sysadmsh -- menu driven system administration utility




sysadmsh is an easy-to-use menu interface designed to provide novice users with the tools needed for day-to-day system administration of the UNIX system.

WARNING: sysadmsh does not replace the documentation. It provides an overview of available system administration features and a reminder of tasks which need to be performed regularly. An understanding of the ``The installation and upgrade procedure'' in the Getting Started Guide is necessary to use sysadmsh.


sysadmsh menus can be invoked by logging in as the superuser (root) and entering sysadmsh at the shell prompt.

Once you are in sysadmsh, online instructions for its use may be obtained by selecting the <F1> key. See the System Administration Guide for more details on using sysadmsh.

Some sysadmsh options must be run from the system console device, or while in single-user (system maintenance) mode. Refer to the manual page referenced by the menu selection for more information.

You can set the colors to be used within sysadmsh by editing the files .sysadmcolor in your home directory, or /usr/lib/sysadm/sysadmcolor. See the sysadmcolor(F) manual page for more details.

A knowledge of vi(C) is assumed for file edit selections, although the SCO Lyrix® editor is used when available.

Environment variables

sysadmsh uses the environment variable SYSADM to find the O/A prompt file libstrs, plus the menu, form and help files.

There are three environment variables which sysadmsh considers to locate the editor it calls. SA_EDITOR is tried first, if this is null then VISUAL is tried, then EDITOR.

If none of the editor environment variables are set, then one of the following editors is chosen: /usr/bin/lyrix, /bin/vi or /bin/ed (listed in order of preference).

The following additional environment variables are used:

If not set, the default mailer is SCO Portfolio email if installed, or UNIX mail(C) if not.

If not set, the default printer device is /dev/lp.

The name of the extensible menu file which describes the User menu area in the top level of sysadmsh. If this is empty or unset, the file $HOME/.sysadmmenu is used instead.


color control file in user's home directory

default color control file

See also

sysadmcolor(F), sysadmmenu(F)

System Administration Guide

Standards conformance

sysadmsh is not part of any currently supported standard; it is an extension of AT&T System V provided by The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc.

This utility takes its design from the SCO Lyrix® Word Processing System.

© 2003 Caldera International, Inc. All rights reserved.
SCO OpenServer Release 5.0.7 -- 11 February 2003