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Conventions Used in This Book


In the steps and the examples, the commands to be entered are in bold type. For example: "Type su and press Return." When following steps, press Return only when instructed to do so, even if the text in the step breaks at the end of a line.


Variables are in an italic typeface. When following steps, replace the variable with the appropriate information. For example, the step to print a file instructs you to "type lp filename and press Return." To substitute the file named quest for the filename variable, type lp quest and press Return.

Mouse-Button Terminology

This book describes mouse buttons by function. The default mouse button mapping is shown below.

  • SELECT is Left.

  • ADJUST is Middle.

  • MENU is Right.

Use the SELECT mouse button to select unselected objects and activate controls. Use the ADJUST mouse button to adjust a selected group of objects, either adding to the group or deselecting part of the group. Use the MENU mouse button to display and choose from menus.

Platform Terminology

In this document, the term IA (Intel Architecture) is used instead of x86 to refer to the Intel 32-bit processor architecture, which includes the Pentium, Pentium Pro, Pentium II, Pentium II Xeon, Celeron, Pentium III Xeon processors, and comparable microprocessor chips made by AMD and Cyrix.

Storage-Medium Terminology

In this book, we distinguish between three different types of media storage terminology in the following way.

  • Disc is used for an optical disc, CD-ROM, or DVD disc.

  • Disk is used for a hard-disk storage device.

  • Diskette is used for a floppy diskette storage device. (Note: Sometimes, screen messages and mount points use the term floppy.)


Marginal icons mark information that is new in this edition. The new information is new with the Solaris 9 Operating Environment.

Other new information may have been available in previous releases but was not included in the third edition. Where possible, the text indicates the release number when the command or functionality was added.

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