Two Top Tips

  1. Trying to NFS mount something (Solaris client and server) and getting error 7 (RPC: Authentication error)? Check /etc/nsswitch.conf on the server and make sure that things like auth_attr, netgroups and so on are not set to use (say) ldap [NOTFOUND=return]. Doubly so if you've just run ldapclient -v init the night before and forgot that, surprise! it changes nsswitch.conf.

  2. Starting up OpenOffice on Solaris 9/Gnome only to see gibberish in the title bar rather than the file name? Log out, and in the whatever-DM login screen go to Language and select C - POSIX. Log back in. Works like a charm!

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