comp.sys.hp.hpux FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Subject: 1. INTRODUCTION
This article contains the answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) seen
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comp.sys.hp.apps, comp.sys.hp.misc, and comp.sys.hp.hardware. Discussion
in this document centers around Hewlett-Packard computer systems running
the HP-UX[R] operating system; the focus is on HP-UX 10.20, and later,
running on HP9000 Series 700 workstations and HP9000 Series 800 servers,
though some of the information presented may also apply to earlier
versions of HP-UX, including HP-UX for Series 300, 400, 500, and 600
HP9000 machines. Previous versions of this FAQ contained some information
specific to HP-UX 9.x and earlier; such information has been removed, as
of version 11.11.0105 of the FAQ. This decision was made because HP-UX
versions 10.00 and earlier have been officially classified as obsolete by
HP, as well as to permit greater focus on the more current versions of
HP-UX. The FAQ will be updated every other month or as the maintainer
sees fit, and it will be posted on Usenet once a month.
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- News Headers
- 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS
- 3. GENERAL INFORMATION
- 3.1 What does HP-UX stand for?
- 3.2 Where can I find a good overview of HP-UX?
- 3.3 What is the release history of HP-UX?
- 3.4 Where can I find definitions of various HP-UX terms?
- 3.5 What is HP's address and phone number?
- 3.6 How does HP-UX rank among other enterprise Unixes?
- 3.7 How does the Compaq merger affect the HP-UX roadmap?
- 4. RESOURCES
- 4.1 FAQs
- 4.1.1 Where can I get a copy of this FAQ file?
- 4.1.2 What other HP-UX-related FAQs exist?
- 4.2 Web Sites
- 4.2.1 HP Sites
- 188.8.131.52 What is the URL of HP's main web site?
- 184.108.40.206 Where can I browse HP documentation on the Web?
- 220.127.116.11 Where can I get support from HP on the Web?
- 18.104.22.168 Other HP Sites
- 4.2.2 Non-HP Sites
- 22.214.171.124 EnterpriseUnix.org
- 126.96.36.199 EPFL Support HP / HPLine
- 4.3 Newsgroups
- 4.3.1 List of HP-UX-related Usenet newsgroups
- 4.3.2 What is HP's involvement in the HP-related newsgroups?
- 4.3.3 The ITRC HP-UX Forum
- 4.4 Mailing Lists
- 4.4.1 HPUX-Admin Mailing List
- 4.4.2 HP 9000 series 500 Mailing List
- 4.4.3 HPMINI-L Mailing List
- 4.5 Periodicals
- 4.6 Books
- 4.6.1 HP-UX 11.x Books
- 4.6.2 HP-UX 10.x Books
- 4.6.3 HP-UX 10.x/11.x Books
- 4.6.4 CDE Books
- 4.6.5 Books from HP
- 4.6.6 HP Product Manuals
- 4.7 Local Files
- 4.7.1 The HP-UX Reference Manual
- 4.7.2 /usr/share/doc
- 4.8 Conferences and Workshops
- 4.8.1 HP World Conference & Expo
- 4.8.2 HP/Works Technical Workshops
- 4.9 Courses on HP-UX
- 4.9.1 Courses offered by HP
- 4.10 Organizations
- 4.10.1 Organizations within the U.S.
- 188.8.131.52 Interex, The International Association of Hewlett-Packard Computing Professionals
- 184.108.40.206 InterWorks
- 4.10.2 Organizations outside the U.S.
- 220.127.116.11 Interex Netherlands HP User Group (AKA DutchWorks)
- 18.104.22.168 HP/Works
- 22.214.171.124 Japanese HP Computer Users Association
- 4.11 Third-Party Vendors
- 4.11.1 Hewlett-Packard Vendor Listing
- 5. SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION
- 5.1 Auditing and Security
- 5.1.1 How do group privileges work?
- 5.1.2 Why are mail files in /var/mail owned by 'daemon' instead of the recipient?
- 5.1.3 How can I restrict regular users from logging in at the console?
- 5.1.4 How can I disable non-root logins?
- 5.1.5 Where can I find a list of all patches corresponding to security advisories?
- 5.1.6 How can I protect my systems against SATAN?
- 5.1.7 What are the major differences between trusted and non-trusted systems?
- 5.1.8 How can I configure things like minimum password length, password history, and maximum simultaneous logins?
- 5.1.9 What is the sticky bit's purpose?
- 5.1.11 How can I protect my system from viruses?
- 5.1.12 What information is available on configuring HP-UX for maximum security?
- 5.1.13 Does HP-UX support /etc/shadow like Solaris and Linux?
- 5.2 Backup and Recovery
- 5.2.1 Can I put more than one backup on DDS with fbackup?
