SunVTStrademark is the Sun Microsystemstrademark Validation Test Suite. SunVTS is a comprehensive software diagnostic package that tests and validates Sun SPARC and x86 hardware by verifying the configuration and functionality of controllers, devices, and platforms.

SunVTS is primarily used from a graphical user interface (GUI). This book describes SunVTS tests that run on machines with SPARC® and x86 architectures. The descriptions include specific test options, procedures, and error messages.

This book is primarily written as a reference for SunVTS test specific information. Refer to the SunVTS User's Guide for overall SunVTS information.
Developers or experienced users who want to run the SunVTS diagnostic application will find these documents useful.

Note - The Solaris release with which this version of SunVTS is delivered 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 the term x86 refers to 64-bit and 32-bit systems manufactured using processors compatible with the AMD64 or Intel Xeon/Pentium product families. For supported systems, see the Solaris 10 Hardware Compatibility List.

Before You Read This Book

To fully use the information in this document, you must have thorough knowledge of the topics discussed in these books:

How This Book Is Organized

This book is organized as follows:

Chapter 1 describes SunVTS requirements, test modes, user interfaces, the collection of tests, and how to run a test from the command line.

The remaining chapters describe the individual SunVTS tests, their options, applicable test modes, and command-line syntax. These chapters are arranged in alphabetical order according to each test name.

Appendix A provides information about the serial and parallel port loopback connectors that are required by some of the SunVTS tests.

Using UNIX Commands

This document might not contain information on basic UNIX® commands and procedures such as shutting down the system, booting the system, and configuring devices.

Refer to one or more of the following for this information:

Shell Prompts



C shell


C shell superuser


Bourne shell and Korn shell


Bourne shell and Korn shell superuser


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.
% You have mail.


What you type, when contrasted with on-screen computer output

% su


Book titles, new words or terms, words to be emphasized. Replace command-line variables with real names or values.

Read Chapter 6 in the User's Guide.
These are called class options.
To delete a file, type rm filename.

Related Documentation

This manual covers SunVTS tests. It serves as a reference companion to the SunVTS documents listed below.



Part Number

Installation and Navigation

SunVTS 6.2 User's Guide


Quick Reference Card

SunVTS Quick Reference Card


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