[rescue] VMS for VAXstation

Steve Sandau ssandau at gwi.net
Fri Aug 9 19:37:44 CDT 2013

Thanks for all the information guys. I now have OpenVMS running on a
VAXStation 3100. Cool. I set up a 350M system drive and configured 
DECNET on VMS and Linux to copy files. That allowed me to add DECwindows 
and TCP/IP, and I have another drive for user files. It's been 
interesting finding some DOS-like commands and some plain English 
commands, too.

I'm still struggling with the overall logic of the file structure 
though. I was thinking it was like DOS in that there's a device and 
directories below it, and that's how you get to things. But I can't sort 
out things like how SYS$ROOT[SYSMGR] and SYS$COMMON:[SYSMGR] relate. In 
short, the file system confuses me. Does this have to do with aliases or 
something like that?

I also can't figure out when to just invoke a file, "run" a file, or use 
"@" to run a file. Clues?

I think I'm missing some basic information that I have not been able to 
glean from the manuals. Does anyone have pointers to basic info that 
might answer these questions, or am I just being really obtuse and the 
answers are right in front of me?

Thanks for any help here. This is fun so far.


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