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Console Help Commands in NetWare 5.1: Alert, Alias, and Applet

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Mark McKell
Technical Editor
DeveloperNet University

15 May 2000

NetWare Alerts

Have you ever purposefully broken something on your network--or even unintentionally--and were then inundated by alerts on your NetWare system console? These alerts, while initially helpful, can--if they are of the repetitious sort--quickly become as annoying as a neighbor's unsuppressed dog barking at slumber time. The ALERT command can help aleviate your annoyance by managing NetWare alerts. ALERT allows you to enable or disable the display and logging of specific alerts, limit the amount of information displayed with an alert, and control other aspects of alert messages.

The ALERT syntax requires the alert's identity number, or nmID, one of the ten possible command parameters, and an on or off distinction, as follows:

ALERT nmID command ON|OFF

You can only specify one command parameter at a time; repeat the ALERT command to execute additional command parameters. The exception is the ALL command, which lets you set the LOG, CONSOLE, EVERYONE, and BELL commands at the same time. The command parameters have the following values:

  • EVENT Generates an event when the alert is generated.

  • LOG Sends the alert message to a log file.

  • EVERYONE Sends the alert to everyone on the network.

  • CONSOLE Displays the alert message on the server console.

  • BELL Sounds a warning bell when the alert is generated.

  • ID Displays ID information.*

  • LOCUS Displays locus information.*

  • ALERT Generates the alert.

  • NMID Displays the alert nmID in the alert message.

  • ALL Enables or disables the LOG, CONSOLE, EVERYONE, and BELL commands at the same time.

* This information appears in some older error and alert messages but is no longer used.

An example of turning off the logging, console display, and the warning bell for everyone on the network for all server address change alerts (nmID=00050019), you would type at the system console:


While the ALERT command is helpful for those annoying, less severe server alerts, it is not recommended that you use ALERT to suppress all alerts, or you may receive from your network users the same type of phone alerts that my neighbor receives on behalf of his dog!

The following is a list of all the possible NetWare server alerts with the nmID and message:

