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 5.1 is a functional release that includes the following enhancements:
Operating system software that is scalable to very large configurations
Performance improvements in many areas including file systems, storage management, and networking
Enhanced reliability, availability, and serviceability features
In addition to these features, this release also includes the following specific enhancements:
Support for the AlphaServerTM GS series of computers (Section 1.1)
Memory troller (Section 1.2)
Compaq Capacity on Demand (Section 1.3)
Enhanced support for TruCluster Server Software (Section 1.4)
Tcl/Tk Version 8.2 (Section 1.5)
Support for Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) (Section 1.6)
Extended System V functionality (Section 1.7)
Information on recompiling device drivers (Section 1.8)
1.1 Support for the AlphaServer GS Series
This release provides support for the AlphaServer GS series of computers,
which includes the AlphaServer GS80, AlphaServer GS160, and AlphaServer GS320
These are highly reliable, highly available, and highly scalable
systems that provide unparalleled computing power.
The AlphaServer GS series
of computers enables you to quickly scale from 1 to 32 CPUs with up to 256
gigabytes of memory and to run multiple instances of different operating systems.
1.2 Memory Troller
This release introduces memory trolling. Memory trolling is a process of reading the system's memory to proactively discover and handle memory errors. Currently, memory trolling is supported only on AlphaServer GS80, GS160, and GS320 systems.
A new tuning attribute (
you to manage memory trolling.
This parameter is part of the kernel's
For systems that support memory trolling, use the
attribute to enable, disable, and tune the trolling
You can change the rate at any time.
For more information on the memory trolling feature, see the
1.3 Compaq Capacity on Demand
This release supports Compaq Capacity on Demand (CCoD) on GS140E, GS160, and GS320 systems. CCoD allows you to enable additional processing capacity, subject to hardware availability.
CCoD kits are available on a CD-ROM and from the World Wide Web. You can find additional information and download the CCoD kit from the following URL:
After you obtain the kit, use the
command to install the following software subset:
CODBASE400 Capacity On Demand
for information on installing optional
Instructions for configuring and using CCoD are included in the
1.4 Support for TruCluster Server
TruCluster Server Version 5.1 is a separately licensed product that ships on the Associated Products CD-ROM Volume 2. It is a highly integrated synthesis of Tru64 UNIX software, Compaq AlphaServer 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 4.0 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 5.1 provides the following features:
Support of the AlphaServer GS320, GS160, and GS80 systems.
TruCluster Server Version 5.0A supports concurrent, asynchronous direct I/O from applications running locally on the member that is the cluster file system (CFS) server of the file systems the application uses. All remote direct I/O requests to these file systems went across the cluster interconnect to the CFS server.
TruCluster Server Version 5.1 allows remote CFS clients, as well as applications local to the CFS server, to read and write directly to the file systems opened for direct I/O. That is, regardless of which member originates the I/O request, direct I/O to a file does not go through the cluster interconnect to the CFS server.
Software infrastructure required to support rolling upgrades and patches. If you have TruCluster Server Version 5.0A installed on your system, you can perform a rolling upgrade to Version 5.1. You can also roll patches onto a Version 5.1 cluster.
See the TruCluster Server
for more information
on these features.
1.5 Tcl/Tk Version 8.2
This release contains
Tcl/Tk Version 8.2 and TclX/TkX Version 8.1.
for Compaq's support policy.
For information on older versions of Tcl/Tk,
1.6 Internet Protocol Version 6 Support
This release contains Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) support for Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), User Datagram Protocol (UDP), and raw sockets, and IPv6 support for commands and utilities. This support is for those customers who want to start using IPv6 today and for those who want to test or experiment with IPv6. This support is in addition to the IPv4 support already in Tru64 UNIX.
The operating system supports the following:
IPv6 base protocol and addressing specifications
Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) for IPv6
Path MTU Discovery for IPv6
Stateless Address Autoconfiguration
RIPng for IPv6
Transition mechanisms for IPv6 hosts and routers
DNS extensions to support IPv6 and DNS dynamic updates
Basic IPv6 application programming interfaces (APIs)
Resource ReSerVation Protocol (RSVP)
IPv6 over Ethernet, Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI), and Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP)
See the Network Administration manual for IPv6 configuration instructions.
See the Software Product Description (SPD) for a list of supported Internet specifications, RFCs (Request for Comments), and Internet drafts (works in progress).
See the Network Programmer's Guide for information on using AF_INET6 sockets.
Not all components of the operating system support IPv6.
a list of commands that support IPv6.
For layered products and third-party
software, contact your vendor.
