Need advice: Copying large CSV report files off SCO system

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Old 07-12-2011
Need advice: Copying large CSV report files off SCO system

I have a SCO Unix server from 1999 running SCO 5.0.5 and some ancient accounting software called Real World

A report writer program on the system is used to generate CSV files from accounting that we write with DOSCOPY commands to 3.5" floppies

In the next 60 days we will be decommissioning this system and I need to generate many CSV files that are too large for the floppies

The system has USB ports but I've been told that the SCO 5.0.5 does not support USB (It did in the next version of SCO?)

There is no external SCSI port on the box.

How can I hook up a large DOS formatted drive of any sort to write these files to that can then be plugged to a Windows machine to access the CSV files?

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 07-12-2011
Do you have the host or enterprise version. Enterprise has tcp, host does not.
If you have enterprise, you can ftp the files.
If you only have host, then download them using kermit.
Do you have access to another Unix system? If so you can use diskettes and create multi volume tar files.
You can install and mount a DOS hard disk, and copy the files to it, and then move the disk to another machine.
I need to know the root disk controller, and, if it is SCSI, will the BIOS allow you to boot from it if there is an IDE drive installed in order to tell you how to install a DOS hard disk.

Last edited by jgt; 07-12-2011 at 06:43 AM..
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Old 07-15-2011
I'm not sure if this is host or enterprise. Have no access to another unix system on site.
This machine is not connected to internet. It's just connected to 5 other PCs through a digiboard and we use terminal emulation software on PCs

Preferred method to copy off large reports from this system would be if I can install another HDD on the SCSI chain, copy the reports to that and then remove the drive and hook to a Windows PC somehow

How do I find out what is the root disk controller?

If I acquire a SCSI HDD and just install to the chain will the system just recognize it? If not, what is the procedure to make the new drive an active device on the system?


Last edited by magnetman; 07-15-2011 at 12:18 PM..
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Old 07-15-2011
Step 1.
signed on as root
This will the display the software installed, (and allow you to add/delete)
One of the items will be OpenServer Enterprise or Host.

Although the fact that the terminals are attached through a multi serial port card strongly suggests that you have host.
The 'hw' command will display the hardware installed.
Use the "mkdev hd" command to add a hard disk.
If you add a SCSI disk, you will also need either a second computer with the same SCSI controller, or a way of booting this machine from diskette or cd.
Add an IDE disk, if the BIOS allows you to boot from SCSI ahead of IDE.
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Old 07-16-2011
There is a possibility that your terminal emulation software has a file transfer capability. Which one do you use?

I have, in the dim past, used a program in basic to capture stuff coming in on a serial port that was generated by cat and redirected to the connected serial port.

telnet question deleted.

Last edited by edfair; 07-16-2011 at 02:44 AM.. Reason: not a solution
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Old 07-16-2011
We use Omicom or Alphacom I think it's called

Someone gave me a Zip command today that worked great. I can fit 8 - 9 mb files on a floppy so this should work to solve my problem without messing with an additional HDD

Only problem I have now is the 3.5" FD is having some problems. Have not used it in a few years so it may just be dirty. It's running but I'm getting read and copy errors.

Going to try and blow it out first. There's a few SCSI 3.5 FDDs on ebay for $25 if cleaning doesn't work.

Are all SCSI FDDs the same?

Last edited by magnetman; 07-16-2011 at 10:17 AM..
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Old 07-16-2011
What kind of system has a SCSI diskette drive? A standard (34 pins) floppy drive is about 15 dollars.
I am not surprised that the floppy doesn't work, its usually the intake for the cooling fans.
In order to read the floppy diskettes on a DOS/Windows system, first format them using "dosformat /dev/rfd0135ds18" or "dosformat a:"
Zip the file.
Use "doscp a:" to copy the file to the diskette.
You could always use the "split" command to break up really large files into sections.
Are you creating DOS or UNIX csv files (crlf or lf line endings)? If you create UNIX files, you can copy them and then read them using notepad++ and save as DOS by changing Settings->Preferences

Last edited by jgt; 07-16-2011 at 02:47 PM..
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