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tsunami

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Mourning the several thousand killed in the tsunami, this blog observes silence for a week

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27 Dec 2004 at 4:14 am

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Scott’s Xmas dream

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Here is a wonderful Christmas story
on theRegister


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23 Dec 2004 at 7:59 am

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CHIP says Openoffice is better than MS Office

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In its software review CHIP Magazine in India rates OpenOffice to be better than Microsoft Office.
OpenOffice is sleek, simple and very user friendly.

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22 Dec 2004 at 2:10 am

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If you are using Sunfreeware.com *top*!

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There is a security vulnerability in the top 3.5 packages from
Sunfreeware.com. Here top was unnecessarily installed with setuid root and a format string vulnerability was discovered in it.

Steven M. Christensen (of sunfreeware.com) in his blog says that the package has been now updated to 3.5.1 which fixes the hole.

BTW, most freeware binaries are also provided by Sun in packaged format on Solaris Companion CD.

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15 Dec 2004 at 9:55 am

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Changing background image in CDE

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Some one asked me how did I change the backdrop in CDE for one my previous posts on Solaris Screenshots.

Although most people would never get to see the backdrop if they are using any serious application, which would fill the screen, hiding the backdrop, most people I have seen do want to change the background picture anyway.

Changing a backdrop isn’t that intuitive, right click menu does not have a “Change Background..” option, so most users are stuck with dancing dolphins or some low color background on CDE. Some don’t even know that they can change the backdrop. In the old CDE days that was
one way to distinguish between people are either lazy, non-technical or
indifferent to colorful things in life and people who appreciate more neater
and beautiful things.

    To change a backdrop,

  1. you will need to convert your image to XPM format.
  2. (by use Gimp)

  3. then save the file in $HOME/.dt/backdrops/
  4. Run /usr/dt/bin/dtstyle and
  5. click on Backdrop icon and select the image you wanted.

There may be half a dozen other ways you can change the background with a
variety of tools. We should always have choice.

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15 Dec 2004 at 9:16 am

Posted in Solaris

What commands are new in Solaris 10?

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One way to find them is by diffing the commands listed in
Solaris 9:man pages section 1: User Commands
and
section 1M: System Administration Commands
and those listed in
Solaris 10: man pages section 1: User Commands
and
section 1M: System Administration Commands.
This gives me*:
User Commands

  • auto_ef(1) – auto encoding finder
  • ctrun(1) – execute command in a process contract
  • ctstat(1) – display active system contracts
  • ctwatch(1) – watch events in a contract or group of contracts
  • decrypt(1) – encrypt or decrypt files
  • digest(1) – calculate a message digest
  • digestp(1) – frontends to the mp Text to PDL (Printer Description Language) pretty print filter
  • elfsign(1) – sign binaries for the Solaris Cryptographic Framework
  • encrypt(1) – encrypt or decrypt files
  • enhance(1)
  • idnconv(1) – Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) encoding conversion utility
  • kmdb(1) – in situ kernel debugger
  • lari(1) – link analysis of runtime interfaces
  • mac(1) – calculate message authentication codes of the input
  • mach(1) – display the processor type of the current host
  • machid(1) – get processor type truth value
  • mktemp(1) – make temporary filename
  • moe(1) – manifest the optimal expansion of a pathname
  • pktool(1) – manage softtoken object storage
  • ppriv(1) – inspect or modify process privilege sets and attributes
  • snmpstatus(1) – retrieve important information from a network entity
  • svcprop(1) – retrieve service configuration properties
  • svcs(1) – report service status
  • zlogin(1) – enter a zone
  • zonename(1) – print name of current zone

