New System, PATH's and add-ons

New System, PATH's and add-ons

Post by Fred Randal » Sat, 03 Nov 2001 12:56:55

I am learning Solaris on the fly and when I set up a system I typically
choose the bash shell, add several directoris to my path and install various
freeware packages from

Is there a best practices document available for setting up a new system
that covers the basics like the best way to set environment variables, which
tools should be added and what shoulds be in the path of the average user.

Here is what I typically do in detail: when setting up a new system:

I add a user account for myself with the following command:
useradd -m -d /export/home/fred -u 1001 -g 14 -s /bin/bash -c "Fred Randall"

in the new home directory I modify the .profile to add the following lines:

export PS1 EDITOR

I then download and install the following packages:


This makes a Solaris 8 system pretty functional for what I am trying to
accomplish.  If I am running Solaris 7, I add Netscape and the Bash shell.
What I would not want to do is take my lessons from home to a new job and
find that what works good at home is not acceptable practice.  I know there
is more than one way to skin a cat but I want to make sure I am following
standard rules.

Thanks in advance for any help



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