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IRIX Administration Guide

 General Information
Welcome to Majix's IRIX Administration Guide. This guide started as a small project, because it turned out to be rather hard to get information on setting up and administrating IRIX. Some screenshots of the IRIX desktop can be found here.

1. Installation

The first section tries to explain how you get IRIX on a blank disc. Unfortunately this isn't self-explanatory and especially beginners might get frustrated. But once the system is set up, IRIX will be a pleasure to administrate.

  1. The right IRIX Version for your SGI
  2. Booting an IRIX Installation CD
  3. Booting an IRIX Installation over Network
  4. Booting an IRIX Installation on old 4D SGIs
  5. Installing IRIX with a Linux server
  6. Partitioning a new Harddisc
  7. Starting the Installation of IRIX
  8. Installing Overlays
  9. Installing other Software

2. Networking

An operating system without networking is as boring as a TV without an antenna. Setting up networking with the newest IRIX release (6.5) is easy, but with older versions you might find some difficulties.

  1. Setting up Networking
  2. Using the Indy ISDN in Europe
  3. Synchronizing the Clock via Network
  4. Removing NFS Mounts

3. Administration

Now you have running box, so what's next? There are many things you want to or even should change. This section tries to help you finding a starting point for administration and maybe even helps you with your daily work.

  1. Basic Directory Layout
  2. Important Files and Directories
  3. Changing the PATH Variable for all users
  4. Changing the default shell
  5. Changing the runlevel / Shutting down
  6. Switching on or off Services and Daemons
  7. Connecting to your SGI using a Serial Cable
  8. Resetting the root-Password with IRIX
  9. Resetting the root-Password with Linux
  10. Connecting a SCSI device without rebooting
  11. Running an SGI box headless
  12. Getting the system identifier

4. Magic Desktop

The SGI IRIX Magic Desktop - when it came out, it must have been like a revolution. But there are some details not everyone knows.

  1. Changing the colour-depth of your desktop
  2. Setting the background image

5. Software

Well using only IRIX won't help you much, here I will point you to some productive software.

  1. IRIX 2D Software
  2. IRIX 3D Software
  3. IRIX Web Software
  4. IRIX Video Software
  5. IRIX Scientific Software
  6. IRIX Fun'n'Games