Unix, Xenix and ODT General FAQ
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
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For the OS itself, you can use uname.
For Unix, use uname -X; it will print (among other items) the
serial number. For Xenix (at least 2.3.3, and probably other
releases), uname -u will print the numerical portion (e.g. if your
serial number is sco012345, it will print 12345). That can be wrong
however- if you reserialized after installation, it will show the
serial number you installed with.
Starting in Unix 3.2v4.2/ODT 3.0, SCO added /etc/getserno.
To find out the serial number of a package, first find out what
files are serialized in that package using grep ser=
/etc/perms/* (or /etc/perms/packagename if you know it).
Then, run /etc/getserno filename, where filename is the
name of one of the files that is serialized during installation.
Note that not all files listed may actually contain a textual
representation of the serial number (for example, none of the
binaries in the Unix dev sys do).
You can use the scoadmin license manager on OSR5 and UW7 to see
As a special case, the serial number of the OS itself can be
found simply by watching the kernel ID it displays at boot time (or
look through /usr/adm/messages for it) (no longer true on
If one's interested in finding out the original activation key
issued during the OpenServer 5 installation (eg, widely used here
before submitting a commercial upgrade order), one could retrieve
it by using the following command:
grep IQM_ACTIVATION_KEY /usr/adm/ISL/iqm_file
Alternatively, try with the following:
grep IQM_ACTIVATION_KEY /opt/softmgmt/profiles/standard/SCO/Unix/*/iqm_file
where '*' is the actual OS5 version (eg, 5.0.5Eb)
Under SCO Unix 3.2v4.2:
grep IQM_ACTIVATION_KEY /install/iqm_file
Under SCO UnixWare 7:
grep ActKey /vad/adm/isl/ifile
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