A port monitor must be able to restrict access to the system without
disturbing services that are still running. In order to do so, a port monitor
must maintain two internal states: enabled and disabled. The port monitor
starts in the state indicated by the
ISTATE environment variable provided by the SAC. See SAC/Port Monitor Interface.
Enabling or disabling a port monitor affects all ports for which the port monitor is responsible. If a port monitor is responsible for a single port, only that port is affected. If a port monitor is responsible for multiple ports, the entire collection of ports is affected.
Enabling or disabling a port monitor is a dynamic operation. It causes the port monitor to change its internal state. The effect does not persist across new invocations of the port monitor.
Enabling or disabling an individual port is a static operation. It causes a change to an administrative file. The effect of this change persists across new invocations of the port monitor.