VAX 6400 booting saga: how to transfer binaries to VMS with kermit?

From: Ethan Dicks <>
Date: Fri Jan 4 16:52:07 2002

--- Geoff Roberts <> wrote:
> > but no matter what I do, the file will never work as an
> > executable on the VAX. It always complains about a corrupt
> > descriptor block and it comes up too long. The file is
> > exactly 2048 bytes long and when I send it it comes up as
> > 5/6 blocks with DIR/SIZE=ALL. That is one block too many,
> > isn't it?

> > I have SET FILE TYPE BINARY on both sides.


When I used to migrate things around lots, I tended to use ZIP.EXE
once it was available (post 1987). We also used to use a program
called BACKPACK (I think) that rendered RMS files into an ASCII
form akin to UUENCODING, but that could be properly reconstituted
into any sort of VMS file including OLBs and EXEs, etc. (we used
it to send updates to our customers).

Depending on how bare your VAX is, you might try to migrate things
wrapped, not plain. Dunno if you have any wrapping/unwrapping
tools for VMS yet. If not, it's high on the list of things to

Absolutely worst case, you could probably write a UUDECODE in DCL. :-P


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