SunVTS 3.0 Test Reference Manual


SunVTS 3.0 is Sun's online Validation Test Suite. SunVTS is a comprehensive software diagnostic package that tests and validates Sun hardware by verifying the configuration and functionality of most hardware controllers, devices, and platforms.

SunVTS is primarily used from a graphical user interface (GUI), which may be either OPEN LOOK or Common Desktop Environment(TM) (CDE). This book describes SunVTS tests that run on machines with SPARC 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 3.0 User's Guide for overall SunVTS information. Developers or experienced users who want to run the SunVTS diagnostic application will find these documents useful.

Before You Read This Book

In order to make full use of the information in this document, you may need access to the following documents:

How This Book Is Organized

This book is organized as follows:

Chapter 1, Introduction 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, command line syntax, other applicable test modes, and error messages. These chapters are arranged in alphabetical order according to each test name.

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

Using UNIX Commands

This document does not contain information on basic UNIX\256 TMcommands and procedures such as shutting down the system, booting the system, and configuring devices.

See one or more of the following for this information:

Typographic Conventions

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.

% You have mail.


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

% su



Book titles, new words or terms, words to be emphasized. 

Command-line variable; replace with a real name or value. 

Read Chapter 6 in the User's Guide.

These are called class options.

You must be root to do this.

To delete a file, type rm filename.

Shell Prompts

Table P-2 Shell Prompts



C shell  


C shell superuser  


Bourne shell and Korn shell  


Bourne shell and Korn shell superuser  


Related Documentation

This manual covers SunVTS revision 3.0 tests. It serves as an updated reference companion to the SunVTS 3.0 manuals listed below.

Table P-3 Related Documentation


Part Number 

SunVTS 3.0 User's Guide


SunVTS 3.0 Quick Reference


Sun Documentation on the Web

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