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