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Why does the SCO Unix installation bomb out with a "Signal 8" error ?

Imagine: 32MB was a lot of RAM!

Contributed by Roberto Zini

Under SCO OpenServer 5.0.5 this is mainly a symptom of a memory problem. In the "SCO OpenServer 5.0.5 Release Notes" booklet, SCO states that your system must have at least 32MB of RAM to succesfully install OpenServer. If you have less, the following message is likely to appear on the screen:

 Reading from install source 10 Kb/ramFs/extractProd/extractAll
 terminated by signal 8

To solve this problem on a 16MB system, you can restart the installation and type the "notebook" strings while at the boot prompt. Alternatively, reinstall the system by typing the following at the boot prompt:

 defbootstr nbuf=100

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