1.7 Extended System V Functionality
V functionality in the operating system has been extended in some existing
commands and library functions to include System V formatted output, and support
for System V options.
A number of new utilities are also supported, most notably
The Extended System V Functionality kits are provided in the following subsets on the Associated Products CD-ROM (APCD):
- Reference pages
If you choose to install the Extended System V Functionality kit, it
is installed into the
System V Functionality kit will not conflict with the operating
system software or documentation.
For installation and configuration details,
file in the
1.8 Device Drivers Must Be Recompiled
changes were made to the buffer structure (
that require device driver developers to
recompile their code under this release:
structure elements were recast to
to support future 64 bit block addressing.
Note that this change may require recasting of device driver variables to be compatible with the above elements.
Storage was added in
statistics (feed back for file systems).
field was added for storage and padded out to the next memory
1.9 Additional Changes
The following sections provide brief descriptions of additional changes
included in this version of the Tru64 UNIX operating system software.
1.9.1 Change to pax, tar, and cpio for Standards Compliance
A minor change has been made to the
command to maximize conformance with Version 2 of the X/Open
This change affects the
When a user other than the root user extracts a file from an archive
on top of a preexisting file of the same name, the existing file
is no longer removed first.
1.9.2 Large Shared Memory Segments Support
release supports System V shared memory segments greater than 2 GB as defined
by the UNIX 98 branding standard.
To make use of the full 64-bit shared-memory
segment size, you must recompile applications with
defined to be greater than or equal to 500.
cc -D_XOPEN_SOURCE=500 ...
the system defaults to the UNIX 95 branding standard, which supports only
2 GB of shared memory segments.
1.9.3 Event Management
This release provides many enhancements to the Event Manager (EVM) subsystem, including the following:
Improvements to the filter syntax, including English keywords,
The ability to select events by age
Easier selection of events to be logged, using new include and exclude keywords in the EVM logger's configuration file
Support for filtering by age in the event viewer
option that allows you to retrieve,
sort, and display events with a single command rather than a pipeline
Improvements in the programming interface and log file encapsulation tools
1.9.4 New Division of Privileges Capabilities
The SysMan Division of Privileges (DOP) facility allows a system administrator to authorize specific users or groups to perform system management operations (actions) that require root privilege.
Management actions are associated with specific privileges and the Configure
Division of Privileges (DOP) application is used to grant these specific
privileges to users and groups.
DOP is discussed in more detail in the
guide and the
The Manage DOP Actions is a new facility. This application allows the administrator to define new actions and their required privileges.
You can start the Configure Division of Privileges (DOP) and Manage DOP Actions from the Security branch of the SysMan Menu or from the command line, as follows:
recommends that you do not use the Manage DOP Actions facility to modify the
DOP actions that are supplied with the operating system.
If you do, the system
management facilities integral to the Tru64 UNIX system might fail.
1.9.5 Bootable Tape Supports LSM
In this release, the bootable tape utility (
btcreate) has been upgraded to support the Logical Storage Manager (LSM).
For more information, see the
reference page and the
1.9.6 FDDI Device Driver
The Fiber Distributed
Data Interface (FDDI) driver has been modified to improve scalability and
overall system performance.
This modification might change performance characteristics
for certain benchmark tests, depending on how the driver is used.
restore previous driver behavior by modifying the FDDI
page for more information.
1.9.7 DNS/BIND Enhancements
The Domain Name System (DNS) has been upgraded to Version 8.2.2 of the Berkeley Internet Name Domain (BIND) service in this release.
This version of BIND includes support for dynamic updates of the master
database, as well as support for private key encryption of dynamic updates and
For more information about these new features, see the
1.9.8 NTP Enhancements
The Network Time Protocol has been upgraded to Version 4.98a in this release of the operating system. New features in this version of NTP include:
A burst mode that results in better accuracy with the intermittent connections typical of PPP and ISDN services
Two new association modes (
manycastclient) based on multicast technology that
provide for automatic discovery and configuration of servers and clients
Improved logging support
For more information about these features, see the
1.9.9 IMAP Server Enhancements
The IMAP mail server has been updated from Version 1.5.19 to Version 1.6.19 in this release of the operating system.
Starting with this release, the IMAP files in the
and optionally, the users' mail directories in the IMAP mail spool,
are stored in subdirectories
z, sorted by the first character of each user
This arrangement reduces the number of entries in a given
directory and consequently increases performance and
If you are running the IMAP server from a previous version of
the operating system, and you are upgrading to Tru64 UNIX Version
5.1, you must convert your
configuration directories to the new format.
