HP-UX Tips and tricks

 Resetting GSP from Command line
# stty +resetGSP </dev/GSPdiag1

Find out the boot path from command line
# echo "boot_string/S" | adb /stand/vmunix /dev/mem

How to extend a file system in hp-ux
# lvextend -L 1500 /dev/vgxx/lvolx (assuming the final size will be 1.5GB)
# fsadm -F vxfs -b 1500m /xxx     (xxx=mount point) If you have online JFS.
# umount /xxx
# extendfs -F vxfs /dev/vgxx/rlvolx

How to create a patch depot
# swcopy -s /soft/patch/PHSS_35546.depot PHSS35546 @ /soft/patch/depot

To Display mode parameter of a SCSI Device
# /usr/sbin/scsictl -a -m ir=1 -m ir /dev/rdsk/c1t15d0

How to create a file system
First check the available disks and minor no for the VG you want to create
# ll /dev/*/group ( Will look like this)
crw-rw-r-- 1 root sys 64 0x010000 Sep 16 2006 /dev/vg-ignite/group
crw-r----- 1 root sys 64 0x000000 Sep 16 2006 /dev/vg00/group

Note down the next available minor no. In this example we can use
0x020000 (0x for hex then 02 is for VG and next 0000 is reserved for logical volumes)
# mkdir /dev/vg-test
# mknod /dev/vg-test/group c 64 0x02000
# vgcreate /dev/vg-test /dev/dsk/c1t15d0 (assuming on this disk you want to create VG)
# lvcreate -L 20480 -n lv-TEST /dev/vg-TEST (assuming 20GB LV Size you want)
# newfs -F vxfs -o largefiles /dev/vg-test/rlv-test
# mount /dev/vg-test/lv-test /test

To check the contents of a Itanium based make_tape_recovery do the following.
(You  can use -xvf to restore any file too.)
# mt -t /dev/rmt/0mn rew
# mt -t /dev/rmt/0mn fsf 22
# tar -tvf /dev/rmt/0mn

Find the list of files in a bundle.
First find the Bundle name from the Depot
# swlist -l bundle -s /patch/11.00/depot
# swlist -l file -l bundle -s/patch/11.00/depot PB_11_00_march_2003

How to make a Software package
First swcopy to a depot then Ex. Assuming the the depot is /patch/11.00/depot
Create the bundle first
# make_bundles -B i -n "PB_11_00_march_2003" -t "Patch Database March 2003" \
-o /patch/11.00/depot/PB_March_2003_11.00.psf   -r 1.0 /patch/11.00/depot
then run 
# swpackage -s /patch/11.00/PB_March-2003_11.00.psf  -xlayout_version=1.0 -xreinstall_files=true \
-d /patch/11.00/depot

To unregister a CD-ROM depot mounted at /mnt/cd, you would type:
# swreg -l depot -u /mnt/cd

To register the same depot (mounted at /mnt/cd on the local host) as a depot to be available on the network, type:
swreg -l depot /mnt/cd

The following example enables direct access from one or two other systems to the HWEnable11i depot on the Support Plus CD, assuming the Support Plus CD is mounted at /cdrom:

# swreg -l depot /cdrom/HWEnable11i0.

SCSI Tuning in HP-UX
# scsictl -a /dev/rdsk/c4t6d0 -- too see the parameters
# scsictl -m queue_depth=32 /dev/rdsk/c4t6d0 - to change from default 8k to 32k
# scsictl -c get_lun_parms /dev/rdsk/cxtxdx does the same as scsictl -a

To set the immediate report on and display all mode parameters for SCSI Device
# scsictl -a -m ir=1 -m ir /dev/rdsk/c4t6d0

To see the scsi_max-q_depth settings run 
# kctune scsi_max_qdepth

To change it from default 8 to desired 32k permanently 
# kctune scsi_max_qdepth=32 and type y when it asks for confirmation

How to determine the SCSI queue depth for a device in HP-UX
# scsictl -m queue_depth /dev/rdsk/cxtxdx

How to change the SCSI queue depth for a device in HP-UX
# scsictl -m queue_depth=X /dev/rdsk/cxtxdx

