The last few days I’ve been busy patching our Solaris boxes, and that’s why I had to dig this old trusty table up. It shows all the patches installation error codes which usually appear in a form of:
Installation of 'patch_number' failed. Return code N.
I think the most common errors are 2 and 8, but I’ve seen some others too:
0 No error 1 Usage error 2 Attempt to apply a patch that's already been applied 3 Effective UID is not root 4 Attempt to save original files failed 5 pkgadd failed 6 Patch is obsoleted 7 Invalid package directory 8 Attempting to patch a package that is not installed 9 Cannot access /usr/sbin/pkgadd (client problem) 10 Package validation errors 11 Error adding patch to root template 12 Patch script terminated due to signal 13 Symbolic link included in patch 14 NOT USED 15 The prepatch script had a return code other than 0. 16 The postpatch script had a return code other than 0. 17 Mismatch of the -d option between a previous patch install and the current one. 18 Not enough space in the file systems that are targets of the patch. 19 $SOFTINFO/INST_RELEASE file not found 20 A direct instance patch was required but not found 21 The required patches have not been installed on the manager 22 A progressive instance patch was required but not found 23 A restricted patch is already applied to the package 24 An incompatible patch is applied 25 A required patch is not applied 26 The user specified backout data can't be found 27 The relative directory supplied can't be found 28 A pkginfo file is corrupt or missing 29 Bad patch ID format 30 Dryrun failure(s) 31 Path given for -C option is invalid 32 Must be running Solaris 2.6 or greater 33 Bad formatted patch file or patch file not found