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However, you must keep them intact, including headers and this notice, and you must not charge for or profit from them. Contact us for other arrangements. We can't be responsible for copies of the SGI FAQs at sites which we do not control, and copies published on paper or CD-ROM are certain to be out of date. The contents are accurate as far as we know, but the usual disclaimers apply. Send additions and changes to firstname.lastname@example.org. Topics covered in this FAQ: --------------------------- -1- DIAGNOSTICS -2- How can I determine which release of IRIX I'm running and which patches are applied? -3- How can I determine my SGI's Ethernet (and/or FDDI) address? -4- My SGI crashed and generated a file, /usr/adm/crash/vmcore.1. How can I examine this file to see what crashed my system? -5- How can I find out just about everything about my system at once? -6- DISKS -7- How big can files and filesystems be? -8- My XFS filesystem is corrupt or inconsistent. How do I fix it? -9- Does IRIX support sparse files? -10- Why is /debug or /proc full of huge files? -11- How do I remount the /proc filesystem after accidentally unmounting it? -12- How do I extend an existing filesystem onto a new disk? -13- How do I know if I need more memory and/or swap space? -14- How much swap space should I have per megabyte of memory? -15- How can I increase my swap space? -16- What are virtual and logical swap space? How do they work in IRIX 3.x, 4.0.x and 5.x? -17- Why is there no way to set up a RAM disk under IRIX? -18- BOOTING -19- How can I boot directly into single-user mode? -20- How can I boot from a non-default disk? -21- How can I boot my machine using a server on the other side of a router? -22- How do I make a bootable tape from an IRIX CD? -23- Why can't I boot one of the stand-alone programs on a tape or CD? -24- INSTALLING -25- Is it possible to remotely install IRIX over a network? -26- Which IRIX CD is the program 'foo' on? -27- How can I extract a single file from an 'inst' subsystem? -28- Why doesn't 'inst' work? -29- Why doesn't 'inst' work remotely? -30- I just installed a new version of IRIX and file X is missing. What should I do? -31- I reinstalled an IRIX subsystem to restore a missing file or get rid of a corrupted file, but it didn't help. Why not? -32- Why do 'inst' and 'showprods' say that a subsystem is an "Unknown product entry"? -33- How can I install IRIX onto a second disk which I can then move to another machine? -34- How can I copy my system disk onto a second disk which I can then move to another machine? -35- How can I share parts of IRIX among multiple machines? -36- Can I install a "tardist" archive without the "tardist" software? -37- I'm running 6.5.x, why can't I install the compilers? -38- NETWORKING -39- Why isn't my network working? -40- How can I measure my network's reliability? -41- How do I add a static route? -42- How can I make the 'slip' command advertise the Ethernet address of the SLIP client? -43- I've just edited inetd.conf, and nothing changed. Why? -44- Why can't I 'rdist' files between Suns and SGIs? -45- Why are there "satwrite failure: inetd" messages in my SYSLOG in IRIX 5.3? -46- What is causing the "get interface flags" error in my syslog? -47- Why are network connections between SGIs and Suns much slower than between SGIs and SGIs or Suns and Suns? -48- How can I set up IP aliases? -49- Where is ipfilterd documented? -50- MAIL -51- How can I set up 'sendmail' to pass (or not pass) 8-bit characters? -52- Why are my mailbox files changing ownership? -53- Why isn't a valid user getting their mail? -54- How can SGIs and Suns share a mail spool? -55- What's an "unknown mailer error"? -56- What's "mailbox: Error 0"? -57- Why am I having problems with my NFS-mounted mail spool? -58- Why are incoming mail addresses case-sensitive in IRIX 5.3? -59- NFS -60- How can I tell what hostname to use in /etc/exports? -61- Why can't I export an NFS-mounted filesystem? -62- Why can't Ultrix automount SGI filesystems? -63- Why does 'tar' work strangely on a filesystem mounted from an SGI? -64- Why does 'df' report incorrect numbers for a filesystem mounted from a Sun? -65- Is 'pcnfsd' available for the SGI? -66- Can I export a CD-ROM from my SGI to a non-SGI? -67- How can I read an IRIX (EFS) CD-ROM on a machine which doesn't use EFS? -68- How can I get quotas to work on an NFS filesystem? -69- Why can't some NFS clients NFS-mount IRIX 5.2 filesystems? -70- What's NFS3? -71- Why can't Solaris 2.5 clients read directories on NFS3-mounted IRIX 6.2 filesystems? -72- Why does my NFS server print "fhtovp_end VFS_GET failed" or "fhtovp_end vp NULL" to the console/SYSLOG? -73- PRINTING -74- Why can't lp(1) read my file? -75- How can I tell 'lp' to turn banner printing or page reversal off or on? -76- How can I use 'lpr' instead of or as well as 'lp'? -77- How can I print to a printer with a JetDirect card? -78- Why won't lpr(1) print very large files? -79- SGI DAEMONS -80- Why isn't the objectserver working? -81- What is sending packets to the sgi-dog.mcast.net multicast address? -82- Why are the objectserver and directoryserver taking up so much memory in IRIX 5.3? -83- Why don't the desktop admin tools recognize root as a privileged user? -84- Why doesn't my desktop deal properly with the CD or tape icons? -85- Why doesn't my mediad start up under IRIX 5.3? -86- Why do cdman, cdplayer and capture say "permission denied"? -87- Why can't 'cformat' format floptical disks, and/or why can't 'datman' play audio DATs? -88- Why is famd hammering my NFS server? -89- What is causing "/dev/imon: event queue overflow" in my syslog? -90- BUGS -91- Why do 'who', 'rusers', etc. show users who aren't really logged in? -92- What's wrong with ftpd in IRIX 5.2? -93- Why isn't /usr/adm/SYSLOG being updated? -94- I just edited /etc/inittab, and now I can't start up or shut down my SGI! What's wrong? -95- Why does timed say "bind: Cannot assign requested address"? -96- Why does "ALERT: i2cWaitForXferDone: Xfer Done timeout ERROR" appear in my SYSLOG? -97- Why has NIS (YP) stopped working under IRIX 6.x? -98- MISCELLANEOUS -99- How do I set the number of processes allowed on my machine? -100- Where can I get a termcap file for 'iris-ansi-net' to install on my non-SGI system? -101- How can I make my SGI understand strange terminal types from other Unix systems? -102- Can I change my login shell or other password-file info without being superuser? -103- How can I administer my Iris without a graphics terminal? -104- How can I use the visual admin tools on a system with graphics to administer a system without graphics? -105- What's /etc/ioctl.syscon? -106- Can I log out users automatically? -107- How can I change kernel variables and/or rebuild my kernel?