OpenSolaris is Dead

Looks like concerns about Oracle’s Sun acquisition are being fulfilled.  After suing Google using a loophole in the Java license and losing James Gosling Oracle has now cut back significantly on the openness of Solaris development.  Whether or not this was a good business decision this is surely damaging to Oracle’s reputation amongst supporters of FOSS, and great news for Microsoft.  Like MySQL and MariaDB there is already now a community effort sponsored by Nexenta to fork OpenSolaris outside Oracle.

Trac on Solaris

Trac is a web-based software project management and bug/issue tracking system. Example publicly accessible sites that use Trac include

Getting Trac installed on Solaris 10 is easy, see Question is, what next?

Blastwave packages are installed below /opt/csw (csw = Community SoftWare). /opt/csw/share/doc/trac/INSTALL provides the next steps. I used:

trac-admin $tracenv initenv
tracd --port 8000 $tracenv & # no authentication
firefox http://localhost:8000/trac

For a small number of users the tracd standalone server is good enough. Authentication can be managed with htdigest on Solaris 10 thusly:

/usr/apache2/bin/htdigest -c $tracenv/conf/users.htdigest fred

Tracd can then be started like this:

nohup tracd --port 8000 --auth *,$tracenv/conf/users.htdigest, $tracenv &

To change the logo upload the new logo to /opt/csw/share/trac/htdocs and modify trac.ini

link =
src = common/mylogo.png
descr = My Trac
footer = Visit the Trac open source project at
icon = common/trac.ico
name = My Project
url =

Trac is much easier to administer with the WebAdmin plugin, which for Trac 0.10.4 requires downloading and installing from source:


To get started a Trac administrator has to be empowered:

trac-admin /var/opt/csw/trac permission add fred TRAC_ADMIN

To simplify account administration we’ll also try an account manger plugin


…and change /var/opt/csw/trac/conf/trac.ini

webadmin.* = enabled
trac.web.auth.LoginModule = disabled
acct_mgr.api = enabled
acct_mgr.htfile.HtDigestStore = enabled
acct_mgr.web_ui.AccountModule = enabled
acct_mgr.web_ui.LoginModule = enabled
acct_mgr.web_ui.RegistrationModule = disabled
acct_mgr.admin.AccountManagerAdminPage = enabled
password_format = htdigest
password_store = HtDigestStore
password_file = /var/opt/csw/trac/conf/users.htdigest
htdigest_realm =

Tracd can then be started like this:

nohup tracd --port 8000 $tracenv &

To manage custom fields we’ll add another plugin


…and change /var/opt/csw/trac/conf/trac.ini

customfieldadmin.* = enabled
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