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Part I Network Services Topics

1.  Network Service (Overview)

Topics for the Oracle Solaris 10 Update 10 Release

Perl 5

Accessing Perl Documentation

Perl Compatibility Issues

Changes to the Solaris Version of Perl

2.  Managing Web Cache Servers

3.  Time-Related Services

Part II Accessing Network File Systems Topics

4.  Managing Network File Systems (Overview)

5.  Network File System Administration (Tasks)

6.  Accessing Network File Systems (Reference)

Part III SLP Topics

7.  SLP (Overview)

8.  Planning and Enabling SLP (Tasks)

9.  Administering SLP (Tasks)

10.  Incorporating Legacy Services

11.  SLP (Reference)

Part IV Mail Services Topics

12.  Mail Services (Overview)

13.  Mail Services (Tasks)

14.  Mail Services (Reference)

Part V Serial Networking Topics

15.  Solaris PPP 4.0 (Overview)

16.  Planning for the PPP Link (Tasks)

17.  Setting Up a Dial-up PPP Link (Tasks)

18.  Setting Up a Leased-Line PPP Link (Tasks)

19.  Setting Up PPP Authentication (Tasks)

20.  Setting Up a PPPoE Tunnel (Tasks)

21.  Fixing Common PPP Problems (Tasks)

22.  Solaris PPP 4.0 (Reference)

23.  Migrating From Asynchronous Solaris PPP to Solaris PPP 4.0 (Tasks)

24.  UUCP (Overview)

25.  Administering UUCP (Tasks)

26.  UUCP (Reference)

Part VI Working With Remote Systems Topics

27.  Working With Remote Systems (Overview)

28.  Administering the FTP Server (Tasks)

29.  Accessing Remote Systems (Tasks)

Part VII Monitoring Network Services Topics

30.  Monitoring Network Performance (Tasks)



Perl 5

This Solaris release includes Practical Extraction and Report Language (Perl) 5.8.4, a powerful general-purpose programming language that is generally available as free software. Perl has emerged as the standard development tool for complex system administration task because of its excellent process, file, and text manipulation features.

Perl 5 includes a dynamically loadable module framework, which allows the addition of new capabilities for specific tasks. Many modules are freely available from the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN) at If you wish to build and install add-on modules from CPAN using gcc, you can do so using the /usr/perl5/5.8.4/bin/perlgcc script. See the perlgcc(1) man page for details.

Accessing Perl Documentation

Several sources of information about Perl are included in this Solaris release. The same information is available by using these two mechanisms.

You can access the man pages by adding /usr/perl5/man to your MANPATH environment variable. This example displays the Perl overview.

% setenv MANPATH ${MANPATH}:/usr/perl5/man
% man perl

You can access additional documentation by using the perldoc utility. This example displays the same overview information.

% /usr/perl5/bin/perldoc perl

The perl overview page lists of all the documentation that is included with the release.

Perl Compatibility Issues

In general, the 5.8.4 version of Perl is compatible with the previous version. Scripts do not have to be rebuilt or recompiled to function. However, any XSUB-based (.xs) modules require recompilation and reinstallation.

Changes to the Solaris Version of Perl

The Solaris version of Perl was compiled to include system malloc, 64-bit integer and large file support. In addition, appropriate patches have been applied. For a full list of all configuration information, review the results from this command.

% /usr/perl5/bin/perlbug -dv
Site configuration information for perl v5.8.4:

You can generate a shorter list by using perl -V.