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Related Books

The Solaris operating environment documentation set provides access to a number of books about the Solaris software. These books are organized into the following related sets:

  • Solaris 9 System Administrator Collection

    This set offers detailed installation and system administration information for a variety of system configurations, including larger networks of Sun workstations.

  • Solaris 9 Software Developer Collection

    This set gives software developers the information they need to write, debug, and maintain programs on the system.

  • Solaris 9 Reference Manual Collection

    This set contains a description of every SunOS command. This collection, often referred to as man pages, can optionally be installed as online documentation.

  • Solaris 9 User Collection

    This set offers a detailed description of various aspects of the Solaris operating environment. These aspects include:

    • How to use SunOS™ commands

    • How to work with window environments

    • How to customize your work environment

    • How to write shell scripts

    • How to use email

    • How to work on the network

Accessing Sun Documentation Online

The docs.sun.comSM Web site enables you to access Sun technical documentation online. You can browse the archive or search for a specific book title or subject. The URL is

Typographic Conventions

The following table describes the typographic changes used in this book.

Table P-1 Typographic Conventions

Typeface or Symbol




The names of commands, files, and directories; on-screen computer output 

Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.


What you type, contrasted with on-screen computer output 

machine_name% su



Command-line placeholder: replace with a real name or value 

To delete a file, type rm filename.


Book titles, new words, or terms, or words to be emphasized.

Read Chapter 6 in User's Guide.

These are called class options.

You must be root to do this.

Shell Prompts in Command Examples

The following table shows the default system prompt and superuser prompt for the C shell, Bourne shell, and Korn shell.

Table P-2 Shell Prompts



C shell prompt machine_name%
C shell superuser prompt machine_name#
Bourne shell and Korn shell prompt $
Bourne shell and Korn shell superuser prompt #
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