Blastwave is fine for installing in the global zone.  However, this
implies that packages added or updated in the global zone would get
applied to ALL non-global zones as well.  The only issue comes
when say you want to install just mysql in one zone and apache2 in
another zone.  For this you would be better off installing them
independently in two separate zones.

To take this one step further, one of the really cool 
differentiators of blastwave from sunfreeware is that you
can update all the blastwave packages via pkg-get upgrade.
This single action applies all updates.  If you ran this
in the global zone, it would only update the blastwave
packages known about in the global zone.  If you install
additional packages in a non-global zone, those 
packages wouldn't get updated.  In addition, if the 
packages in a non-global zone that are unique to that zone
break as a result of the pkg-get upgrade in the global zone,
the non-global zone wouldn't have a way to reconcile or know
that reconciliation was necessary.

All that to say, I personally prefer to manage blastwave
package sets independently in each non-global zone.  Its
really just a preference to keep it simple.


On Wed, 2007-01-31 at 18:08 -0700, Jerry Jelinek wrote:
> Tim Cook wrote:
> > So essentially at this time blastwave is just a *bad idea* for global
> > zones.  Is something like sunfreeware ok then?  I assume the -G option
> > should work with those packages?
> I don't know a lot of the details of blastwave and how
> many different options it gives you.
> However, in some cases the behavior you are seeing is a
> "good thing".  It is nice sometimes to be able to manage
> all of your software across your virtual environments
> from a single point (the global zone).  In other cases
> you want to manage things independently.  Generally, you have
> the ability to do both with zones (modulo the shared the shared
> OS).  However, I am not sure if blastwave is zone aware or
> not.  But, it sounds like zonemgr does a nice job of integrating
> with blastwave to solve some of these issues.
> Jerry
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