Optionally, you can sort your IMAP mail spool in the same manner by
option in the
file before converting your
To convert your directories to the new format, use the
1.9.10 Account Management Enhancements
This section provides information on enhancements to the Account Management
18.104.22.168 Filtering Added to the SysMan Account Management Task
The Account Management task on the SysMan
Menu has been enhanced to support filtering of user accounts.
Now you can
filter down to the accounts you are interested in viewing.
For example, you
can apply filters to show all accounts that match a pattern and to show all
accounts in a specific group.
22.214.171.124 Enhanced Security Features
Previously you could not use Account
Management tools (
to delete the user accounts under the enhanced security environment.
you can delete user accounts, as well as retire them.
When you delete an account,
it is removed from the
file and from the
(protected password) database.
In previous releases the Account Management tools (
the enhanced security environment supported only administratively locked accounts.
Disabled accounts were not supported.
Accounts could be disabled due to password
expiration, number of login failures, and other causes when running under
the enhanced security.
There was no straightforward way to clear disabling
conditions to enable login.
Now, on systems running enhanced security, the
application displays a list of users with the disabled
status, as well as the locked status.
Additionally, an Enable menu item allows
you to set the grace period to clear any disabling conditions.
1.9.11 File System Enhancements
This section provides information on enhancements to Tru64 UNIX
This release provides a new feature, AutoFS, that you can use to automatically and transparently mount and unmount NFS file systems on an as-needed basis.
AutoFS is similar to the existing Automount feature; however, it provides increased efficiency and higher availability, with certain restrictions. AutoFS is also supported by the TruCluster Server Software.
For more information about AutoFS, see
this manual, the
guide, and the
126.96.36.199 Digital Versatile Disk File System
This release supports the Digital Versatile Disk File System (DVDFS), which enables the reading of disks formatted in the Universal Disk Format (UDF). These interfaces conform to the ISO/ITEC 13346:1995 and ISO 9660:1988 standards.
reference page for more information.
188.8.131.52 Changes to the mount and statfs System Calls
additional mount flags, the
field has changed from 32 bits to 64 bits.
that pass a 32-bit flag field using the
call will continue to work.
structure, which is used
to query a file system's mount flags, now uses one of its previously spare
fields to report this information.
The new field is the
field will continue to report
back 32-bits of data; the
field will report
back the complete 64-bits of data.
Currently, attempts to set invalid mount flags via the
system call are silently ignored.
184.108.40.206 UFS File System Extension
You can now extend
UFS file systems to a larger size using the
for unmounted file systems and the
command for mounted
The file system extension functionality provided by these commands
allows for easier file system growth than traditional tools, such as
You can also extend UFS file systems that exist on Logical Storage Manager (LSM) volumes by first extending the LSM volume.
guide and the
pages for information.
1.9.12 Development Environment Enhancments
This section provides information on enhancements to the developement
220.127.116.11 Enhancements to the acreate Function
flag has been added to the list of
supported flags for the
This flag can provide a performance
for multithreaded applications that are willing to guarantee that no two
threads will access the arena at the same time, for any purpose.
reference page for more information.
function is available for
those applications that want to specify NUMA memory allocation attributes to
be associated with an arena.
reference page for more
18.104.22.168 Spike Post-Link Optimizer
is a new tool for performing code optimization after linking.
It is a replacement
and does similar optimizations.
Because it can operate
on an entire program, Spike can do optimizations that cannot be done by the
Some of the optimizations that Spike performs are code layout, deleting unreachable code, and optimization of address computations. Spike is most effective when it uses profile information to guide optimization.
Spike can process binaries linked on Tru64 UNIX Version 4.0 or later systems. Binaries that are linked on Version 5.1 or later systems contain information that allows Spike to do additional optimization.
om, Spike can be invoked as part of the compilation
process, by specifying the
option with the
command, if the associated compiler is installed).
In addition, Spike can be invoked on the command line by applying the
command to a binary file after compilation.
For more information,
22.214.171.124 Changes in the Assembly Process of the as and cc Commands
The assembler component that is invoked with the
commands has been reimplemented in this release.
No changes to the user environment or source code are necessary due to this
The following switches have been added to the
specifies to use the old assembler
for this assembly
specifies to use the new assembler
for this assembly
By default, both the
commands use the new assembly process.
You can invoke the old
process by using the
If multiple switches
are presented to the assembly process, both the
commands use the last switch seen.
1.9.13 Advanced Printing Software Version 1.1
This release contains an updated version of the Advanced Printing Software, which includes the following enhancements:
Support for configuring spoolers and supervisors as highly available applications in a TruCluster Server environment
Support for the use of LDAP as a name service
Support for new printers
See the online Technical Updates for TruCluster and LDAP configuration
information and for a list of the newly supported printers.
