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This posting contains frequently asked questions and answers about the
IBM RS/6000 series workstations and AIX versions 3 and 4. All input is
very welcome, I can be reached at <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The list is split into five articles to pass thru most mailers. I'll
usually try to post them once a month to comp.unix.aix, news.answers,
and comp.answers. Please let your input continue as I am most thankful
for all of it.
This FAQ is available from (see section 6.08 for more sites):
The Adobe Acrobat PDF version of the FAQ is available at:
Thanks to Jonathan S. Stibal for converting it to PDF.
Please make a note of the fact that these sites contain more than just
the AIX FAQ and would probably be worth consulting before you post
questions to any of the usenet groups.
If you see a From: line it means that whatever follows is either an
unabridged or slightly edited version of the input I have received, and
that I may not have verified its contents. If there is no From: line, I
probably know what I am talking about, and the entry is edited from
All entries are numbered with major and minor subject number, e.g. 2.11.
If the subject is preceded by an asterisk, that entry has been
changed or added since the last posting.
The comp.unix.aix group is for AIX on all platforms -- RT, PS/2, 370,
RS/6000, Bull, Apple, Motorola, etc., and mainframes
(ESA based on OSF/1), but the traffic has
evolved to discuss predominantly AIX 3.x, 4.x, and the RS/6000. The
newsgroups comp.sys.ibm.pc.rt and comp.sys.ibm.ps2.hardware cover the
RT, mostly hardware and AOS 4.3, and on PS/2 hardware respectively.
Mark Whetzel posts FAQ lists about RTs in the rt and *.answers groups.
There are few to non-existent discussions on AIX/370 and AIX/ESA.
If you post questions to comp.unix.aix, please be sure to indicate:
- the machine type and brief configuration, e.g. Model 540, 64 MB RAM,
48 MB swap space (this is actually bad), 1.2 GB XYZ hard drive, etc.
Note: There are now three classes of RS/6000s - the original, RS or
POWER, RS/2 or POWER2, and PowerPC.
- the exact AIX version number, i.e. AIX 3.1 is NOT sufficient, whereas
AIX 3.1.5 or AIX 3.1 with the 3005 update is. With 3.2 you should
mention any significant ptfs using the U4xxxxx numbers. With 4.x,
please mention any significant APAR numbers.
I am doing this on my own time. PLEASE DO NOT ASK ME QUESTIONS THAT
THAT SHOULD BE ASKED OF IBM. If you suspect you have software defect problems
call (800) 237-5511. If you have hardware problems call (800) IBM-SERV.
If you are outside the United States, contact your local IBM representative.
PLEASE DO NOT ASK ME QUESTIONS THAT SHOULD BE POSTED TO comp.unix.aix.
I don't have the time to diagnose individual AIX problems, and I
probably don't know the answer either. ;-) Many experienced and
knowlegable people read the newsgroup. Post your question there.