[olug] SCO UNIX/LINUX help needed

Jon H. Larsen relayer at levania.org
Thu Jan 12 19:49:38 UTC 2006

On Thu, 12 Jan 2006, Charles Bird wrote:

> Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2006 20:35:27 +0100
> From: Charles Bird <thebirdman at operamail.com>
> Reply-To: Omaha Linux User Group <olug at olug.org>
> To: olug at olug.org
> Subject: [olug] SCO UNIX/LINUX help needed
> I am trying to copy some files from a UNIX app that is very important and the usual command to do this is not working as I "planned"
> #cp /mnt/cdrom/filename.z /var/holdingtank/  <-- thats what i type and I get this after about 30 seconds...
> cp: reading '/mnt/cdrom/filename.z': Input/output error
> #
> Is there a way to get a more verbose message about the error?
> The cd I am reading is superclean on the surface, and I can cp other files off this disc, not this one though.
> These files are for a "OOOOOLLLLDDDD" SCO Open Server Box and I am cp to Slackware. 
> Any Ideas? 

'cp -v' will do verbose on the copy, but the I/O error would be something 
else, not necessarily the cp command.  It could be the ide cdrom module, 
or the fstype module (iso9660, etc).

1. Is the CD a Burned CD-R?  And how old is the CD?
   Some burned CD media will only last 2 to 5 years according to a recent 
   IBM research article.

2. Can you try to read the disc, and copy the file in another optical 
drive on another system?
   It is possible that the drive may not in it's prime anymore.

Jon L.

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