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Getting started with the Userland Consolidation

This repository contains the build recipes, local modifications, and IPS package manifests for most of the free and open source software that is packaged for Oracle Solaris 11.4 and published in the official Oracle Solaris package repository on

Some open source software in Solaris is maintained and packaged outside of the Userland Consolidation. Source code for those components may be available from

Getting Started

This README provides a very brief overview of the gate (i.e., source code repository), how to retrieve a copy, and how to build it. Detailed documentation about the Userland gate can be found in the doc directory.


The Userland consolidation maintains a project at

That repo contains build recipes, patches, IPS (i.e., pkg(7)) manifests, and other files necessary to download, prep, build, test, package and publish open source software. The build infrastructure makes use of hierarchical Makefiles which provide dependency and recipe information for building the components. In order to build the contents of the Userland gate, you need to clone it. Since you are reading this, you may already have.

Getting the Bits

The canonical repository internal to Oracle is stored in Mercurial, and is mirrored to an external Git repository on GitHub. In order to build or develop in the gate, you will need to clone it. For the external Git repository you can do so with the following command:

$ git clone /scratch/clone

This will create a replica of the various pieces that are checked into the source code management system, but it does not retrieve the community source archives associated with the gate content. To download the community source associated with your cloned workspace, you will need to execute the following:

$ cd /scratch/clone/components
$ gmake download

This will use GNU make and the downloading tool in the gate to walk through all of the component directories downloading and validating the community source archives from the gate machine or their canonical source repository.

There are two variation to this that you may find interesting. First, you can cause gmake(1) to perform its work in parallel by adding -j (jobs) to the command line. Second, if you are only interested in working on a particular component, you can change directories to that component's directory and use gmake download from that to only get its source archive.

Building the Bits.

You can build individual components or the contents of the entire gate.

Component build

If you are only working on a single component, you can just build it using following:

Setup the workspace for building components

$ cd (your-workspace)/components ; gmake setup

Build the individual component

$ cd (component-dir) ; gmake publish

Complete Top Down build

Complete top down builds are also possible by simply running $ tools/full-build # see --help for options

That is generally wrapper around $ cd (your-workspace) $ # cleanup your workspace to pristine state $ gmake publish $ # examine the log files and provide a summary


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Modifications to upstream projects are generally licensed under the same terms as the upstream project unless otherwise specified in the files providing the changes.


Open Source software in Solaris using gmake based build system to drive building various software components.




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