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AIX Version 4.3 Messages Guide and Reference
Chapter 1. Messages Guide and Reference Overview
This section discusses the different types of error messages
and the organization of recovery information for each type.
This guide contains information about the two types of numbered
error messages: three-digit messages displayed on the system operator panel, and seven-digit
software messages displayed at the AIX command line.
Your system is shipped with approximately 25,000 seven-digit
software messages. Detailed recovery procedures are listed for only a small percentage of these
messages. If you find that there is no detailed recovery information available for a specific message,
check the general recovery procedures in Chapter 3,
"Recovering from Software Errors"or the brief summary
information provided for all known seven-digit messages in the
Error Messages Index
Installation messages are documented in the AIX Installation Guide.
Other messages may be included in the documentation for specific licensed programs, such as
- AIX contains a small number of eight-digit messages, which
are treated as seven-digit messages in this guide.
- For some messages, the procedures for recovery require you to have
root authority or to be logged in as the root user. If you do not have root authority, contact
your system administrator.
Types of Messages
There are three types of messages:
- Informational messages with no number. These messages are usually
self-explanatory messages or prompts that are generated by the operating system. These messages are
not included in this document.
- Error messages with seven-digit or eight-digit numbers, displayed
at the command line or in a pop-up window. These messages usually consist of a seven-digit number
and a line of text explaining the error. Often, the error message also includes the name of the
command that resulted in the error. These messages warn of problems such as insufficient
permissions, lack of memory, or incorrectly entered flags.
- Three-digit messages displayed on an LED panel on the server or
system unit. These messages are caused by hardware problems or software problems. The messages
consist only of numbers or number-letter combinations, and may be either steady or flashing.
These messages warn of system problems, conditions such as booting status, or configuration
problems. Most of the three-digit messages are progress indicators that are only briefly
This guide includes the following information to help you recover
from errors with numbered messages:
- "Seven-Digit Message
Recovery" provides detailed recovery articles for
seven-digit error messages that receive the most calls for support. These articles list known
problems that cause the error, and recovery procedures for each known problem.
Message Index provides brief information on all known AIX seven-digit error messages.
This information includes the name of the command that probably generated the error message, and
any related commands or articles that might help you solve your problem. If there is a detailed
error recovery article for the message, the Message Index article refers you to the article.
"Error Message Acronyms" in Appendix A defines the
acronyms used in this book.
If you have system problems that do not involve numbered error messages, see the "Symptom Index" in the AIX Version 4.3 Problem Solving Guide and Reference. The AIX Version 4.3 Problem Solving Guide and Reference contains information on solving problems with inactive systems, terminals, system clocks, devices, media, networks, printers, and AIX installation and maintenance. It also discusses hardware diagnostics, the Error Logging Facility, the Trace Facility, and the System Dump Facility.
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