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HP OpenVMS System Management Utilities Reference Manual
When making major configuration changes, do not use feedback. Specify nofeedback to assure the use of the initial AUTOGEN settings. See Table 6-2 for more information about nofeedback.
The following sections explain how AUTOGEN uses NEWPARAMS.DAT and how layered product installation procedures can use it. If you are not involved in making layered product kits, you might not be interested in the sections preceding Section 220.127.116.11.
The basic reason for developing NEWPARAMS.DAT has been to provide a way for layered product installation procedures to easily supply AUTOGEN with the necessary parameter changes for the product. NEWPARAMS.DAT greatly reduces (if not eliminates) the need to modify MODPARAMS.DAT after installing a new layered product and avoids having installation procedures attempt to edit MODPARAMS.DAT.
NEWPARAMS.DAT does not replace or make MODPARAMS.DAT obsolete, and it
does not remove the requirement to run AUTOGEN after installing a
layered product. (AUTOGEN can, however, process several versions of
NEWPARAMS.DAT, which you might have if you install several layered
products without running AUTOGEN between installations).
18.104.22.168 How NEWPARAMS.DAT Works
Three files are involved in the operation of NEWPARAMS.DAT:
If AUTOGEN finds three versions of NEWPARAMS.DAT, it processes version 3, then version 2, and then version 1. After AUTOGEN has renamed the files to NEWPARAMS.DONE, their version numbers ARE reversed, reflecting the fact that the oldest file was processed and renamed the most recently.
The system manager can purge these files at any time. AUTOGEN, however, does not delete these files immediately so that you can examine them if some problem occurs with the layered product installation or with a subsequent run of AUTOGEN.
In NEWPARAMS.DAT the AUTOGEN code expects to find records that are comments (which are not passed to CLU$PARAMS.DAT), and parameter assignments very much like those in MODPARAMS.DAT. These are usually assignments similar to ADD_parameter and MIN_parameter:
The parameter settings in NEWPARAMS.DAT are integrated into
CLU$PARAMS.DAT. This file is then used, along with MODPARAMS.DAT and
the feedback and hardware configuration data, to calculate parameter
values in the GENPARAMS phase. System managers do not need to modify
CLU$PARAMS.DAT; MODPARAMS.DAT continues to be the proper file to
contain system-specific parameter changes.
22.214.171.124 What Goes into NEWPARAMS.DAT
The following sections describe what is placed in the NEWPARAMS.DAT
126.96.36.199.1 Product Name
A very important difference between the parameter assignments in MODPARAMS.DAT, which is familiar to most system managers, and those in NEWPARAMS.DAT: the name of the layered product that makes the assignments.
If the name of the product changes from one kit to the next, the system ends up with parameter changes made under both names. Therefore, choose the name carefully so that you do not need to change it in future kits. In addition, do not include version numbers.
AUTOGEN no longer allows layered product kits to provide NEWPARAMS.DAT records that do not include a product name.
You can pass the layered product name to AUTOGEN in either of the following ways:
MIN_GBLPAGES=62000 !Set by DW-MOTIF
The first method takes precedence over the second method. For example, someone might enter a value like the following:
ABBOTT$add_npagedyn=1000000 !Set by COSTELLO
In this example, the prefix (ABBOTT) will be used, and the product name specified in the comment (COSTELLO) will be ignored.
HP recommends that you use one method or the other to avoid confusion.
188.8.131.52.2 Parameter Assignment
Except for specifying the product name, parameter assignment with NEWPARAMS.DAT works the same as it does in MODPARAMS.DAT, where you can set values, floors and ceilings, and specify amounts to add to a parameter; for example:
WINDOW_SYSTEM = 1 MIN_GBLSECTIONS = 600 MAX_WSMAX = 250000 ADD_GBLPAGES = 25000
You might want to remove one or more parameter assignments from CLU$PARAMS.DAT for a number of reasons. A layered product might no longer need to use a value other than the default value of a parameter. Also, occasionally OpenVMS Engineering makes a parameters obsolete (for example, VIRTUALPAGECNT), and layered product kits need to include a way to remove these parameters from a system.