- 5.2.2 How can I use dump with a DDS tape?
- 5.2.3 Why do cpio/tar/dump/pax all backup to tape painfully slowly?
- 5.2.4 What CD burning software is available?
- 5.3 Disks and Filesystems
- 5.3.1 How can I enable long file names?
- 5.3.2 Is it possible to create a RAM disk?
- 5.3.3 What happened to DUX and context dependent files (CDFs)?
- 5.3.4 Why can't I use all of my swap space?
- 5.3.5 How can I determine which disk is the boot disk?
- 5.3.6 Why does pfs_mount fail with the message 'Not Owner' when I try to use it?
- 5.3.7 What's new with remote mounts and the automounter?
- 5.3.8 Why are CDROM filenames all UPPERCASE with ;1 attached?
- 5.3.9 How can I start the PFS daemons automatically at system startup?
- 5.3.10 Where can I get updated disktab entries for third-party disks?
- 5.3.11 How can I determine whether a disk is bootable?
- 5.3.12 How do I defragment my filesystems?
- 5.4 Display
- 5.4.1 How do I define a new terminal type?
- 5.4.2 How can I change the video mode on my workstation?
- 5.5 Kernel Configuration
- 5.5.1 How can I tell if I have a 32-bit or 64-bit kernel?
- 5.5.2 How do I determine if a system supports a 32 and/or a 64-bit kernel?
- 5.5.3 Where can I find detailed documentation of the various kernel parameters?
- 5.6 Monitors, Diagnostics, and Performance
- 5.6.1 How can I look at what my system is doing?
- 5.6.2 What happened to the sysdiag command?
- 5.6.3 How can I improve overall system performance?
- 5.7 Networking and Communications
- 5.7.1 How can I change the order of hostname resolution?
- 5.7.2 How can I track network packets?
- 5.7.3 How to get the MAC address for a particular network interface?
- 5.7.4 Is there a Transport Level Interface (TLI) interface to TCP on HP-UX?
- 5.7.5 How do I disable IP Forwarding?
- 5.7.6 Why is ifconfig giving me errors when I try to configure my LAN?
- 5.7.7 How do I change the hostname, IP address, DNS Server, etc?
- 5.7.8 How do I determine the speed and duplexity of my network interface?
- 5.7.9 How do I display all active Internet (TCP and UDP) connections?
- 5.7.10 How can multiple IP addresses be configured on one interface?
- 5.7.11 How can I enable the LAN interface on a 700?
- 5.7.12 Where can I get STREAMS for HP-UX?
- 5.7.13 What version of BIND (named) comes with HP-UX?
- 5.7.14 What version of sendmail comes with HP-UX?
- 5.7.15 What version of NFS comes with HPUX?
- 5.7.16 What is the difference between automount and AutoFS?
- 5.7.17 Can I configure multiple network interfaces on the same subnet?
- 5.7.18 Does HP-UX come with a DHCP server?
- 5.8 Peripheral Devices
- 5.8.1 How do I use the floppy drive on my HP-UX workstation?
- 5.8.2 How can I format a floppy under HP-UX?
- 5.8.3 How can I get an Exabyte to work on an HP?
- 5.8.4 How can I get a stuck DDS tape out of the drive?
- 5.8.5 Do I need to terminate the internal SCSI on a 700?
- 5.8.6 How can I play audio CDs on an HP workstation's CD-ROM drive?
- 5.8.7 How can I set up /dev/audio to point to the external jack on a 700?
- 5.8.8 How can I configure the parallel port handshake on a 700?
- 5.8.9 What are the specs of the audio hardware on the 700 series?
- 5.8.10 Is there a trackball for the 700?
- 5.8.11 What keyboards and mice are compatible with HP9000 workstations?
- 5.8.12 How do I change the keyboard type (e.g. from UK to German or vice versa) after HP-UX is already installed?
- 5.8.13 How do I ascertain which device file corresponds to my CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive?
- 5.9 Printers and Plotters
- 5.9.1 What happened to lpr?
- 5.9.2 Why does lpstat report the printer down, even though it's not?
- 5.9.3 How can I turn off the LP banner page?
- 5.9.4 How can I print man pages without losing the formatting?
- 5.10 Process Management
- 5.10.1 How much memory can a process use?
- 5.10.2 Why do my processes keep dying at 64 MB memory usage?
- 5.10.3 How do I set per-process limits?
- 5.10.4 How can I tell what files, ports, etc.. a process has open?
- 5.10.5 How can I get the ps command to display more than 64 characters of process command lines?
- 5.11 Routine Tasks
- 5.11.1 How can I track log files and core files?
- 5.11.2 What's a good strategy for clearing /tmp and /var/tmp?
