Subject: Re: An annoying failure I've seen a lot of.
To: Dave Burgess <>
From: Brian Buhrow <>
List: current-users
Date: 08/28/1996 13:31:45
	For SCO binaries, you need:
options	COMPAT_IBCS2

I'm sorry, I don't know what directory you put the libraries in.
But, ktrace will show you.

I would suggest buying the new SCO Unix cdrom for $20 for the libraries and
the linker.  At some point, they'll make the package availble on the net.
for details.

On Aug 28,  9:42am, Dave Burgess wrote:
} Subject: Re: An annoying failure I've seen a lot of.
} > 
} > On Mon, 26 Aug 1996 22:43:10 -0700 
} >  Rob Windsor <> wrote:
} > 
} >  > > ./linux.x86: 1: Syntax error: "(" unexpected
} > 
} >  > 
} >  > >From what I remember, linux and SVR4 compat isn't working right when you
} >  > try to use both.
} > 
} > If I recall, this can also happen if the Linux dynamic linker can't be 
} > found ... but I might be incorrect...
} > 
} I changed the Compatibility options to leave SVR4 and only add Linux,
} then fixed the emulation stuff (I had it in the wrong place).  Since I
} did both, I'm not sure which one fixed the problem.  
} OK.  Stupid Question #1:
} Why wouldn't this give a reasonable error message (like "dynamic linker
} not found") or some other indication?  There is probably a
} infrastructure reason I just can't see.
} Stupid Question #2: 
} The purpose of this little exercise was to try and get Staroffice (a
} Linux Office Automation suite) loaded and tested.  It is looking for a
} Motif 2.0 library.  The authors don't want to sell it (or give it away).
} They are considering building one that works with Motif 1.2 or
} statically linking the library in.  Does anyone have such a beast (I'll
} assume Linux/ELF format for a second) they can 'release', even for a
} short while?
} Stupid Question #3:
} I also have a copy of Informix which provides me precisely the same
} problem the Linux executable did (I love flea markets).   I 
} assume I will need to fill an /emul/svr4 directory with the same 
} stuff as I did for Linux.  Any insight on what I might need?  Do we 
} even support dynamic SCO executables?  Any sources on where to get 
} this stuff?  Am I going to have to add the COMPAT_SVR4 option back in?
} Will the Linux stuff just make it work?  I'm going to try it tonight,
} but any insight at all would really make my evening much more
} productive.  If I get this working, I promise to write it up in the FAQ.
} I promise.
} I'm SO confused.  Not an unusual state: just uncomfortable.
} -- 
} Dave Burgess  (The man of a thousand E-Mail addresses)
} *bsd FAQ Maintainer / SysAdmin for the NetBSD system in my spare bedroom
} "Just because something is stupid doesn't mean there isn't someone that 
} doesn't want to do it...."
>-- End of excerpt from Dave Burgess