Using IDE devices with GEAR as a non ROOT user on Solaris

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Applies to Products: GEAR 5.0 for UNIX

Applies to Operating Systems: Solaris 2.8 and higher


Issue The standard IDE device drivers in Solaris will only grant access to these devices to the ROOT user. Solution Following the instructions below will allow a non-root user to use IDE devices with GEAR on a Solaris System.

Log in to the system as ROOT. Install GEAR and choose select the options to install and configure the GEAR IDE drivers. Start GEAR and select the GEAR IDE drivers as the default drivers. This can be done by selecting RECORDER and the SETTINGS in the menu, selecting the DRIVER tab and in the INTERFACE section select the GEAR IDE driver. Close GEAR. Create or select a group (e.g. GEAR) and make sure the user is a member of this group. Run the GEARUSER script in the /USR/GEARGUI/BIN folder and following the instructions given, giving access to the selected USER/GROUP to the drive required. Repeat step 6 for any other drives on the system the user may need to access. The user will now be able to use GEAR with the selected IDE devices.

WARNING: GEAR is a single user application. After setting GEAR up for NON ROOT access, GEAR should not be run by ROOT. This will reset the permissions to some files and will require this procedure to be repeated.

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