How to Mirror VG00 using LVM with HPUX-11.23IA
HP Document ID : KBRC00014526
NOTE: There are differences in procedure between 11.22 and 11.23.
Please refer to KBRC00011156 for B.11.22.
1. From HPUX, use vgdisplay to identify the disk that is in vg00. Use ioscan to find the spare disk.
# vgdisplay -v --> vg00 is on /dev/dsk/c2t1d0s2 in this example
# ioscan -efunC disk --> Let's assume c3t2d0 for this example
2. Create the system, OS, and service partitions.
# vi /tmp/partitionfile
HPUX 100%
# idisk -wf /tmp/partitionfile /dev/rdsk/c3t2d0
idisk version: 1.31
********************** WARNING ***********************
If you continue you may destroy all data on this disk.
Do you wish to continue(yes/no)? yes <-- Answer "yes" and not "y"
3. Create device files needed for the new partitions.
# insf -eC disk
4. Verify the partition table.
# idisk /dev/rdsk/c3t2d0
5. Verify that the device files were created properly.
# ioscan -efnC disk --> c3t2d0 is 0/1/1/1.2.0
6. Populate the /efi/hpux/ directory in the new EFI system partition.
# mkboot -e -l /dev/rdsk/c3t2d0
7. Change the auto file for the mirror to boot without quorum.
NOTE: Using "s1"
# echo "boot vmunix -lq" > /tmp/AUTO.lq
# efi_cp -d /dev/rdsk/c3t2d0s1 /tmp/AUTO.lq /EFI/HPUX/AUTO
NOTE: We assume that if we boot from the primary, the mirror is fully
functional and therefore we don't need to override quorum. Your site
might require that both disks override quorum.
9. Verify the contents of the auto file on the primary and the mirror.
NOTE: Using "s1"
# efi_cp -d /dev/rdsk/c2t1d0s1 -u /EFI/HPUX/AUTO /tmp/AUTO.pri
# efi_cp -d /dev/rdsk/c3t2d0s1 -u /EFI/HPUX/AUTO /tmp/AUTO.alt
# cat /tmp/AUTO.pri
# cat /tmp/AUTO.alt
10. Add the new partition to vg00.
NOTE: Using "s2"
# pvcreate -fB /dev/rdsk/c3t2d0s2
# vgextend vg00 /dev/dsk/c3t2d0s2
11. Mirror all logical volumes in vg00.
NOTE: Using "s2"
# lvextend -m 1 /dev/vg00/lvol1 /dev/dsk/c3t2d0s2
# lvextend -m 1 /dev/vg00/lvol2 /dev/dsk/c3t2d0s2
# lvextend -m 1 /dev/vg00/lvol3 /dev/dsk/c3t2d0s2
# lvextend -m 1 /dev/vg00/lvol8 /dev/dsk/c3t2d0s2
12. Add the new disk to /stand/bootconf.
NOTE: Using "s2"
# vi /stand/bootconf
l /dev/dsk/c2t1d0s2
l /dev/dsk/c3t2d0s2
13. Verify that the new disk was added to vg00, and the lv's are in
# vgdisplay -v vg00
14. Verify that the BDRA was updated properly. Take note of the HW
paths forstep 15.
# lvlnboot -v
15. Add EFI primary and high availability boot path menu entries.
# setboot -p 0/1/1/0.1.0 <-- Set primary disk
# setboot -h 0/1/1/1.2.0 <-- Set mirror disk
# setboot -b on <-- Set autoboot on
16. Verify that the primary and mirror boot paths are configured
# setboot
17. Test the new mirror by booting off of it.
# shutdown -r -y 0
18. Select "HP-UX HA Alternate Boot" to test the mirror.
EFI Boot Manager ver 1.10 [14.61] Firmware ver 2.21 [4334]
Please select a boot option
HP-UX Primary Boot: 0/1/1/0.1.0
HP-UX HA Alternate Boot: 0/1/1/1.2.0
EFI Shell [Built-in]
20. Verify which disk/kernel you booted from.
# grep "Boot device" /var/adm/syslog/syslog.log
vmunix: Boot device's HP-UX HW path is:
21. Remove temporary files.
# rm /tmp/partitionfile /tmp/AUTO*
Date 0/31/04

INQ displaying devices as ACCESS DENIED (from EMC)
Use rmsf command to remove the entries (Cause:  Migrated from old Symmetrix to a new Symmetrix)

Host cannot see more than 8 luns per port ( From EMC)
For HP-UX hosts with HDS 9960 or HP XP512 arrays: Set the host mode to 03, not 08, as the HDS documentation specifies. Setting the host mode to 03 enables the host to see more than 8 LUNs per port.

