How to install/upgrade Netbackup Client on Solaris

Posted on July 15, 2011


In the below Article we will briefly touch the installation of Netbackup Client software barriers cause by the old tar package already installed in solaris9


Netbackup Server = 7.1

OS of Netbackup Server = win2008

OS of Netbackup Client = Solaris 9


Extraction and Installation of downloaded package of NetBackup_7.1_CLIENTS_tar.gz forSolaris 9


When installing or upgrading the NetBackup 7.1 software from a compressed downloaded Netbackup tar file you face the below discussed problem.  See the below for your reference


Symantec Installation Script
Copyright 1993 – 2011 Symantec Corporation, All Rights Reserved.

Installing NetBackup Client Software

Do you wish to continue? [y,n] (y) y
Do you want to install the NetBackup client software for this client? [y,n] (y)

This package will install Solaris/Solaris9 client.

NetBackup client is currently at release level 6.5.

This package will install NetBackup client 7.1.
Your current working directory must be the client/<hardware>/<os> directory
that contains the binaries that you want to copy.

A failure was detected running /master/NBU/NetBackup_7.1_CLIENTS/NBClients/anb/Clients/usr/openv/netbackup/client/Solaris/Solaris9/cp_to_client VERITAS-NETBKUP SEC-UNIX /tmp/install_trace.12076

File /usr/openv/tmp/install_trace.12076 contains a trace of this install.
That file can be deleted after you are sure the install was successful.


The Netbackup Client package name NetBackup_7.1_CLIENTS_tar.gz downloaded from Symantec Web is not able to extract properly because the built-in tar package of tar is not able to extract long file names

Errors While Extraction.

tar: ././@LongLink: typeflag ‘L’ not recognized, converting to regular file

tar: ././@LongLink: typeflag ‘L’ not recognized, converting to regular file

tar: ././@LongLink: typeflag ‘L’ not recognized, converting to regular file

tar: ././@LongLink: typeflag ‘L’ not recognized, converting to regular file

Follow the below document to install latest tar package

Verify latest tar package is installed as the above link described

# /usr/local/bin/tar –version


# /usr/local/bin/tar –version

# /usr/local/bin/tar –version

tar (GNU tar) 1.26

Copyright (C) 2011 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <;.

This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.

There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

Written by John Gilmore and Jay Fenlason.

Dont use the below command

# /usr/sfw/bin/tar –version

The above command will give the tar version of built-in tar package from the solaris OS which install while solaris installation.


tar (GNU tar) 1.14

Copyright (C) 2004 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

This program comes with NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

You may redistribute it under the terms of the GNU General Public License;

see the file named COPYING for details.

Written by John Gilmore and Jay Fenlason.

Unzip the NetBackup_7.1_CLIENTS_tar.gz Package

Now the latest tar package is installed and ready to un compress the downloaded file nameNetBackup_7.1_CLIENTS_tar.gz from Symantec web. Use the below command to extract the compress file. Run this command from the directory where the NetBackup_7.1_CLIENTS_tar.gz file exist

#gunzip NetBackup_7.1_CLIENTS_tar.gz -dc | /usr/local/bin/tar xf –

Install the extracted NetBackup Client package for Solaris

Go to the extracted package path and check the path that you are really at the exact place and run the ./installscriptto start installation of Netbackup Client for Solaris.




Verify NetBackup package is installed

# pkginfo |grep -i netbackup

application SYMCnbclt                        NetBackup Client

application SYMCnbjava                       NetBackup Java Console

application SYMCnbjre                        NetBackup Java JRE


How to start and stop NetBackup Service

/etc/init.d/netbackup start

/etc/init.d/netbackup stop

You may face the following error while un compress the Netbackup Client file. Its mean that the compress file is corrupted.
# gunzip NetBackup_7.1_CLIENTS_tar.gz -dc | /usr/local/bin/tar xf –
/usr/local/bin/tar: Skipping to next header
/usr/local/bin/tar: A lone zero block at 915367
/usr/local/bin/tar: Exiting with failure status due to previous errors