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Copying files to/from floppy disk in HP-UX 8.0

 
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Arttu Pönni
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Copying files to/from floppy disk in HP-UX 8.0

I have a machine running HP-UX 8.0 and I need to get some files from it to a floppy disk.

1. I'm not certain what is the device name of the floppy drive, how can I check it?
2. Once I know the device name, how can I copy files to the floppy?

Thanks in advance!
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Pete Randall
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Re: Copying files to/from floppy disk in HP-UX 8.0

Assuming that the floppy drive is connected to your HP-UX 8.0 (8.0!!!) machine, you should be able to find it in the ioscan output (ioscan -fnCdisk, I think is valid for 8.0). Then you should be able to just copy the files with the cp command.


Pete

Pete
Arttu Pönni
Occasional Advisor

Re: Copying files to/from floppy disk in HP-UX 8.0

I don't think 8.0 (yes, 8.0 ...) has 'ioscan'. I think 'ioscan' was introduced in 9.0
Pete Randall
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Re: Copying files to/from floppy disk in HP-UX 8.0

I've been searching the Forums to find some reference to ioscan and 8.0, but it's so old that no one really seems to remember much. You might try "iomap" rather than ioscan.


Pete

Pete
Arttu Pönni
Occasional Advisor

Re: Copying files to/from floppy disk in HP-UX 8.0

This is weird. I can't find ioscan nor iomap, but I have man pages for them. 'man ioscan' brings up the manual for the command. What's up with this?

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Pete Randall
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Re: Copying files to/from floppy disk in HP-UX 8.0

It's probably just not in your PATH. "echo $PATH" to see what is in it, then search to see where it might be. Nowdays it's in /usr/sbin, but pre-10.x had some major file system structure differences, so you'll have to do some detective work.


Pete

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Pete Randall
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Re: Copying files to/from floppy disk in HP-UX 8.0

I found some documentation on the old file system hierarchy. Try looking in /bin, then /usr/bin, /usr/local/bin and /usr/contrib/bin.


Pete

Pete
Arttu Pönni
Occasional Advisor

Re: Copying files to/from floppy disk in HP-UX 8.0

All of those paths seem to be in my $PATH and ioscan isn't there. I also tried 'whereis ioscan' and it returned only ioscan's manpage.

Arttu
Victor Fridyev
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Re: Copying files to/from floppy disk in HP-UX 8.0

Hi,

Try to run
swlist -l file | grep ioscan

This should give you a precise location of the file (if swlist exists for 8.0).
If you may reboot the computer, interrupt boot process and investigate its HW staff

HTH
Entities are not to be multiplied beyond necessity - RTFM
OldSchool
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Re: Copying files to/from floppy disk in HP-UX 8.0

take a look at the following:

http://www.unixguide.net/hp/faq/5.8.1.shtml

search for "floppy" on that page.

dosls, doscp and so forth *might* work, as it doesn't say what version this is for.

brute force method would be to look at /dev and see what rfloppy devices are defined and try them.

Arttu Pönni
Occasional Advisor

Re: Copying files to/from floppy disk in HP-UX 8.0

Victor Fridyev: Unfortunately, the system doesn't find 'swlist'. I tried to look the startup output but I didn't see anything intresting.

OldSchool: I'll give that a try first thing tomorrow, thx.

I'm calling it a day and I'll try again tomorrow when I get back to the office. Thank you all for your advice, I really appreciate it!

Re: Copying files to/from floppy disk in HP-UX 8.0

>Unfortunately, the system doesn't find swlist.

Naturally, swlist (SD) was introduced on 10.00.
I think update was used instead of swinstall.
Olivier Masse
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Re: Copying files to/from floppy disk in HP-UX 8.0

If your machine is networked, consider using FTP to move your data. The floppy drive might not even work anymore.

I once stumbled upon an 8.0 machine 10 years ago and it had a perfectly working NFS client implementation. A disk in it went south, so I configured its NFS client to store data until we got rid of it.

Good luck
Arttu Pönni
Occasional Advisor

Re: Copying files to/from floppy disk in HP-UX 8.0

I discovered that my floppy drive had failed and replaced it with a new one. After that everything worked like a charm.