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Old 06-21-2004, 05:34 PM   #1
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Opening a Xenix Partition in RedHat


Ok First off I am going to say I am a !!! I will make no claims other wise. This, I think, is my 3rd try at moving from Micro$oft and into Linux. I now throw myself at you and beg for mercy and understanding from you wise Linux sages. (end of kissing up). Ok here is the story, My boss dropped this in my lap mainly because I am the only one who has even gone as far and installed linux before. We got 2 boxes from a client, that are SCO Xenix OpenServer 5. Now theses PC were set up very proprietary for some software they use to run. Now we are left to try to get into the drives and get the data out, and if all goes well, maybe get there old software running so that we can analyze there old software. So My plan, and why I have come to seek help is, I have set up a box and installed RedHat 9 and got Samba up and running. Then I put the drive from Xenix box in my RedHat box and began TRYING to mount it. Here is the basic command I have be trying with little luck

mount a t sysv /dev/hdd /

That is the base command I been working with and trying different things. The result I get is

Wrong FS Type, Bad option, Bad SuperBlock on /dev/hdd, or too many mounted file systems.

Again I will say I am a and have been reading the man and boards for a week now and am still no closer. Please Help.
 
Old 06-21-2004, 05:41 PM   #2
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As root, run fdisk -l /dev/hdd - that will tell you what the filesystem is. I don't think sysv is the correct term.

{Edit] Also try (as root) mount -t sysv /dev/hdd4 /mnt/sysv if it still doesn't work it could be that you haven't compiled sysv support into your kernel[/Edit]
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Old 06-21-2004, 06:27 PM   #3
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OK thanks for the help so quickly!!! So, as I perfer to look at it, it did not fail, it just showed us what does not work. Here is what I got when I used

fdisk -l /dev/hdd

I got


Device Boot Start End Blocks ID System
/dev/hdd1 1 408 205600+ 6 Fat16
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder Boundry
/dev/hdd4 * 409 16305 8011615+ 63 GUN HURD or SysV
Partition 4 does not end on cylinder Boundry


When I did mount -t sysv /dev/hdd4 /mnt/sysv

I got

mount: mount point /mnt/sysv does not exist
 
Old 06-22-2004, 04:13 AM   #4
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As root (using su), issue the command mkdir /mnt/sysv and then reissue the mount command.
 
Old 06-22-2004, 11:54 AM   #5
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Again I want to say THANK YOU for all the help. I am still stuck. I did what you said I did command

mkdir /mnt/sysv

then I did

mount -t sysv /dev/hdd4 /mnt/sysv

and got

mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/hdd4,
or too many mounted file systems

Then I did

mount -a -t msdos /dev/hdd1 /mnt/sysv

and got

mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/hdd1,
or too many mounted file systems

So I was reading the man and was reading something about it auto detecting. I thought it was -t autofs but that did not work to. So again I want to thank you for all your help, and see if anyone has any other Ideas.
 
Old 06-22-2004, 12:12 PM   #6
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Odd, looking through man mount it says that there are no mount options for sysv or Xenix. This page is about the fs command which will tell you the filesystems your system supports. If your system doesn't support mounting of sysv, you may need to recompile your kernel with the support needed.

Other info:
http://www.aplawrence.com/SCOFAQ/FAQ...c1linuxfs.html
http://archive.lug.boulder.co.us/bym.../msg00491.html
 
Old 06-22-2004, 01:12 PM   #7
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Thanks for the reading! I am learning more every time I read it. Ok I looked at /proc/filesystems and sysv is in there as supported. I was reading and on the one link I was doing what it said

then dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hd10 (for whole 2nd ide drive for instance)
then mkfs -f HTFS /dev/hd10
then mkdir /d2
then mount -f HTFS /dev/hd10 /d2
then to copy your "u" filesystem,
cd /u; tar cf - . | (cd /d2 ;tar xf -)
then in Linux:
mkdir /d2
modprobe sysv
mount -t sysv /dev/hdb /d2

if I understand that right, that is going to make a new drive Xenix compatabul, I think. regardless I think that is a little above my knowlage. but I am going to keep reading it. Also is it posabule, that, who ever set up the Xenix on this drive did it in such a way to impeade me from what I am trying to do now? Like so sort of security? I am almost tempted to get the drive out of box 2 and see if what I have tried will work with that drive. Any thoughts?
 
Old 06-22-2004, 03:00 PM   #8
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It could be an idea to test it on a non-critical drive - that way, if you make a mistake, nothing critical is lost. The box is likely to have permissions and accounts set on it - which means you may need to get around that. Check to see if it works first and then we'll see what else needs to be done.
 
Old 06-22-2004, 07:29 PM   #9
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Ok I pulled the drive out of the second box I have to work with, and tried it. Same thing. I have not been able to pick up another drive yet to try that list of things I posted before form the link posted here. I am getting very frusterated over this and think I will stop at the liquer store on the way home from the office tonight.
 
Old 06-22-2004, 08:46 PM   #10
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Ok I been doing a lot of reading, and the one thing I have found is.........

Everyone thinks it should work and the Docs and mans say ti should work, but no one can get it to work. I did see some things that gives me some hope in fedora! So I am downloading it over night and tomarow I will burn it to CD. Wish me luck
 
Old 06-23-2004, 04:19 AM   #11
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Good luck - assuming you do get it to work, could you post back how you did it (or create a LinuxAnswer), that way anyone coming after can see how to do it.

Thanks
 
Old 06-23-2004, 08:14 PM   #12
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Ok so I have installed Fedora Core 2 and besides the fact that it looks a more newb friendly, I am still in the same boat. My search continues. I also got a bit of info today that will make me stick with this A) untill I get it or B) I loose whats left of my mind and jump off a building. I guess why my boss wants this is, that we have a contractor we send the data conversions to, that is makeing it happen, Since we are wanting to bring the data conversion back inhouse, we can't exacaly ask him how he is doing it. But I do know now, for sure, there is a way. My next thing I think will be look at the tape drives. Wish me luck
 
Old 06-24-2004, 04:20 AM   #13
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Loadsa luck.

Here's an idea - Social Engineering. Why not "chat up" the contractor...you know "well I'm thinking of using Linux at home, but I don't know so very much ...how do I" and so on - since you are paying him, he'll have to speak to you and you should be able to wheedle the info out of him.

Just a thought.
 
Old 06-24-2004, 08:48 AM   #14
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The thought has crossed my mind, even useing some of my female powers of persuasion, but then I found out he is gay, so that will not work. And I am going to keep trying to talk to him, but so far he seems to keep all his conversations to his offical contact point. But I will keep this updated and if I pull it off I will be sure to post it here. I want to say thanks again for the help
 
Old 06-24-2004, 09:16 AM   #15
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"You go girl"

Again - good luck.
 
  


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