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Old 06-07-2004, 08:46 AM   #1
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Question a few solaris questions

I am some what new to solaris but familiar with other *nix and I am having trouble finding as much documentation as with Freebsd or Linux,I have tryed google and still have several questions about this OS so i can decided whether to use and learn Solaris9 or to just use Freebsd for my needs.

I am using a SPARC20 preloaded with solaris 9 and 128MB ram, which i got off ebay a few months ago, here are some of my questions. . .
How can I permanently set the ip-address ? what files can i edit so the ip-address stays the same even after i reboot.
What type of compressed files should I get sources in? tar/bzip ect.
How can I run solaris9 without the gui ?
Where can i find good solaris guides or documentation ?

Thanks seejay
Old 06-07-2004, 09:09 AM   #2
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I only know Solaris 8, but these links can help you:

I prefer binaries from

Without the gui: Telnet or by serial/RS232.
Old 06-07-2004, 09:19 AM   #3
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If you do the sys-unconfig command All network settings will be remmoved and it will ask you for the correct ones chose static IP and so on Hope everything works out

Old 06-07-2004, 10:03 AM   #4
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The problem about running sys-unconfig, is you need to ensure you have all the details written down first.With this done its probably the best way round the problem if your new to solaris and want a quick fix. However you can fix it by hand with just a few simple config files.
The file you'll need to edit are :


put the subnet mask in the netmasks file.
create the /etc/hostname.{interface name} (see ifconfig -a) and put a hostname in it.
edit /etc/hosts put the ip address of the interface and the hostname you used above.

it should be that simple, don't forget to look at /etc/resolv.conf as well if you want some sort of DNS resolution.
Old 06-14-2004, 06:42 AM   #5
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You shoul modify, too, the /etc/net/tic???/hosts.


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