[olug] SCO UNIX/LINUX help needed

Charles Bird thebirdman at operamail.com
Thu Jan 12 20:02:15 UTC 2006

Ya, the drive is not in its prime, its the best one i have at the moment, the only way i could get a slack machine at work was to use old beatup rejected hardware that no one else wants or needs...its a 450Mhz, 96Mb RAM and 8GB HDD with a HP OEM DVD Drive from who knows when, all other files copy fine but its just that one, i used my superman vision as best as i could to look at the surface of the disk and seems fine...it is a burned cd that is indeed very old...this app is said to cost more than 50K USD!!!

As always, I am putting out big fires with a squirtgun.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jon H. Larsen" <relayer at levania.org>
To: "Omaha Linux User Group" <olug at olug.org>
Subject: Re: [olug] SCO UNIX/LINUX help needed
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2006 13:49:38 -0600 (CST)

> 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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