Summary: Solaris 10 SMF

From: Donovan, Jeffrey \(Jeff\), INFOT <>
Date: Wed May 03 2006 - 21:40:00 EDT
Question: good explanation about what the default means at the end of a
Solaris 10 svcs output ie;

online         21:55:12 svc:/system/fmd:default

Thanks to the following:

Darren Dunham:

It's the "instance" of the service.

Most services only need one (default) instance.  However some services

might want to have multiple instances.

The best examples probably come from the services that don't show


Like 'smtp'.  The system comes with 'smtp:sendmail', but you might

instead have a service for 'smtp:postfix'.

You'd need a different instance if settings between the two werent

identical.  I can see that there could be some sendmail specific

settings (like the startup mode) kept in SMF.

In most cases that's not true and the only instance is left as


Coy Hill:

it's the default instance.  For example, the smtp service has FMRI

svc:/network/smtp, and the instance of it that is sendmail is

svc:/network/smtp:sendmail.  If another vendor wanted to deliver, for

example, postfix or exim, that vendor would deliver:

svc:/network/smtp:exim or svc:/network/smtp:postfix

Many many services only have one instance of them (http being another

where one could have multiple), so you get the :default.


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