Configuration(s) & Problem Description:
1. Have Solaris 2.3 installed on internal disk drive of SPARCstation 20
- formerly was my default boot disk.
2. Have Solaris 2.5.1 installed on external SCSI Hard Drive - this is
now my default boot disk.
Recently I installed Solaris 2.5.1 on an external SCSI Hard Drive and
changed the PROM boot parameter to default to this disk drive upon
On the surface, Solaris 2.5.1 appears to function correctly in
OpenWindows or CDE desktops. But ... I have one big problem - access to
other workstations and pc's on the same subnet doesn't work! I can ping
myself and localhost and they're alive but when I ping other
workstations/pc's - no response.
"ifconfig -a" command shows the interface Lance Ethernet (le0) card up
and configured correctly, ie. proper IP address, correct netmask, etc.
"netstat -rn" command shows the routing table to be set up properly with
appropriate gateway router, etc.
Believe I have /etc/hosts, /etc/netmasks, /etc/hostname.le0,
/etc/nodename, /etc/networks, /etc/resolv.conf, and /etc/nsswitch.conf
files properly set up.
Essentially they're set up the same as Solaris 2.3 /etc files although I
noticed a difference in Solaris 2.3 vs 2.5.1 /etc/netconfig file.
Earlier versions of Solaris, i.e., 2.3, 2.4, had nametoaddr_libs for the
inet family in Solaris, but evidently this was done away with starting
with the Solaris 2.5 release (don't know this to be fact, as I've only
used Solaris 2.3, 2.4, 2.5.1, and 2.6 (no 2.5 experience). Note: I
first installed Solaris 2.6 on the external hard disk and experienced
this same problem, so I "stepped back" to Solaris 2.5.1 to see if
problem went away.
If I boot the Solaris 2.3 version, I'm FDH (Fat, Dumb, and Happy!). The
workstation purrs, communicates with all its neighboring
workstations/pc's and loves browsing the Internet!
Go back to Solaris 2.5.1 version, I'm the lonely Maytag Repair man.
Anyone experience this problem before? Any ideas where I've gone
astray? What I've done wrong or haven't done? Thanks in advance for
P.S. Is there an archive where I could peruse older questions? If so,
where can I find it? Tx.