allows multiple subcommands to be run while preserving environment settings and remaining in the asadmin utility


multimode [--help] [--file filename] 
[--printprompt={true|false}] [--encoding encode]


The multimode subcommand processes asadmin subcommands sequentially in a single session. The command-line interface prompts for a subcommand, runs that subcommand, displays the results of that subcommand, and then prompts for the next subcommand. All the asadmin options set in multimode apply to subsequent commands until the multimode session is exited. You exit multimode by typing exit, quit, or Ctrl-D.

You can use the export subcommand to set your environment, or use the unset subcommand to remove environment variables from the multimode environment. You can also provide subcommands by passing a previously prepared list of subcommands from a file or standard input (pipe).

You can invoke multimode from within a multimode session. When you exit the second multimode environment, you return to your original multimode environment.

All the remote asadmin utility options can be supplied when invoking the multimode subcommand. The settings will apply as defaults for all subcommands that are run within the multimode session. For a list of the asadmin utility options, see the asadmin(1M) help page.



Displays the help text for the subcommand.


Reads the subcommands in the specified file.


Controls printing of the asadmin prompt. By default, this option is set to the same value as the --interactive asadmin utility option. Normally you will not need to specify this option. Default is true.


Specifies the character set for the file to be decoded. By default, the system character set is used.


Example 1   Starting a Multimode Session

This example starts a multimode session where: % is the system prompt.

% asadmin multimode

You can also start a multimode session by typing asadmin without options or subcommands at the system prompt.

Example 2   Running Multiple Commands From a File

This example runs a sequence of subcommands from the commands_file.txt file.

% asadmin multimode --file commands_file.txt

Exit Status


subcommand executed successfully


error in executing the subcommand

See Also

export(1), unset(1)