C H A P T E R  5

Using the SunVTS TTY User Interface

This chapter describes how to run a test session using the SunVTS TTY UI. The procedures are written in a step-by-step form so you can use them to become familiar with SunVTS using the SunVTS TTY UI. This chapter is divided into the following sections:

Note - This chapter assumes that you have already performed the following procedures:
bullet Installed SunVTS as described in Installing and Removing SunVTS
bullet Started SunVTS as described in Starting SunVTS
bullet Prepared your system for testing as described in Preparing Devices for Testing

See Appendix A for descriptions of each SunVTS window and dialog box.

5.1 Getting Started With the SunVTS TTY UI

This section describes how to use the fundamental features of the SunVTS TTY UI to perform diagnostic testing on a system. For information about using more advanced features, see Using Additional Features With the SunVTS TTY UI.

5.1.1 The SunVTS TTY UI Main Window and Keyboard Commands

The SunVTS TTY UI is an ASCII based, screen-oriented interface that does not require a graphical window environment. Most of the control and monitoring options that are available in the SunVTS graphical interfaces are also available in the TTY interface.

You can use the TTY interface to run SunVTS from a serial terminal, or through a graphical window tool such as a shell tool, command tool, or CDE terminal window.

The procedures in this section explain how to use the TTY main window:

FIGURE 5-1 SunVTS TTY Main Window

Screenshot of the SunVTS TTY main window with callouts highlighting the Test_Groups panel, Control panel, Status panel, and Message panel.
TABLE 5-1 SunVTS TTY Main Window

Window Item


Control panel

Provides access to SunVTS controls.

Test_Groups panel

shows the testable devices (categorized in groups) and provides access to their test options.

Status panel

Displays SunVTS test status information.

Message console panel

The area where test messages are displayed. No user input is accepted in this panel. You can use up and down arrow keys to scroll through the messages in this panel.

5.2 Navigating the SunVTS TTY UI

Use keyboard commands instead of mouse and pointer action to control SunVTS in the TTY UI. The following table lists the keyboard commands and explains how to use them.

TABLE 5-2 TTY Keyboard Commands


Description of Action


Moves you from one panel to another.

For example, if you are working in the Control panel and press the Tab key, the focus (or highlight) shifts to the Status panel. Highlighted panels are bordered by asterisks (*).

Arrow keys

Moves between selections within a panel


  • Displays a menu

  • Selects and applies a choice or a command in a menu


Selects or deselects a checkbox:

  • [*]= selected

  • [ ]= deselected

Backspace key

Deletes text in a text field


Discards a pop-up menu or window


Scrolls forward in a scrollable window


Scrolls backward in a scrollable window


Quits the TTY user interface but leaves the SunVTS kernel running


Refreshes the TTY window

procedure icon  To Configure SunVTS for a Test Session

1. Identify the current state of SunVTS in the Status panel.

FIGURE 5-2 Status Panel (TTY)

Screenshot of the SunVTS TTY status panel with the Status_View option highlighted.