C H A P T E R  2

New SunVTS Features

This chapter describes new features and user interface enhancements that are developed in Patch Set releases of SunVTS software.

Schedule Manager

This section describes how to use the Schedule Manager, which is a new feature introduced in SunVTS 5.1 Patch Set 2 (PS2). The Schedule Manager is configured for use with the SunVTS Common Desktop Environment (CDE) graphical user interface. For details on how to start this interface, refer to the SunVTS 5.1 User's Guide.

The Schedule Manager allows you to create schedules to perform tests at a specific time, periodically, at intervals, or on kernel idle. You can configure schedules to perform tests with standard options or an option file. If errors occur when running a schedule, the Schedule Manager indicates the cause.

The Schedule Manager allows you to configure a schedule to switch from one test mode to another at a specific time. Additionally, you can specify the duration to run the schedule or specify unlimited, the default is one hour.

Schedules can be performed in the standard SunVTS kernel state. If the SunVTS kernel is not running, the Schedule Manager can invoke a SunVTS kernel session at a scheduled time. With the Schedule Manager you can also force a start of a schedule and stop the currently running schedule at a specified time.

Configuring Schedules

The Schedule Manager allows you to create, edit, and delete schedules. Creating a new schedule requires selecting standard options or an option file. You must save schedules with a unique name. If you try to save a new schedule or modify an existing one with a name already in use, the Schedule Manager will prompt you before overwriting. You can also view the details of all of the schedules in the CDE user interface.

Configuring Schedules With the SunVTS CDE User Interface

From the main SunVTS Diagnostic window, select Schedulerright arrowSchedule Managerright arrowCreate Schedule to bring up the Schedule Manager dialog box for creating, editing, or deleting schedules. You can also remove all currently running schedules by selecting Schedulerright arrowSchedule Managerright arrowClean All from the main window. The main SunVTS Diagnostic window indicates the currently running schedule.

To reach the Schedule Manager dialog box below, select Schedulerright arrowSchedule Managerright arrowCreate Schedule from the main SunVTS Diagnostic window. A list of the existing schedules and the standard options are displayed.

FIGURE 2-1 Schedule Manager Dialog Box

Screenshot of env6test Test Parameter Options dialog box.

The following table describes the options listed in the Schedule Manager dialog box:

TABLE 2-1 Schedule Manager Options

CDE Inerface Options


Schedule Name

Allows you to enter the name for which the current schedule will be saved. Also allows you to select and bring up existing schedules for editing from the drop-down menu.


Creates a new schedule with the default options.


Deletes the selected schedule that is registered with the kernel.

Start Time

Allows you to specify the time for a schedule to start.


Allows you to specify the duration to run the schedule. The default is one hour.


Allows you to run the schedule periodically and select what days of the week you want to run the schedule. You can also select All Days.


Allows you to specify a date that you want the schedule to start.

Test Mode or Option File

Selecting Test Mode allows you to specify which SunVTS test mode you want to use in the drop-down menu. Selecting Option File allows you to select an option file from the drop-down menu.


Saves and registers the schedule to the kernel and crontab.

Clean All

This option can be selected from the main SunVTS Diagnostic window. This option removes all running schedules at the specified time.

To bring up an existing schedule for viewing or editing, select a schedule in the Schedule Name drop-down menu, or enter the name of a schedule in the field.