ChorusOS 4.0 Network Administration Guide


The ChorusOS 4.0 Network Administration Guide describes what you need to know to perform network administration tasks on ChorusOSTM systems.

The ChorusOS 4.0 Network Administration Guide does not describe network programming with ChorusOS 4.0.

Who Should Use This Guide

This document is written for both users and system administrators of the ChorusOS 4.0 product.

Before You Read This Guide

You must be familiar with the concepts explained in the ChorusOS 4.0 Introduction.

You must also have an operational ChorusOS 4.0 system including at least a target and a host. See the ChorusOS 4.0 Installation Guide for Solaris Hosts or the ChorusOS 4.0 Installation Guide for Windows NT Hosts for details about installing the ChorusOS 4.0 product.

How This Guide Is Organized

Chapter 1, Introduction explains where network administration fits into overall ChorusOS system administration.

Chapter 2, Network Components describes the network components provided in the ChorusOS 4.0 product.

Chapter 3, Setting Up Ethernet shows you how to set up Ethernet on a ChorusOS system.

Chapter 4, Setting Up PPP shows you how to set up PPP on a ChorusOS system.

Chapter 5, Setting Up SLIP shows you how to set up SLIP on a ChorusOS system.

Chapter 6, Network Administration Commands describes the network administration commands available in the ChorusOS 4.0 product.

Chapter 7, Network Adminstration Daemons and Related Commands describes the network administration daemons provided in the ChorusOS 4.0 product.

Appendix A, Configuring a Portmaster explains how to configure a portmaster for use with ChorusOS systems.

Appendix B, System Image Configuration Summary summarizes how to configure a ChorusOS system image to support networking.

Related Reading

The ChorusOS 4.0 Introduction presents the features and components of ChorusOS systems. It explains how to use the ChorusOS 4.0 product and how to create an application that runs on a ChorusOS system.

The ChorusOS 4.0 File System Administration Guide describes how to use the file systems supported by the ChorusOS 4.0 product, including NFS.

The Design and Implemenation of the 4.4 BSD Operating System by Marshall Kirk McKusick and others, and TCP/IP Illustrated by Gary R. Wright and W. Richard Stevens, also provide further information concerning topics discussed in this document.

The TCP/IP and Data Communications Administration Guide in the Solaris 7 System Administrator Collection explains how to set up, maintain, and expand a network using the SolarisTM implementation of the TCP/IP protocol suite.

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Typographical Conventions

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

Table P-1 Typographical 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 outputmachine_name% su Password:


 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

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