The Verify options in the Software Manager let you
check the software files on your machine against the product
and component databases (which define how each product and
component should be arranged).
Depending on which Verify option you choose, you can
check for (and automatically fix) broken or missing symbolic
links, and incorrect file permissions, owner, group, major and
minor numbers, and number of hard links.
The verification can also check for missing files and for
incorrect file type, checksum, and size.
To resolve these discrepancies (with the exception
of certain missing files), you must fix them manually after exiting the
for information on restoring files.)
The Software Manager Verify function
only checks software under the /opt/K and
If ownership or permissions of system directories (such as those
under /etc or /bin)
become corrupted on a running system,
you can use
to correct them.
(For fixperm to work, the directories must be listed
in the perms list in /etc/perms; for example,
/etc/perms/rts or /etc/perms/ext.)
To verify (and optionally fix) certain products, components,
and packages, select them from the list of installed software,
then from the Software menu, select Verify Software.
To verify (and optionally fix) all the products on the machine,
select Verify System from the Software menu.
Indicate whether you want to check for:
``Normal system state (Quick)''
Verifies that the status of the system is consistent with normal
It does not report on size or checksum changes for configuration
(non-shared) files, because these often change as part of normal operation.
It also does not verify checksums for shared files, and
it does not remove a ``corrupt'' setting from a verified
``Normal system state (Thorough)''
Verifies the checksums for shared files in the selected
packages, in addition to the checks
made during the ``Quick'' option.
When the ``Thorough'' option has verified and fixed a package marked
``corrupt'', it replaces the package's ``corrupt'' icon on the
main Software Manager window.
``Modified configuration files''
Reports checksum changes for configuration (non-shared) files,
showing which configuration files have changed since installation.
Also verifies permissions, owner, group, major and minor numbers,
number of hard links, symbolic link target, export location, file
type, and size for each configuration file in the selected packages.
``Broken/missing symbolic links''
Reports symbolic links that should link a file from
/opt or /var/opt to an external directory,
but are broken or missing.
A weekly cron job runs this option on the entire system
and mails the report to root.
``Strict database compliance''
Compares files in the selected packages to the product and
components databases, and reports all discrepancies,
including expected discrepancies, such as changed configuration
files and missing optional files.
This option can take a long time.
When the verification report is finished, indicate whether you want to
send it to a printer or save it to a file, or both.
If you do not want to fix the discrepancies, select
Done at this point,
then retrieve the printed or saved report.
If you try to print the report, but have no printer set up
to receive it, you see a completion message even though
the report was not printed.
To fix the discrepancies, select Fix Discrepancies.
The verification report lists which types of discrepancies can
be fixed automatically and which must be fixed manually.
To update the product database, see the
To verify software on a machine across the network,
from the Host menu, select Open Host.
Then, type in the host name, or
click on Select to choose from a list of hosts.
(Sort the list by host name or IP address by
toggling the Sort by buttons, or
type one or more characters into the ``Filter'' field
to search for a host name.)
Then, verify the software as you would locally.
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SCO OpenServer Release 5.0.7 -- 11 February 2003