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Solaris™ Operating Environment Boot Camp by Dominic Butler, David Rhodes

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The /Etc/system File

When Solaris is first installed, the /etc/system file contains only comments, but it can be updated in various ways to configure the kernel at boot-time. Each comment section describes a certain type of modification that can be made, along with some examples. These include the following:

  • Set the search path for kernel modules.

  • Set a filesystem type for the root filesystem.

  • Define kernel modules that should not be loaded.

  • Define kernel modules that must be loaded at boot-time.

  • Set kernel parameters.

Kernel Parameters

A number of aspects that are controlled by the kernel can be changed by altering the values assigned to various kernel parameters. “Tuning the kernel” is often thought of as some arcane ritual similar to alchemy that ...

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