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Installation Guide and Reference

About This Book

This book provides system administrators with complete information about how to perform such tasks as installing and maintaining the AIX operating system and optional software on standalone systems and on client systems from a resource server using the Network Install Management (NIM) interface. It also includes information on how to migrate a system, manage system backups, install AIX updates, use alternate disk installation, and troubleshoot problems with installation. This publication is available on the documentation CD that is shipped with the operating system.

Beginning with the AIX 5.2 documentation library, all information regarding AIX system security, or any security-related topic, has moved. For all security-related information, see the AIX 5L Version 5.2 Security Guide.

Who Should Use This Book

This book is intended for system administrators who are installing AIX 5.2 on standalone systems or networked systems.


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.

Case-Sensitivity in AIX

Everything in the AIX operating system is case-sensitive, which means that it distinguishes between uppercase and lowercase letters. For example, you can use the ls command to list files. If you type LS, the system responds that the command is "not found." Likewise, FILEA, FiLea, and filea are three distinct file names, even if they reside in the same directory. To avoid causing undesirable actions to be performed, always ensure that you use the correct case.

ISO 9000

ISO 9000 registered quality systems were used in the development and manufacturing of this product.

Related Publications

The following publications contain additional information related to the installation and management of AIX 5.2:

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