Solaris is a Unix operating system originally developed by Sun Microsystems (currently owned by Oracle) as a rebranding of SunOS 4.1.x in 1991.

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Variable scope in while-read-loop on Solaris

    Could someone please explain to me why my while loop seems to have an internal scope? I've seen multiple explanations online but they all have to do with pipes. My code has ...
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What is the TTY major number of your Unix?

I'm currently working on a serial port library which already uses special frameworks to get information about serial ports on the system. Though serial ports are a fundamental design in Unix—as ...
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What is the STATE column of the TOP command on Solaris?

I'm running a very large, memory intensive program on my new UNIX server and trying to fully understand the output of the "top" command. Here is what I see right now (showing only the first process): ...
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What process is accessing a mounted filesystem sporadically?

I have a Solaris 10 server with autofs-mounted home dirs. On one server they are not unmounted after the 10 min timeout period. We've got AUTOMOUNT_TIMEOUT=600 in /etc/default/autofs, I ran automount ...
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Ksh loses data after piping 16K bytes

I recently found that ksh may lose some data after printing more than 16K bytes to the stdout if it is blocked for a couple of seconds. This test.sh script prints out 257*64 (16448) bytes: ...
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How to get the hostname along with the domain name?

In unix (Solaris) is there any command that returns the hostname and domain name together? For instance: hostname -> servername domainname -> us.xyz.com I need : servername.us.xyz.com
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Restoring an open file

I have an interesting problem which may or may not have a solution but I'd love to have one if possible: On Solaris an open log file has been removed, which still continues to be populated while the ...
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How to find HDs associated with a mount point

I am running on Sun Solaris system. I would like to know the following How to find the HDs associated with a mountpoint? How to find all available HDs (those which are used as well as unused for ...
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Is there a yum or apt-get like system on Solaris?

I am aware of the use of pkg to install an individual package file, but it does not include a repository infrastructure like other Linux distributions. Is there any solution that behaves like yum or ...
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How to find the machine from which a user logged into current machine using ssh?

In a multi server architecture, is it possible to find out from which machine a user logged into current machine using ssh? For example, user1 logged into host1. From there, the user logged into ...
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Obtaining Solaris 10 patches

I have a Solaris 10 server. I've been trying to find from where I can download patches/updates. The specific bug I'm running into (http://bugs.opensolaris.org/view_bug.do?bug_id=6551484) is ...
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Moving to Solaris (from Linux) [closed]

I got curious about why not so many people have Solaris in their desktops and laptops. I wonder whether it's a good idea at all, or something just for the absolute geek. Could I maybe give it a try ...
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How to get notified when svcadm restarts a service that died

I'm using svcadm to keep my node.js server running on Illumos, is there a way to get notified if svcadm restarts the server because it crashed? Specifically if the process went down on its own and not ...
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list header files used by a project compiled with gcc along with hierarchy

I currently have a C++ project that spans two different source control systems. Without checking in the full complete source code from the first system into the second system I plan to check in just ...
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returncode of command in a pipline [duplicate]

The following script runs on Solaris using /bin/ksh and on Linux using /bin/sh cmd | tee -a cmd.log | tail exit $? The output of cmd is saved in a file cmd.log and the last lines are displayed on ...
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What does “pollsys” mean? Solaris “truss” output

> truss -p 6482 /2: pollsys(0xE517AD88, 1, 0xE517AE30, 0x00000000) = 0 /2: pollsys(0xE517AD88, 1, 0xE517AE30, 0x00000000) = 0 /2: pollsys(0xE517AD88, 1, 0xE517AE30, 0x00000000) = 0 ...
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Remove prefixes from filenames

I have a bunch of files as follows: 04602635_b0294.DAT20120807164534 04602637_b0297.DAT20120807164713 04602638_b0296.DAT20120807164637 04602639_b0299.DAT20120807164819 ...
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Difference between “echo $SHELL” and “which bash”

I am trying to determine the location of bash interpreter on my Solaris system and I am a bit confused. When I type: echo $SHELL The resulting path is: /bin/bash And when I type: which bash I ...
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How can I check what version of the VI editor I have?

How can I check what version of the vi editor I have? What's the best way to upgrade it or install vim on Solaris?
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change shell in Solaris/SunOS for your user only wihtout access to /etc/passwd

How do I set the shell in Solaris/SunOS for my user only, without access to /etc/passwd or any other su stuff? It should thereafter work both for interactive ssh (1) and ssh when you send commands ...
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Read a file and copy to another file

I'm having a issue, I need to copy the file contents and remove a couple of lines if they match the output from a previous command. But so far, I'm having an issue in maintaining the file lines ...
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Formatting the output: Underlining

I wrote the following function in ksh that prints its first argument to the screen and underlines it with the appropriate ammount of - character: print_underlined () { word=$1 echo $word ...
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Why does this password fail AIX and Solaris rules

Had to reset my password on a couple of client servers today, and despite following the rules I get the message "Your password failed to meet: minimum of 2 non-alphabetic characters" back from the ...
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How do I backup a non-empty directory and preserve metadata like permissions/user-group ownership/time file was modified?

I used rsync for creating a backup copy: bash-3.2$ rsync -tvrog /export/home/kent/Scripts /export/home/kent/TEST_Scripts_rsync With these options: Options: -v, --verbose ...
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Solaris: find the day of last Monday,Tuesday,…Sunday by means of shell script

I'm trying desperatly to find a bash or ksh routine that allows me to find for example the previous Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,... preceding today's date. Additonal it has to work on plain vanilla ...
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Will there ever be a Solaris 12?

