SOLARIS: FAQ

  • What's Solaris anyway?
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    What's Solaris anyway? Solaris(tm) is Sun's name for their UNIX-based user

  • Why should I upgrade?
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    Why should I upgrade? Solaris 2 is more compatible with the rest of the UN

  • Should I move to Solaris 2.x now, or later, or never?
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    Should I move to Solaris 2.x now, or later, or never? That depends - on yo

  • What is Solaris 2? Is it really SVR4 based?
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    What is Solaris 2? Is it really SVR4 based? Solaris 2 is an "operating env

  • What machines does Solaris 2.x run on?
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    What machines does Solaris 2.x run on? Solaris 2.0 only ran on desktop SPA

  • Will my old applications from 4.1.x run on Solaris 2?
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    Will my old applications from 4.1.x run on Solaris 2? There is quite a bit

  • Will my SPARC binaries run unchanged on UltraSPARC machines?
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    Will my SPARC binaries run unchanged on UltraSPARC machines? Yes. One of

  • Will my 32 bit IA32 binaries run unchanged on Solaris on AMD64/EM64T?
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    Will my 32 bit IA32 binaries run unchanged on Solaris on AMD64/EM64T? Yes,

  • Will my old applications from SVR3 on the 386 run on Solaris 2/x86?
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    Will my old applications from SVR3 on the 386 run on Solaris 2/x86? As wit

  • Where has the XXX command gone now?
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    Where has the XXX command gone now? There are too many of these changes to

  • When I upgrade, should I use SunInstall "upgrade", or start over?
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    When I upgrade, should I use SunInstall "upgrade", or start over? You can'

  • Is Solaris 2.x reliable/stable enough to use?
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    Is Solaris 2.x reliable/stable enough to use? The consensus seems to be th

  • Why do some people dislike Solaris2?
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    Why do some people dislike Solaris2? There is a number of reasons why peop

  • Why do some people like Solaris2?
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    Why do some people like Solaris2? There are improvements in Solaris 2.x.

  • What is Sun doing to help me migrate?
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    What is Sun doing to help me migrate? Sun has recently started several pro

  • Can I use my SunOS 4 disks on Solaris 2.x?
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    Can I use my SunOS 4 disks on Solaris 2.x? Yes you can. The on disk forma

  • How can I enable System V IPC? Ipcs says it isn't configured in.
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    How can I enable System V IPC? Ipcs says it isn't configured in. There's n

  • Solaris 7 is 64 bit, does that affect Solaris/IA-32?
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    Solaris 7 is 64 bit, does that affect Solaris/IA-32? No, Solaris 7 on Inte

  • Solaris 7 is 64 bit, does this mean I can no longer use my old SPARCs?
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    Solaris 7 is 64 bit, does this mean I can no longer use my old SPARCs? No,

  • Where can I download Solaris binaries from?
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    Where can I download Solaris binaries from? The latest Solaris binary rele

  • What Solaris release am I running on my system?
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    What Solaris release am I running on my system? Which Solaris release you

  • Sun blogs.
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    Sun blogs. Many of Sun's engineers now have personal blogs where technical

  • How can I RTFM when I don't have it anymore?
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    How can I RTFM when I don't have it anymore? "RTFM" is an old saying: Read

  • Why is "man -k" so confused?
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    Why is "man -k" so confused? Solaris man uses a manual page index file cal

  • What Software is available for Solaris 2.x?
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    What Software is available for Solaris 2.x? Most commercial software that

  • What FTP/WWW sites do I need to know about?
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    What FTP/WWW sites do I need to know about? www.sun.com Sun's own W

  • What other FAQ's do I need to know about?
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    What other FAQ's do I need to know about? 1) Stokely Consulting's lis

  • What mailing lists should I get?
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    What mailing lists should I get? First, read all the USENET newsgroups wit

  • What books should I read?
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    What books should I read? O'Reilly & Associates specializes in UNIX book

  • What hardware is supported by Solaris 2.x for x86?
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    What hardware is supported by Solaris 2.x for x86? The complete list Solar

  • What is Wabi?
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    What is Wabi? Wabi was Sun's MS-Windows-under-unix emulator. Wab

  • I'm running into some limits of SunOS 4.x, will upgrading to
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    I'm running into some limits of SunOS 4.x, will upgrading to Solaris 2.x help?

