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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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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What's the best strategy to catch mystery process?

I have running processes on my server that get killed every night at midnight. It's at work, I'm not around when it happens and I don't have remote access. The kill occurs very predicably at 23:59 ...
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File size :size of content and what is seen different

Assume you have a file 342MB but when you get into that file and look the content of it; you see that everything occupy around 92 MB. No hidden file or any other thing exist on it. How can that be ...
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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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what is inode for, in FreeBSD or Solaris

I know a little about linux kernel. BUt for Freebsd, the "vnode" actually is similar to the "inode" in Linux kernel. And there is a "inode" concept in FreeBSD or Solaris. So my question is: what is ...
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filesystem image mounted with lofiadm looks smaller than expected

I have a .gz file and I'd like to see the content of it. I used lofiadm to mount it. lofiadm /backup/file.gz ->> returned /dev/lofi/1 mount -F ufs /dev/lofi/1 /mnt Then I checked the content ...
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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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Is the Solaris libc based on the GNU libc?

On Solaris: basename.c #include <stdio.h> #include <libgen.h> int main(int argc, char* argv[]) { int len = strlen(argv[0]); char *bsname = basename(argv[0]); printf("%s\n", ...
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How to install & run collectd on Solaris 10 x86

I am trying to install and run collectd on Solaris 10 x86. I downloaded the Solaris x86 version of the installer. Installed using pkd_add command and chose the default folders. Now I am trying to ...
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Does Android SDK work in Solaris?

I want to compile my Android app in a Solaris server. Though, from Android Developers all I can see are Windows/MacOS/Linux versions. Does anyone know if I can install and use the Linux binaries in a ...
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How to track file change

nsswitch.conf file always corrupts somehow. I do restore from my backup every time it corrupt. When this file corrupts, its time stamp is changing. Now I wonder if there is a way to track that file ? ...
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High load average, low CPU usage - why?

We're seeing huge performance problems on a web application and we're trying to find the bottleneck. I am not a sysadmin so there is some stuff I don't quite get. Some basic investigation shows the ...
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solaris + vxprint + mirror for rootvol & rootdisk7vol not exist

I run the vxprint -g rootdg on my Solaris machine (HW- NETRA T2000) As we see here - rootvol & rootdisk7vol has missing lines (swapvol is OK) How to fix the rootvol & rootdisk7vol in order ...
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Comparing the efficiency of Network Stack of two different Operating Systems

I want to compare the efficiency of Network Stacks of two different operating systems(Linux and Solaris) by measuring the amount of resources(context switches, systemcalls etc) that are consumed in ...
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How can Solaris sub-partitions be accessed in FreeBSD?

First of all, Linux detects the partitions: sdg1: <solaris: [s0] sdg5 [s1] sdg6 [s2] sdg7 [s8] sdg8 > However, FreeBSD 9.0 shows only the main partition. Is it possible that only Solaris ...
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How to bind emacs abort to key

This is from a .el file loaded in my .emacs file. What do you think? ;;; Sun keyboard bindings ;; the below line does not work: ;; when <cancel> is pressed, the minibuffer echoes "Quit" ;; but ...
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FreeBSD is not Unix. But its Unix-Like Unix. Where is then the main Unix to read the source code?

I want to really understand System V, the main origin of Unix (not Unix-like nor modified Unix to Linux). The main origin which is very confusing and not really with care its written somewhere. Is it ...
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What should a Linux Server Admin know about Solaris and AIX

I'm being considered for a new Linux Server Engineer position, but I'm told by an insider that there is a little Solaris and AIX in-house. I spend most of my time in the Debian Family, have some ...
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Unable to use scp on Solaris

I'm trying to use scp from one Solaris machine to another, but I get this message and the copy fails: root@ark123 # scp -r emcgrab_SunOS_v4.4.4a.tar 192.163.119.21:/tmp Password: Sourcing ...
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Apache server doesn't start when mod_sm.so is loaded

I have an Apache 1.3 on a Sun machine (SunOS 5.10 Generic_138888-01 sun4u sparc SUNW,Sun-Fire-15000). If I keep the following two lines in httpd.conf, the server will not start: LoadModule sm_module ...
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Per Socket network Buffer queues utilization

Is there a way to get a per-socket send and receive Queues utilization on Solaris similar to the way that Linux' netstat displays it? Example on Linux: Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address ...
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Is crontab related to server performance?

I am using Solaris 10, and I am adding many cronjobs to my server's crontab. Currently I have 30 cronjobs in my crontab. one cronjob takes 8 hours to complete ,one other cron job takes 5 hours to ...
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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 can I list all user names on Solaris 10?

I forgot a user that I created on solaris 10, so now I would like to list all user names on my server. Is it possible (I am root user)? What command I should use if possible? Somewhere on the net ...
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Remap Caps_Lock to Control in Solaris

I'm having the hardest time trying to understand how xmodmap works. I want to remap the Caps Lock key to Control. In an attempt to emaulate the answers shown here, I created the file .xmodmaprc: ...
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Do BSD and SunOS have multithreaded architectures?

