VAX6460: VMS 5.4 how to move on?

From: Gunther Schadow <>
Date: Sun Oct 28 22:22:04 2001


O.K. I am delighted! I did boot VMS 5.4 from that RA90 labeled
as unit 0. I changed the system password and am now copying
ULTRIX filed off the TK50 tape onto disk in order to write them
on 9-track trying to boot from there. Of course I will have
all sorts of grief because of the weird VMS blocked file
formats. For instance, what I read from the tape should look
like this on UNIX:

-rw-r--r-- 1 operator 17408 May 12 03:44 file0
-rw-r--r-- 1 operator 2091208 May 12 03:45 file1
-rw-r--r-- 1 operator 6594560 May 12 03:47 file2
-rw-r--r-- 1 operator 727040 May 12 03:47 file3
-rw-r--r-- 1 operator 8826880 May 12 03:48 file4
-rw-r--r-- 1 operator 3143680 May 12 03:48 file5
-rw-r--r-- 1 operator 2007040 May 12 03:48 file6
-rw-r--r-- 1 operator 522240 May 12 03:48 file7
-rw-r--r-- 1 operator 665600 May 12 03:48 file8
-rw-r--r-- 1 operator 286720 May 12 03:48 file9
-rw-r--r-- 1 operator 2949120 May 12 03:45 file10
-rw-r--r-- 1 operator 2160640 May 12 03:45 file11
-rw-r--r-- 1 operator 1249280 May 12 03:45 file12
-rw-r--r-- 1 operator 1024000 May 12 03:45 file13
-rw-r--r-- 1 operator 1495040 May 12 03:45 file14
-rw-r--r-- 1 operator 276480 May 12 03:47 file38

and what I have copied from TK50 so far looks like this:

$ dir /size


FILE.000;1 0
FILE.001;1 0
FILE.002;1 12880
FILE.003;1 1420
FILE.004;1 17240
FILE.005;1 6140
FILE.006;1 3920
FILE.007;1 1020

Total of 8 files, 42620 blocks.

O.K. seems like we have file sizes reported in 512 byte blocks.
But file 1 didn't come up right. May be that was because of
this read error that keeps the tape from booting?

Anyway, before I go to bed I will have copied the first set
of filed to disk and back to a tape. Either a TK70 or a
9-track and will try to boot. It looks like I'm making
progress, finally.

However, I ask myself what to do with that VMS 5.4 system
disk. Should I keep it and get another drive downstairs for
my Ultrix attempts? Should I rather keep this running 5.4
VMS or should I make a fresh install of a VMS 6.1 of which
I have tapes? I am a curious person, so I could first dig in
the disks for interesting stuff, but then, I rather want to
get away from VMS and onto Ultrix and finally NetBSD. So
how much are old filesystems worth keeping? I don't have
enough tape to back it all up, and even if I had, how would
I do this?

How can I find UCX on this VMS 5.4 filesystem? It appears as
absent. Is there something like find(1) on VMS? Did UCX not
exist for VMS 5.4? Could I install it from a VMS 6.1 bin tape?
Do I have any chance of using my ethernet for anything like
file transfer or NFS without having UCX?

thanks much for helping me accross the VMS river :-)


Gunther Schadow, M.D., Ph.D.          
Medical Information Scientist      Regenstrief Institute for Health Care
Adjunct Assistant Professor        Indiana University School of Medicine
Received on Sun Oct 28 2001 - 22:22:04 GMT

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