  • How much disk space do I need to install Solaris 2?
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    How much disk space do I need to install Solaris 2? The FAQ maintainer's p

  • How can I convert all my local changes that I've made over the
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    How can I convert all my local changes that I've made over the years into their co

  • What are "packages"?
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    What are "packages"? A SVR4 mechanism for "standardizing" the installation

  • Why can't I write in/mount over /home?
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    Why can't I write in/mount over /home? SunOS 5.x is delivered with the "au

  • Why can't I access CDs or floppies?
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    Why can't I access CDs or floppies? Solaris 2.2 introduced a new scheme fo

  • Why are there no passwords in /etc/passwd?
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    Why are there no passwords in /etc/passwd? System V Release 4 includes a f

  • Why can't I rlogin/telnet in as root?
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    Why can't I rlogin/telnet in as root? >... when I try to rlogin as root ..

  • Why can't I ssh in as root?
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    Why can't I ssh in as root? You need to set "PermitRootLogin" to "yes" in

  • How can I have a user without a password?
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    How can I have a user without a password? In addition to removing the pass

  • How can I have a "su-only" user?
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    How can I have a "su-only" user? Starting with Solaris 8, the RBAC facilit

  • How can I set up anonymous FTP?
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    How can I set up anonymous FTP? If you need help, ftp the file "ftp.anon"

  • How can I print from a Solaris 2 (or any System V Release 4) system
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    How can I print from a Solaris 2 (or any System V Release 4) system to a SunOS4.x

  • How can I print to a non-Postscript/non-ascii printer?
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    How can I print to a non-Postscript/non-ascii printer? The cheapest way to

  • How can I print to a networked printer?
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    How can I print to a networked printer? Before Solaris 2.6, you either nee

  • Why does lp complain about invalid content types?
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    Why does lp complain about invalid content types? For better or for worse,

  • My jobs stay in the queue after printing.
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    My jobs stay in the queue after printing. It's a known bug, and looks fixe

  • Are there any alternatives to the system V spooler?
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    Are there any alternatives to the system V spooler? Sun has a new printing

  • What happened to /dev/MAKEDEV? How do I add devices?
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    What happened to /dev/MAKEDEV? How do I add devices? Device drivers are li

  • Why isn't my tape/cd player or new disk/device recognized?
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    Why isn't my tape/cd player or new disk/device recognized? Devices must be

  • What happened to /etc/rc and /etc/rc.local?
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    What happened to /etc/rc and /etc/rc.local? They're now fragmented into 12

  • What happened to /etc/rc?.d/*?
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    What happened to /etc/rc?.d/*? Just when you get used to the /etc/rc?.d/*

  • Can't I have /etc/rc.local back?
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    Can't I have /etc/rc.local back? No. You can never have rc.local back the

  • Why are there two versions of shutdown?
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    Why are there two versions of shutdown? SVR4 (hence SunOS 5.x) tries to ma

  • When will somebody publish a package of the BSD (4.3BSD Net2)
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    When will somebody publish a package of the BSD (4.3BSD Net2) "init", "getty", and

  • What has happened to getty? What is pmadm and how do you use it?
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    What has happened to getty? What is pmadm and how do you use it? I was hop

  • How do I get the screen to blank when nobody's using it?
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    How do I get the screen to blank when nobody's using it? Under 4.1.x you i

  • And what about screendump, screenload and clear_colormap?
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    And what about screendump, screenload and clear_colormap? You can FTP Jef'

  • Where did etherfind go?
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    Where did etherfind go? There is a replacement for etherfind, but it has c

  • Can I run SunOS 4.1.x on my SPARC Classic, LX, SS5, SS4, SS20, Voyager,
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    Can I run SunOS 4.1.x on my SPARC Classic, LX, SS5, SS4, SS20, Voyager, SS1000, SC

  • The "find" program complains that my root directory doesn't exist?
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    The "find" program complains that my root directory doesn't exist? Yes! Ac

  • I'm having troubles with high-speed input on the Sparc serial
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    I'm having troubles with high-speed input on the Sparc serial ports. What should

  • How do I make ksh or csh be the login shell for root?
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    How do I make ksh or csh be the login shell for root? Root's shell is /sbi

  • What is this message: "automount: No network locking on host,
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    What is this message: "automount: No network locking on host, contact administrato

  • I have all kinds of problems with SCSI disks/RAIDs under Solaris 2.x
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    I have all kinds of problems with SCSI disks/RAIDs under Solaris 2.x They worked f

  • How do I make Solaris2 use my old ADAPTEC ACB-4000 and
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    How do I make Solaris2 use my old ADAPTEC ACB-4000 and Emulex MD-21 disk controlle

