This article is from a FAQ concerning SCO operating
systems. While some of the information may be applicable to any OS,
or any Unix or Linux OS, it may be specific to SCO Xenix, Open
There is lots of Linux, Mac OS X and general Unix info elsewhere on
this site: Search this site is the best
way to find anything.
(if you don't have a boot disk, see How can I download a boot
On OpenServer Release 5, boot from the boot diskette, and at the
Boot: prompt, type
This is not an undocumented option to the boot
command, but rather a special line in /etc/default/boot
on the installation diskette - so you can't use it from anywhere
but your installation boot diskette.
for breaking out of the installation itself.
To get to your hard drive, you need to create the appropriate
mknod /dev/root b 1 42
fsck -ofull /dev/root
mount /dev/root /mnt
Mike Pope commented:
What I did was to break out to the shell, run divvy and give the filesystems
names. At that point a device node was created and I was able to proceed.
For older SCO Unix/Xenix/ODT releases, wait until the question
early in the process that asks you what your keyboard type is. For
character-mode installations, this is a regular textual prompt; for
ODT, it's a box in a curses-style installation program. How to
break out at this point depends on the OS. Under Xenix, press Del.
Under Unix, type "shell" and press enter. Under ODT, press
If you don't see that on a 3.2v4.2, you'll see:
1. Initial Install
and THAT is where you'll type "shell".
On the old systems, you haven't got much until you get the hard
drive mounted. No "ls" for example, so "echo /dev/*" is the best
you can do. Once the drive is mounted, you can do "/mnt/bin/ls"
See also http://aplawrence.com/cgi-bin/ta.pl?arg=110414
How can I generate and save a debug logfile for an SCO
OpenServer 5 installation or upgrade (not strictly related but
worth reading :-)
For 5.0.5, use "tools" at boot from CD, and press F8 at the keyboard selection screen.
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