Sun Cluster Error Messages Guide for Solaris OS


The SunTM Cluster  Error Messages Guide contains a list of error messages that might be seen on the console or in syslog(3) files while running Sun Cluster software on both SPARCTM and x86 based systems. For most error messages, there is an explanation and a suggested solution.

Note –

In this document, the term “x86” refers to the Intel 32-bit family of microprocessor chips and compatible microprocessor chips made by AMD.

This document is intended for experienced system administrators with extensive knowledge of Sun software and hardware.

The instructions in this book assume knowledge of the SolarisTM operating environment and expertise with the volume manager software used with Sun Cluster software.

Note –

Sun Cluster software runs on two platforms, SPARC and x86. The information in this document pertains to both platforms unless otherwise specified in a special chapter, section, note, bulleted item, figure, table, or example.

Using UNIX Commands

This document contains information on error messages generated by Sun Cluster software. This document may not contain information on basic UNIX® commands 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

The following table describes the typographic changes that are used in this book.

Table P–1 Typographic Conventions

Typeface or Symbol 




The names of commands, files, and directories, and onscreen computer output 

Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.


What you type, contrasted with onscreen computer output 

machine_name% su



Command-line placeholder: replace with a real name or value 

The command to remove a file is rm filename.


Book titles, new terms, and terms to be emphasized 

Read Chapter 6 in the User's Guide.

Perform a patch analysis.

Do not save the file.

[Note that some emphasized items appear bold online.] 

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 


Related Documentation

Information about related Sun Cluster topics is available in the documentation that is listed in the following table. All Sun Cluster documentation is available at




Sun Cluster Overview for Solaris OS


Sun Cluster Concepts Guide for Solaris OS

Hardware installation and administration 

Sun Cluster 3.0-3.1 Hardware Administration Manual for Solaris OS

Individual hardware administration guides 

Software installation 

Sun Cluster Software Installation Guide for Solaris OS

Data service installation and administration 

Sun Cluster Data Services Planning and Administration Guide for Solaris OS

Individual data service guides 

Data service development 

Sun Cluster Data Services Developer’s Guide for Solaris OS

System administration 

Sun Cluster System Administration Guide for Solaris OS

Error messages 

Sun Cluster Error Messages Guide for Solaris OS

Command and function references 

Sun Cluster Reference Manual for Solaris OS

For a complete list of Sun Cluster documentation, see the release notes for your release of Sun Cluster software at

Documentation, Support, and Training

Sun Function 




Download PDF and HTML documents, and order printed documents 

Support and Training

Obtain technical support, download patches, and learn about Sun courses 

Getting Help

If you have problems installing or using Sun Cluster software, contact your service provider and provide the following information.

Use the following commands to gather information on your system for your service provider.



prtconf -v

Displays the size of the system memory and reports information about peripheral devices 

psrinfo -v

Displays information about processors 

showrev -p

Reports which patches are installed 

prtdiag -v

Displays system diagnostic information 

/usr/cluster/bin/scinstall -pv

Displays Sun Cluster release and package version information 

Also have available the contents of the /var/adm/messages file.