  • Should I wait installing the latest Solaris release until there
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    Should I wait installing the latest Solaris release until there are enough patches

  • Why are there so many patches for Solaris 2.x?
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    Why are there so many patches for Solaris 2.x? Patches are released for th

  • What are the ``mandatory'' patches I keep hearing about?
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    What are the ``mandatory'' patches I keep hearing about? The mandatory pat

  • Which patches should I apply?
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    Which patches should I apply? "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." In gener

  • Where do I get patches from?
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    Where do I get patches from? Sites not sponsored by Sun, accessible for al

  • Where can I obtain Solaris 2/x86 driver updates?
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    Where can I obtain Solaris 2/x86 driver updates? The Solaris x86 dri

  • Why does installing patches take so much space in /var/sadm?
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    Why does installing patches take so much space in /var/sadm? All the files

  • Do I need to back out previous versions of a patch?
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    Do I need to back out previous versions of a patch? No, unless otherwise s

  • How can I have more than 48 pseudo-ttys?
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    How can I have more than 48 pseudo-ttys? For Solaris 7 and before, edit /e

  • How can I have normal users chown their files?
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    How can I have normal users chown their files? Add the following to /etc/s

  • How can I get ps to print %MEM and %CPU?
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    How can I get ps to print %MEM and %CPU? Prior to Solaris 2.4, the OS didn

  • How can I get the DOS and Unix clock to agree on Solaris/x86?
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    How can I get the DOS and Unix clock to agree on Solaris/x86? After instal

  • How can I increase the number of file descriptors per process?
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    How can I increase the number of file descriptors per process? In 2.3 in e

  • Can I install both SunOS and Solaris on the same machine,
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    Can I install both SunOS and Solaris on the same machine, and choose between them

  • How do I disable banner pages under Solaris?
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    How do I disable banner pages under Solaris? As root, go to directory /etc

  • How do I change my hostname?
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    How do I change my hostname? The supported way to change your hostname is:

  • Can I run multiple terminals on the console of Solaris x86
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    Can I run multiple terminals on the console of Solaris x86 like those supported on

  • How can I prevent daemons from creating mode 666 files?
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    How can I prevent daemons from creating mode 666 files? Prior to Solaris 8

  • How do I change the terminal type for /dev/console?
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    How do I change the terminal type for /dev/console? Change the "-T sun" in

  • If I login over the network, my terminal type is set to "sun"/"AT386"
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    If I login over the network, my terminal type is set to "sun"/"AT386" How can I ch

  • How can I change the SYSV IPC parameters?
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    How can I change the SYSV IPC parameters? The following parameters can be

  • How do I enable/disable dtlogin?
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    How do I enable/disable dtlogin? Whether dtlogin is started or not is sett

  • How do I configure dtlogin?
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    How do I configure dtlogin? The standard CDE configuration files live in /

  • How can I configure a second monitor or change X server options?
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    How can I configure a second monitor or change X server options? First, yo

  • How do I configure my x86 X server?
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    How do I configure my x86 X server? The x86 Xsun server is configured with

  • How can I have more than 128 X windows clients?
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    How can I have more than 128 X windows clients? When you get the following

  • Xvnc/Xnest/Xvfb can't create a socket in /tmp/.X11-unix.
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    Xvnc/Xnest/Xvfb can't create a socket in /tmp/.X11-unix. The permissions t

  • How can I restrict remote access through dtlogin?
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    How can I restrict remote access through dtlogin? Copy to /usr/dt/config/X

  • How do I disable the 2.6+ configuration assistant?
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    How do I disable the 2.6+ configuration assistant? In the file /platform/i

  • How do I convert SunOS 4.x style /etc/passwd to Solaris passwd & shadow.
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    How do I convert SunOS 4.x style /etc/passwd to Solaris passwd & shadow. A

  • How can I obtain the PROM level without halting my SPARC?
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    How can I obtain the PROM level without halting my SPARC? prtconf -V

  • How can I use Solaris 2.6+ formatted disks on SunOS 4.x?
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    How can I use Solaris 2.6+ formatted disks on SunOS 4.x? Solaris 2.6 incre

  • Can I use soft mounts with NFS?
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    Can I use soft mounts with NFS? Technically, you can, but it's like saying

  • How can I boot a 32 bit kernel when a 64 bit kernel is installed?
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    How can I boot a 32 bit kernel when a 64 bit kernel is installed? Sun hard

  • How can I tell whether I'm running a 32 or 64 bit kernel?
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    How can I tell whether I'm running a 32 or 64 bit kernel? The command "isa

