About This Guide

Welcome to the SGI 2400 and 2800 server systems. The SGI 2400 and 2800 Server Owner's Guide is your complete guide to operating your rackmount system. Specifically, it tells you how to

Refer to this guide to set up the system, install hardware options, or find a solution when you suspect there is a hardware problem. Basic information on installing software is also included. For more advanced information on installing software, refer to IRIX Admin: Software Installation and Licensing.

The system and the procedures in this guide are designed so that you may maintain and repair part of the system without the help of a trained technician. However, do not feel that you must work with the hardware yourself. You can always contact your service provider to have an authorized service person work with the hardware.

Finding the Information You Need

The SGI 2400 and 2800 ships with the following sources of information, as shown in Figure i.

  • IRIX Admin: Software Installation and Licensing

  • IRIX Release Notes (on the CD)

  • IRIS InSight online documentation and help

    Figure 1. Information Sources for the SGI 2400 and 2800 Rackmount System

The following sections contain information on options that can help you get your system up and running and help you become productive as soon as possible.

SGI 2400 and 2800 Server Owner's Guide

Figure 2. System Owner's Guide

Refer to this manual (see Figure ii) to set up the system and install hardware options, or to find solutions when you suspect there is a hardware problem. In addition, it contains basic information on installing and removing optional software.

IRIX Admin: Software Installation and Licensing Guide

Figure 3. IRIX Admin: Software Guideaa

The IRIX Admin: Software Installation and Licensing guide is the complete reference guide on using the installation program, inst, to install software. For information on using the Software Manager to install software, refer to the online Personal System Administration Guide.

IRIS InSight Online Documentation and Help

Figure 4. IRIS InSight Icon

The online documentation package is called IRIS InSight. The InSight icon is shown in Figure iv. To view the manuals, go to the Help toolchest and choose “Online Books.” You will see bookshelves for end-user, developer, and administration manuals that ship online with the system. Double-click on a book to open it.

For a description and listing of the manuals that are available to purchase in hard copy, double-click on the Documentation Catalog.

Online Man Pages

Your system comes with a set of IRIX man pages, formatted in the standard UNIX “man page” style. These are found online on the internal system disk (or CD-ROM) and are displayed using the man command. For example, to display the man page for the Add_disk command, enter the following command at a shell prompt:

man Add_disk

Important system configuration files as well as commands are documented on man pages. References in the documentation to these pages include the name of the command and the section number in which the command is found. For example, “Add_disk(1)” refers to the Add_disk command and indicates that it is found in section 1 of the IRIX reference.

For additional information about displaying reference pages using the man command, see man(1).

In addition, the apropos command locates man pages based on keywords. For example, to display a list of man pages that describe disks, enter the following command at a shell prompt:

apropos disk

For information about setting up and using apropos, see apropos(1) and makewhatis(1M).

Release Notes

You can view the release notes for a variety of SGI products and software subsystems using one of two utilities:


Text-based viewer for online release notes.


Graphics viewer for online release notes.

To see a list of available release notes, type the following at a shell prompt:


For more information, see the relnotes(1) and grelnotes(1) man pages.

World Wide Web Accessible Documentation

SGI makes its manuals available in a variety of formats via the World Wide Web (WWW). Using your Web browser, open the following URL:


Enter a keyword search, or search by title to find the information or manual you need.


The SGI 2400 and 2800 Server Owner's Guide uses these conventions:

  • References to documents are in italics.

  • References to other chapters and sections within this guide are in quotation marks.

  • Names of IRIX man pages or commands that you type at the shell prompt are in italics as are IRIX filenames.

  • Steps to perform tasks are in numbered sentences. When a numbered step needs more explanation, the explanation follows the step.