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mkcdsl(8)							    mkcdsl(8)


  mkcdsl - Make	a context-dependent symbolic link (CDSL)


  /usr/sbin/mkcdsl [-bfnqv] [-i	 | -c  | -a] [sourcename] [targetname]


  -a  All members. Copy	the existing file or directory to a member-specific
      area on all members.

  -b  Boot partition. In a cluster, the	CDSL is	placed on the boot partition.
      On a standalone system, an entry in added	to the CDSL inventory file,
      and the CDSL will	be created on the boot partition when the system is
      converted	to a cluster by	running	clu_create.

  -c  Copy the existing	file or	directory to a member-specific area on this
      member only.

  -f  Force the	overwriting of the existing CDSL or member-specific file or
      directory.  When the force option	is used	with a copy option, mkcdsl
      will overwrite an	existing member-specific file or directory.  Without
      the force	(-f) option, mkcdsl issues an error or message whenever	the
      physical path of the target differs from the specified targetname	(for
      example, when targetname resolution traverses a symbolic link), or when
      the source for a specified copy option cannot be found.  Unless the -f
      option is	specified, mkcdsl will exit when it encounters a situation
      that would generate an error message.  The mkcdsl	command	issues a
      warning message if the specified sourcename differs from the calculated
      sourcename. However, you do not need the -f option to stop mkcdsl	from
      exiting when it encounters a situation that generates a warning mes-

  -i  Inventory	only. Check the	files and update the inventory:

	+  If targetname is a CDSL, add	a new entry or update the existing
	   entry in /var/adm/cdsl_admin.inv.

	+  If targetname is not	a CDSL or does not exist, remove its entry
	   from	/var/adm/cdsl_admin.inv.

  -n  No execute mode. Display what would be done but do not create or change

  -q  Quiet. Stdout and	stderr are redirected to /dev/null.

  -v  Verbose.

      The pathname of the member-specific file to be linked.  By default,
      each CDSL	created	by mkcdsl has a	sourcename that	points to the default
      member-specific area in the file system where the	targetname resolves.
      For example, /usr/cluster/members/{memb}/	is the default member-
      specific area for	the /usr file system. When issued without an explicit
      sourcename, mkcdsl creates a sourcename that points to this default
      member-specific area using a relative pathname.  In most cases, this
      default behavior is satisfactory.	It creates a relative link that
      resolves properly	regardless of where the	file system is mounted.	 If
      you specify a sourcename,	mkcdsl uses this value as the pathname to the
      member-specific file or directory. The sourcename	must include the
      member-context path component {memb}.

      The pathname of the new CDSL entry to be created.	 If targetname
      exists, the -f, -c or -a options are required. If	the resolution of the
      targetname traverses any symbolic	links or file system mount points,
      the default value	of sourcename is adjusted such that the	member-
      specific files are placed	in the same file system	to which targetname


  A context-dependent symbolic link (CDSL) is a	special	form of	a symbolic
  link,	described in ln(1), whose target pathname includes a variable
  ({memb}). The	value of {memb}	is determined during pathname resolution,
  making it possible to	maintain member-specific configuration and data	files
  within the clusterwide namespace.

  The mkcdsl command creates a CDSL, effectively making	the specified target-
  name file or directory member-specific.  The command simplifies the crea-
  tion of a CDSL by automatically calculating a	default	sourcename, which
  resolves to the default member-specific area in the file system where	the
  CDSL is created.

  When mkcdsl creates a	CDSL, it adds an inventory entry to a clusterwide
  CDSL inventory file, /var/adm/cdsl_admin.inv.	This entry makes it possible
  for the cdslinvchk command to	check CDSLs created by mkcdsl.	The mkcdsl -i
  option updates the inventory file to reflect the current state of the	CDSL
  by adding, modifying,	or removing entries from the CDSL inventory file.

  In a cluster,	when directed to put a file in a member-specific directory
  (-c or -a), mkcdsl populates both the	member-specific	directory or direc-
  tories and the member0 directory.

  Although you can run mkcdsl from the command line, the mkcdsl	command	is
  designed to be non-interactive; it can be called from	scripts	without
  requiring user input to complete a task.


  To create a CDSL, /usr/testfile that points to

       # mkcdsl	/usr/testfile
       # ls -l /usr/testfile
	  ... /usr/testfile ->> cluster/members/{memb}/testfile

  In the previous example, /usr/testfile must not exist. The CDSL is created
  in /usr and no files are created in any member's
  /usr/cluster/members/{memb} directory.

  To copy the existing file or directory /usr/testfile1	to this	member's
  /usr/cluster/members/membern directory and replace it	with a CDSL that
  points to cluster/members/{memb}/testfile1:

       # mkcdsl	-c /usr/testfile1

  Although the CDSL references all members, only this member has a copy	of
  the original /usr/testfile1 file.

  To copy the existing file or directory /usr/testfile2	to all members'
  /usr/cluster/members/{memb} directories and replace it with a	CDSL that
  points to cluster/members/{memb}/testfile2:

       # mkcdsl	-a /usr/testfile2

  All members have a copy of the original /usr/testfile2 file.

  To create a CDSL and explicitly specify the sourcename:

       # mkcdsl	/usr/share/cluster/members/{memb}/testfile3 \

       *** Warning ***
       The passed source name, '/usr/share/cluster/members/{memb}/testfile3'
       differs from the	calculated source name:	cluster/members/{memb}/testfile3
       Using passed source name: '/usr/share/cluster/members/{memb}/testfile3'

  Because the specified	sourcename differs from	mkcdsl's calculated default
  value, the command issues a warning message. Note that mkcdsl	makes the
  CDSL.	The mkcdsl command does	not exit on a warning message. It will exit
  for an *** Error *** message unless the -f option is specified.

  To add an inventory record for an existing CDSL to the
  /var/adm/cdsl_admin.inv file:

       # mkcdsl	-i /etc/testfile4

  To remove a CDSL and then remove its entry from the /var/adm/cdsl_admin.inv

       # rm /etc/testfile4
       # mkcdsl	-i /etc/testfile4

  Note that removing the CDSL and its entry does not remove any	files refer-
  enced	by the CDSL.


  The exit values for mkcdsl are:

  0   Success.



      Specifies	the command path.

      CDSL administrative inventory file. This file will not exist on all


  Commands: ln(1), cdslinvchk(8)

  Files: local(4)

  Miscellaneous: hier(5)