USB Administration Guide


The USB Administration Guide provides an overview of managing USB devices on systems that run the Solaris release.

Note –

The Solaris operating environment runs on two types of hardware, or platforms: SPARCTM and IA (Intel Architecture). The Solaris operating environment also runs on both 64-bit and 32-bit address spaces. The information in this document pertains to both platforms and address spaces unless called out in a special chapter, section, note, bullet, figure, table, example, or code example.

Who Should Use This Book

This book is intended for Solaris system administrators or developers who are responsible for connecting USB devices to systems that run the Solaris release.

How This Book Is Organized

This book consists of the following chapters:

Chapter 1, USB Devices (Overview) provides an overview of managing USB devices in the Solaris environment.

Chapter 2, USB Devices (Tasks) provides step-by-step instructions for managing USB devices in the Solaris environment.

Related Books

See the following books for additional information on manging devices and printers in the Solaris environment.

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Typographic Conventions

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