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System Management Concepts: Operating System and Devices

System Management Interface Tool (SMIT) Overview

Although Web-based System Manager is the primary interface for AIX system management, the System Management Interface Tool (SMIT) provides an alternative, natural-language, task-oriented interface. The SMIT facility runs in two interfaces, ASCII (nongraphical) or AIXwindows (graphical).

SMIT steps you through the desired task with the use of menus, selectors, and dialogs, thereby freeing you from the details of complex command syntax, valid parameter values, and system command spelling. In addition, SMIT creates log files that you can use to duplicate system configuration or to learn how to use specific commands.

Note: In a networked environment, you can use Distributed SMIT as discussed in the Distributed SMIT 2.2 for AIX: Guide and Reference.

In the SMIT interface, main menu selections lead to submenus, helping to narrow the scope of choice to a particular task. To skip the main menu and directly access a submenu or dialog, you can use the smit command with a Fast Path parameter.

To learn more about SMIT, you can:

The following table lists some basic SMIT tasks:

Basic SMIT Tasks
Task SMIT Fast Path Selection (ASCII) Selection (AIXwindows)
Enter SMIT smit    
Exit SMIT   F12 F12 or Exit SMIT option from Exit menu
Show command   F6 F6 or Command option from Show menu
Show fast path   F8 F8 or FastPath option from Show menu

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