Server Alerts
                  0001000d Invalid Screen ID passed to screen manager
                  00010012 Audit Event number: ....
                  00010013 Audit Disabled, cannot open valid Audit
				  configuration ...
                  00010014 System Time Changed By Console
                  00010015 System Time Changed By Station ...
                  00010016 Memory For Auditing cannot be allocated ...
                  00010017 Error writing to the audit file ...
                  00010018 The audit file for ... is full
                  00010019 The audit file threshold for ...
                  0001001A WARNING! Server ... has exprienced a
				  critical ...
                  0001001B WARNING! Server ... has exprienced a
				  critical error. The offending process ...
Memory Alerts
                  0002000a Short term memory allocator is out of memory
                  0002000b Write to a protected or nonpresent page ...
                  0002000c Read to a protected or nonpresent page ...
                  0002000e QueueEventReport failed to allocate memory
NCP Alerts
                  0003000c Connection ... user ... exceeded outstanding
				  NCP directory search limit.
                  0003000d You exceeded your outstanding NCP directory
				  search limit.
                  0003000e User ... on station ... cleared by connection
				  watchdog. ...
                  0003000f Rejected an incomplete NCP packet from
				  Station ...
                  00030010 Processed an incomplete NCP from Station ...
                  00030011 Rejected an NCP with a bad subfunction
				  length, Station ...
                  00030012 Processed an NCP with a bad subfunction
				  length, Station ...
                  00030016 Connection ..., User ... attempted a remote
                  console function without sufficient privileges.
OS Alerts
                  00040016 IvldRTagCrProc
                  00040017 CrProcStkTooSmall
                  00040018 CrProcNoPCB
                  00040019 LowPriThreadsNotRun
                  0004001a WorkToDoNotRun
                  0004001b GrwStkNotAvail
                  0004001e MkProcessUsingTooSmallStk
Communication Alerts
                  0005000a PktTooSmall
                  0005000b CpyrtViolation
                  0005000c RIPAlreadyOpn
                  0005000d RouterConfigErr
                  0005000e LANLoopbackErr
                  0005000f RouterConfigErrNoInfo
                  00050010 IPXUnreachable
                  00050011 IPXUnbind
                  00050012 SAPAlreadyOpn
                  00050013 RouterCfgErrNameInfo
                  00050014 MLIDResetLanBd
                  00050015 RouterReset
                  00050018 RouterFalsehood
                  00050019 ServerAddressChanged
                  0005001a RouterConfigErrNode
                  0005001b RouterConfigErrMyAddr
                  0005001d NegPktTriedLargeBuffer
                  0005001e SignatureInvalidAlert
                  0005001f ChecksumInvalidAlert
                  00050020 LicenseIsInvalid
File System Alerts
                  0006000f ErrWrtExtDir
                  00060010 SysErrWrtDSnoFN
                  00060011 StaErrWrtDSnoFN
                  00060012 SysErrWrtDSwithFN
                  00060013 StaErrWrtDSwithFN
                  00060014 SysErrRdDSnoFN
                  00060015 StaErrRdDSnoFN
                  00060016 SysErrRdDSwithFN
                  00060017 StaErrRdDSwithFN
                  00060018 SysWrtPreRDnoFN
                  00060019 StaWrtPreRDnoFN
                  0006001a SysWrtPreRDwithFN
                  0006001b StaWrtPreRDwithFN
                  0006001c CacheMemLimitExceded
                  0006001d CacheMemOutOfMem
                  0006001e CacheBufsGetLo
                  0006001f DelToLimboFileErr
                  00060020 DelToLimboNoSpace
                  00060021 RTDMDefSMchanged
                  00060022 ExtFileNoOwnerCharge
                  00060023 NoMigratorLd
                  00060024 NoSMLd
                  00060026 FailedToDeletedMigratedFile
                  00060027 EASpaceLimit
                  00060028 FSHookRegistered
                  00060029 FSHookDeRegistered
Adaptor Alerts
                  00070009 SpuriousInt
                  0007000b PrimaryPicLostInt
                  0007000c SecondaryPicLostInt
                  0007000e RelinquishControl
Connection Alerts
                  00090005 LoginDisabled
                  00090006 LoginEnabled
                  00090007 ClrSta
                  00090008 ClrStaByUsr
                  00090009 FSDownByUser
                  0009000a FSUserDeleted
                  0009000b AccDelByUser
                  0009000c InvldConnTypeToAllocConn
                  0009000d InvldRTagToAllocConn
                  0009000e OutOfServerConns
                  0009000f ConnTermAfter5Min
                  00090010 UsrAccDisableBySta
                  00090011 UnEncryptPwdNotAllowed
                  00090012 SuperAccLockedByConsole
                  00090013 LoginDisabledByCon
                  00090014 LoginEnabledByCon
Volume Manager Alerts
                  000a0004 DskSpcNoDelFiles
                  000a0005 DskSpcNoLimbo
                  000a0006 VolSpcAlmostGone
                  000a0007 FATWrtErr
                  000a0008 DirWrtErr
                  000a0009 DirCopyRdErr
                  000a000a DirDblRdErr
                  000a000b AllocDirWrtErr
                  000a000c DirExpansionErr
                  000a000d DirTooLarge
                  000a000e ErrExpandingDir
                  000a000f ErrExpandingMem
                  000a0010 ErrDirGetTooLarge
                  000a0011 CreatingVolLog
                  000a0012 WrtVolLog
                  000a0013 VolDmtDevDeact
                  000a0014 OpnNETACCTFailed
                  000a0015 VolWrongDOSType
                  000a0016 NoOwnerNSfound
                  000a0017 VolStillActWithError
                  000a0019 VolumeObjectIDChanged
Set Commands & Command Line Processing Alerts
                  000c0003 InvalidRTagHOptions
                  000c0004 CheckAndAddHWNoGetRTag
                  000c0005 RemHWBadPtr
                  000c0016 FaultInConsoleCmdHandler
NLM Alerts
                  000d0003 ResourceRelErr
                  000d0004 InvalidRTag
                  000d0005 ErrUnldNLM
TTS Alerts
                  000e0004 ErrOpnTTSLOG
                  000e0005 ErrWrtTTSLOG
