DECnet/E and DECnet-Plus

From: Zane H. Healy <>
Date: Sat Jan 24 21:38:36 2004

>I have gotten a lot of DECnet-IV systems talking to DECnet-Plus. What you'll
>need to do is register the DECnet-IV systems and then flush the naming cache.

I've done this with RSX-11M and VAX/VMS without any problem, it's DECnet/E that seems to be the problem. I don't know if I've failed to set something up correctly on the RSTS/E side, or what.

>After that, you should be able to connect to the Phase-IV system.

Directory Service: Local name file

Node name: LOCAL:.rstse
Phase IV synonym: RSTSE

Address tower protocol and selector values:
  Session: DNA_SessionControlV2 (SC2)
             00 13
  Transport: DNA_NSP (NSP)
             (no selector value)
  Routing: DNA_OSInetwork (CLNS)
             49::00-3C:AA-00-04-00-97-F2:20 (60.663)

Number of nodes reported on: 1

$ set host rstse
%SYSTEM-F-NOSUCHOBJ, network object is unknown at remote node

On the RSTS/E system console, I get the following:

Event type 34.1, Object spawn failure
Occurred 10-Jan-17 17:40:49.5 on node 60.663 (RSTSE)
Reason: Unknown Object identification
Source node = 1.652
Source process = 0 0 0 HEALYZH
Destination Process = 42

There are a couple of odd things about this error, one is that "SHOW DATE" on the RSTS/E system shows 24-JAN-04 05:40 PM, so it looks like DECnet/E has a Y2k problem. The other is that the source node is 60.652, not 1.652 like the error message states.

The Y2k error shouldn't be a problem, as my RSX-11M system works with the wrong date.

On a positive note, I finally got things setup so I can connect to the RSTS/E system via LAT from the VMS system :^)


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