To remove an assignment from CLU$PARAMS.DAT, create a NEWPARAMS.DAT that includes either of the following syntaxes:
AGEN$REMOVE_PARAM <parameter> !Set by <product> AGEN$REMOVE_PARAM <product>$<parameter>
The rules explained in Section 184.108.40.206.1 for specifying product names also apply here. Also, you can mix such removals with assignments in a single NEWPARAMS.DAT file. Use removals to remove assignments of parameters that will no longer be needed; to change a parameter value, simply assign the new value to the parameter in NEWPARAMS.DAT, and the new value will replace the old value.
Note that AUTOGEN does not parse anything between the parameter name
and the !Set by comment. This allows the kit producer to use
NEWPARAMS.DAT for installation and to create a NEWPARAMS.DAT for
deinstallation by prepending "AGEN$REMOVE_PARAM " to the beginning of
220.127.116.11 What CLU$PARAMS.DAT Looks Like
The format of CLU$PARAMS.DAT, which is used to define layered- product-driven parameter modifications, is as follows:
! The file contains parameters supplied by layered products. ! It should not be modified. Customer parameters should be placed in ! SYS$SYSTEM:MODPARAMS.DAT. !================================================================= ! DW_MOTIF$MIN_CHANNELCNT = 255 !Set by DW-MOTIF DW_MOTIF$ADD_GBLPAGES = 28000 !Set by DW-MOTIF DW_MOTIF$MIN_GBLPAGES = 62000 !Set by DW-MOTIF DW_MOTIF$ADD_GBLPAGFIL = 5000 !Set by DW-MOTIF DW_MOTIF$MIN_GBLPAGFIL = 6024 !Set by DW-MOTIF DECNET_PLUS$MIN_GBLPAGES = 55000 !Set by DECnet-Plus DECNET_PLUS$ADD_GBLPAGES = 24000 !Set by DECnet-Plus
This example shows two layered product installations that use NEWPARAMS.DAT: one is DW-MOTIF (the DECWindows kit), and the other is DECnet-Plus.
A subsequent installation of DW-MOTIF replaces the value of each parameter assignment in CLU$PARAMS.DAT with the value found in NEWPARAMS.DAT. Whether the new kit has 255, 200 or 300 for MIN_CHANNELCNT, the value that is supplied is the value found in the new copy of CLU$PARAMS.DAT.
Similarly, the new value that DW_MOTIF provides for ADD_GBLPAGES replaces the 28000 in the assignment of ADD_GBLPAGES shown in the last example. These values are not cumulative for a given product; they do, however, accumulate across layered products; therefore, the total ADD_GBLPAGES value are as follows:
28000 + 24000, or 52000
Both NEWPARAMS.DAT and CLU$PARAMS.DAT are ordinary text files created
by text editors. HP does not recommend editing these files.
6.2 AUTOGEN Usage Summary
After a new operating system installation or upgrade, examine the results of calculations that AUTOGEN made to determine whether AUTOGEN has set system parameter values that are appropriate for your workload requirements.
The system parameters listed in an appendix to this manual indicate
whether they are affected by AUTOGEN calculations. AUTOGEN calculations
also affect the size of page, swap and dump files.
AUTOGEN feedback minimizes the necessity to modify parameter values or system file sizes. Feedback allows AUTOGEN to automatically size the operating system based on your actual work load. Sizing is the process of matching the allocation of system resources (memory and disk space) with the workload requirements of your site.
Feedback is information about how various resources are used by the system's work load. This information is continuously collected by the operating system executive. Because the system collects feedback when exception events occur, feedback collection does not affect system performance.
You control how AUTOGEN uses feedback by specifying an execution mode when you invoke AUTOGEN. When run in feedback mode, AUTOGEN analyzes this information and adjusts any related parameter values. For information about controlling AUTOGEN's use of feedback, see Section 6.5.
AUTOGEN collects feedback during the SAVPARAMS phase by executing the image SYS$SYSTEM:AGEN$FEEDBACK.EXE. AUTOGEN writes feedback information to the file SYS$SYSTEM:AGEN$FEEDBACK.DAT. This file is then read during the GETDATA phase. For more information about AUTOGEN phases, see Section 6.4.
The system parameters listed in an appendix to this manual indicate
whether they are affected by AUTOGEN feedback.
