Oracle Instant Client v12.2 for Solaris now available via IPS

A little over two years ago I wrote that the Oracle Instant Client v12.1 was now available in IPS format from http://pkg.oracle.com- so it was a very simple matter to utter


# pkg install *instantclient*

and you would get the Instant Client packages installed (with a correct RPATH, too).

The Database group released v12.2 a few months ago, and after a delay caused by the significant reorganisation of the Systems division, I am really pleased to announce that we have that version packaged in IPS format as well.

We’ve made a few changes to the package naming, so that you can install both 12.1 and 12.2 on your system at the same time. There’s also a mediator so that /usr/bin/sqlplus will point to the preferred version. To install this new version via IPS, you do need to have access to the Solaris 11 Support Repository. (Visit https://pkg-register.oracle.com to get started).


root@burn11x:~# pkg install -nv *instantclient*
           Packages to install:       9
           Mediators to change:       1
     Estimated space available: 8.50 GB
Estimated space to be consumed: 1.75 GB
       Create boot environment:      No
Create backup boot environment:      No
          Rebuild boot archive:      No

Changed mediators:
  mediator instantclient:
           version: None -> 12.2 (vendor default)

Changed packages:
solaris
  consolidation/instantclient/instantclient-incorporation
    None -> 12.2.0.1.0,5.11-4:20171026T193617Z
  database/oracle/instantclient-121
    None -> 12.1.0.2.0,5.11-4:20171027T004528Z
  database/oracle/instantclient-122
    None -> 12.2.0.1.0,5.11-4:20171026T193622Z
  database/oracle/instantclient/jdbc-supplement-121
    None -> 12.1.0.2.0,5.11-4:20171027T004524Z
  database/oracle/instantclient/jdbc-supplement-122
    None -> 12.2.0.1.0,5.11-4:20171026T193618Z
  database/oracle/instantclient/odbc-supplement-121
    None -> 12.1.0.2.0,5.11-4:20171027T004526Z
  database/oracle/instantclient/odbc-supplement-122
    None -> 12.2.0.1.0,5.11-4:20171026T193619Z
  developer/oracle/instantclient/sdk-121
    None -> 12.1.0.2.0,5.11-4:20171027T004538Z
  developer/oracle/instantclient/sdk-122
    None -> 12.2.0.1.0,5.11-4:20171026T194032Z

If you had the 12.1 packages installed already, then a pkg update would get you the renamed packages (database/oracle/instantclient-121).