You can often identify the cause of an error message by examining the documentation for the command that caused it. If you do not already know which command caused the error, check the text of the error message, which often contains the name of the command. Also, if the error message contains a seven-digit (or eight-digit) number, the Messages Index should list the commands that could call that error message or that would be useful in solving it.
Check the command documentation in the following ways for possible error message causes:
Use the syntax diagram or the usage statement of the command to check whether the command is entered properly. (See "Commands Overview" in AIX Version 4.3 Commands Reference for how to read syntax diagrams.)
If you cannot find the solution to your problem in the command documentation, return to "Recovering from Software Errors."