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1.  Introduction to the Oracle Solaris Developer Documentation


Introduction to the Oracle Solaris Developer Documentation is a starting point for those developers who have not previously worked in the Oracle Solaris Operating System (Oracle Solaris OS). Seasoned Oracle Solaris developers who might not be aware of the various information resources can benefit from this guide as well. The purpose of the book is to help developers take advantage of the numerous interfaces, frameworks, and tools for the Oracle Solaris OS. The book provides an overview of the Oracle Solaris OS development environment, abstracts of key manuals for Oracle Solaris developers, and links to sources of detailed information.

Note - This Solaris release supports systems that use the SPARC and x86 families of processor architectures: UltraSPARC, SPARC64, AMD64, Pentium, and Xeon EM64T. The supported systems appear in the Solaris 10 Hardware Compatibility List at This document cites any implementation differences between the platform types.

In this document these x86 related terms mean the following:

For supported systems, see the Solaris 10 Hardware Compatibility List.

Who Should Use This Book

This book is suggested for any developer who needs to learn more about the Oracle Solaris development environment. The book provides links for many information resources for learning about and developing on the Oracle Solaris OS.

How This Book Is Organized

This single-chapter manual consists of the following major sections:

Documentation, Support, and Training

See the following web sites for additional resources:

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Typographic Conventions

The following table describes the typographic conventions that are used in this book.

Table P-1 Typographic Conventions

The names of commands, files, and directories, and onscreen computer output
Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.

What you type, contrasted with onscreen computer output
machine_name% su


Placeholder: replace with a real name or value
The command to remove a file is rm filename.
Book titles, new terms, and terms to be emphasized
Read Chapter 6 in the User's Guide.

A cache is a copy that is stored locally.

Do not save the file.

Note: Some emphasized items appear bold online.

Shell Prompts in Command Examples

The following table shows the default UNIX system prompt and superuser prompt for shells that are included in the Oracle Solaris OS. Note that the default system prompt that is displayed in command examples varies, depending on the Oracle Solaris release.

Table P-2 Shell Prompts

Bash shell, Korn shell, and Bourne shell
Bash shell, Korn shell, and Bourne shell for superuser
C shell
C shell for superuser