Even the most experienced Linux admin can sometimes feel frustrated trying to do a simple task in a new *nix environment like Solaris or BSD. This quick tutorial should ease the transition and clarify the most common terminologies in Solaris 10.
This is not a run of the mill n00b intro to a Unix OS. This tutorial is intended for seasoned Linux admins and it does not waste time on explaining the obvious.
- Filesystem Layout
- High level directories under / and a detailed look at /usr
- The Automounter
- The automounter is a method of mounting NFS shares “on demand”.
- Sudo and Root
- There is no
- NFS Shares
- NFS mount points are listed in /etc/dfs/dfstab.
- Process Monitoring
- No top in Solaris, but instead there is prstat.
- Package Management
- “.pkg” files for packages and pkg-get in place of apt-get.
- Managing Services
- Equivalent of RC scripts and ways to start/stop/restart services
- Disk Management
- Volume management, Mount points, Formatting disks etc
A fantastic piece, expecially for those just trying the latest OpenSolaris release…
Ben Rockwood is one of the people in the OpenSolaris community who I have a lot of respect for
Looking at the directory and utility filenames, you can clearly see the old mechanical teletype origins of BSD systems. Back then, pressing each key required quite a bit of physical effort, which is why the commands and directory names were so short. The shell back then obviously didn’t have auto-completion like modern shells do today.
And this silly legacy lives on, confusing all new users with arcane syntax.