15.7. Exploring Some of the Other IPX Tools

The ncpfs package contains a number of useful tools that we haven't described yet. Many of these tools emulate the tools that are supplied with NetWare. We'll look at the most useful ones in this section.

15.7.1. Server List

The slist command lists all of the fileservers accessible to the host. The information is actually retrieved from the nearest IPX router. This command was probably originally intended to allow users to see what fileservers were available to mount. But it has become useful as a network diagnosis tool, allowing network admins to see where SAP information is being propagated:

$ slist NPPWR-31-CD01 23A91330 000000000001 V242X-14-F02 A3062DB0 000000000001 QITG_284ELI05_F4 78A20430 000000000001 QRWMA-04-F16 B2030D6A 000000000001 VWPDE-02-F08 35540430 000000000001 NMCS_33PARK08_F2 248B0530 000000000001 NCCRD-00-CD01 21790430 000000000001 NWGNG-F07 53171D02 000000000001 QCON_7TOMLI04_F7 72760630 000000000001 W639W-F04 D1014D0E 000000000001 QCON_481GYM0G_F1 77690130 000000000001 VITG_SOE-MAIL_F4R 33200C30 000000000001

slist accepts no arguments. The output displays the fileserver name, the IPX network address, and the host address.

15.7.2. Send Messages to NetWare Users

NetWare supports a mechanism to send messages to logged-in users. The nsend command implements this feature in Linux. You must be logged in to the server to send messages, so you need to supply the fileserver name and login details on the command line with the destination user and the message to send:

# nsend -S vbrew_f1 -U gary -P j0yj0y supervisor “Join me for a lager before we do the print queues!”

Here a user with login name gary sends a tempting invitation to the person using the supervisor account on the ALES_F1 fileserver. Our default fileserver and login credentials will be used if we don't supply them.

15.7.3. Browsing and Manipulating Bindery Data

Each NetWare fileserver maintains a database of information about its users and configuration. This database is called the bindery. Linux supports a set of tools that allow you to read it, and if you have supervisor permissions on the server, to set and remove it. A summary of these tools is listed in Table 15-3.

Table 15-3. Linux Bindery Manipulation Tools

Command NameCommand Description

Display or set a NetWare server's date and time


List users logged in at a NetWare server


Display info about NetWare volumes


Create a NetWare bindery object


List NetWare bindery objects


List properties of a NetWare bindery object


Remove a NetWare bindery object


Create a NetWare bindery property


Print a NetWare bindery property's contents


Set the value of a NetWare bindery property


Remove a NetWare bindery property