Installing RealPort on an AIX system involves the creation of a service adapter, upon which psuedo-ttys or lps are created for use by serial devices. The name of this service adapter follows the AIX convention of using the letters SA#, where # is the number of the SA (ex. SA3). This document will detail a method of creating a custom-named service adapter, in the event your service adapter name needs to use a specific naming convention.
In order to create a custom-named service adapter, you will not be able to use the SMIT utility as you would normally do. Instead, you will need to login as root, then create the service adapter from the command line. Here is the syntax for creating a custom-named service adapter:
Note: mst1 will be used in the following example as the name of our custom adapter.
# mkdev -c nts -s cts -t cts3_2 -l mst1 -a netaddr=10.1.3.90 -a state=up -a server_port=771
This command line which will create a service adapter named mst1 for a Portserver TS2 at IP address 10.1.3.90. Some of the things which can be changed in the command are the type of product you have (-t), the name of the service adapter (-l), IP address (-a netaddr=), and the tcp port which the driver talks to the unit on (-a server_port=).
Here is the list of product types useable with -t:
cts_8 Portserver 8
cts_16 Portserver 16
cts_II Portserver II
cts3_2 Portserver TS2
cts3_4 Portserver TS4
cts3_8 Portserver TS8
cts3_16 Portserver TS16
dgo_1 Digi One Realport
el2 Etherlite 2
el2bal Etherlite 2 RS422/485
el32 Etherlite 32
el80 Etherlite 80
el160 Etherlite 160
el162 Etherlite 162
flex Digi Flex
other Other Digi Realport Product
It should also be noted that if "-a server_port" is changed from other than 771, a corresponding change will need to occur on the Portserver product in question (tcp port can not be changed on Etherlite models).
Once the desired command line is entered, you should see:
Once the adapter is seen in an Available state, it means the Realport daemon has successfully launched and the unit is available to create tty/lp devices on. After the next reboot, you will see an entry similar to this created in /etc/inittab:
ncxdt1:2b:respawn:/etc/ncxd -p771 /dev/mst1 10.1.3.90
Last updated: Aug 23, 2017