System Administration Commands

  • bart(1M) – basic audit reporting tool
  • cfgadm_fp(1M) – driver specific commands for cfgadm
  • cfgadm_ib(1M) – InfiniBand hardware specific commands for cfgadm
  • cfgadm_ibsrp(1M) – ibsrp-driver-specific commands for cfgadm
  • cryptoadm(1M) – cryptographic framework administration
  • datadm(1M) – maintain DAT static registry file
  • dtrace(1M) – DTrace dynamic tracing compiler and tracing utility
  • fmadm(1M) – fault management configuration tool
  • fmd(1M) – fault manager daemon
  • fmdump(1M) – fault management log viewer
  • fmstat(1M) – report fault management module statistics
  • getdevpolicy(1M) – inspect the system’s device policy
  • in.chargend(1M) – UDP or TCP character generator service daemon
  • in.daytimed(1M) – UDP or TCP daytime protocol service daemon
  • in.discardd(1M) – UDP or TCP discard protocol service
  • in.echod(1M) – UDP or TCP echo protocol service daemon
  • inetadm(1M) – observe or configure inetd-controlled services
  • inetconv(1M) – convert inetd.conf entries into smf service manifests, import them into smf repository
  • init.sma(1M) – start and stop the snmpd daemon
  • install-solaris(1M) – install the Solaris operating system
  • in.timed(1M) – UDP or TCP time protocol service daemon
  • intrstat(1M) – report interrupt statistics
  • ipaddrsel(1M) – configure IPv6 default address selection
  • ipf(1M) – alter packet filtering lists for IP packet input and output
  • ipfs(1M) – saves and restores information for NAT and state tables
  • ipfstat(1M) – reports on packet filter statistics and filter list
  • ipmon(1M) – monitors /dev/ipl for logged packets
  • ipnat(1M) – user interface to the NAT subsystem
  • ippool(1M) – user interface to the IP Filter pools
  • ipsecalgs(1M) – configure the IPsec protocols and algorithms table
  • kcfd(1M) – kernel-level cryptographic framework daemon
  • kclient(1M) – set up a machine as a Kerberos client
  • kpropd(1M) – Kerberos propagation daemon for slave KDCs
  • kproplog(1M) – display the contents of the Kerberos principal update log
  • localeadm(1M) – query and configure locales
  • masfcnv(1M) – SNMP configuration migration script
  • mdlogd(1M) – Solaris Volume Manager daemon
  • metaimport(1M) – imports disk sets into existing Solaris Volume Manager configurations
  • mib2c(1M) – produces template code from MIB definitions
  • mkpwdict(1M) – maintain password-strength checking database
  • nfs4cbd(1M) – NFS Version 4 callback daemon
  • nfsmapid(1M) – NFS user and group id mapping daemon
  • patchsvr(1M) – set up a local patch server
  • plockstat(1M) – report user-level lock statistics
  • poold(1M) – automated resource pools partitioning daemon
  • poolstat(1M) – report active pool statistics
  • pprosetup(1M) – setup program for Patch Manager
  • pprosvc(1M) – automation service program for Patch Manager
  • routeadm(1M) – IP forwarding and routing configuration
  • rpc.mdcommd(1M) – multi-node disk set services
  • smreg(1M) – register objects for the Sun Web Console
  • snmpbulkget(1M) – communicate with a network entity using SNMP GETBULK requests
  • snmpbulkwalk(1M) – communicate with a network entity using SNMP BULK requests
  • snmpcmd(1M) – commands to communicate with a network entity using SNMP requests
  • snmpconf(1M) – creates and modifies SNMP configuration files
  • snmpd(1M) – daemon to respond to SNMP request packets
  • snmpdelta(1M) – monitor deltas of integer valued SNMP variables
  • snmpdf(1M) – get a listing of disk space usage on a remote machine by means of SNMP
  • snmpdx(1M) – Sun Solstice Enterprise Master Agent
  • snmpget(1M) – communicate with a network entity using SNMP GET requests
  • snmpgetnext(1M) – communicate with a network entity using SNMP GETNEXT requests
  • snmpinform(1M) – send an SNMP trap to a manager
  • snmpnetstat(1M) – show network status using SNMP
  • snmpset(1M) – communicate with a network entity using SNMP SET requests
  • snmptable(1m) – obtain and display an SNMP table
  • snmptest(1M) – communicate with a network entity using SNMP requests
  • snmptranslate(1m) – translate SNMP OID values into a more useful form
  • snmptrap(1M) – send an SNMP trap to a manager
  • snmptrapd(1M) – receive and log SNMP trap messages
  • snmpusm(1M) – create and maintain SNMPv3 users on a remote entity
  • snmpvacm(1M) – perform maintenance on an SNMP agent’s View-based Access Control Module (VACM) table
  • snmpwalk(1M) – communicate with a network entity using SNMP GETNEXT requests
  • stmsboot(1M) – administration program for the Sun StorEdge Traffic Manager Software (STMS)
  • svcadm(1M) – manipulate service instances
  • svccfg(1M) – import, export, and modify service configurations
  • svc.configd(1M) – Service Management Facility repository daemon
  • svc.startd(1M) – Service Management Facility master restarter
  • zoneadm(1M) – administer zones
  • zoneadmd(1M) – zone adminstration daemon
  • zonecfg(1M) – set up zone configuration

* Note: There may be errors while generating the list. This is not a final list. It may not be fully accurate.

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13 Dec 2004 at 6:45 am

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Solaris10 talks and Sachin Tendulkar

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Yesterday in Pune’s Sun Developer Days, I spoke to about 700+ developers about Solaris 10. They were mostly Java developers who had come to get advanced knowledge about the advanced technologies from Sun.
Some expressed that they did not know Solaris was available for X86 architecture (PCs and laptops..), and were happy to hear that. DTrace and OpenSolaris were well received.

One remarked that he saw a large potential for OpenSolaris to be the stable alternative to Windows and Linux for small businesses. Small businesses in India, he said, often give a lot of thought even for buying a software like Antivirus for windows. Linux has not been all that satisfactory either. A low cost but high quality operating system was very much needed.

On my way back home I happened to meet Sachin Tendulkar at Bombay’s airport lounge. [For those who do not know Cricket, he is like Tiger Woods is to Golf or David Beckham is to football] He is very soft spoken and was happy to give me his autograph:

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7 Dec 2004 at 11:25 pm

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