[FreeVMS] Re: Command and qualifier validation


Subject: [FreeVMS] Re: Command and qualifier validation
From: Roar Thronęs (roart@nvg.ntnu.no)
Date: Fri Jan 02 2004 - 09:01:15 CET


On Thu, Jan 01, 2004 at 01:02:50PM -0500, JayPedHskr@aol.com wrote:
>
> How do others feel about this?
>
> I presume this was an optimization made; allowing the commands and qualifiers
> to be stored in tables of 4-byte values (presumably blank-padded if less than
> 4 character). This is an optimization I would not buy into anymore. It may
> have made sense in 1978 when VMS 1.0 came around; and VMS itself can't change
> due to compatibility requirements. But ... what would we like to do here in
> FreeVMS-land?

Not sure.
It could be nice having more than 4 letters that count, but on the other
hand it could change the DCL "feel".

You could make it #define-able how many longwords (4 letters) should be
used?

Regards,
Roar Thronęs

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