Like Sticking Wallpaper To A Waterfall

How many times have you sat there a look of intense concentration etched on your face willing that Solaris command to come while a blank screen mocked you? How many times have you cursed a wall, kicked a chair or grabbed at your hair in frustration while that Solaris command danced tantalizingly just out of your brain’s reach? Once? Twice? Half a dozen times?

In my case, it’s more times than I care to remember. It has happened so many times, in fact,¬†that I’ve simply stopped counting. I don’t know. Maybe it’s nerves, an inability to organize my thoughts or just plain bad memory. But remembering some Solaris commands is like sticking wallpaper to a waterfall. You can try as many times as you like but it just won’t stay up there.

It doesn’t help that a typical admin’s arsenal of Solaris commands is made up of only 20% that he or she uses 80% of the time. Stuff like ls, pwd, ps, who and the like. But it’s the rest of the iceberg, that 80% that only comes into play the remaining 20% of the time and usually during pressure-packed situations, that has always had me stumped.

So after one too many episodes of wall cursing, chair kicking and hair grabbing I decided that I must bring my misery to an end. I resolved that I will put these Solaris commands in a safe place. A place where each command lived in its own tiny pigeon hole just waiting to be called to action. A blog, yes. A technical one. And that’s how Solaris Commands came to be.

 

5 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Ariel Giron - 1 January 2011 at 1:01 am

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How To Upgrade The M4000 XSCF Firmware

Upgrading the M4000 XSCF firmware is a three-step process. These sequence of Solaris commands performs the XCP import, XSCF update and OBP application which make up the XSCF firmware upgrade process.

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How To Create A Live Upgrade Boot Environment

Solaris Live Upgrade is an excellent way to manage Solaris operating system upgrades and patches. Live Upgrade allows the system admin to upgrade or patch a running system with the only downtime being the server reboot once the upgrade or patch is complete. Live Upgrade accomplishes this "trick" by employing boot environments.

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How To Configure The M4000 XSCF

Unless you create a new user in the Sun M4000 XSCF, you may only log in as the 'default' user. This requires that you be physically present in the front of the server to turn the mode switch. This set of Solaris commands configures the Sun M4000 XSCF including setting up an admin account that gets around the limitations of the default user.

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How To Change The IP Address Of A Sun T5120 System Controller

Changing the IP address of a Sun T5120 system controller should be easy. And it is. But only if you know that magic command that makes the change stick.

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4 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Ariel Giron - 6 January 2012 at 6:52 pm

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How To Configure sendmail’s Smart Relay Host

To configure a Solaris server's smart relay host, most people will simply edit the DS entry in /etc/mail/sendmail.cf and leave it at that. But no Solaris admin worth the name should do this.

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How To Create A Solaris Flash Archive (FLAR)

Imagine yourself building a server. The build process is at a critical point. You've been slaving away for days and the next step could have this sexy new feature up and running or it could leave the server in a flaming heap. Do you hit Enter or not?

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How To Determine If The Solaris Kernel Is 32- Or 64-bit

Most Solaris recomended patch clusters come in either 32- or 64-bit versions. How do you find out which one is appropriate for your platform?

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How To Apply A Solaris Recommended Patch Cluster

This article describes the process of applying a Solaris recommended patch cluster, or patchset as it is now called. This procedure applies only to Solaris 10 servers that have no zones or boot environments configured.

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How To Force logadm To Rotate A “Busy” Log

A Solaris 10 bug 6797442 causes fmd, the Solaris Fault Management daemon, to log an "ereport.io.ddi.fm-capability" event in /var/fm/fmd/errlog tens, even hundreds, of times per second. This much activity keeps logadm from rotating the fmd errlog when it reaches the defined size causing the /var filesystem to blow out.

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How To Manage Log Files With logadm

logadm is a handy Solaris utility that can be used to rotate log files. With logadm managing logs, system admins are not required to write complicated scripts to restart applications when there is a need to rotate log files.

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