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Installation Guide

About This Book

This book describes different ways to install AIX 5.1 of the operating system. This guide also describes how to use the applications available for configuring your system and installing additional software.

The information in this book can also be found on the documentation CD. This online documentation is designed for use with an HTML 3.2 web browser.

Who Should Use This Book

This Installation Guide is intended for customers installing AIX 5.1 on standalone systems. A standalone system is a machine that can boot (start up) by itself. It may or may not be on a network. If the machine is on a network, it does not need the assistance of a server to boot.

If you want to manage the installation and configuration of diskless, dataless, or standalone systems from a network installation server, refer to the AIX 5L Version 5.1 Network Installation Management Guide and Reference. Diskless and dataless systems cannot boot (start up) by themselves. They must use a remote server system to boot from the network. Diskless and dataless systems may have disk drives installed, but they do not boot from them.


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.

Viewing README Files

The Base Operating System (BOS) includes a README file that contains information not included in other documentation. Each software product may also have its own README file with new information specific to that product. After you install BOS, view these files to learn important changes before using your system.

Use the following procedure to view the README files for Base Operating System (BOS) software and optional software products:

  1. Log in as root user if you have not already done so.
  2. Enter the following command at the system prompt:

    cd /usr/lpp
  3. Type:

    ls */*README*

    The system lists README files for each software product installed on your system.

  4. To view a README file for a specific software product, use the following command:

    pg xxx/README

    In this example, xxx is the directory name associated with a particular software product.

    Press Enter when the copyright screen appears. Press the following keys or key combinations to scroll through the README file:

    To page down Press Enter key.
    To page up Type the minus (-) key, then press the Enter key.
    To move forward x pages Type the plus (+) key and number of pages, then press the Enter key.

    For example, to move forward five pages, type +5 and press the Enter key.

    To move backward x pages Type the minus (-) key and number of pages, then press the Enter key.

    For example, to move backward five pages, type -5 and press Enter.

    Type q at the : (colon) prompt to exit the README file.

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Related Publications

The following publications contain additional information related to the installation and management of AIX 5.1:


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