SCO OpenServer Printing System Trouble
Posted on 2006-05-11
We have an SCO OpenServer 5.0.6 server whose printing system has begun to act strangely. The software application creates several print jobs with special forms (statements, invoices, etc). Using the lpadmin command to mount/unmount forms still works, but many of the affected users go into "scoadmin printer" so as not to use the user-unfriendly command syntax.
When entering scoadmin, the following message appears:
# scoadmin printer
scoadmin: Cannot activate object 'printer':
If I go to the GUI console and go to the equivalent place, two "white ghost" icons appear where the administration for printers used to appear. The two icons for the HP printing system in the same window appear normally.
It sounds like a crucial file has been lost or mangled somehow. About two weeks ago, read errors on the hard drive started appearing. I took the system to single user mode, ran the badtracks utility full scan. It found the bad track and added it to the bad block pool. The system came back up and has run OK since then. I mention this only in case some of the OS files might have been located in those remapped bad blocks.
Any clues as to what files are missing and how to get them back?
Thanks in advance for all help!