pconsole now available in Solaris Express Community Edition build 103
By The Alchemist on Dec 05, 2008
an open source parallel console tool, is now available in Solaris Express Community Edition starting with build 103 (it will also be available soon in
OpenSolaris -- stay tuned for updates!). It is provided as an
alternative to the existing tool cconsole (and its associated programs crlogin, cssh, ctelnet), which is in the package SUNWccon (Sun Cluster Console), which is included in the Sun Cluster product. pconsole provides the same basic functionality as cconsole
but has a different interface. It is being included because it is
more familiar to some open source users and some have requested it. It
is contained in the Solaris package SUNWpconsole. This package is contained in the following metaclusters:
- SUNWCall (Entire distribution)
- SUNWCprog (Developer)
- SUNWCuser (End-User)
The full description of pconsole is in the pconsole man page.
After installing the package, you can run the program /usr/bin/pconsole. This is actually a shell script which invokes xterm and /usr/bin/pconsole-bin. It also uses ssh to establish the remote session. These defaults can be changed by setting environment variables before running it. Here are the environment variables you can set:
By default, pconsole uses xterm(1) to create a window to the remote system. You can specify another command by setting the environment variable P_TERM to the chosen command.
By default, pconsole uses the options "-geometry 80x24 -fn 10x20" to pass to the command that is specified by P_TERM, or to xterm(1) if P_TERM is unspecified. You can specify different options by setting the environment variable P_TERM_OPTIONS to the chosen options.
By default, pconsole uses ssh(1) to make connections. You can use a different command, such as rlogin(1), by setting the environment variable P_CONNECT_CMD to the chosen command.
If you are satisfied with the default you do not need to set any variables. pconsole is designed to be run as root. Here is an example of how to use pconsole.
Let's assume you have a 3-node cluster called ¨oolong¨, with host nodes
oolong1, oolong2, oolong3. Then you can type the following:
# pconsole oolong1 oolong2 oolong3
Four windows will then come up: three ordinary terminal windows, one for each of the named hosts, and a fourth special multiplexing window. This window appears smaller than the others, and any input typed here gets sent to all the other windows. This is extremely useful when you want to perform the same administrative actions on all the nodes at once.
The multiplexing window also supports a "command" mode, which is entered by typing CTRL-A. This results in a ">>> " prompt. In command mode several commands are available. The "help" commands lists all of the commands:
help Give help about the available commands
? short-cut for 'help'
version Display version information
echo Turn echo on or off
attach Attach to a tty device
detach Detach from a tty device
list Show devices currently attached to
connect Leave command mode
quit Exit pconsole
exit Exit pconsole
Otherwise, the usage of pconsole should be straightforward. Again, consult the man page for additional information.
Solaris Cluster Engineering