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AIX Version 4.3 System Management Guide: Operating System and Devices

About This Book

This book contains information for understanding and performing tasks that are integral to your day-to-day life as a system administrator. The book discusses the tools AIX provides for system management and devotes chapters to the major tasks and topics you encounter as a system administrator.

Note: The information in this book can also be found on the AIX Version 4.3 Base Documentation CD. This online documentation is designed for use with an HTML version 3.2 compatible web browser.

Who Should Use This Book

This book is intended for persons performing system management on the computer and operating system. Readers of this book are expected to know basic operating system commands.

This book assumes you are familiar with the information and concepts presented in the following publications:

How to Use This Book

Since your time is in demand, this book is organized to help you quickly find the information you need. The tasks of each chapter are arranged in the following order:

Overview of Contents

This book contains the following chapters and appendixes:


The following highlighting conventions are used in this book:

Bold Identifies commands, subroutines, keywords, files, structures, directories, and other items whose names are predefined by the system. Also identifies graphical objects such as buttons, labels, and icons that the user selects.
Italics Identifies parameters whose actual names or values are to be supplied by the user.
Monospace Identifies examples of specific data values, examples of text similar to what you might see displayed, examples of portions of program code similar to what you might write as a programmer, messages from the system, or information you should actually type.

ISO 9000

ISO 9000 registered quality systems were used in the development and manufacturing of this product.

Other Key Sources of System Management Information

Publications Covering Other Aspects of System Management

In today's computing environment, it is impossible to create a single book that addresses all the needs and concerns of a system administrator. While this guide cannot address everything, we have tried to structure the rest of our library so that a few key books can provide you with direction on each major aspect of your job.

The following books cover other key topics of interest to you:

AIX Support for the X/Open UNIX95 Specification

Beginning with AIX Version 4.2, the operating system is designed to support the X/Open UNIX95 Specification for portability of UNIX-based operating systems. Many new interfaces, and some current ones, have been added or enhanced to meet this specification. Beginning with Version 4.2, AIX is even more open and portable for applications.

At the same time, compatibility with previous AIX releases is preserved. This is accomplished by the creation of a new environment variable, which can be used to set the system environment on a per-system, per-user, or per-process basis.

To determine the proper way to develop a UNIX95-portable application, you may need to refer to the X/Open UNIX95 Specification, which can be obtained on a CD-ROM by ordering the printed copy of AIX Version 4.3 Commands Reference, order number SBOF-1877, or by ordering Go Solo: How to Implement and Go Solo with the Single Unix Specification, order number SR28-5705, a book which includes the X/Open UNIX95 Specification on a CD-ROM.

Reference Information

The following publications contain information on the commands and files used in the operating system.

The following books contain other information you may find useful in day-to-day managing:

Ordering Publications

You can order publications from your sales representative or from your point of sale.

To order additional copies of this book, use order number SC23-4126.

Use AIX and Related Products Documentation Overview for information on related publications and how to obtain them.

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