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At boot time, the "Enter the root password or ^D" message doesn't work! (Old Sco Unix)

If this message stair-steps across your screen and you can't do a ^D, the file /etc/ioctl.syscon has become corrupt. Go into single- user mode by typing the root password followed by ^J instead of a carriage return. Use stty sane^J to restore your console to more normal operation. Remove /etc/ioctl.syscon, and reboot by running /etc/reboot. The system will complain that /etc/ioctl.syscon is missing and will rebuild it for you.

The usual cause for this file becoming corrupt was that the system was shut down from a terminal other than the console, and this file now contains the stty settings for that terminal (which are probably not correct for the console).

Also: /dev/console, /dev/syscon, /dev/systty should all be device 3,1. Use "ln -f" if one or more is bad.

ln -f console syscon 

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Tue Nov 18 06:40:07 2014: 12552   JohnBoutland


The article was probably years old but still helped me in Nov, 2014. I had the problem discussed, that Ctl-d was ignored when booting SCO 5.0.7 and opting to go into multi-user mode. Thank you aplawrence.com

Tue Nov 18 10:10:22 2014: 12553   TonyLawrence


Yes, it is years old, but SCO still limps along here and there.

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