't unload the module: Device busy

    pfexec svcadm disable nwam
    pfexec modunload -i 174
    pfexec modunload -i 176
    pfexec svcadm enable nwam


    Predrag Zecevic

    1. Anonymous

      On Solaris 11 Express snv_151a, I had to pkg_add the latest vbox before enabling nwam again:

      pfexec svcadm disable nwam
      pfexec modunload -i 174
      pfexec modunload -i 176
      pfexec pkgadd -d VirtualBox-4.0.6-SunOS-r71344.pkg

      Then after installation completed successfully:

      pfexec svcadm enable nwam

      Hope this helps if anyone else runs into the same issue. Thanks for the nwam tip! Saved me a very needless reboot just to upgrade vbox!

  2. Anonymous

    Hi , thanx for the great work ,

    im running here build 148 on a t42-thinkpad ,

    downloaded VirtualBox 4.04 ,installed ... works perfect with usb and everything (doesent need  .

     need addons )

    all the best

  3. Anonymous

    I feel CpuFreq its and important yet overlooked feature... my laptop got so hot I had to find a usable ZFS-enabled OS somewhere else... pityful I might add... anyhow... could someone please... PLEASE explain this a bit further so we can have a happy lappie?

    pleeeeaaaase... and get back to me:

    BIG thanks.

  4. Anonymous

    Please would you place clear and simple instructions aimed at the first time user on how to install Adobe flash and conky?

    Thank you