SCO Unix, Xenix and ODT General FAQ

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My ANSI terminal emulator doesn't work correctly on SCO Unix



(See also https://aplawrence.com/SCOFAQ/FAQ_scotec1winterm.html)

Unfortunately, everyone has a different definition of the behaviour of an ANSI terminal. The exact definition may also vary between versions of products (SCO has had more than one version of SCO ANSI, and even the rudimentary ANSI support in the ANSI.SYS driver in DOS varies between versions).

If your terminal emulation program doesn't specifically mention that it emulates a SCO ANSI terminal, chances are that it's designed to work like ANSI.SYS, and that's not sufficient for SCO ANSI. Many terminal emulation programs have a specific SCO ANSI setting; check with your documentation or contact the vendor.

In some cases (particularly via telnet or rlogin), the terminal type you're using is transmitted as part of the connection sequence. Make sure that the terminal type your communications software is reporting is the same as what SCO expects. For example, many programs call their SCO ANSI emulation "SCOANSI", but SCO calls it "ansi", and if your software sends "SCOANSI" as its terminal type, your SCO system will not understand. Many terminal emulation packages allow you to define what terminal type it will say it's using; set this to "ansi".

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