OpenWindows User's Guide

Logging In and Logging Out

Before you start, your system must be ready to use. Your system is ready to use when Solaris is fully installed, and the login prompt is on the screen. If Solaris is not installed, refer to the installation manual for your specific platform.

When you begin working on your system, you will need to log in. Logging in tells the system who you are and what you have permission to do. Likewise, when you finish, you will log out so that no one else can access your files without permission.

Logging In

Since more than one person can have an account on a single system, each user must log in using his or her own unique user name and password. Logging in indicates who is using the system and what files they can access.

To log in:

  1. Type your user name at the login prompt and press Return.

    The user name tells the system who you are. Your user name should have been defined during installation. For more information, refer to the installation manual for your specific platform. The Solaris operating environment recognizes the difference between uppercase and lowercase letters, so make sure you type the user name using the correct case.

    The login prompt usually consists of your machine name (assigned as the Hostname during the installation) followed by the word login:, as shown in the example in Table 1-1.

    Table 1-1 The login: prompt
    genius login: johndoe

  2. Type your password at the Password: prompt and press Return.

    You do not see the characters on the screen as you type your password, as shown in the example in Table 1-2.

    Table 1-2 The Password Prompt
    genius login: johndoe

    If you mistype the user name or password and have already pressed Return, the system asks you to start over with your user name. See the example in Table 1-3.

    Table 1-3 Log in again with your user name
    genius login: johndoe
    Login incorrect.

    After you type your password, OpenWindows launches automatically ( if a full installation was performed.)

    Note -

    If OpenWindows does not launch automatically (for example, you may have OpenWindows configured differently), you can start OpenWindows manually. If you are unsure, contact your system administrator.

  3. To start OpenWindows manually after you login, type openwin and press Return.

Logging Out

When you are done working on the system, you will need to log out. If you are sharing a system, this allows other people to log in to your computer under their own accounts.

To log out:

  1. You must exit OpenWindows to log out. Press the MENU button and select Exit.

    A Notice appears asking you to confirm that you want to exit from OpenWindows.

  2. SELECT Exit.

    Normally, when you exit OpenWindows, the system automatically logs you out. However, if it does not, go to Step 3.

  3. Type exit (or logout) and press Return.

    The login: prompt appears, as shown in the example in Table 1-4. Now another user can log in under their own account and use the system.

    Table 1-4 Type Exit to Log Out
    genius% johndoe
    genius login: