1    New and Changed Features

This chapter provides brief descriptions of features that are new to the Tru64 UNIX operating system in this release or that have changed significantly from previous releases.

Tru64 UNIX Version 5.0A is a functional release that includes the following enhancements:

This release also includes updates to the following functionality:

1.1    Support for TruCluster Server

This version of the operating system supports the first general distribution of the Compaq TruCluster Server product, TruCluster Server Version 5.0A.

TruCluster Server Version 5.0A is a separately licensed product that ships on the Tru64 UNIX Associated Products Volume 2 CD-ROM It is a highly integrated synthesis of Tru64 UNIX software, Compaq AlphaServerTM systems, and storage devices that operate as a single system. A TruCluster Server cluster acts as a single virtual system, even though it is made up of multiple systems. Members of the cluster can share resources, data storage, and clusterwide file systems under a single security and management domain, yet they can boot or shut down independently without disrupting the cluster.

Like the TruCluster Available Server Software and Compaq TruCluster Production Server products available on the Version 4.0x stream of the operating system, TruCluster Server lets you deploy highly available services that can access their disk data from any member in the cluster. Any application that can run on Tru64 UNIX can run as a highly available single-instance application in a cluster. The application is automatically relocated (failed over) to another cluster member in the event that a required resource, or the current member itself, becomes unavailable.

Like the Compaq TruCluster Production Server Software product, TruCluster Server lets you run components of distributed applications in parallel, providing high availability while taking advantage of cluster-specific synchronization mechanisms and performance optimizations.

TruCluster Server Version 5.0A provides the following features:

See the TruCluster Server Technical Overview for more information on these features.

1.2    CAM Layered Components Integrated into the Base Operating System

The CAM Layered Components (CLC) kit has been integrated into the base operating system. The components formerly included in the CLC kit were the optical driver, the changer driver, and the mcutil program to access the changer functionality. The changer driver and the mcutil program, along with any associated files, have been integrated into the base operating system. This version of the operating system does not provide support for the optical driver.

1.3    Collect Data Collection Tool

Collect Version 2.0 is a Y2K-compliant tool that collects operating system and process data under all supported versions of Tru64 UNIX. Collect is designed for high reliability and low system resource overhead. Collect can run continuously in historical mode, managing its own log files. See the collect(8) reference page for information about turning on continuous monitoring.

The Collect tool gathers and displays information for subsystems. You can set Collect to gather data for a single subsystem or any combination of the following:

Collect has two modes: collection and playback. In collection mode, it gathers operating system and process data and writes it to standard output, to a binary file with a compressed format, or to both.

In playback mode, Collect reads from a previously written binary file and writes to standard output. The format of the data when written to standard output is identical, whether during real-time collection or playback mode.

Collect installs with the setld utility, and kits are also available from the following FTP sites:

1.4    Event Manager

Event Manager (EVM) obtains the translation of a binary error log (binlog) event by passing the event to either DECevent or Compaq Analyze, depending on the type of system. If neither of these services is available, or if the translation of attempt fails for any reason, the Translation section of EVM output shows a message indicating the failure.

For configuration options and details of EVM's use of DECevent and Compaq Analyze, refer to the Event Management information in the System Administration guide.

1.5    Support for DE602-FA

Support for the DE602-FA 100 Base FX Ethernet adapter has been added to the Intel Ethernet adapter driver. This adapter runs only in 100 Base FX mode (i.e, no 10 Base FL). The DE602-FA is a daughter card that attaches to the DE60 2-AA dual 10/10 0 Ethernet adapter.

1.6    Additional Changes

The following sections provide brief descriptions of additional changes included in Tru64 UNIX.

1.6.1    AlphaServer DS20E

In addition to the systems listed in the Version 5.0A Software Product Description (SPD), this release provides support for the AlphaServer DS20E.

1.6.2    Mail Servers Enhancements

The sendmail, IMAP, and POP servers have been updated in this release. The sendmail Version 8 Server has been updated from Version 8.8.8 to Version 8.9.3. The Cyrus IMAP server has been updated from Version 1.5.2 to Version 1.5.19 and Qualcomm POP server from Version 2.2 to Version 2.5.

The sendmail Version 8.9.3 Server provides advanced features such as the following:

These features can be configured using the web-based Mail Configuration Utility provided by Compaq's Open Source Software Collection, included with your kit.

For more information on sendmail Version 8, see the reference pages and documentation provided with the operating system, as well as Sendmail by Bryan Costales and Eric Allman, published by O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.

1.6.3    Turning Off Security Checks for Sendmail Support Files

The sendmail utility checks the modes of its support files (for example, the aliases file, .forward file, and help file) and the paths of the directories in which they reside. It does not read most files that are group-writable or those that reside in directories that are group-writable.

If you are willing to compromise on this security feature or if you have sendmail support files in group-writable directories, you can turn this checking off by adding the DontBlameSendmail option in the sendmail configuration file (/var/adm/sendmail/sendmail.cf).

See the sendmail Installation and Operation Guide (Section 4.7.2, Turning Off Security Checks) for information on how to set this option.

If you update your /var/adm/sendmail/sendmail.cf file and then use the mail configuration utilities (/usr/sbin/mailconfig or /usr/sbin/mailsetup), the utilities return a warning about being unable to recognize changes made to the sendmail.cf file. In such cases, do the following:

  1. Ignore the warning and continue to reconfigure mail using the configuration utility.

  2. Edit the /var/adm/sendmail/sendmail.cf file and add the DontBlameSendmail option.

  3. Restart the sendmail daemon (/sbin/init.d/sendmail restart).

1.6.4    Direct I/O Performance Improvements

Several changes have been made to improve the usability and performance of the direct I/O capability of AdvFS in this release.

Optimal direct I/O throughput is now obtained when the requested transfer is aligned on a disk sector boundary and the transfer size is an even multiple of the underlying sector size (currently 512 bytes). Previously, the best performance was achieved by direct I/O when the requested transfer was aligned on a file page boundary and the transfer size was evenly divisible into 8 KB pages. This restriction has been relaxed.

Another performance improvement has been to change the way that the file_lock is seized. This reduces contention among threads that are doing direct I/O to the same file as long as the sectors that they are referencing do not overlap.

1.6.5    UFS Delayed Metadata Mount Option

To maintain the file system's consistency, UFS metadata (such as inode, directory, and indirect blocks) is updated synchronously by default. The new delayed mount option allows you to disable synchronous metadata writes on a specified file system. When enabled, all metadata writes are delayed (flushed later by the sync daemon).

Metadata updates are typically performed synchronously to prevent file system corruption after a crash. The trade-off for this file system integrity, however, is performance. In some cases, such as a file system serving as a cache, performance (faster metadata update) is more important than preserving data consistency across a system crash, for example, files that are under /tmp or web proxy servers.

Delayed metadata update means two things:

Do not use the delayed option on the root, /usr, or other file systems that need to survive across a system crash. Only use it on file systems that do not need to survive across a system crash.

See the mount(8) reference page for details on using the delayed and other mount options.

1.6.6    New Mount Options

This release provides the following new options for the mount command:

For more information, see the mount(8) reference page.

1.6.7    New vfs Subsystem Attributes

The vfs subsystem includes the following new attributes you can use to throttle UFS file systems:

For more information, see the sys_attrs_vfs(5) reference page.

1.6.8    New Options in SysMan Menu for NTP

When you use the SysMan Menu to configure your system as an NTP client, you will see two new options in the Add/Modify NTP Servers & Peers window. These options, Fudge factor and Stratum, allow you to configure reference clocks in special ways.

Selecting the Fudge factor check box adds a fudge line to the ntp.conf file, and selecting an integer in the Stratum field allows you to override the default stratum assigned by the xntpd daemon.

You can add a fudge line only for a corresponding server (not a peer) when that server has an address of the form 127.127.t.u. You can enter a stratum value only if the Fudge factor check box is selected.

See the ntp.conf(4) reference page for more information about fudge lines and stratum values.

1.6.9    ToolTalk Security Enhancement

To prevent unauthorized access to your machine, a new security mechanism has been added to ToolTalk. This security mechanism, which was jointly developed by all companies shipping CDE, requires that a ToolTalk message contain a valid cookie in order for the ttsession message server to deliver the message to its recipients. A different cookie is generated by ttsession every time a user logs in using dtlogin.

The cookie resides in a new file called .TTauthority under your home directory. This permits you to send ToolTalk messages to the local ttsession message server. Any other user who wants to send a ToolTalk message to ttsession must place a copy of the cookie in his or her .TTauthority file. See the ttauth(1) reference page for instructions on how to share a cookie with other users.

For the special case of a root user sending messages to the local ttsession, ToolTalk looks for the cookie in the .TTauthority file of the user who owns the ttsession process. For messages being sent to a ttsession on a remote machine, ToolTalk looks for the cookie in root user's .TTauthority file.

You can use the TTAUTHORITY environment variable to specify an alternate authority file.

Requiring all ToolTalk messages to contain a valid cookie might cause problems with some ToolTalk clients. Therefore, you now have the ability to start ttsession with either relaxed security, full security, or no security.