  • How do I get rid of the Solregis pop-up?
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    How do I get rid of the Solregis pop-up? Some people are annoyed by the So

  • Where do I get Disksuite for Solaris 8?
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    Where do I get Disksuite for Solaris 8? You already have it. It's on the

  • Where do I get Disksuite for Solaris 9 and later?
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    Where do I get Disksuite for Solaris 9 and later? You probably already ins

  • How do perform an old-fashioned interactive install in Solaris 8?
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    How do perform an old-fashioned interactive install in Solaris 8? Boot fro

  • Now that Solaris install from several CDs, how can I jumpstart?
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    Now that Solaris install from several CDs, how can I jumpstart? In order t

  • How can I grow a UFS filesystem?
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    How can I grow a UFS filesystem? You can grow but not shrink a UFS filesys

  • How do I install without starting OpenWindows?
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    How do I install without starting OpenWindows? boot {net|cdrom} - in

  • How do I set up Solaris for my time zone and daylight saving rules?
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    How do I set up Solaris for my time zone and daylight saving rules? You do

  • I always install my own perl, can I remove the Sun installed one?
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    I always install my own perl, can I remove the Sun installed one? Sun is p

  • Where did kgmon go?
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    Where did kgmon go? The kgmon has been obsolete by lockstat. Lockstat has

  • Why do swap -l, swap -s and /tmp disagree about the amount of swap?
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    Why do swap -l, swap -s and /tmp disagree about the amount of swap? First

  • How do I secure my Solaris system?
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    How do I secure my Solaris system? Arguably the best tested tools are thos

  • How do I use DNS w/o using NIS or NIS+?
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    How do I use DNS w/o using NIS or NIS+? Under SunOS 4.1 it was next to imp

  • What is /etc/nsswitch.conf?
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    What is /etc/nsswitch.conf? An idea whose time has come (it came to Ultrix

  • What does [NOTFOUND=return] in nsswitch.conf mean?
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    What does [NOTFOUND=return] in nsswitch.conf mean? Type "man nsswitch.conf

  • Can I run a nis/yp server under Solaris 2.x?
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    Can I run a nis/yp server under Solaris 2.x? A number of options have been

  • Can I run NIS+ under Solaris 1 (SunOS 4.1.x)
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    Can I run NIS+ under Solaris 1 (SunOS 4.1.x) Sort of, with the NIS+ server

  • With NIS+ how do I find out which machine a client is bound to?
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    With NIS+ how do I find out which machine a client is bound to? NIS+ clien

  • Ypcat doesn't work on the netgroup table on a NIS+ server, why?
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    Ypcat doesn't work on the netgroup table on a NIS+ server, why? Yes, that

  • Why is rpc.nisd such a memory pig according to ps?
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    Why is rpc.nisd such a memory pig according to ps? The good news is that i

  • How do I tell my NIS+ server to service DNS requests from
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    How do I tell my NIS+ server to service DNS requests from 4.x clients?

  • How can I have multiple addresses per interface?
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    How can I have multiple addresses per interface? Solaris 2.x provides a fe

  • Solaris 2+ supports filesystem sizes up to 16TB. Will this
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    Solaris 2+ supports filesystem sizes up to 16TB. Will this give interoperability

  • Where can I get an SNMP agent for Solaris?
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    Where can I get an SNMP agent for Solaris? There are several agents availa

  • How can I use full-duplex ethernet?
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    How can I use full-duplex ethernet? Sun's hme and later fast ethernet adap

  • Where can I get BOOTP/DHCP for Solaris?
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    Where can I get BOOTP/DHCP for Solaris? Solaris 2.6 ships with BOOTP/DHCP

  • What kind of multicast support does Solaris have?
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    What kind of multicast support does Solaris have? All versions of Solaris

  • How can I have NAT or a firewall on Solaris?
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    How can I have NAT or a firewall on Solaris? There are several NAT and fir

  • Where can I get an IPv6 capable version of tcp wrapper?
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    Where can I get an IPv6 capable version of tcp wrapper? The IPv6 capable v

  • The Solaris 2.x application XX fails with a mysterious error condition.
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    The Solaris 2.x application XX fails with a mysterious error condition. Tr

  • In Solaris 2.5 nm is slow or dumps core.
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    In Solaris 2.5 nm is slow or dumps core. A bug introduced in the 2.5 local

  • Why can't I run Answerbook on a standalone machine?
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    Why can't I run Answerbook on a standalone machine? This is a bug in OpenW

