[rescue] VMS for VAXstation

Camiel Vanderhoeven iamcamiel at gmail.com
Sat Aug 10 00:44:11 CDT 2013

Hi Steve,

There is a VMS User's Manual that covers most of your questions; it's
a bit of a read (but then, VMS is a bit of an operating system), but
if you do, I think you'll have a much better understanding of VMS. A
pdf can be found at
It shouldn't be too hard to find a hard-copy of it.

Good luck!


On Sat, Aug 10, 2013 at 2:37 AM, Steve Sandau <ssandau at gwi.net> wrote:
> 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.
> Steve
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