I'm interested in operating systems that have a multithreading architecture, like Mach and BeOS; not ones that depend on libraries like POSIX to be multithreading. Do BSD and SunOS have a ...
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How to create an FS under SunOS?

So there is a Global Zone, and we need to create an FS on a Zone that's in the Global Zone. Also we need the new FS in a new DG/Volume inside the DG of the Zone (if we see it from the Global Zone). ...
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Veritas Volume Manager on OpenSolaris

I downloaded: http://download.oracle.com/otn/solaris/11/OracleSolaris11_11-11_VM.zip and succesfully booted it! :) only two things needed to be changed: 512 MByte RAM and VBox Processor Execution ...
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Difference between Solaris and OpenSolaris?

So I want to learn using Solaris [Diskgroups, etc.]. I recently found out that there is an OS named OpenSolaris: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenSolaris Is it a good point to learn Solaris? Or ...
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Java process, swap (/proc Solaris10) memory highly utilized

How can I analyze high swap memory utilization of Solaris 10 for Java processes?
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Is there any handy command line tool to manage Cron jobs?

Would someone suggest any handy command line (NOT web) tool or script which adds, enables and disables Cron jobs? I am looking, for example, for the following (or similar) behavior: sh manageCron.sh ...
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Fail to tunnel between two Solaris 10

I running 2 Solaris 10 box and trying to tunnel them up through Internet. 1 at the hosting site while the other sitting in my office. ifconfig ip.tun0 plumb ifconfig ip.tun0 192.168.1.207 ...
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Please explain Solaris boot sequence in detail

Its same question for Linux here at Please explain Linux boot sequence in detail but emphasis on Solaris style of things. I am preparing a document in detail showing light on the boot sequence of ...
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Missing IPsec package in Solaris 10

I'm running Solaris 10 v5/08. Running svcs -a | grep ipsec returns nothing, so I have reason to believe IPsec isn't installed (or isn't showing up for some other reason). How can I make sure it is ...
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Solaris 10 : Remove trailing blank lines from multiple files

I'm working on Solaris 10.What is the easiest way to remove blank lines from multiple files at once?
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How to install software in solaris?

How do I install NetBackUp software in solaris? I'm learning the software and I need to install and practice using it.
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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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Recursive search doesn't work for grep on solaris

On our Solaris server I'm finding that grep -r doesn't work, which is the usual way that I use grep. It seems that egrep has the same behavior. Given that I have no control over the machine, is there ...
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How to see free disk space on SunOS?

It really makes me mad. SunOS 5.9 #format Searching for disks...done No disks found! # mount / on /dev/md/dsk/d0...(skip) /var on /dev/md/dsk/d4 ... /opt on /dev/md/dsk/d5 ... /home on ...
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Discovering EMC PowerPath LUNs and creating partitions on Solaris

I have to work with EMC PowerPath disks/LUNs. I find them in the /dev/dsk/ directory under names such as emcpower0a, emcpower0b, …, emcpower0z, emcpower1a, … Here are my points of confusion: Inside ...
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How to obtain X.509 certificate on solaris based server? [closed]

I have a Solaris based T5220 server. I'd like to install an x.509 certificate. What is the procedure to install this certificat? Does that procedure differs from one server to another? i.e. is it ...
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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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Solaris zone removal and transformation

I have a Solaris server which has two zones on it. I need to remove one zone and change the remaining zone into the server's main operating system. What is the best way to do this? I was thinking ...
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Name resolution doesn't work, but nslookup does

I am having a very strange problem with my installation of Solaris 11. DNS resolution just won't work, but strangely enough, nslookup does and connectivity is fine: root@solarisxyz:~# ping ...
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What is a good X application I can use to test the X server on Solaris?

I am using Solaris, and I want to test if the I can use the X server after setting the DISPLAY environment variable. On Linux, I usually use xeyes, xclock or xterm. But none of these seem to ...
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Revoke directory access for a particular user in Solaris

I have a need to allow directory access to a particular user on my file system. I want this user to be unable to access any other directory in my file system (initially anyway. It may need access to ...
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How I can know the IP address of other users logged at the same remote machine?

I can see the names of other users on the remote machine with the who command... I'd also like know the IP address of those users... I was trying with the commands /sbin/ifconfing and netstat but I ...
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Detecting multihomed machine

Is there a way to reliably detect whether or not a machine is multi-homed? I'd like to be able to write a script that will return a true or false regarding that information.
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How to list all running X applications?

I'd like to get a list of all of the apps (across all users) on my machine that are talking to the X server. What's the most reliable way to do that? Find the socket X runs on and lsof for connections ...
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How to shut down or reboot a machine? [on different OSes]

What parameters do the "shutdown" command [or other command?] NEED, TO BE SURE that the machine reboots or shuts down for SURE? e.x.: version for Linux: # cat /etc/SuSE-release SUSE Linux ...