  • Why can't I display Answerbook remotely?
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    Why can't I display Answerbook remotely? Displaying answerbook requires su

  • Why can't I run filemgr, I get ``mknod: permission denied''?
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    Why can't I run filemgr, I get ``mknod: permission denied''? This is a sym

  • Why do I get isinf undefined when linking with libdps on Solaris 2.3?
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    Why do I get isinf undefined when linking with libdps on Solaris 2.3? That

  • I can't get PPP to work between Solaris 2.3 and other platforms.
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    I can't get PPP to work between Solaris 2.3 and other platforms. The PPP s

  • Using compat mode for passwd doesn't work in 2.3?
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    Using compat mode for passwd doesn't work in 2.3? You need patch #101448.

  • Why do I get __builtin_va_alist or __builtin_va_arg_incr undefined?
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    Why do I get __builtin_va_alist or __builtin_va_arg_incr undefined? You're

  • When compiling, I get "No DATAMODEL_NATIVE specified"?
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    When compiling, I get "No DATAMODEL_NATIVE specified"? There are two typic

  • My machine hangs during the boot process. It seems related to ps.
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    My machine hangs during the boot process. It seems related to ps. When th

  • Syslogd doesn't seem to log anything.
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    Syslogd doesn't seem to log anything. Make sure you have /usr/ccs/bin/m4 i

  • Syslogd in 2.6 runs with -z -n, what's up?
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    Syslogd in 2.6 runs with -z -n, what's up? In some cases, syslogd as

  • I get ``Invalid client credential'' when mounting filesystem on
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    I get ``Invalid client credential'' when mounting filesystem on Solaris client fro

  • After upgrade to 2.4, ls on NFS mounted directories hangs.
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    After upgrade to 2.4, ls on NFS mounted directories hangs. Starting with S

  • After installing patch 101945-xx, I have NFS problems (ksh looping).
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    After installing patch 101945-xx, I have NFS problems (ksh looping). Patch

  • I messed up /etc/system, now I can't boot.
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    I messed up /etc/system, now I can't boot. Boot with -as. The kernel will

  • The /etc/path_to_inst file is corrupted, I can't boot.
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    The /etc/path_to_inst file is corrupted, I can't boot. You will need to re

  • TCP/IP connections time out too soon, especially on slow links.
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    TCP/IP connections time out too soon, especially on slow links. The tcp/ip

  • Sendmail connection to non-Unix hosts don't work.
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Sendmail connection to non-Unix hosts don't work. With the introduction of

  • Solaris 2.x can't set up any TCP/IP connections to certain hosts.
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Solaris 2.x can't set up any TCP/IP connections to certain hosts. Solaris

  • I read 5.21, but I still have connectivity problems.
    Size: 2 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    I read 5.21, but I still have connectivity problems. Solaris 2.x will stil

  • When reading mail on non-Solaris clients of a Solaris mail
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    When reading mail on non-Solaris clients of a Solaris mail server, or with non-Sol

  • Mail/mailx often send reply to wrong user or show wrong sender.
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Mail/mailx often send reply to wrong user or show wrong sender. Mail/mailx

  • One of my users can't login (one some machines).
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    One of my users can't login (one some machines). In the shadow table/file/

  • My clients with remote /var (/var/adm) partitions won't boot.
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    My clients with remote /var (/var/adm) partitions won't boot. Remote, but

  • Vacation doesn't work reliably in a mixed Solaris/SunOS environment.
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Vacation doesn't work reliably in a mixed Solaris/SunOS environment. Vacat

  • I have a lot of processes. How do I get rid of them?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    I have a lot of processes. How do I get rid of them? In general

  • I get /dev/ptmx: No such device when attempting to telnet/rlogin in.
    Size: 0 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    I get /dev/ptmx: No such device when attempting to telnet/rlogin in. You n

  • I get Could not grant slave pty on telnet/rlogin
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    I get Could not grant slave pty on telnet/rlogin In Solaris 8 and later yo

  • ld bails out with msync errors.
    Size: 0 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    ld bails out with msync errors. You probably use a Cray as fileserver. It

  • su responds with "Sorry" and doesn't prompt for a password.
    Size: 0 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    su responds with "Sorry" and doesn't prompt for a password. Su won't run u

  • Why can't I install 2.4 from a non-Sun CD while I could do so with 2.3?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Why can't I install 2.4 from a non-Sun CD while I could do so with 2.3? Se

  • ifconfig can't find my network interface
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    ifconfig can't find my network interface Only network devices configured w

  • I have an application that compiled fine, but when I run it I get:
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    I have an application that compiled fine, but when I run it I get: fatal: libfoo.s

  • Motif programs dump core almost immediately.
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Motif programs dump core almost immediately. You must specify the Motif li

  • cc complains that "language optional software package not installed".
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    cc complains that "language optional software package not installed". Ther

  • thr_create/pthread_create and other thread functions always return -1
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    thr_create/pthread_create and other thread functions always return -1 If y

  • Solaris 2.4 is getting slower over time/seems to have a kernel
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Solaris 2.4 is getting slower over time/seems to have a kernel memory leak.

