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I have a Business Basic application running on SCO Open Server 5. We no longer have the install disks for the application. Is it possible for us to somehow move the Business Basic Application to a Linux box and if so how would we do it? Is it likely that the Business Basic application might have some hooks into the Open Server OS that might make it hard to move to a different OS/different hardware?
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What Business Basic? If it is Basis BBX/PRO5 no problem.
Download the Linix interpreter at Basis.Com and copy the files to Linux.
Basis has utilities to convert many dilects of Basic to PRO5.
mileage may varry
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Thanks. I will check further and get back if I have any more questions.
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It turns out to be BBx PROGRESSION/2.  What steps would I have to take  to convert it so that it runs on a Linux distribution?
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Downoad and install the new PRO5 interpreter, Install the utilities if they were not included in the base install.
Copy the all the files to the Linux box.
Run the _p4conv utility for each directory containing BBx programs or data files.
Keep a copy of the old files, the _p4conv updates in place over writng the orginal.
Tip before you run the _prconv be sure to allocate a large hunk of memory.
Like:
>START 4000
Or specify on the Pro5 launch withe the -m 4000 option.
If you have a large number of files in one directory _p4conv may run out of memory.
From an old BBx2 application most of the programs are likely small.

The new PRO5 should run the converted BBx2 programs fine.
If you are not familiar with the application I would recommend duplicating the filesystem layout from the SCO box, at least with links. In old BBx applications it is not uncommon to find absolute path names to programs and files stored in data files. Makes moving things a pain.
Also terminal types can be pain, check the config.bbx file, you want the terminals defined
Alias T00 tty term
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Another note
You cam intstall PRO5 without a license to run the conversions to test and buy the license latter if it works.
Without a license PRO5 will run in Nag Mode. At startup and every 15 min it will complain about being unlicensed, but will continue to run. I think it is single user only in Nag mode but should work for testing.
You could also look at BBj. A Java based version of BB. It will run the same PRO5 programs but may be more work to convert. The first shot should probably be PRO5.
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Super. Thanks for all the info. I will give it a try. If I have any issues I will ask a related question.
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I come across the download page from basic.com and there are serveral versions of PRO/5. Which one should I use?
6.21
8.01
9.00
10.01
11.01
I believe I should try to the lowest version which is 6.21 but would like to get your advice.

Thanks,
Tony
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You should be able to use any of them.
They are verry good at backward compatability.
Toe move from Rev3 to Rev4 you needed to run a conversion, otherwise prgrams should work as is.
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Thank you.. I'm trying 6.21 now...
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