                  000e0006 TTSdownVolDismount
                  000e0007 TTSdisableByStaUsr
                  000e0008 TTSdisByOp
                  000e0009 TTSdisErrRdBackFile
                  000e000a TTSdisErrWrBackFile
                  000e000b TTSdisTooManyDefVol
                  000e000c TTSdisWrtVolDefInfo
                  000e000d TTSdisErrRdBkFlRecGen
                  000e000e TTSdisGrowMemTables
                  000e000f TTSdisErrAllDiskSp
                  000e0010 TTSdisDirErrOnBkFile
                  000e0011 TTSEnableByStaUsr
                  000e0012 TTStransAbortedForSta
                  000e0013 TTStooManyTransDelaying
                  000e0014 TTSNoMemForExpTransNodes
Lock Manager Alerts
                  000f0006 SysFileLockThresh
                  000f0007 StaFileLockThresh
                  000f0008 SysRecLockThresh
                  000f0009 StaRecLockThresh
                  000f000a OpLockTimeout
Compression Engine Alerts
                  0010000a NotEnoughRamForCompression
                  0010000b DiskErrorCompressing
                  0010000c UnknownErrorCompressing
                  0010000d InsufSpaceForDeCompression
                  0010000e DecompressUnknownCompVersion
                  0010000f UnknownDecompressError
                  00100010 InsufficientRAMToDecompress
                  00100011 CorruptCompFile
                  00100012 CorruptCompFileFN
                  00100013 CorruptCompFileFNSta
                  00100014 CompErrTempFileErr
                  00100015 CompErrOffsetTotalsMismatch
                  00100016 CompErrDataCodeCountMismatch
                  00100017 CompErrReadZeroBytesOrg
                  00100018 CompressErrorTreeTooBig
                  00100019 CompressErrorMatchSizeFail
                  0010001a CompErrLengthCodeCntMismatch
                  0010001b CompLargeLengthCodeCntMis
                  0010001c CompErrLengthTotalsMismatch
                  0010001d UnknownDecompressErrorFN
                  0010001e InsuffRAMToDecompressFN
                  0010001f DecompUnderFreePercentage
                  00100020 CompErrReadZeroBytesInt
                  00100021 CompErrHoleCountMismatch
SFT III Alerts
                  00110001 ErrMovingLogToMSEngine
                  00110002 ServerToServerComLinkActivated
                  00110003 ServerToServerComLinkFailure
                  00110004 ServerToServerComLinkDeact
                  00110005 OtherServerAttemptedToSync
                  00110006 ServerToServerComLinkBrokeOK
                  00110007 ServerSyncStartingIAmSecondary
                  00110008 BadSvrInitMsgFromOtherSvr
                  00110009 SvrToSvrCommLinkInitFailed
                  0011000a FailedDuringSyncWithReason
                  0011000b CommDrvLdDuringActivateWait
                  0011000c ErrWritingStatusDump
                  0011000d ComDrvFailureOnPrimary
                  0011000e ComDrvFailureOnSecondary
                  0011000f ErrFinishingGenStatusDump
                  00110010 SFTIIWhatToDoWithReasonString
                  00110011 SFTIIErrorUnexpected
                  00110012 SyncErrFromCustomServerNLM
                  00110013 SvrLinkHasPluggedPacket
                  00110014 SvrToBeRevived
                  00110015 ServersAreSyncPri
                  00110016 SvrCantRouteIPXSec
                  00110017 SrvIPXRouteInfoSec
                  00110018 ErrGivingRAMtoMS
                  00110019 MoreRAMgivenToMS
                  0011001a ServersAreSyncSec
                  0011001b SvrCantRouteIPXPri
                  0011001c SrvIPXRouteInfoPri
                  0011001d PriSvrFailedButSecDown
                  0011001e PriSvrFailedNewPri
                  0011001f NumMemSegsExceedLimit
                  00110020 NumScreenExceedsLimit
                  00110021 IOVersionMismatch
                  00110022 OtherSvrProtectLvlNoMatch
                  00110023 OtherSvrScrAddrMismatch
                  00110024 IOEngNotAtSameAddr
                  00110025 BothSvrHaveMSEng
                  00110026 NoMSEngOnServers
                  00110027 SecSvrMissingRAM
                  00110028 BothSrvHaveSameIPXAddr
                  00110029 IOEngIPXAddrMatchMSEng
                  0011002a IOEngsMismatchRxSizes
                  0011002b IOEngsHaveSameName
                  0011002c NoMemForIOEngName
                  0011002d SrvToSvrLinkBeginSync
                  0011002e MSEngActivated
                  0011002f MSEngActNowSyncOther
                  00110030 IOtoMSComMisMatchUnload
                  00110031 SFTIIIOutOfMsgCodes
                  00110032 ErrXferDumpToSystem
                  00110033 NoMemForOtherIOEngScr
                  00110034 SecIOEngSupModNotLd
                  00110035 FailureChkPrimary
                  00110036 MSLBdNumHasConn
                  00110037 SecSvrLANIsBetter
                  00110038 IPXrtnStatusPckts
                  00110039 IPXnotRtnStatChkPckts
                  0011003a IPXnotRtnStatLANJam
                  0011003b FailReasonByOtherSrv
                  0011003c IPXMayBeTooSlowForSecSrv
                  0011003d IPXToOtherSrvTooManyHops
                  0011003e IPXappearsDown
                  0011003f IPXFoundRouteToOtherSrv
                  00110040 IPXLostRoute
                  00110041 SecSrvGoingToDie
                  00110042 PriSrcDyingTimerStart
                  00110043 PriSrvDying
                  00110044 IPXInternetIsJammed
                  00110045 IPXNewRouteToSecSvr
                  00110047 SrvFailure
                  00110048 SrvsSyncing
                  0011005d IOEngCantBorrowMemory
Directory Services Alerts
                  80030024 DSAlertOnOpenFailedStruct
                  80030025 DSAlertOnOpenCorruptedStruct
                  80030026 DSAlertOnOpenSucceededStruct
                  80030027 DSAlertOnCloseStruct
                  80030028 DSAlertOnSkulkStruct
                  80030029 DSAlertServerOpenBind
                  80030030 DSAlertUserOpenBind
                  80030031 DSAlertServerCloseBind
                  80030032 DSAlertUserCloseBind
                  80030033 DSAlertIntruderLock
                  80030034 DSAlertIntruderLockoutNoAddr
                  80030035 DSAlertSyntheticTimeStruct
                  80030036 DSAlertSetServerDownStruct
                  80030037 DSAlertSetServerUpStruct
                  80030038 DSAlertNotEquivalentToMeStruct
                  80030039 DSAlertSyncRestrictStruct

