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I have a questions regarding how to see all NICS in the solaris 8/9 SPARC boxes. Even if they are active/inactive.

dladm show-link command does not work. cat /etc/path_to_inst could but it's hard to make out the NICS.

Also when a cable is disconnected from the NIC ifconfig -a still shows the NIC as "UP/RUNNING" without looking at the system message, is there a way to know that the NIC is unplugged?

Thank you!

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How does the dladm command not work ? – Iain Oct 29 '13 at 15:01
This is Solaris 8/9. I think dladm was only added after solaris 10. I do not think that there is a patch for that. – help_me Oct 29 '13 at 15:20
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To display all plumbed interfaces, run

# ifconfig -a

If you want to see the unplumbed ones, a simple way would be to plumb them first:

# ifconfig -a plumb 2>/dev/null
# ifconfig -a

To know if an interface is plugged or not, this command should work:

# ndd /dev/bge0 link_status
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