I'm not trying to be inflammatory with this question! I can't any statements though from Oracle regarding the future of Solaris, and wondered if there were any press releases or official notification ...
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Viewing very wide files

I need to view some 5,200 byte wide files. Is there any tool to make this practical without modifying the file? Ideally, I'd like to specify which columns I'm viewing.
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What are the dangers of setting a high limit to max File Descriptors per process?

I'm working on an old legacy application, and I commonly come across certain settings that no one around cam explain. Apparently at some point, some processes in the application were hitting the max ...
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What does “Invalid argument” mean in Solaris?

-bash-3.00$ ./p4 -V -bash: ./p4: Invalid argument What does "Invalid argument" mean in Unix? More details: p4 is an executable in the current directory. p4 actually refers to perforce. The option ...
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boot_archive file in solaris

Does anyone know what is that boot_archive file. It is located under /platform/sun4v/ /platform/sun4v> du -sh * | sort -rn 342M boot_archive **** 190M failsafe 106K lib 71K bootlst 12M ...
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Execute command on shared account login

At work our team uses a shared account "appadmin" to administer our application. At login, each one of us sources an "aliasrc" file containing his or her preferences. (aliases, display, prompt, ...). ...
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How can I make PuTTY compatible with Solaris?

I'm connecting to a Solaris machine from WinXP using PuTTY. When I try to use the NumPad keys for editing a command in Bash (Home, End, Delete) a ~ character is instead printed to the console. ...
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Using nohup on Solaris 10

I need to transfer a large number of files over SFTP (only between Solaris servers) which takes a very long time. I cannot keep my PC on for this duration. I tried: nohup sftp server1 While the ...
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Nexenta bash script uses /usr/sun/bin/sed instead of /usr/bin/sed

I'm using a script for Linux and for Solaris (Nexenta). This line works on Linux, but not on solaris (but when run from shell it works): cat "pg_hba.conf" | sed "0,/^local/{s/md5/trust/}" The ...
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How can a non-root user check if a FS has been exported to a server?

Consider I am on server1 logged in as a non-root user. How do I check if a NAS FS has been exported onto the server SERVER1? I have already tried the below commands. bash-3.2$ dfshares SERVER1 nfs ...
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Why are the UIDs in Solaris so very high? Is it alright to use lower numbers?

I'm going to try out Solaris 11, and was wondering why the default UIDs for new users are so ridiculously high - e.g. starting at 65534 and then dropping downwards (65533, 65532, ...)? Is there a good ...
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What process is sending TCP SYNs on Solaris 10?

Some process on my Solaris 10 machine is sending TCP SYNs to a remote machine. The remote machine never responds, so the connection is not established. How do I find out what process is initiating ...
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Startup script not executing after reboot on Solaris

I have a command to start Apache in /etc/rc3.d that does not execute when the server reboots. The script is named S75Apache2. Someone has speculated that this is because the link has a capital "A" ...
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how to grep complex hierarcy?

I have a file as:- start apple 1 a 2 b 3 c start orange 4 a 5 b start mango 1 a start a/b/c 5 z end 4 b end 6 c end start banana 3 c end 4 d 5 e end I want the output as :- 1 apple/a 2 apple/b 3 ...
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SELinux context of files mounted from a Solaris server

Something I'm attempting to run in RHEL6 fails as a result of SELinux. The problem is temporarily easily solved with "setenforce 0". However turning SELinux off entirely isn't an option in my case. ...
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Why does sendmail work differently in different shells?

The following code works when I directly run it in bash shell: SUBJECT="SUBJECT-"`date`; MAIL_FROM="abc@site.com"; MAIL_TO="abc@site.com"; MAIL_CC="abc@site.com"; MAIL_FILE="/path/of/html/body.html"; ...
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Use all system memory in Solaris

I am doing server testing and intentionally trying to crash a virtual Solaris server by using all memory. Server has a ulimit of 15 GB (several hundred GB of total system/swap memory). Is there a ...
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Solaris 11.1 and ipfilter

I'm trying to get IP Filter to work on Solaris 11.1. I'm following the official Solaris 11.1 guide. When the host is booted it doesn't pick up the ipf.conf that I expect. Here's the contents of ...
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How can I check which terminal definitions are available?

The bulk of the question is in title, but to elaborate a little: On most Linuxes I can find /usr/share/terminfo -type f. But on Solaris machine I have nearby - this directory doesn't even exist. I ...
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How to enable (format) a disk in SunOS then add it to a DiskGroup?

SERVER # vxdisk list DEVICE TYPE DISK GROUP STATUS c1t0d0s2 auto:none - - online invalid c1t1d0s2 auto:none - - ...
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Solaris swap allocation with mlocked shared memory

I'm having a hard time understanding how Solaris 10 x86 swap allocations work in the presence of mlocked share memory. I wrote a small program that: Gets a 1G SHM segment (shmget) Attaches it to ...
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How to lock on Solaris 10?

On Linux I use flock lock command to execute a command with an exclusive lock. What is the standard operating system command of Solaris 10 to do the same in a shell?
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ps command not giving output in home directory

I am logging into a solaris server, switching to bash, then switching to another user "sruser" and switching to bash. /home/batch/sruser/ is the home directory of the user "sruser". The issue is ps ...
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using `lpr` to get file name and page numbers printed on pdf

I have a PDF file and I want to print it with the file name and page numbers added somewhere on the page. Is this possible with lpr? If not, what utility can I use to transform the PDF file first? I'm ...
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Solaris/OpenIndiana: Password for roles?

I've been gently experimenting with roles in Solaris, and wonder a bit about setting a password for it. I want the role I've created to be used by several users, so setting password to the same as ...