Administering SCO OpenServer

Using SCOadmin in character mode

By its nature, the SCOadmin character interface differs from the graphical version. Character SCOadmin is similar to the previous SCO OpenServer administrative interface (sysadmsh).

Navigating the character screen

In character SCOadmin, the screen is divided into ``tab groups'', which make it possible to move between the menu bar, the display area, and the control buttons (OK, Cancel, Help) at the bottom of the window. Once you have moved to the desired tab group, you can use the arrow keys to select the desired button, list, or field.

Use the arrow keys to move between items on a menu bar or items in a menu. Use the <Enter> key to open a menu or make a selection.

NOTE: If you are having trouble reaching a button or field, try pressing the <Tab> key.

Sample character SCOadmin screen

``Sample character SCOadmin screen'' is a character-mode screen from the Account Manager. To navigate this screen from top to bottom, press the <Tab> key. There are two rows of buttons: the ``Password'' selection box and the OK, Cancel, and Help pushbuttons. Use the arrow keys to move between the buttons.

Character SCOadmin keys

Key Action
<Tab>, <Ctrl>i moves to next tab group
<Ctrl>^, <Shift><Tab> moves to the previous tab group
<Left, Right Arrow> traverses menu bar, moves between items in a tab group, opens or closes submenu, scrolls list
<Up, Down Arrow> opens a menu in menu bar, moves between items in a menu, moves between items in a tab group or a displayed list
<Ctrl>A replicates <Alt> in graphical environment
<F10> shifts focus to menu bar
<Enter> accepts input in text field, opens menu
<Esc> cancels action (if applicable), closes menu
<Ctrl>r redraws the screen
<PgUp>, <PgDn> pages through displayed list
<Home>, <End> shifts between top and bottom of list
<Space> selects the highlighted item

Using character buttons

There are three types of buttons, all of which are operated by highlighting them, then pressing <Space> or <Enter>:

have text names enclosed in square brackets ([ ]). Buttons that bring up other windows have ellipses (...) appended to the text. Some bring up an option menu from which you must make a selection. Highlight the text label associated with the button rather than the button itself.

radio buttons
are marked with angle brackets (< >) and are used to select exactly one of a group of options. When a radio button is selected, an asterisk (*) appears within the brackets. Selecting a second button deselects the previous button.

are similar to radio buttons and consist of square brackets ([ ]) and a text label. When a checkbox is selected, an asterisk (*) appears within the brackets. Checkboxes are used to select one, more than one, or none of a group of options. Toggle to deselect.

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SCO OpenServer Release 5.0.7 -- 11 February 2003