  • Why do I get ``Unable to install/attach driver 'xxx''' messages?
    Size: 0 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Why do I get ``Unable to install/attach driver 'xxx''' messages? The kerne

  • I can't run nfs: netdir_getbyname failure, /dev/udp: bind problem
    Size: 2 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    I can't run nfs: netdir_getbyname failure, /dev/udp: bind problem For some

  • Why do I get ``named[]: rt_malloc: memdebug overflow'' errors?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Why do I get ``named[]: rt_malloc: memdebug overflow'' errors? That's cau

  • The ld command dumps core on Solaris/x86
    Size: 0 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    The ld command dumps core on Solaris/x86 Solaris 2.4/x86 ld dumps core whe

  • In Solaris 2.4 my TCP performance is extremely poor.
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    In Solaris 2.4 my TCP performance is extremely poor. Patch 101969-05 broke

  • Solaris 2.4 in.tftpd is terribly slow.
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Solaris 2.4 in.tftpd is terribly slow. In Solaris 2.4 a bug was introduced

  • I get "df: Could not find mount point ..."
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    I get "df: Could not find mount point ..." If the mount point starts with

  • I changed root's shell, forgotten root's password, and I can't login.
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    I changed root's shell, forgotten root's password, and I can't login. If r

  • How do I boot single user from CD?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    How do I boot single user from CD? In order to recover from some problems,

  • How do I interrupt the system boot sequence on SPARC?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    How do I interrupt the system boot sequence on SPARC? As opposed to Solari

  • How do I reset the NVRAM to factory defaults?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    How do I reset the NVRAM to factory defaults? During bootup, press down St

  • When linking C++ programs, I get "_ex_keylock" undefined.
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    When linking C++ programs, I get "_ex_keylock" undefined. You installed a

  • My NFS server hangs when I get filesystem full/over quota errors.
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    My NFS server hangs when I get filesystem full/over quota errors. Solaris

  • OpenWindows fails with "Binding Unix Socket: Invalid argument"
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    OpenWindows fails with "Binding Unix Socket: Invalid argument" This usuall

  • Why is Xsun such a memory pig, especially on the SX, S24 and FFB?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Why is Xsun such a memory pig, especially on the SX, S24 and FFB? Ps count

  • Solaris 2.5 and Solaris 2.4 patch 101945-34+ have poor TCP performance
    Size: 2 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Solaris 2.5 and Solaris 2.4 patch 101945-34+ have poor TCP performance over slow links

  • After install x86 patch 101946-29, I have problems with sockets and
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    After install x86 patch 101946-29, I have problems with sockets and TCP/IP through

  • The commands du and ls show funny block counts on NFSv3 filesystems.
    Size: 2 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    The commands du and ls show funny block counts on NFSv3 filesystems. The f

  • When I halt/reboot my system I get "INIT: failed write of utmpx entry"
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    When I halt/reboot my system I get "INIT: failed write of utmpx entry" Whe

  • Patch installation often fails with "checkinstall" errors.
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Patch installation often fails with "checkinstall" errors. When installing

  • Why do I get a CPU-bound rpc.ttdbserverd process?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Why do I get a CPU-bound rpc.ttdbserverd process? rpc.ttdbserverd is the R

  • What is /proc? Can I safely remove the large files there?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    What is /proc? Can I safely remove the large files there? The /proc files

  • What does "named[XX]: Lame server on 'hostname' ...." mean?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    What does "named[XX]: Lame server on 'hostname' ...." mean? The new named

  • I installed Solaris on a new/big disk, but now booting fails.
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    I installed Solaris on a new/big disk, but now booting fails. Due to limit

  • I have a problem with large disk drives.
    Size: 2 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    I have a problem with large disk drives. Various releases of Solaris have

  • When I try a network install I get:
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    When I try a network install I get: "WARNING: using boot version 8, expected 9"

