Frequently Asked Questions
Solaris (page 2)
Q6: The Extreme SCSI tools are core dumping immediately. What's wrong?
A6: The tools were compiled against dynamically loaded
libraries to cut down on installation size. Your shell needs to define an
environmental variable called LD_LIBRARY_PATH so that the programs have
access to these functions.
Under csh variants (tcsh, etc) this can be
done by adding this line to your .cshrc file: setenv LD_LIBRARY_PATH
A6b: Current versions of software do a
tranfer size probe along with the SCSI bus probe. This means that we attempt
to send a SCSI command with a very large buffer. If it fails we divide the
buffer in half and try it again. This proceedure continues until the command
suceeds. This value should be good for all future SCSI commands.
We've discovered that some systems crash when you attempt to do a larger
transfer size than they're prepared to handle. You can attempt to patch the
OS to the latest revision and download the latest drivers for your host
Currently size probing is disabled in Solaris and the max
is set to a static 512k transfer.
Q7: The program is crashing, what can I do?
A7: If the program is crashing and it's not due to the LD_LIBRARY_PATH
export problem, then we're going to need to see
the appropriate debug file. Each product has a running debug file named
Debug_[productname].txt. Viewing the file may provide insights into why
you're having problems. If nothing is obvious to you, please send it to us
Q8: Are there any other environmental variables that need to be set?
A8: In order to view text files (logs, scripts, etc), we rely on a standard
environmental variable called EDITOR. This should point to a GUI based text
editing tool of your choice. (ie. setenv EDITOR "nedit")
Q9: When running xdev it complains that it could not allocate colors for a
Pixmap and the xdev launcher bar is black with white squares?
A9: Unfortunately, the default window manager for Linux (sawtooth/gnome?)
seems to allocate all of the shared colorspace. Even reducing the color
requirements down to 24 doesn't accomodate it. You can use another window
manager (mwm) or run xdev with a private colormap by adding the -private
command line option. A side effect of the private colormap is that the
colors will be wrong unless the xdev window has focus (you click into
To change window managers, you can edit the $HOME/.Xclients or
$HOME/.Xclients-defaults file to point to a new
Q10: I get error messages complaining that a file isn't found, or can't be
opened. What's going on?
A10: Some sections of the code may assume that the current working directory
is in your PATH. If you find such an example, please let us know.
This can be fixed on your end though
by changing your PATH variable to always include the current directory (.)
in its pathing searches. Another possible explaination is that the file
doesn't have its file permissions set appropriately to be
read/written/executed by your account. This should rarely happen if you are
running as root as
Q11: How common is the code base between the Windows and Unix platforms?
A11: The majority of the code is written and tested first
under Windows. We emulate the Windows GUI code so that the code base can be
recompiled directly, and executables can be quickly updated with bug fixes
found on either platform. Minor emulation discrepancies may occasionally
cause problems, particularly with the non-thread safe nature of X-Windows.
Please document any GUI associated problems so that we can