9 October 2009

Service Management Facility (SMF) components

In SMF, service instances are identified by a Fault Management Resource Indicator. The structure of an FMRI is <prefix>:/<class>/<service>:<instance>Example: svc:/system/cron:default

  • svc: SMF managed services
  • lrc: legacy run command, pre Solaris 10 style services
  • file: for expressing dependencies on files


  • svcs: services information.
    • svcs [FMRI|pattern]: list services, pattern can be a part of an FMRI and can include wildcards (example: “*nfs*”)
      • -a: all - include disabled services
      • -d: dependencies - show services this service depends upon
      • -D: dependents - show services that depend on this service
      • -xv: which services are in maintenance mode (not running) and why (v = verbose)
      • -p: list associated processes
  • svcprop <FMRI>: list service properties
    • -p <[group/]property> : list only these properties

      # svcprop –p start/exec cron

  • svcadm: Service administration (management)
    • svcadm enable <FMRI>: start (and monitor)
      • -t: temporary - the service will not be restarted after reboot
    • svcadm disable <FMRI>: stop
      • -t: temporary - the service will still be restarted on reboot
    • svcadm restart: stop, then start
    • svcadm refresh: reread configuration (after svccfg)
    • svcadm clear: clear maintenance mode, ask the service monitor to start a service after an error condition is resolved
    • svcadm milestone FMRI: go to milestone (does not change run level)
      • -d: set milestone as default target for system boots (initial default: all)
  • svccfg: service configuration
    • svccfg import <file>: import an xml service manifest in the binary service repository
    • svccfg export <FMRI>: write an xml service manifest to standard output
    • svccfg delete <FMRI>: remove a service definition from the binary service reporitory
    • svccfg extract > site.xml: extract current services state (enabled/disabled…) to a file
    • svccfg apply <file>: apply state (enabled/disabled…) of services in file
    • svccfg –s <FMRI> setprop <some/property> = value: set property
    • svccfg: interactive mode
      # svccfg
      svc:> list

      svc:> select cron
      svc:/system/cron> listprop *
      usr dependency start/user astring root

      svc:/system/cron> setprop start/user = astring: sys
      svc:/system/cron> quit
  • /usr/svc/bin/restore_repository: restore (corrupt) binary repository from automatic backup


  • /lib/svc/bin/svc.configd: performs the actions scheduled by configuration commands like svccfg
  • /lib/svc/bin/svc.startd: monitors and restarts services


  • /var/svc/manifest/<class>/<service>.xml: manifest for <service> of <class>
    • example: /var/svc/manifest/system/cron.xml
    • stores service definition
    • managed using SMF commands
  • /var/svc/profile/<profile>.xml: predefined service (enabled/disabled…) configurations.
    Profiles automatically applied after OS install/upgrade:
    • generic.xml: OS profile
    • site.xml: site specific profile
  • /etc/svc/repository.db: binary service repository
  • /lib/svc/method: directory with start, stop, restart scripts. Manifests refer to these scripts
    • example: /lib/svc/method/svc-cron
    • scripts are similar to legacy /etc/init.d scripts
  • /var/svc/log/<class>-<service>:<instance>.log
    • per <service> <instance> log
    • example: /var/svc/log/system-cron:default.log
  • /etc/svc/volatile/class>-<service>:<instance>.log
    • logs before the single user milestone is reached '(only root mounted)
    • example: /etc/svc/volatile/system-zones:default.log


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    • webmin