Relaxed security is the default and requires a valid cookie only for the ToolTalk messages used to start an application on a remote machine. These messages contain a handler ptype, or have an operation name that maps to a ptype in the ptype database. Other message types are always delivered. Relaxed security is ideal for situations in which notification messages are constantly being sent between ToolTalk clients.

To request full security, which requires that all messages contain a valid cookie, start the ttsession with the -F flag. You must use the -F flag in conjunction with the -a cookie flag (set by default).

To request no security, start the ttsession with the -a none flag. With no security, all messages are delivered without verification. This is not recommended, because it leaves your machine vulnerable to attack.

1.6.10    XEmacs

The XEmacs editor has been upgraded from Version 20.4 to Version 21.1.7 in this release. This new version of XEmacs is contained in the OSFEMACS505 runtime subset and the FSFEMACS505 source subset.

This new version of the XEmacs editor has also replaced the Emacs editor. The XEmacs editor has an extensive graphical user interface when run in a window system, such as X. A symbolic link has been created from the /usr/bin/emacs to XEmacs.

Although Emacs is no longer shipped on the Operating System Volume 1 CD-ROM, it is available on the Open Source Software Collection CD-ROM included with your kit.

1.6.11    Netscape Communicator Version 4.7

This release of Tru64 UNIX contains Netscape Communicator Version 4.7. For information on using Netscape Communicator to display the online documentation, see the Installation Guide. To obtain the latest fixes to the Netscape Communicator problems described in Chapter 5 of these release notes, it is recommended that you download and install the latest version available of Netscape Communicator for Tru64 UNIX from the Netscape Netcenter's Download World Wide Web site at the following URL:


1.6.12    Ladebug

The Ladebug debugger has a new graphical user interface (GUI) that replaces the old interface. You invoked the old interface using the dxladebug command.

The new version of the GUI is not included with the kit. Instead, you download it from the Ladebug public web page at the following URL:


1.6.13    TruType Rasterizer Support

The X server can display TrueType fonts. The operating system currently supplies only Chinese TrueType fonts, but you can add other TrueType fonts to your system. Then, you can use the new TrueType font rasterizer (or font renderer) to display those fonts. This rasterizer is available starting with this version of the operating system. For more information, see the TruType(5X) reference page.

1.6.14    Intelligent ABC Input Method for Simplified Chinese

Starting with this release, the Intelligent ABC input method is supported by the Simplified Chinese input method server (dxhanziim). The Intelligent ABC input method allows you to quickly and efficiently combine words, phrases, and short sentences in Simplified Chinese.

See the dxhanziim application's online help for information about using the Intelligent ABC input method. For general information about Chinese input methods and the input method server, see the Chinese(5) and dxhanziim(1X) reference pages, respectively.

1.6.15    AlphaServer 8400/GS140 Power Supply Monitoring

This release adds support for reporting power supply and fan status, the current system temperature, and the maximum allowed system temperature for AlphaServer 8400/GS140 systems. This functionality is performed through the environmental monitoring subsystem, which you must enable prior to booting the system.

You can use the /sbin/sysconfig command to view the system environment at any time. When enabled, this feature prints warning messages in the case of power supply failure or abnormality or extreme temperatures. Error logs are logged in the /var/adm/binary.errlog log file.

For more information, see the System Administration guide and the envconfig(8) reference page.

1.6.16    MAXCLIENTS Attribute

The maximum value of the MAXCLIENTS system attribute has been increased from 128 to 256.

1.6.17    New Base Operating System CD-ROM Format

The Tru64 UNIX Operating System Volume 1 CD-ROM is mastered in ISO 9660 format with Rock Ridge Interchange Protocol (RRIP) extensions to provide support for long and mixed-case file names on UNIX systems and Microsoft's Joliet extensions to provide the same support for 32-bit Windows systems.

Some documentation files on the CD-ROM are fully ISO 9660 Level-1 compliant and can be viewed on any system that supports the standard.

If you are using Tru64 UNIX Version 5.0 or higher, you can mount the Operating System Volume 1 CD-ROM using the following command:

# mount /dev/disk/cdromnc /mnt

For versions of Tru64 UNIX earlier than Version 5.0, you can mount the CD-ROM by specifying the -t cdfs and -o rrip options to the mount command, as follows:

# mount -r -t cdfs -o rrip /dev/rznc /mnt

1.6.18    Enhancements to the Documentation CD-ROM

The Documentation CD-ROM has been enhanced with the following new features:

See Section 8.1 for more information.