Solaris Essential Reference, 1st edition

  • John Mulligan

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"Could someone give me an easy way to look up the sed and awk commands for Solaris?" asked a time-pressed computer design engineer. Most Solaris users use it in a professional technical environment. They're looking for the fastest way to find a needed command so they can get on with their work. The Solaris Essential Reference assumes that you're well versed in general UNIX skills and simply need some pointers on how to get the most out of Solaris. This book provides clear and concise instruction on how to perform important administration and management tasks, and use some of the more powerful commands and more advanced topics. It includes the best way to implement the most frequently used commands, deal with shell scripting, administer your own system, and utilize effective security. Bonus coverage includes information on third-party software packages available for Solaris that are essential to operating a good system. Such applications are pico, pine, top, TCP Wrappers, and more.

Table of contents


Book Conventions. Informational Utilities.


1. Text Utilities.

Sorting. Formatting. Editors. Advanced Text Tools.

2. Shell Scripting.

Shell Summary. Executing Scripts and Commands. Setting and Unsetting Environment Variables. RC File Environment Variables. Input and Output. Redirection. Logical Operations. Loops.

3. Process Control.

Starting Processes. Process Status. Stopping Processes.

4. Network Clients and Utilities.

Informational Utilities. File Transfers. Communications. Remote Shells and Login.


5. Compilers/Interpreters.

Compiler. Interpreter. Debugging Flags.

6. Programming Utilities.

Programming Utilities.

7. Debugging.

Proc Tools-Tools for Manipulating the /proc Filesystem. Debugging Tools.


8. Startup and Shutdown.

Power Management. PROM Level Booting. Shutdowns and Rebooting. Run States.

9. User Management.

Basic User Management Tasks. Ancillary User Management Tasks. Quotas.

10. Network Administration.

Daemons and Servers. Anonymous FTP. PPP. DHCP. LDAP. Network File System (NFS). Mail.

11. Filesystems.

Filesystem Overview and Description. Constructing and Mounting New Filesystems. Checking and Tuning Filesystems. Backups. Copying Filesystems. Device Configuration.

12. Security.

System Auditing. ASET. Role Based Access Control (RBAC). Network Sniffing. Kerberos.

13. System Configuration and Tuning.

System Identification. Modules. General Configuration. Kernel Tuning.


Appendix A: Solaris Version Changes.

Solaris 2.2. Solaris 2.3293. Solaris 2.4. Solaris 2.5. Solaris 2.5.1. Solaris 2.6. Solaris. Solaris.

Appendix B: Common Startup Problems and Solutions.

Appendix C: Linux Compatibility.

Appendix D: GNU Public License.

GNU General Public License.

Appendix E: Web Resources.

Administration and Management. Common Desktop Environment/OpenLook. Developer Resources. Hardware. Lists of Resources. Magazines (Online and Print). Online Documentation. Security. Software. Solaris x86. Solaris PPP/NAT.

Appendix F: Signals.

Signals by Value. Commonly Used Signals.

Appendix G: TCP/UDP Port List.

TCP/UDP Ports by Service. TCP/UDP Ports by Port.


Published by Sams Publishing (April 30th 1999) - Copyright © 1999