  • My Ultra shuts down with "WARNING: THERMAL WARNING DETECTED!!!"
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    My Ultra shuts down with "WARNING: THERMAL WARNING DETECTED!!!" The Ultras

  • Power management shuts down my monitor, but it never comes back.
    Size: 0 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Power management shuts down my monitor, but it never comes back. This is c

  • I can't seem to disable power management in 2.6!
    Size: 0 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    I can't seem to disable power management in 2.6! The Solaris 2.6 Xserver i

  • Power management no longer kicks in when xlock runs
    Size: 0 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Power management no longer kicks in when xlock runs Set the XLock.enablesa

  • Orainst 7.3.2 dumps core in 2.5.1 with patches and in 2.6.
    Size: 0 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Orainst 7.3.2 dumps core in 2.5.1 with patches and in 2.6. Oracle has iden

  • My dial-on-demand link keeps dialing out, seems DNS related.
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    My dial-on-demand link keeps dialing out, seems DNS related. The nscd (nam

  • Processes hang in door_call(), hostname lookups hang.
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Processes hang in door_call(), hostname lookups hang. The door_call() on /

  • When using Solaris 2.6, many fonts don't show up properly in Netscape 4.
    Size: 0 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    When using Solaris 2.6, many fonts don't show up properly in Netscape 4. Y

  • When using virtual interfaces in 2.6, the system picks a random
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    When using virtual interfaces in 2.6, the system picks a random source address. H

  • A downloaded binary complains "libresolv.so.2: can't open file"
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    A downloaded binary complains "libresolv.so.2: can't open file" Because of

  • Ypserv/NIS w/ DNS is very unreliable in Solaris 2.6.
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Ypserv/NIS w/ DNS is very unreliable in Solaris 2.6. This is a known probl

  • When trying to install Solaris 2.x on an Ultra-5/Ultra-10/Ultra-60,
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    When trying to install Solaris 2.x on an Ultra-5/Ultra-10/Ultra-60, it can't find

  • After the system has been up for a while, freemem is only a couple of MB.
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    After the system has been up for a while, freemem is only a couple of MB.

  • A device driver that worked fine under S2.6 stopped loading under S7
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    A device driver that worked fine under S2.6 stopped loading under S7 There

  • I get a lot of "late collisions", what are those?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    I get a lot of "late collisions", what are those? Late collisions are usua

  • I can't mount an NFS filesystem, I get "RPC: Program not registered".
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    I can't mount an NFS filesystem, I get "RPC: Program not registered". When

  • How do I automatically NFS share inserted CD-Roms?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    How do I automatically NFS share inserted CD-Roms? You need to add the fol

  • I cannot run remote tooltalk sessions on Solaris 8 displays and
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    I cannot run remote tooltalk sessions on Solaris 8 displays and recently patched older

  • Where is all my memory in use?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Where is all my memory in use? The Solaris kernel operates on the assumpti

  • Tcpd prints "connect (refused) from 0.0.0.0" in Solaris 8 and later?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Tcpd prints "connect (refused) from 0.0.0.0" in Solaris 8 and later? The d

  • The permissions on /tmp are wrong after a reboot?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    The permissions on /tmp are wrong after a reboot? The tmpfs filesystems ta

  • After upgrading to Solaris 9 vold no longer mounts CDs.
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    After upgrading to Solaris 9 vold no longer mounts CDs. Starting with Sola

  • Where is the C compiler or where can I get one?
    Size: 2 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Where is the C compiler or where can I get one? Where have you been? :-) S

  • Which packages do I need to install to support a C compiler?
    Size: 2 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Which packages do I need to install to support a C compiler? Solaris ships

  • Where has ranlib gone?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Where has ranlib gone? The functionality provided by ranlib in SunOS 4.1.x

  • What do I need to compile X11R5?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    What do I need to compile X11R5? There are several "patch kits" for X11R5

  • I can't compile X11R6 on Solaris 2.4
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    I can't compile X11R6 on Solaris 2.4 There are several possible problems w

  • X11R6 on Solaris 2.4 won't run. Xinit dies with "User Signal 1".
    Size: 2 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    X11R6 on Solaris 2.4 won't run. Xinit dies with "User Signal 1". Xterms won't die

  • I get undefined symbols when compiling R6 in Solaris 2.2.
    Size: 0 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    I get undefined symbols when compiling R6 in Solaris 2.2. Solaris 2.2 does

  • After compiling X11R6 with gcc 2.7.0, X programs won't find their
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    After compiling X11R6 with gcc 2.7.0, X programs won't find their libraries.