1.9.14 Performance Manager
Performance Manager agent (
pmgrd) now ships on the base
operating system as an SNMP subagent.
The agent installs with the
daemon and is started automatically with the SNMP agent.
1.9.15 New Options for Collect
You can configure the
Collect utility to suspend and resume based on the amount of available free
The Collect utility monitors free disk space with the
The Collect utility suspends writing to disk when free
disk space falls below a declared threshold and resumes when free space rises
above the threshold.
You can also configure the Collect utility to flush buffered data to
disk at a user-defined interval, using the
set the number of write instances and the time interval.
For more information, see the
1.9.16 Perl Upgraded to Version 5.005
Perl has been upgraded
from Version 5.00404 to Version 5.00503.
The Perl software consists
of the minimum runtime subset (
BINPERL510) and the runtime
1.9.17 Windows System Software Enhancements
The following notes provide information on enhancements to the windows
126.96.36.199 Change to X Server Behavior for Graphic Drivers
The X server has been modified
to correctly handle the
command line options.
now works with a screen other than 0 and the
now allows other screens to work when screen 0 is disabled.
For more information
on these command line options, see the
188.8.131.52 CDE and Motif Applications Can Run in UTF-8 Locales
Motif applications can run in UTF-8 locales, as well as traditional UNIX locales.
In this release, UTF-8 locales have been added for Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
for a list of the UTF-8 locales available for
A restriction remains in effect for the
which does not support UTF-8 locales for any language.
For existing CDE and Motif applications, the operating system supports UTF-8 locales through codeset conversion. That is, localization data files that already exist for the application in another locale (for example, a Latin-1 locale) are converted to UTF-8 when the user runs the application. Programmers creating new CDE and Motif applications can choose to use the codeset conversion strategy to support UTF-8. Alternatively, they can support UTF-8 directly by creating the following directories with corresponding localization data files:
Message catalog files:
CDE Action/Datatyping files:
CDE Help files:
CDE Style Manager Backdrop and Pallet name files:
184.108.40.206 Improved Size 2 Terminal Font
This release includes an improved CDE Size 2 terminal font. If you use Font Size 2 as your default font size on a CDE-based workstation, you might notice a change in the fixed-width font.
The old font, 100dpi/lutRS08.pcf.Z, was not hand-tuned and is characterized by poorly formed characters and unintelligible diacritical marks (accents). The new font, 75dpi/lutRS12.pcf.Z, is one pixel taller per line and has the same width as the older font. Even though the new font was designed for 75dpi use, it is more regular and readable at all monitor resolutions because it was hand-tuned for use on display terminals.
Additionally, the 75dpi/lutRS12.pcf.Z font was improved for this release. Previously, the plus sign (+), hyphen (-), equal sign (=), underscore (_), division sign (÷), and plus-minus (±) characters ran together when placed next to one another. For this release, those characters have been modified so as to not run together.
Both the old and new fonts are present in previous and current releases. Both fonts are from the Lucida Typewriter family, which is a monospaced font. The old size 2 font (100/lutRS08.pcf) is 11 pixels tall, whereas the new size 2 font (75/lutRS12.pcf) is 12 pixels tall. Neither of these fonts is restricted to use with 75dpi or 100dpi monitors. They can be used with displays of any resolution.
If you prefer the older font and want to restore that behavior, save
and restore a copy of the
file from any Version 4.0 release.
This file associates logically named CDE
fonts with actual font files.
After you restore the older version of this
file, you must log out and log back in using the CDE Session Manager Dialog
to restore the old font behavior.
220.127.116.11 Motif Version 2.1
Motif Version 2.1 is included on the Associated Products CD-ROM as an Advanced Developer's Kit (ADK). The new features available with Motif Version 2.1 include: thread-safe libraries, widget printing support, and internationalization enhancements. New widgets have also been added.
This version does not contain any of the Compaq enhancements that are present in the default Motif Version 1.2. This is particularly true in the area of internationalization enhancements and input method server support. Therefore, the two versions of Motif are not fully compatible with each other. Motif Version 2.1 is intended to coexist with Motif Version 1.2.
file for more information.
1.9.18 GNU M4 Version 1.4
includes GNU M4 Version 1.4.
You can invoke the GNU M4 preprocessor by using
1.9.19 Netscape Communicator
This release of Tru64 UNIX contains Netscape Communicator Version 4.72. 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:
For more information on Netscape see Section 5.1.5.