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About This Guide

The Installation & Configuration guide accompanies the QNX operating system and is intended for both system administrators and end-users. It contains the information you'll need to install, configure, and maintain a QNX system.

Note: For an overview of the changes to this manual, see What's new online (as of July 20, 2004).

The following table may help you find information quickly:

When you want to: Go to this chapter:
Check software installation prerequisites Basic Installation
Install the software onto a hard disk "
Influence what happens when QNX boots "
Set up the initial working environment "
Learn about text-mode keyboard conventions QNX Console & Keyboard Conventions
Use virtual consoles "
Locate system files Where QNX Files Are Found
Learn about QNX modules and system services Building an OS Image
Assign initial priorities to system processes "
Select and change the services built into the OS "
Build a custom OS image "
Mount and unmount partitions as filesystems Setting up Filesystems
Delete block special devices and reinstall filesystem drivers "
Use prefixes or symbolic links "
Set up a DOS filesystem "
Start serial and parallel device drivers Connecting Character Devices
Assign a driver to a parallel or serial port "
Configure hardware I/O addresses and interrupts "
Configure a modem to answer incoming calls "
Troubleshoot a serial connection problem "
Get information about installed licenses Licensing
Add and activate new licenses "
Transfer a license from one node to another "
Plan your network Networking
Install network cards and drivers "
Assign logical node and network IDs "
Configure a boot server "
Configure a machine equipped with a boot ROM "
Configure a machine to boot from its own hard disk "
Run network diagnostics "
Add new users to the system Setting up User Accounts
Set up working environment for users "
Control access to system resources "
Maintain user accounts "
Change information in the password database "
View and change user permissions "
Set up system accounting information and event logging "
Select a terminal type Setting up Terminals
Change terminal capabilities "
Create a custom terminfo file "
Share printer resources Print Spooling
Set up and manage spooling services "
Set up a data-enqueuing facility "
Configure queues, filters, and targets "
Submit, query, suspend, or cancel spool jobs "
Plan your backup strategy Making Backups
Select suitable backup media and archive formats "
Compress and archive files "
Retrieve a set of archived files "
Maintain files Disk & File Recovery
Check data integrity "
Recover data "
Fix a system that won't boot "
Register your service plan and software "
Update your software "
Download free software "
Get technical support "
Find out about training "

What's new online (as of July 20, 2004)

"Tape" section in Making Backups chapter:
Added note about the filesystem's 512-byte record limit. Also, gave example of increasing the blocking factor when using the pax command and tape devices.

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