  • How can I run X11R6 on my SS4 w/ TCX?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    How can I run X11R6 on my SS4 w/ TCX? Although it is possible to switch th

  • Can I run X11R6 on my SX, ZX, TCX, Creator, Creator3D or Elite3D?
    Size: 0 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Can I run X11R6 on my SX, ZX, TCX, Creator, Creator3D or Elite3D? X11R6.4

  • I can't get perl 4.036 to compile or run.
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    I can't get perl 4.036 to compile or run. You really should be using perl

  • I can't get sockets to work with perl.
    Size: 0 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    I can't get sockets to work with perl. Some of the socket constants have c

  • I have problems compiling MH 6.8.3
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    I have problems compiling MH 6.8.3 The MH config file for Solaris that com

  • I can't get XV 3.x to compile or run correctly.
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    I can't get XV 3.x to compile or run correctly. You need to get xv-3.x fro

  • What happened to NIT? What new mechanisms exist for low-level
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    What happened to NIT? What new mechanisms exist for low-level network access?

  • Where are all the functions gone that used to be in libc?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Where are all the functions gone that used to be in libc? The C library ha

  • I'm still missing some functions: bcopy, bzero and friends.
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    I'm still missing some functions: bcopy, bzero and friends. They are in /u

  • Can I use the source compatibility package to postpone porting?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Can I use the source compatibility package to postpone porting? Not really

  • Why doesn't readdir work? It chops the first two characters of
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Why doesn't readdir work? It chops the first two characters of all filenames.

  • Why do I get undefined symbols when linking with curses/termcap?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Why do I get undefined symbols when linking with curses/termcap? It is eas

  • Where are the Motif includes and libraries?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Where are the Motif includes and libraries? Starting with Solaris 2.4, the

  • When I call semctl(), my program crashes. It works fine elsewhere.
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    When I call semctl(), my program crashes. It works fine elsewhere. The fo

  • Traceroute to Solaris 2.x machines gives many timeouts.
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Traceroute to Solaris 2.x machines gives many timeouts. Solaris 2.4 and la

  • I have problems linking my application statically.
    Size: 3 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    I have problems linking my application statically. In Solaris 2.x static l

  • I get '"/usr/platform/SUNW,Ultra-1/lib/libc_psr.so.1": not in
    Size: 2 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    I get '"/usr/platform/SUNW,Ultra-1/lib/libc_psr.so.1": not in executable format: f

  • How can I make Gdb work with Sun's C compiler?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    How can I make Gdb work with Sun's C compiler? Sun's C compiler only store

  • Does Solaris have problems with dates in the year 2000 and after?
    Size: 5 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Does Solaris have problems with dates in the year 2000 and after? Internal

  • I can't seem to get older gcc releases to work under Solaris 2.6
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    I can't seem to get older gcc releases to work under Solaris 2.6 As with a

  • Gdb doesn't fully work on Solaris 2.6.
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Gdb doesn't fully work on Solaris 2.6. Solaris 2.6 defines a new interface

  • I can't get gdb to compile with Sun's C compiler
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    I can't get gdb to compile with Sun's C compiler Older versions of Solaris

  • Where can I find a list of all Solaris kernel parameters?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    Where can I find a list of all Solaris kernel parameters? The most importa

  • How can I guard my system against stack buffer overflow exploits?
    Size: 2 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    How can I guard my system against stack buffer overflow exploits? By defau

  • How can I restrict the number of processes per user?
    Size: 0 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    How can I restrict the number of processes per user? Set the following in

  • What purpose does the maxusers variable serve?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    What purpose does the maxusers variable serve? The maxusers variable has n

  • How can I have a clock resolution better than 10ms?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    How can I have a clock resolution better than 10ms? Starting with Solaris

  • How can I have more than 16 groups per user?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    How can I have more than 16 groups per user? The number of groups per user

  • How can I disable _POSIX_CHOWN_RESTRICTED? My users want to chown files?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    How can I disable _POSIX_CHOWN_RESTRICTED? My users want to chown files?

  • How can I make the NFS server ignore unprivileged clients?
    Size: 1 KB, Last Update:14 Dec 2005
    How can I make the NFS server ignore unprivileged clients? In a restricted

  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
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    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Most of this material is either written by me or sent to

  • Soalris 2 FAQ
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    Archive-name: Solaris2/FAQ Version: $Revision: 1.75 $ Last-Modified: $Date: 2005/04/26 0



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