Solaris 7

Random tidbits on configuring Solaris 7

Updated October 19, 2022 721ac66 retrocomputing

These are various to-do items after a Solaris 7 install, as well as fixes for common issues.

Configure the default domain

Assuming is the system’s domain name:

echo > /etc/defaultdomain

Configuring the domain name will address a potential error on startup: starting rpc services: rpcbindkeyserv: failed to generate host's netname when establishing root's key

Configure the default gateway

Assuming is the gateway:

echo > /etc/defaultrouter

Specify an IP address and hostname

  • Add an entry for your IP address and hostname to /etc/hosts
  • Ensure that the hosts file entry matches up with what’s in /etc/hostname.le0 (replace le0 with whatever the network interface is)

Configuring the IP address and hostname will address the potential startup error: configuring network interfaces:ifconfig: bad address le0.

Enable ntpd

echo server > /etc/inet/ntp.conf
/etc/init.d/xntpd start

Errors on startup related to snmpXdmid:

  • Error in Adding Row for Subscription Table Entry
  • Failed to add filter to SP for Event delivery

The workaround is to disable these two services (assuming you don’t need SNMP anyway):

/etc/rc3.d/S76snmpdx stop
/etc/rc3.d/S77dmi stop
mv /etc/rc3.d/S76snmpdx /etc/rc3.d/_disable_S76snmpdx
mv /etc/rc3.d/S77dmi /etc/rc3.d/_disable_S77dmi

Backspace key

To get the backspace key to work properly on the console (^H is a literal Ctrl+H; you can get it by typing Ctrl+V Ctrl+H):

stty erase ^H

Disable “Solaris User Registration” on OpenWindows or CDE startup

Every time OpenWindows or CDE starts, it launches the HotJava browser to display a Solaris registration page. To stop this:

echo DISABLE=1 > /etc/default/solregis

Note: See /usr/dt/config/Xsession.d/1000.solregis for the inner workings.