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Read Before Installing or Using HP C Version 7.3 for OpenVMS Alpha

Dear Customer,

Whether you are a new or a continuing HP C customer, please take time to read the following information about your product.

License Management Facility Information

Before you install HP C, a License Management Facility (LMF) Product Authorization Key (PAK) must be registered and loaded (see the HP C Installation Guide for OpenVMS Alpha Systems).

Software Product Library CD-ROM

The HP C product is supplied on the Software Product Library CD-ROM.

The Software Product Library CD-ROM kit includes:

  • The Software Product Library Binaries CD-ROM (Media CD-ROM)
    The Media CD-ROM contains installation files and related installation documentation for the OpenVMS Alpha layered products on multiple CD-ROMs.
  • The Online Documentation Library CD-ROM (Documentation CD-ROM)
    The Documentation CD-ROM contains documentation files in online formats for the OpenVMS Alpha layered products on one or more CD-ROMs.
  • The Software Product Library CD-ROM User's Guide
    This guide describes how to mount and control access to the Software Product Library CD-ROM, use the CDMENU utility, access the contents of the CD-ROM, and install layered products from the CD-ROM.
  • The Software Product Library Master Index
    This lists the directory locations of products on the Software Product Library CD-ROM. It also lists products that have been removed since the previous release.
  • Online Documentation Library CD-ROM User's Guide
    This guide decribes how to use the Online Documentation Library CD-ROM.
  • Online Documentation Library Master Index
    This document lists the products on Online Documentation Library CD-ROM.
  • "Read First" letter
    This letter, also provided in printed form, describes changes from the previous version of the Software Product Library.

Installation Information

Installing this product requires the OpenVMS Alpha operating system Version 7.3-2 or higher. Installing the compiler and documentation requires 150,000 blocks of free disk space.

A Media CD-ROM is included with the Software Product Library CD-ROM. Your Media CD-ROM contains the installation save sets and installation guide (HP C Installation Guide for OpenVMS Alpha Systems) for installing HP C Version 7.3.

Contents of the Media CD-ROM

Your Media CD-ROM contains the following HP C files:

  • The HP C installation save sets:

    [CC073.KIT]CC073.A    (C compiler) 
    [CC073.KIT]CC073.B    (C documentation - optional install) 
  • HP C documentation in PostScript (.ps) form and ASCII (.txt) form in:


    The HP C documentation on the Media CD-ROM includes the following:
    -- The HP C installation guide
    -- This "read first" cover letter
    -- The Software Product Description (SPD)

Release Notes Information

The release notes for HP C Version 7.3 contain installation-related instructions and a summary of technical changes, known problems, restrictions, and incompatibilities. To read the release notes before installing HP C, invoke VMSINSTAL and follow the instructions in the installation guide. After installing HP C, the release notes are located in:


You can locate the release notes after installing HP C by entering the following DCL command:


HP C Documentation

The HP C documents are provided as HTML files on the Online Documentation Library CD-ROM. To read them, use the Bookshelf Navigation Utility (BNU) provided on the Online Documentation Library CD-ROM. For information on how to use the BNU, refer to the Online Documentation Library CD-ROM User's Guide, provided on disc 1 in the following location:


Ordering Hardcopy Documentation

To order the latest hardcopy HP C documentation kit (Version 7.1), request part number QA-MU7AA-GZ.7.1.

The hardcopy HP C Version 7.1 documentation kit includes printed copies of the following manuals:

  • HP C User's Guide for OpenVMS Systems
  • HP C Language Reference Manual

The HP C Run-Time Library Reference Manual for OpenVMS Systems is available with the OpenVMS operating system documentation.

Software Product Description

The Software Product Description (SPD) provides an overview of the HP C kit and its features, and describes the technical environment in which the product is supported. The SPD is provided on line on the Media CD-ROM.


A variety of service and support options are available from HP. For more information, contact your local HP sales office.

A Final Note

We appreciate your comments and suggestions about HP C documentation. If you find errors or want to make comments about the documentation, you can send electronic mail to:


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