How to test if PowerPath is load balancing and configured properly to failover (emc87060)
The following procedure can be used to make sure that PowerPath is configured properly for load balancing and failover. This example was done on an HP-UX machine, but it will work (with modifications for the device names) on any Unix host:

Pick a Symmetrix device and note all of the native paths configured for that device:

# powermt display dev=c24t0d1
Symmetrix ID=000187400662
Logical device ID=0011
state=alive; policy=SymmOpt; priority=0; queued-IOs=0
---------------- Host --------------- - Stor - -- I/O Path - -- Stats ---
### HW Path I/O Paths Interf. Mode State Q-IOs Errors
24 0/10/0/ c24t0d1 FA 13aA active alive 0 0
35 0/12/0/ c35t0d1 FA 13aA active alive 0 0
37 0/10/0/ c37t0d1 FA 4bA active alive 0 0
38 0/12/0/ c38t0d1 FA 4bA active alive 0 0

Set the policy to Round Robin for that device:

# powermt set policy=rr dev=c24t0d1
# powermt display dev=c24t0d1 | grep policy
state=alive; policy=RoundRobin; priority=0; queued-IOs=0

Start I/O to a single device in the group (in this case, use the block device as the input file and /dev/null as the output file to read from the device):

# dd if=/dev/dsk/c24t0d1 of=/dev/null

Show I/O on all of the paths to that device:

# sar -d 10
HP-UX curly B.11.11 U 9000/800 05/18/04
15:54:21 device %busy avque r+w/s blks/s avwait avserv
15:54:31 c1t2d0 0.50 0.50 3 44 4.30 1.54
c24t0d1 6.79 0.50 336 2688 5.04 0.24
c35t0d1 8.08 0.50 336 2688 5.04 0.21
c37t0d1 6.79 0.50 336 2688 5.03 0.25
c38t0d1 7.68 0.50 336 2689 5.05 0.21

There is I/O down all four paths to Symmetrix device 0011.

Note: In the above example, there is only I/O down the four paths to device 0011 and to the internal disk (c1t2d0). If there is I/O to many devices on the system (almost certain in a production environment), egrep can be used to display only the paths to the Symm device in question:

# sar -d 10 | egrep "c24t0d1|c35t0d1|c37t0d1|c38t0d1"
16:00:56 c24t0d1 8.90 0.50 366 2929 5.06 0.20
c35t0d1 6.70 0.50 366 2929 5.02 0.20
c37t0d1 6.70 0.50 366 2929 4.99 0.21

How to interpret HP-UX device numbers from SCSI read and write errors in the syslog - emc88252
When SCSI read and write errors are logged in the syslog, the device number is written in hex. For example:
Jun 2 21:13:38 pdb01 vmunix: SCSI: Read error -- dev: b 31 0x2b8400, errno: 126, resid: 8192,
Jun 2 21:13:39 pdb01 above message repeats 13 times
Jun 2 21:13:39 pdb01 vmunix: - dev: b 31 0x2b8400, errno: 126, resid: 8192,
Jun 2 21:13:39 pdb01 vmunix: blkno: 2895352, sectno: 5790704, offset: -1330126848, bcount: 8192.
Jun 2 21:13:52 pdb01 vmunix: SCSI: Write error -- dev: b 31 0x038400, errno: 126, resid: 8192,
Jun 2 21:13:52 pdb01 vmunix: blkno: 5454416, sectno: 10908832, offset: 1290354688, bcount: 8192.
The numbers can be broken down as follows:
vmunix: SCSI: Write error -- dev: b 31 0x2b8400
2b = Controller 43
8 = Target 8
4 = LUN 4
This translates to c43t8d4
vmunix: SCSI: Read error -- dev: b 31 0x038400
03= Controller 3
8 = Target 8
4 = LUN 4
This translates to c3t8d4

There is another very easy way to find it : (my note). SCSI write error is most probably either disk or tape. In this case major no is 31 which is always for disk in hp-ux. So run ll /dev/dsk and grep for the entry 0x038400 and you will know right away which is the device.

There are 2 paths to the same Symmetrix device (091) that is logging the read and write errors:
/dev/rdsk/c3t8d4 :EMC :SYMMETRIX :5568 :32091000 :8838720
/dev/rdsk/c43t8d4 :EMC :SYMMETRIX :5568 :32091000 :8838720
In most cases when this type of error is seen against Symm devices, the issue is logical corruption and running
fsck on the affected logical volumes or devices will solve the problem.