- 5.12 Software Management
- 5.12.1 General Software Management
- 126.96.36.199 Where can I find out more about Software Distributor (SD-UX)?
- 188.8.131.52 How can I tell what products have been loaded on my system?
- 184.108.40.206 How do I safely remove software from my system?
- 220.127.116.11 How is the unique node ID used for licensing determined?
- 18.104.22.168 What is Ignite-UX?
- 5.12.2 Patch Management
- 22.214.171.124 Where do I get HP-UX patches?
- 126.96.36.199 How can I list all installed patches?
- 188.8.131.52 How can I tell what patches are in the kernel?
- 184.108.40.206 How do I get rid of old 10.x patches or superseded patches?
- 220.127.116.11 How can I install multiple patches, without having to reboot more than once?
- 18.104.22.168 How do I configure swlist to not display superseded patches?
- 22.214.171.124 What is the naming convention used for HP-UX patch names?
- 126.96.36.199 Where can I get OpenView patches?
- 5.13 Time
- 5.13.1 How can I change the timezone?
- 5.13.2 How can I print yesterday's or tomorrow's date?
- 5.13.3 How can I convert a timestamp (seconds since the Epoch) to a date/time string?
- 5.13.4 What is the purpose of the 'timezone' and 'dst' kernel parameters?
- 5.14 Users and Groups
- 5.14.1 How can I tell if I need more than a 2-user license?
- 5.14.2 How can I set up group-based FTP access?
- 5.14.3 Has /etc/logingroup functionality changed in 11.x?
- 5.15 X-Windows and CDE
- 5.15.1 X Window System (X11)
- 188.8.131.52 Where can I get X11R6?
- 184.108.40.206 Where can I get the missing X11 header files?
- 220.127.116.11 How can I set up an HP-UX workstation as an X terminal?
- 18.104.22.168 How do I get a scroll bar on hpterms?
- 22.214.171.124 How can I change the title in my hpterm titlebar?
- 126.96.36.199 Why do my terminal windows keep going away by themselves?
- 188.8.131.52 How can I get console messages to go to an hpterm?
- 184.108.40.206 What's a good termcap entry for hpterm?
- 220.127.116.11 My screen is wedged. What should I do?
- 18.104.22.168 How can I get an X app to come up in an alternate workspace?
- 5.15.2 Common Desktop Environment (CDE)
- 22.214.171.124 What happened to VUE?
- 126.96.36.199 How do I start/stop/reset CDE (dtlogin)?
- 188.8.131.52 How can I enable/disable CDE (dtlogin)?
- 184.108.40.206 Why does id/groups not show secondary groups in dtterm/CDE?
- 220.127.116.11 How can I improve CDE's performance?
- 18.104.22.168 Is there a CDE FAQ?
- 22.214.171.124 When I log on to CDE, I want certain applications to automatically start. How can this be done ?
- 126.96.36.199 How do I get cut-n-paste to work correctly with CDE?
- 188.8.131.52 Why do NCD X-terminals hang when trying to connect via XDMCP to an HP-UX 10.20 host running CDE?
- 6.1 General
- 6.1.1 What threads support is provided?
- 6.1.2 What's the deal with _INCLUDE_xxxx_SOURCE?
- 6.1.3 Where can I find a list of all available system calls?
- 6.1.4 How can I tell if something was built debuggable?
- 6.1.5 Why is syslog() call not doing what i want it to?
- 6.1.6 How can I get C programs to automatically generate stack dumps?
- 6.1.7 HP C++ email discussion lists
- 6.1.8 HP-UX development email discussion lists
- 6.2 Compiling and Linking
- 6.2.1 Why is the default C compiler brain-dead?
- 6.2.2 How do I make Perl on HP-UX?
- 6.2.3 How do I deal with "too many defines"?
- 6.2.4 Why do I get "_builtin_va_start" undefined when I build with gcc?
- 6.2.5 Is there some kind of problem with using FLT_MIN in ANSI mode?
- 6.2.6 Why do I get the error "*Initialization*:1: missing token-sequence in `#assert'" when I compile with gcc?
- 6.2.7 How can I detect the HP-UX version at compile time?
- 6.3 Porting
- 6.3.1 Porting from an Earlier Release of HP-UX
- 6.3.2 Porting from Other Platforms (Solaris, AIX, etc..)
- 6.3.3 How do I know if binaries built on a one release of HP-UX are compatible with a different release of HP-UX?
- 6.4 Tools
- 6.4.1 Where can I get Interviews for HP-UX?
- 6.4.2 Is there a disassembler included with HP-UX?
- 7.1.1 HP Freeware
- 184.108.40.206 Patches
- 220.127.116.11 Drivers
- 18.104.22.168 I heard there is a new ftpd available. Where do I get it?
