Get the Processor Type on Solaris

By Lowell Heddings on December 1st, 2006

It’s easy to get the type of processor that a Solaris box is running on. While this might seem like a silly thing to need to know, if you are connected into a Solaris server at a remote location, you may need to know what type of processor is being used in order to install the correct packages.

uname -p

The uname command gives information about the current system.

Example on an Intel box:

# uname -p
i.386

Example on an Sun Sparc box:

# uname -p
sparc

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  • Published 12/1/06
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