[FreeVMS] Re: Announcing the VNIX project

Subject: [FreeVMS] Re: Announcing the VNIX project
Date: Thu May 16 2002 - 12:16:45 CEST

On Thu, May 16, 2002 at 08:32:25AM +0100, David Wijnants wrote:
> > Harold L Hunt wrote:
> > VNIX is a project to provide a library that is compatible with the VMS
> > (http://www.openvms.compaq.com/) runtime libraries for use on POSIX systems.
> I've been thinking about that myself; it should be possible to emulate
> the behaviour of most of the RTL and system services in a library, and

I expect there will be fewer system services, and for both it might not
be full functionality.

> Most people probably have their favourite VMS features. The string
> handling routines should be very straightforward, but I've never used

Got a lot of them already.

> Most of the VMS commands (directory, copy, search, sort, ...) should not
> take very long to write, given a VNIX library or FreeVMS kernel with the

And given that LBR, CLI, MSG and CDU is sufficiently working. (And RMS).

> necessary system services and RTL, and should in theory work fine on
> both. Even DCL, as far as I can see, is just another shell but with some
> rather cleverer command line parsing than your average UNIX shell.

That is what Open DCL Lite (http://www.accelr8.com/dcl.htm) seems to do.
(Real DCL needs VMS kernel functionality.)

Roar Thronæs

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