About This Guide

This publication documents the CXFS 5.0 release. For additional details, see the platform-specific release notes.


This guide assumes the following:

  • Server-capable administration nodes running SGI ProPack for Linux CXFS are installed and operational.

  • The CXFS client-only nodes have the appropriate platform-specific operating system software installed.

  • The reader is familiar with the information presented in the CXFS Administration Guide for SGI InfiniteStorage and the platform's operating system and installation documentation.

Related Publications

The following documents contain additional information (if you are viewing this document online, you can click on TPL Link below to link to the book on the SGI TechPubs library):

  • CXFS documentation:

    • Platform-specific release notes

    • CXFS Administration Guide for SGI InfiniteStorage ( TPL link)

    • SGI InfiniteStorage High Availability Using Linux-HA Heartbeat

  • QLogic HBA card and driver documentation. See the QLogic website at:


  • AIX documentation on the IBM website at:


  • IRIX documentation:

    • IRIX 6.5 Installation Instructions

    • IRIX Admin: Disks and Filesystems

    • IRIX Admin: Networking and Mail

    • Personal System Administration Guide

    • Performance Co-Pilot for IRIX Advanced User's and Administrator's Guide

    • Performance Co-Pilot Programmer's Guide

  • Linux third-party platform documentation:

  • Mac OS X software documentation:

    • Welcome to Mac OS X

    • Mac OS X Server Administrator's Guide

    • Understanding and Using NetInfo

    See the Apple website at:


  • Solaris documentation:

    • Solaris 10 Installation Guide

    • Solaris 10 System Administration Collection

    See the Sun Microsystems website at:


  • Sun Microsystems owner's guide and product notes for the Sun hardware platform

  • Windows software documentation: see the Microsoft website at:


  • Hardware documentation for the Intel platform

The following man pages are provided on CXFS client-only nodes:

Client-Only Man Page

SGI ProPack Subsystem












Obtaining Publications

You can obtain SGI documentation as follows:

  • See the SGI Technical Publications Library at http://docs.sgi.com. Various formats are available. This library contains the most recent and most comprehensive set of online books, release notes, man pages, and other information.

  • If it is installed on your IRIX SGI system, you can use InfoSearch, an online tool that provides a more limited set of online books, release notes, and man pages. On an IRIX system, enter infosearch at a command line or select Help ->  InfoSearch from the Toolchest.

  • You can view the release notes in the /cdrom/docs directory.

  • On all but Windows systems, you can view man pages by typing man title at a command line.


This guide uses the following terminology abbreviations:

  • Linux refers to the Linux operating system running on third-party hardware

  • Mac OS X refers to both the Tiger and Leopard releases

  • Windows refers to Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows 2003, Microsoft Windows XP, and Microsoft Windows Vista

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