To increase or decrease space in file system. First extend the LVM
# lvextend -L 72 /dev/vg01/lvol1
# fsadm -b new_size mount_point (here 72*1024,assuming 1K block size )

How to report on directory fragmentation vxvm
# fsadm –D mount_point

How to reorganize directories vxvm to reduce fragmentation and reclaim wasted space
# fsadm –d mount_point

How to report on extent fragmentation within a file system vxvm
# fsadm –E mount_point

Reorganize (defragment) a file system's extents to reduce fragmentation and reclaim wasted space.
# fsadm –e mount_point

Create a snapshot file system. First create separate LVM for that purpose
# lvcreate –L 20 /dev/vg02/snap_back
# mkdir /backhome
# mount –o snapof=primary_special special mount_point
# mount –o snapof=/dev/vg02/lvdata /dev/vg02/snap_back /backhome

Change extent attributes. To maximize performance.
# setext –e extent_size –r reservation -f flags file

How to export and import a Volume Group
From the source Server do the these steps
unmount the filesystem(s) of the VG you want to export
umount /test (Ex. /test is the mount point)
vgchange -a n vg-test
vgexport -p -m vg-test.map vgtest (To preview and create the mapfile. To export omit -p)
on the New Server
ioscan –fnC disk (To find new disk entries)
insf –d sdisk (To install the disk device files)
ll /dev/*/group (To see what minor numbers have already been used)
mkdir /dev/vg-test (To create the directory)
mknod /dev/vgx/group c 64 0x00000 (To create the device file)
vgimport -m /dev/dsk/cxtxdx /dev/dsk/cxtxdx (To import the volume group)
vgchange -a y (to activate the volume group)
mkdir /test
and mount /dev/vg-test/lvxx /test

How to test network bandthwitdh / Test ftp data transfer rate without actual transfererring
ftp targethost
put "|dd if=/dev/zero bs=32k count=1000" /dev/null

How to convert numbers to and from binary format.
To make the conversion of value 195 to binary format, enter:
To convert the binary number 1111101000 to a decimal format, enter:

How to mount a ISO image
# nohup pfs_mountd &
# nohup pfsd &
# pfs_mount -o xlat=UNIX pathToIso mountPoint
# usr/sbin/pfs_mount -t iso9660 -x unix /images/cd.iso /mnt

Problem              : Unable to recover rx2620 server to rx7620
possible (tested) solution : - Boot from the recovery tape. Note down each file systems size and delete them and re-create them from the Ignite Menu. I  successfully recovered on of my clients's server using this method. I don't know anyone else ever tested it or not.

How to use  linkloop command
Suppose you want to troubleshoot network problem and you have the mac address of the remote server running hp-ux. From your current server u want to check the connectivity using lan0. From ioscan -funClan you got the instance no. which is 0 and MAC of the remote ethernet card is 0x00306EF3FDBD. the syntax will be:
# linkloop -vi 0 0x00306EF3FDBD

If swinstall, swlist or SAM takes very long time to come back
Check /etc/hosts file and match the hostname with proper IP address. Then check  /etc/resolv.conf file and check the correct entries and see if you can ping the dns server or not. For instant solution you may rename it and then run swagentd -r command. Once you are done u can move that file back and rerun swagentd -r again.

How to to check any Tape Library and Optical Jukebox
# ioscan –funCautoch ( And note down the device name with path)
Ex. /dev/rac/cxtxdx
# mc –p /dev/rac/cxtxdx –r IDSM ( Will show all the slot and Drive information)
# mc –p /dev/rac/cxtxdx –e IDSM ( Will show less detailed information)

How to find the tapes in the slots
#mc –p /dev/rac/cxtxdx –r IDSM |grep –i full

How to move Tape from a Storage slot 5 to drive 1
# mc –p /dev/rac/cxtxdx –s S5 –d D1 ( -s = Source, -d = destination)
( S= Storage Slot, D=Drives, E=Export/Import Slot, M=Media changer i.e robot)

How to display all informations of all the nPars
# parstatus

How to display properties of nPar0 only
# parstatus -V -p0

Example of a parcreate command to create a partition name shreya with Cell2 and cell3
(Remember at least one Cell must have core io attached to it i.e should have IO Drawers)
# parcreate -P shreya -c 2:base:y:ri -c 3:base:y:ri

