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kernel(1M)							    kernel(1M)

NAME
       kernel  - UNIX system executable	file containing	basic operating	system
       services

SYNOPSIS
       kernel-name [-asrvx] [-m	smf_options] [-i altinit]

       The operating system image, or kernel, is the  collection  of  software
       comprising the image files (unix	and genunix) and the modules loaded at
       any instant in time. The	system will not	function without a  kernel  to
       control it.

       The kernel is loaded by the boot(1M) command in a machine-specific way.
       The kernel may be loaded	from disk, CD-ROM, or DVD (diskfull  boot)  or
       over the	network	(diskless boot). In either case, the directories under
       /platform and /kernel must be readable and must contain executable code
       which is	able to	perform	the required kernel service. If	the -a flag is
       given, the user is able to supply different pathnames for  the  default
       locations  of the kernel	and modules. See boot(1M) for more information
       on loading a specific kernel.

       The moddir variable contains a list of module directories separated  by
       whitespace.  moddir can be set in the /etc/system file. The minimal de-
       fault is:

       /platform/platform-name/kernel /kernel /usr/kernel

       This default can	be overridden by a specific platform. It is common for
       many SPARC systems to override the default path with:

       /platform/platform-name/kernel:/platform/hardware-class-name\
	    /kernel:/kernel:/usr/kernel

       where  platform-name  can be found using	the -i option of uname(1), and
       hardware-class-name can be found	using the -m option of uname(1).

       The kernel configuration	can be controlled using	the  /etc/system  file
       (see system(4)).

       genunix is the platform-independent component of	the base kernel.

       The following options are supported:

       -a

	   Asks	 the user for configuration information, such as where to find
	   the system file, where to mount root, and even override the name of
	   the	kernel	itself.	 Default responses will	be contained in	square
	   brackets ([ ]), and the user	may simply enter <RETURN> to  use  the
	   default  response  (note  that  <RETURN> is labeled <ENTER> on some
	   keyboards). To  help	 repair	 a  damaged  /etc/system  file,	 enter
	   /dev/null  at  the  prompt that asks	for the	pathname of the	system
	   configuration file. See system(4).

       -i altinit

	   Select an alternative executable to be the primordial Process.  al-
	   tinit  is  a	 valid	path  to an executable.	The default primordial
	   process is init(1M).

       -m smf_options

	   The smf_options include two categories of options to	control	 boot-
	   ing	behavior  of the service management facility: recovery options
	   and messages	options.

	   Message options determine the type  and  amount  of	messages  that
	   smf(5) displays during boot.	Service	options	determine the services
	   which are used to boot the system.

	   Recovery options

	   debug

	       Boot in serial mode, with status	logging	of service success  or
	       failure	to  the	console. The stdout and	stderr streams of each
	       method invoked will be connected	to the console,	as well	as  to
	       any logging facilities smf(5) provides.

	   milestone=[milestone]

	       Boot  to	 the subgraph defined by the given milestone. Legimate
	       milestones are  "none",	"single-user",	"multi-user",  "multi-
	       user-server", and "all".

	   Messages options

	   quiet

	       Prints standard per-service output and error messages requiring
	       administrative intervention.

	   verbose

	       Prints standard per-service output with more informational mes-
	       sages.

	   debug

	       Prints  standard	per-service output and all svc.startd messages
	       to log.

       -r

	   Reconfiguration boot. The system will probe all  attached  hardware
	   devices   and   configure   the  logical  namespace	in  /dev.  See
	   add_drv(1M) and rem_drv(1M) for additional information about	 main-
	   taining device drivers.

       -s

	   Boots only to init level 's'. See init(1M).

       -v

	   Boots with verbose messages enabled.	If this	flag is	not given, the
	   messages are	still printed, but the output is directed to the  sys-
	   tem logfile.	See syslogd(1M).

       -x

	   Does	 not  boot  in	clustered mode.	This option only has an	effect
	   when	a version of Sun Cluster software that	supports  this	option
	   has been installed.

       See boot(1M) for	examples and instructions on how to boot.

       /kernel

	   Contains kernel components common to	all platforms within a partic-
	   ular	instruction set	that are needed	for booting the	system.	of the
	   core	image file.

       /platform/platform-name/kernel

	   The platform-specific kernel	components.

       /platform/hardware-class-name/kernel

	   The kernel components specific to this hardware class.

       /usr/kernel

	   Contains kernel components common to	all platforms within a partic-
	   ular	instruction set.

       The directories in this section can potentially contain	the  following
       subdirectories:

       drv	Loadable device	drivers

       exec	The  modules that execute programs stored in various file for-
		mats.

       fs	File system modules

       misc	Miscellaneous system-related modules

       sched	Operating system schedulers

       strmod	System V STREAMS loadable modules

       sys	Loadable system	calls

   SPARC
       cpu	Processor specific modules

       tod	Time-Of-Day hardware interface modules

       Additionally,  some  of	the  subdirectories  mentioned	above  contain
       sparcv9	subdirectories that contain 64-bit versions of the same	module
       classes.	 For  example,	/kernel/drv/sparcv9  and  /platform/sun4u/ker-
       nel/cpu/sparcv9.

       mach	 hardware support

       See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |      ATTRIBUTE	TYPE	     |	    ATTRIBUTE VALUE	   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |Availability		     |SUNWcar, SUNWcarx		   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+

       uname(1),   isainfo(1),	 add_drv(1M),  boot(1M),  init(1M),  kadb(1M),
       rem_drv(1M), savecore(1M), svc.startd(1M), syslogd(1M), system(4),  at-
       tributes(5), smf(5), devfs(7FS)

   SPARC Only
       monitor(1M)

       The kernel gives	various	warnings and error messages. If	the kernel de-
       tects an	unrecoverable fault, it	will panic or halt.

       Reconfiguration boot will, by design, not remove	/dev entries for  some
       classes of devices that have been physically removed from the system.

				  5 Apr	2005			    kernel(1M)

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