AUTOGEN executes in phases. You control which tasks AUTOGEN performs by specifying a start phase and an end phase when you invoke AUTOGEN. Table 6-1 lists the phases AUTOGEN can execute in order.
|SAVPARAMS||Saves dynamic feedback from the running system.|
|GETDATA||Collects all data to be used in AUTOGEN calculations.|
|GENPARAMS||Generates new system parameters; creates the installed image list.|
|TESTFILES||Displays the system page, swap, and dump file sizes calculated by AUTOGEN (cannot be used as a start phase).|
|GENFILES||Generates new system page, swap, and dump files if appropriate (cannot be used as a start phase).|
|SETPARAMS||Runs SYSMAN to set the new system parameters in the default parameter file, saves the original parameters, and generates a new parameter file, AUTOGEN.PAR.|
|SHUTDOWN||Prepares the system to await a manual reboot.|
|REBOOT||Automatically shuts down and reboots the system.|
|HELP||Displays help information to the screen.|
The following sections describe each phase in detail.
The SAVPARAMS phase records feedback in the file AGEN$FEEDBACK.DAT, which can be used in subsequent AUTOGEN phases. If you specify NOFEEDBACK as the execution-mode parameter, the information collected is not used.
The SAVPARAMS phase is valid as a start phase and end phase. SAVPARAMS requires the SYSPRV and CMKRNL privileges.
You can specify the SAVE_FEEDBACK option during an interactive orderly shutdown with SYS$SYSTEM:SHUTDOWN.COM. Entering this option in response to the prompt "Shutdown options:" records feedback collected since the system was last booted. Using the SAVE_FEEDBACK option creates a new version of SYS$SYSTEM:AGEN$FEEDBACK.DAT. Run AUTOGEN from the GETDATA phase after the system reboots to use this new version of the feedback.
The GETDATA phase collects the following information required for AUTOGEN calculations and places it in the file PARAMS.DAT:
The GETDATA phase also attempts to configure devices on the system, by executing the following procedure and command:
The GETDATA phase is valid as a start phase and an end phase. GETDATA
requires the SYSPRV and CMKRNL privileges.
In the GENPARAMS phase, AUTOGEN calculates the parameter values based on data stored in PARAMS.DAT and produces SETPARAMS.DAT as output. AUTOGEN checks to see if feedback is included, and if so, uses it in the calculations unless the NOFEEDBACK execution mode was specified when AUTOGEN was invoked. Also during this phase, AUTOGEN generates the known image file list (VMSIMAGES.DAT).
The GENPARAMS phase is valid as a start phase and an end phase.
GENPARAMS requires SYSPRV, OPER, and CMKRNL privileges.
The TESTFILES phase displays system page, swap, and dump file sizes calculated by AUTOGEN. (This phase does not change the file sizes.)
File sizes for all currently installed primary and secondary page and swap files are displayed. The information is directed to SYS$OUTPUT and the AGEN$PARAMS.REPORT file by default.
Specify the TESTFILES phase to display AUTOGEN's file size calculations; to generate new sized files, specify the GENFILES phase. You cannot specify both of these phases when invoking AUTOGEN. HP recommends that you use TESTFILES to display the file size changes before actually generating new sized files on your system.
The TESTFILES phase is valid only as an end phase. TESTFILES requires
the SYSPRV privilege.
The GENFILES phase generates the new page, swap, and dump files on the system. This phase changes the file sizes based on AUTOGEN's calculations.
The GENFILES phase does not modify a file if the calculated size change is within ten percent of the existing file size. The following files are affected: PAGEFILE.SYS, SWAPFILE.SYS, SYSDUMP.DMP, and all other currently installed page and swap files. For more information, see the chapter on managing page, swap and dump files in the HP OpenVMS System Manager's Manual.
GENFILES is valid only as an end phase. GENFILES requires the SYSPRV
The SETPARAMS phase uses as its input the SETPARAMS.DAT file created during the GENPARAMS phase. In this phase, AUTOGEN runs SYSMAN to update the system parameter values in the default parameter file.
On Alpha systems, SYS$SYSTEM:ALPHAVMSSYS.PAR is the default parameter file. AUTOGEN saves the current system parameters in the file SYS$SYSTEM:ALPHAVMSSYS.OLD before updating these parameters in SYS$SYSTEM:ALPHAVMSSYS.PAR. The new values are also saved in SYS$SYSTEM:AUTOGEN.PAR.
On Integrity servers, SYS$SYSTEM:IA64VMSSYS.PAR is the default parameter file. AUTOGEN saves the current system parameters in the file SYS$SYSTEM:IA64VMSSYS.OLD before updating these parameters in SYS$SYSTEM:IA64VMSSYS.PAR. The new values are also saved in SYS$SYSTEM:AUTOGEN.PAR.