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How to Convert Between SCO’s Microsoft Word for UNIX and Word

PSS ID Number: Q37759 Article last modified on 01-29-1996

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The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft Word for MS-DOS versions 5.0, 5.5, 6.0 - Microsoft Word for Windows versions 2.0, 2.0a, 2.0a-CD, 2.0b, 2.0c, 6.0, 6.0a, 6.0c - Microsoft Word for the Macintosh versions 5.0, 5.1, 5.1a


Microsoft Word for UNIX Systems Release 5.1 is a version of Word 5.0b for MS-DOS, licensed and distributed by the Santa Cruz Operation for use in their XENIX and UNIX operating environments.

Word for UNIX has the same file format as Word 5.0b for MS-DOS. Therefore, a Word for UNIX file transferred to a PC or Macintosh can be opened by all Word products. In addition, a document saved from any Word product as Word for MS-DOS 5.x file format can be opened by Word for UNIX once transferred to the UNIX or XENIX platform.

Transferring a File Between a XENIX or UNIX System and a PC

If your XENIX or UNIX system is not connected to your PC by a network, you can transfer a file between a XENIX or UNIX system and an MS-DOS formatted disk by using the DOSCP command. For example, to copy a file from the TMP directory on a UNIX volume to an MS-DOS disk, you might enter the following at the UNIX or XENIX system prompt:

doscp /tmp/myfile.doc /fd0:/myfile.doc

To copy the same file from the MS-DOS disk to the TMP directory on a UNIX volume, you might enter the following:

doscp /fd0:/myfile.doc /tmp/myfile.doc

The file and directory arguments for MS-DOS files and directories have the form


where <device> is a UNIX System path for the special device file containing the MS-DOS disk, and <name> is a path to a file or directory on the MS-DOS disk. The two components are separated by a colon (:). In the examples above, “fd0” represents the device file containing the MS-DOS disk.

Note that the forward slash character (/) must be used as the directory separator character when dealing with MS-DOS disk file exchange under UNIX. This is at variance with the usual MS-DOS practice of using the backslash () character as the directory separator character.

When using the DOSCP command, certain conversions are performed when copying a UNIX or XENIX System file to an MS-DOS disk. A filename with a basename longer than eight characters is truncated. A filename extension (the part of the name following separating period) longer than three characters is also truncated. For example, the file 123456789.12345 becomes 12345678.123. Filenames containing illegal MS-DOS characters are stripped when writing to the MS-DOS format.

For more information on MS-DOS commands available under XENIX or UNIX, see your SCO XENIX or UNIX documentation.

Support for Microsoft Word for UNIX Systems Release 5.1 is the sole responsibility of the Santa Cruz Operation. For more information, contact:

The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc. 400 Encinal Street, P.O. Box 1900 Santa Cruz, CA 95061 Phone: (800) 726-8649 or (408) 425-7222 FAX: (408) 458-4227

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