Solaris 8 (SPARC Platform Edition) 2/04 Release Notes


The SolarisTM 8 (SPARC® Platform Edition) 2/04 Release Notes contains installation problem details and other information that were not available until immediately before the release of the Solaris 8 2/04 operating environment.

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The information in this document pertains to the SPARC platform. This information also pertains to both the 64–bit and 32–bit address spaces unless specified in a special chapter, section, note, bulleted item, figure, table, example, or code example.

Who Should Use This Book

These notes are for users and system administrators who are installing and using the Solaris 8 2/04 operating environment.

The Solaris 8 2/04 release notes are available:

Related Books

You might need to refer to the following manuals when installing Solaris software:

For information on current CERT advisories, see the official CERT web site at

Solaris documentation is available on the Solaris 8 2/04 Documentation CD that is included with this product.

For some hardware configurations, you might need supplemental hardware-specific instructions for installing the Solaris operating environment. If your system requires hardware-specific actions at certain points, the manufacturer of your hardware has provided supplemental Solaris installation documentation. Refer to those materials for hardware-specific installation instructions.

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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#