- 22.214.171.124 HPRC FTP Site
- 126.96.36.199 GNOME
- 7.1.2 Non-HP Freeware
- 188.8.131.52 The Software Porting And Archive Centre for HP-UX
- 184.108.40.206 InterWorks FTP site
- 220.127.116.11 Netperf
- 18.104.22.168 SLIP and CSLIP
- 22.214.171.124 PPP
- 126.96.36.199 SMTP
- 188.8.131.52 POP and IMAP
- 184.108.40.206 Sudo
- 220.127.116.11 Ntalk
- 18.104.22.168 TTCP
- 22.214.171.124 Free SCSI utilities for HP-UX workstations
- 126.96.36.199 PSCREEN/uX
- 188.8.131.52 GNU software
- 184.108.40.206 Web browsers
- 220.127.116.11 Miscellaneous freeware
- 18.104.22.168 RealAudio Player
- 22.214.171.124 CD Burning Software
- 7.2 Shareware
- 7.3.1 HP Commercial Software
- 126.96.36.199 Where can I find release histories for various HP software products?
- 188.8.131.52 Where can I find a list of all applications that are available for HP-UX?
- 7.3.2 Non-HP Commercial Software
- 184.108.40.206 Is there anything remotely like the Apollo DM editor available?
- 8. MISCELLANEOUS
- 8.1 How can I find the HP-UX equivalent for a given Solaris/AIX/etc.. command?
- 8.2 What do I need to do to make my HP-UX system Year 2000 compliant?
- 8.3 How do I boot into single user mode?
- 8.4 How can I send mail to an MPE/iX HPDESK address?
- 8.5 How can I limit core files?
- 8.6 How do I disable the Caps Lock key?
- 8.7 Why does my Korn shell login hang?
- 8.8 How can I avoid those annoying copyright notices on login?
- 8.9 How can I turn off quota checking?
- 8.10 Why can't I start Aserver?
- 8.11 How can I get a daemon to successfully start from an rc script?
- 8.12 How do I convert the uname string to a model string?
- 8.13 Is Perl included with HP-UX?
- 8.14 Why can't I type an '@' character?
- 8.15 Why can't I get my machine into boot admin mode?
- 8.16 What happened to "less"?
- 8.17 What should go in my PATH and MANPATH environment variables?
- 8.18 Why does the 10.x/11.x cksum command produce a different checksum than the 9.x cksum command?
- 8.19 Can I run Linux on an HP9000 system?
- 8.20 Can I run *BSD on an HP9000 system?
- 8.21 What happened to /usr/local? What are these /usr/contrib and /opt directories?
- 8.22 Is it OK to change root's shell?
- 8.23 Why does HP-UX 10 generate copious "Sti_save" syslog messages?
- 8.24 How can I tell which kernel was booted?
- 8.25 What is the equivalent of ldd under HP-UX?
- 8.26 How do I configure a program to automatically start up or shutdown when the system starts up or shuts down?
- 8.27 How can I do regular expression matching?
- 8.28 How can I play MP3s?
- 8.29 How can I use audio on HP-UX 10.x/11.x without a network?
- 8.30 Is there a tool to trace system calls?
- 8.31 What OS capacity limits exist?
- 8.32 How can I determine how much RAM my system has?
- 8.33 What are the various revisions of PA-RISC?
- 8.34 How do I find the clock speed of my system's CPU(s)?
- 8.35 How can I view/print PDF files?
- 8.36 How do I read an SGI-written tar format DDS tape?
- 8.37 Is the Euro supported?
- 8.38 How can I view various Windows-format files (Word docs, Excel spreadsheets, etc..) on an HP-UX system?
- 8.39 How is the system load average, as reported by the uptime and top commands, calculated?
- 8.40 Where can I get HP9000 firmware updates?
- 8.41 Where can I look up HP part numbers?
- 8.42 How can I create a /dev/zero special file?
- 8.43 Why is tail's output truncated for large amounts of input?
- 8.44 What commands or scripts exist for gathering and summarizing system information?
- 8.45 How can I convert numbers from one base to another?
- 8.46 What are the machine ID and serial number used for?
- 8.47 How can I tell what commands SAM is executing under the hood?
- 8.48 How can I view a file in octal or hexadecimal?
- 8.49 How do I configure the kernel to write corefiles as core.?
- 8.50 How do I analyze a system crash dump?
- 8.51 Is HP-UX free for non-profit users (students, hobbyists, etc..)?
- 8.52 Where can I obtain a free HP-UX shell account?
- 8.53 How do I grep for an exact word as with "grep -w" in Linux?
- 9. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
- 9.1 Contributors
- 9.2 Trademarks