Here is the output of parstatus command without any switch
(I am not explaining as man page has all the informations, but this screenshot will help people who are new to nPar world)
root@SDPROD0> parstatus
Warning: No action specified. Default behaviour is display all.
Complex Name : GOD
Complex Capacity
Compute Cabinet (8 cell capable) : 1
Active GSP Location : cabinet 0
Model : 9000/800/SD32000
Serial Number : USE12345678
Current Product Number : A5201A
Original Product Number : A5201A
Complex Profile Revision : 1.0
The total number of Partitions Present : 2

Cabinet      I/O              Bulk Power    Backplane
Blowers      Fans            Supplies       Power Boards
OK/            OK/             OK/               OK/
Cab                          Failed/       Failed/        Failed/          Failed/
Num Cabinet Type   N Status     N Status      N Status        N Status            GSP
=== ============ ========= ========= ========== ============ ======
0    SD32000           4/ 0/ N+       5/ 0/ ?        6/ 0/ N+         3/ 0/ N+             active

Notes: N+ = There are one or more spare items (fans/power supplies).
N = The number of items meets but does not exceed the need.
N- = There are insufficient items to meet the need.
? = The adequacy of the cooling system/power supplies is unknown.

CPU         Memory                                                             Use
OK/          (GB)                                                    Core        On
Hardware      Actual               Deconf/    OK/                                                     Cell         Next   Par
Location       Usage                Max         Deconf        Connected To                 Capable  Boot   Num
========== ============ ======= ========= =================== ======= ====    ===
cab0,cell0     active core       4/0/4       16.0/ 0.0      cab0,bay1,chassis3           yes           yes      1
cab0,cell1     active base      4/0/4        12.0/ 0.0     cab0,bay0,chassis3           yes          yes       1
cab0,cell2     inactive           4/0/4         8.0/ 0.0       -                                       no            -           -
cab0,cell3     inactive           4/0/4        12.0/ 0.0      -                                       no            -           -
cab0,cell4     active core      4/0/4         12.0/ 0.0      cab0,bay0,chassis1          yes          yes       0
cab0,cell5     active base      4/0/4        12.0/ 0.0      -                                       no           yes       0
cab0,cell6     active base      4/0/4        12.0/ 0.0      cab0,bay1,chassis1          yes          yes       0
cab0,cell7     inactive           4/0/4        12.0/ 0.0     -                                        no            -           -

Core  Connected     Par
Hardware Location                   Usage               IO      To                 Num
===================          ============ ==== ========== ===
cab0,bay0,chassis0                  absent               -        -                    -
cab0,bay0,chassis1                  active                yes    cab0,cell4     0
cab0,bay0,chassis2                  absent               -        -                     -
cab0,bay0,chassis3                  active                yes cab0,cell1        1
cab0,bay1,chassis0                  absent               -        -                    -
cab0,bay1,chassis1                  active                yes cab0,cell6        0
cab0,bay1,chassis2                  absent               -       -                      -
cab0,bay1,chassis3                  inactive             yes cab0,cell0        1

Par                            # of     # of I/O
Num Status               Cells   Chassis      Core cell       Partition Name (first 30 chars)
===  ============ ===== ======== ========== ===============================
0      active                3        2                cab0,cell4     sdprod0
1      active                2        1                cab0,cell0     sdoraprod1


Problem  : Unable to recover RP4440 server to another RP4440 Server. OS loaded from make_tape_recovery but after OS Installation completed it fails

Possible Solution     : Check the SCSI Card you are using on both the Servers. Probably old RP4440 using Ultra 160 LVD card and the new RP4440 is using Ultra320 Card. One possible and tested solution is add one Ultra 160 LVD SCSI card in the new Server and connect  the SCSI Internal Disks to it. Second tested Solution is same but you can use External DASD like DS2300 or DS2320. Third  solution is install the Driver to the OS of old Server for the Ultra320 LVD SCSI Card or the Card used in the New Server and then  run make_tape_recovery on old server.


Problem  :  linkloop works fine still unable to ping the router or any other server in the same network.

possible solution    :  This worked for three servers with same issue but don't have any explanation. run ifconfig lan0 down and ifconfig lan0 unplumb and then run ifconfig lan0 plumb and ifconfig lan0 xxx.xxx.xxx.xx netmask xxx.xxx.xxx.xx. link workes means that the Servers  can see each other i.e. connected to link level. (xxx=replace with ip address and subnet mask)