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Re: Netview startup

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Subject: Re: Netview startup
From: Vladimir Petr <petr@DATASYS.CZ>
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 12:01:39 +0200
Reply-to: Discussion of IBM NetView and POLYCENTER Manager on NetView <NV-L@UCSBVM.UCSB.EDU>
Sender: Discussion of IBM NetView and POLYCENTER Manager on NetView <NV-L@UCSBVM.UCSB.EDU>
"De Beer, Michael" wrote:
> Thanx Petr
> The OS I'm running is AIX4.2.1 & Netview 5.1 & what we are trying to do
> is
> get a particular map up on the box, under root user, so that when the
> web-server comes up, as I understand it, this will be the first map it
> grabs. We tried to find a rc.local file on the system but had no luck
> (should we be looking for something else ? ).
> Regards Mike
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vladimir Petr [mailto:petr@DATASYS.CZ]
> Sent: Monday, April 26, 1999 12:11 PM
> To: NV-L@UCSBVM.ucsb.edu
> Subject: Re: Netview startup
> "De Beer, Michael" wrote:
> >
> > Hi
> >
> > Is it possible to start a netview map i.e.. default map at boot-up
> time,
> > with root user on the console, without root actually signing on the
> > console,
> > in other words, when the box comes up after a re-boot, it bypasses the
> > GUI
> > login screen and automatically starts the root map GUI. Any help would
> > be
> > appreciated.
> >
> > regards
> >
> > Michael de Beer
> > Network Management Analyst
> > +2711 889-4610 (work)
> > +2711 889-5293/4355 (fax)
> > +2782 338 2080 (mobile)
> Hello, Michael;
> I hope you know what you are trying to do, for this might compromise
> security at
> your site.
> For instance, add the following to your rc.local startup file (not sure
> which
> platform you are running NV on):
> /usr/bin/su - <userid> -c "nvauth -login <nv_userid> <nv_groupid> \
> <password>; netview&"
> This assumes you have security turned on and NV daemons running. Also,
> the
> user
> environment must be set in the .profile file. Otherwise, use full paths
> to
> the
> binaries.
> For password, better not to enter it in the script but rather read it
> from a
> file (readable only by its owner) through
> $(/usr/bin/cat <password_file>)
> or redirect STDIN from the file.
> You can set the map to open through the netview command or let the
> default
> map
> for that user show up. See manual for netview and su for options. :-)
> HTH,
> Best regards,
> Vladimir.
> --
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> ----
> --
> "The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne." Chaucer.

Hello, Mike;
As far as I know rc.local is not created by OS installation. It is created later
if there is a need to start some processes at boot time (it can be named
howsoever you want). Ususally, it's placed in /etc. After you have this script,
you must modify /etc/inittab to execute it.

However, as I realized later, there must be a user logged in to the box in order
for ovw to start up. Otherwise, there will be dtlogin window and ovw will have
no display and no environment. And as you know, Unix does not read password from
redirected STDIN.

So the simplest way is to add that command I mentioned in the previous posting
to the selected user's .kshrc/.profile file so that when this particular user
logs in the command will be executed and ovw shows up the map you desire. If you
want this user to be root, add the command to his/her $HOME/.kshrc. You can run
the netview command under any userid you want by means of su.

Hope this helps,
Best regards,
"The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne." Chaucer.

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