Alias Assumption

Imagine a computer without shortcuts. Shortcuts make menial or repeatative tasks easier to accomplish, and that's what the ALIAS command is all about. ALIAS allows users to create alias commands or temporary shortcuts to frequently used commands. An alias is created at the server console by a user-defined keyword that represents a string (strings can include spaces and punctuation). When you enter the keyword at the command line, the server replaces the word with the string. The keyword remains in effect until you restart the server.

The syntax for ALIAS is as follows:

ALIAS [keyword[text]]

One alias I created to notify my neighboring co-worker of a continual disturbance read like this: ALIAS ed broadcast "ed, turn that elevator music down" Because such disturbances are frequent, I simply type "ed" at the server prompt, and voila, the message is sent. The useful possibilites for the ALIAS command are endless.

Note: If you are associating a keyword with a command string, make sure that you do not inadvertently leave out the keyword. If you do leave out the keyword, the first word in the command string becomes the keyword. If you then try to execute the command, the server will interpret it as a keyword, not as a command. For example, if you enter ALIAS LOAD INSTALL, "LOAD" becomes a keyword for "INSTALL." If you then try to execute a LOAD command, the server displays a message saying that INSTALL has been replaced by NWCONFIG.

You can display a list of already-defined aliases by simply typing "ALIAS". To disassociate an alias, type "ALIAS [alias]". For example, to rid the server of my "ed" alias, without restarting the server, I would type "ALIAS ed".

If you happen to like certain aliases and wish them to be more permanent, you can place your list of aliases in the AUTOEXEC.NCF file. Then every time you restart the server, those aliases can be added automatically.

Java Applet Viewer

NetWare is a strong supporter of Java and allows Java applets to be executed from the server console. There are two commands for calling Java applets from the cosole. The APPLETVIEWER command, based on the command used in the Windows environment to launch a full Java executeable, and the APPLET command, created to save users from having to type the full command---yet another shortcut, thank you. Both commands do the same thing--allow you to run a Java applet outside of the context of a Web browser--one just offers less keystrokes.

Following Sun's Java Development Kit, Novell incorporated the same flag options for executing a Java applet on NetWare. The following is a description of the various APPLET command flags. For more information about the flags or Java in general, visit

  • -debug Starts the applet viewer in the Java debugger, allowing you to fix bugs as needed.

  • -j runtime flag Allows you to pass through arguments to the Java interpreter and is useful for adjusting the compiler's executing environment or memory usage.

To run an applet from the NetWare server console, type:

APPLET [flag] file

Note: If the file or URL does not include any applets (it searches for the APPLET tag), APPLET or APPLETVIEWER will do nothing. If you reference a file that does indeed have an applet within it, NetWare will launch NetWare's Java environment (the same in which ConsoleOne runs), and execute the applet within its own window.

For example, to run a simple clock Java applet without any flags, you would type: APPLET /public/applet/clock.html. This would load the applet in its own window within NetWare 5's console environment and run according to design and option.

Console Command
ALERT Allows users to enable or disable the display and logging of specific alerts. ALERT 50019 all off
ALIAS Allows users to create alias commands or temporary shortcuts to frequently used commands. ALIAS ed broadcast "ed, turn that elevator music down"
APPLET or APPLETVIWER Allows Java applets to be executed from the NetWare server console. APPLET /public/applet/clock.html

* Originally published in Novell AppNotes


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