About This Guide

Getting Started With BDSpro explains how to add BDSpro, the Silicon Graphics implementation of the Bulk Data Service protocol (XBDS), to a Network File System (NFS®) implementation. This guide contains information to help server and site administrators understand the BDS protocol, evaluate the suitability of BDSpro for their site, and include BDSpro in an existing NFS implementation. It also contains information to help application developers make use of BDS services. Administrators using this guide should be experienced in managing NFS and XFS (the X filesystem) on large servers.

What This Guide Contains

This guide comprises four chapters, which cover these topics:

Conventions Used in This Guide

These type conventions and symbols are used in this guide:


Literal command-line arguments, such as options and flags


Executable names, filenames, IRIX commands, manual and book titles, and new terms

Fixed-width type 

Error messages, prompts, and onscreen text

Bold fixed-width type 

User input, including keyboard keys (printing and nonprinting)


(Double quotation marks) References in text to document section titles


(Parentheses) Following IRIX commands, surround reference page (man page) section numbers


IRIX shell prompt for the superuser (root)


IRIX shell prompt for users other than superuser

Related Documentation

These documents contain additional information that is related to BDSpro:

  • BDSpro Release Notes

  • IRIX Admin: Disks and Filesystems 007-2835-xxx

  • IRIX HIPPI Administrator's Guide 007-2229-xxx

  • ONC3/NFS Administrator's Guide 007-0850-xxx

See also the online reference pages (man pages): bds(1M), lmdd(1), mount(1M), exportfs(1M), fstab(4), xlv_assemble(1M), xlv_make(1M), fcntl(2), open(2), read(2), write(2), filesystems(4), and malloc(3C).

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