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Commands Reference, Volume 3

inurid Command


Removes information used for installation of diskless/dataless clients from the inst_root directories of installed software.


inurid [ -q | -r ]


The inurid command is used to remove files stored in the inst_root directories of installed software. The names of these directories are of the forms: /usr/lpp/PackageName/inst_root for software products, /usr/lpp/PackageName/inst_FiXID/inst_root for Version 3.2 updates and /usr/lpp/PackageName/OptionName/v.r.m.f/inst_root for AIX Version 4 updates.

When this command is called, the inst_root directories are removed for all products and updates in the committed state. Also, an indicator is stored in the Software Vital Product Data indicating that the proper inst_root directory information is to be removed after the completion of each future installation action, for example, actions performed by the installp command.

Attention: One reason a user may want to remove inst_root directories is to save disk space. The implication of removing these directories is that the system cannot be used as a Shared Product Object Tree (SPOT) server of diskless/dataless clients. Also, once inst_root directories are removed from a system, there is no way to retrieve the directories. Therefore, the system cannot later be converted to a SPOT server without reinstalling the entire operating system.


-q Queries whether inst_root directories have been removed from the system. A return value of 0 indicates that inst_root directories have not been removed and a return value of 1 indicates that the inst_root directories have been removed.
-r Requests inst_root directories be removed from the system.


Privilege Control: You must be the root user to run this command.


/usr/lib/instl/inurid Contains the inurid command.

Related Information

The installp command.

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