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AIX Version 4.3 Network Installation Management Guide and Reference

Viewing Installation, Configuration, and Boot Logs

After installing a standalone machine, use the showlog operation to check the installation results by viewing the installation, boot, and configuration logs. One of several log types can be viewed by specifying one of the following as the value of the log_type attribute to the showlog operation:

devinst Output from the installation of key system and device-driver software
niminst Output from the installation of user-specified software (including installation of NIM client software during a bos_inst operation)
bosinst Output from the BOS installation program
boot The machine's boot log
lppchk A log of the output from the lppchk operation executed on a standalone NIM client
script Output from any configuration script resources allocated for a bos_inst operation
nimerr Errors encountered during execution of the nim command.

By default, the showlog operation applied to a standalone machine displays the niminst log and shows the output logged when software was last installed on the machine using NIM. The last entry is also shown by default for the script and lppchk logs. The entire contents of the niminst, script, and lppchk logs can be displayed by assigning the full_log attribute a value of yes when executing the showlog operation. The entire log is shown for all other log types.

From Web-based System Manager

  1. From the NIM container, select a target machine (master, standalone, diskless, or dataless), or in the NIM Resources container, select a target SPOT.
  2. From the Selected menu, select Troubleshooting > Show NIM Logs.
  3. Use the dialog to select the log you want to examine.


  1. Enter the smit nim_mac_op fast path to view a machine's log, or enter smit nim_res_op to view a SPOT's log.
  2. Select the object name of the machine or SPOT whose log you want to view.
  3. Select showlog from the list of operations.
  4. Select the log type to be viewed.
  5. Specify if the full log should be viewed (only applicable to script, lppchk, and niminst logs).

From the Command Line

To view a log on a standalone machine or SPOT, enter:

nim -o showlog -a LogType=value ObjectName

where LogType represents the log you want to view, and ObjectName is the name of the machine or SPOT whose log will be viewed.

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