Solstice DiskSuite 4.2.1 Reference Guide


SolsticeTM DiskSuiteTM 4.2.1 is a software product that manages data and disk drives.

DiskSuite runs on all SPARCTMsystems running SolarisTM 8 and on all x86 systems running Solaris 8.

DiskSuite's diskset feature is supported only on the SPARC platform edition of Solaris. This feature is not supported on x86 systems.

Caution - Caution -

If you do not use DiskSuite correctly, you can destroy data. As a minimum safety precaution, make sure you have a current backup of your data before using DiskSuite.

Who Should Use This Book

This book targets system administrators and others who manage disk storage.

How This Book Is Organized

This manual is organized as follows:

Chapter 1, Introduction to DiskSuite gives an overview of DiskSuite and various DiskSuite objects, such as metadevices.

Chapter 2, Metadevices gives an overview of DiskSuite metadevices.

Chapter 3, Hot Spare Pools describes DiskSuite hot spares and hot spare pools.

Chapter 4, DiskSuite Tool describes the DiskSuite graphical user interface.

Chapter 5, Disksets describes shared disksets.

Chapter 6, The and Files describes how to use various DiskSuite files to perform specific functions.

Chapter 7, Configuration Guidelines provides configuration and planning information for using DiskSuite.

Appendix A, DiskSuite Error Messages describes DiskSuite Tool's error, status, and log messages, and the command line error and log messages.

Appendix B, Upgrading to Other Solaris Versions describes how to upgrade to later versions of Solaris while using DiskSuite metadevices.

Glossary provides definitions of DiskSuite terminology.

Ordering Sun Documents

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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

Related Books

Sun documentation related to DiskSuite and disk maintenance and configuration includes:

What Typographic Changes Mean

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 


C shell superuser prompt 


Bourne shell and Korn shell prompt 


Bourne shell and Korn shell superuser prompt