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RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks)

A disk subsystem that is used to increase performance and/or provide fault tolerance. RAID is a classification of different ways to back up and store data on multiple disk drives. There are seven levels of RAID:

  • Level 0: Nonredundant disk array (striping)

  • Level 1: Mirrored disk array

  • Level 2: Memory-style Error Code Correction (ECC)

  • Level 3: Bit-interleaved parity

  • Level 4: Block-interleaved parity

  • Level 5: Block-interleaved distributed parity

  • Level 6: P + Q redundancy

SVM implements RAID levels 0, 1, and 5.

RARP (Reverse ARP)

A method by which a client is assigned an IP address based on a lookup of its Ethernet address.

Reconfiguration boot

A method of booting a system so that the system recognizes newly added peripheral devices and creates an entry in the /etc/path_to_inst file, and the /dev and /devices directories.

Reconfiguration startup

See Reconfiguration boot.


Duplication for the purpose of achieving fault tolerance. This refers to duplication or addition of components, data, and functions within the array.


One or more additional copies of the state database.

Restricted shell

Restricted versions of the Korn shell (rksh) and the Bourne shell (rsh) to limit the operations allowed for a particular user account. Restricted shells are especially useful for ensuring that time-sharing users, or users' guests on a system, have restricted permissions during login sessions.

Rights profile

Also referred to as right or profile. A collection of overrides used in RBAC that can be assigned to a role or user. A rights profile can consist of authorizations, commands with set UIDs or GIDs, which are referred to as security attributes, and other rights profiles.


A machine that forwards Ethernet packets from one network to another.

RPC (Remote Procedure Call)

A protocol that one program can use to request services from another system on the network.

Rules file

A text file that contains a rule for each group of systems (or single system) that you want to install automatically using JumpStart. Each rule distinguishes a group of systems, based on one or more system attributes. The rules file links each group to a profile, which is a text file that defines how the Solaris 9 software is to be installed on each system in the group. See also profile.

rules.ok file

A system generated version of the rules file. The rules.ok file is required by the custom JumpStart installation software to match a system to a profile. You must use the check script to create the rules.ok file.

Run control script

Each init state has a corresponding series of run control scripts, referred to as rc scripts and located in the /sbin directory, to control each init state.

Run state

When a system begins initialization, it enters one of eight run statesalso called init states. Because run state 4 is currently not used, only seven usable run states exist. A run state is also referred to as a run level.

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