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Chapter 2
Installing HP BASIC

After you register and load the license PAK, the installation takes approximately 5 minutes, depending on your system configuration and the kit components chosen.

If you encounter any failures during installation, see Appendix C.

2.1 Installation Procedure

Mount the media.

To abort the installation procedure at any time, press Ctrl/Y. When you press Ctrl/Y, the installation procedure deletes all the files it has created up to that point and exits. You can then start the installation again.

When the system prompts you with a question during the installation procedure, the default answer is often listed in brackets ([]).

To install HP BASIC, perform the following steps:

  1. Log in to a privileged account and set your default device and directory to SYS$UPDATE.

     Username: SYSTEM
  2. Invoke VMSINSTAL.

    $ @VMSINSTAL saveset-name device-name option-list

    VMSINSTAL is in the SYS$UPDATE directory. The elements that you specify when you invoke the VMSINSTAL command procedure are as follows:


    The installation name for the component. For HP BASIC, enter the following installation name (n is the minor point release number):



    The name of the device on which you have mounted the media and the directory containing the HP BASIC save set. For example, DKA300: is the device name used in examples in this guide. The directory is [BASIC01n.KIT].
    To specify the device name on the @VMSINSTAL command line, enter:



    The word OPTIONS followed by one or more of the following option designators---A, G, L, N, R:
    • Auto_answer option (A)
      Initially creates a file that contains your answers to VMSINSTAL questions and prompts. You can then use the option (and the answer file) to save time during a reinstallation (typically after upgrading your system).
    • Get save-set option (G)
      Lets you store product save sets temporarily on a magnetic tape or in a disk directory.
    • File log option (L)
      Logs all activity to the terminal during installation.
    • Display or print the release notes (N)
      Indicates that you want to see the installation question on release notes. If you do not include the N option, VMSINSTAL does not ask you about the release notes. You should review the release notes before proceeding with the installation in case they contain additional information about the installation.
      If you are restarting the installation and have already reviewed the release notes, you do not need to specify the N option. (Even if you omit the N option when you invoke VMSINSTAL, the HP BASIC release notes are copied automatically to the SYS$HELP directory.)
    • Alternate root option (R)
      Lets you install the product to a system root other than that of the running system.

    For detailed information on these software installation options, see the OpenVMS operating system documentation. If you specify more than one option, separate each option with a comma, such as:


    The following example invokes VMSINSTAL to install HP BASIC and shows the system response. This example uses the OPTIONS N release note option.

          OpenVMS Software Product Installation Procedure E8.2
    It is dd-mmm-yyyy at hh:mm.
    Enter a question mark (?) at any time for help.

    If you do not supply the product name, or the device name, VMSINSTAL prompts you for this information later in the installation procedure.
    When you invoke VMSINSTAL, it checks whether you are logged in to a privileged account. It is recommended that you install software from the system manager's account with your default device and directory set to SYS$UPDATE.
    VMSINSTAL then checks to determine whether any users are logged in to the system. If users are logged in, VMSINSTAL asks whether you want to continue the installation:

    * Do you want to continue anyway [NO]?

    If you want to continue, enter Y. If you want to stop the installation, press Return.
  3. Confirm system backup.

    * Are you satisfied with the backup of your system disk [YES]?

    If you are satisfied with the backup of your system disk, press Return. Otherwise, enter N to discontinue the installation. After you back up your system disk, you can restart the installation.
    If you omitted the device name on the VMSINSTAL command line, the following prompt appears:

    * Where will the distribution volumes be mounted:

    If this prompt appears, enter the name of the distribution (media) device and directory that contains the HP BASIC kit (save set). For example, if the media is contained on a CD-ROM located on unit DKA300:, enter DKA300:[BASIC01n.KIT] in reply to this question (where n is the minor version number).
    If you omitted the product name on the VMSINSTAL command line, the following prompt appears:


    Enter the kit name, BASIC01n.
    If you did not choose an installation option at the options prompt on the VMSINSTAL command line, the following prompt appears and you can enter one of the installation options:

    Enter installation options you wish to use (none): N

    Depending on the type of device and whether the device is already mounted, the following prompt may appear:

    Please mount the first volume of the set on DKA300:.
    * Are you ready? YES
    %MOUNT-I-MOUNTED, DKA300:  mounted
    If you have not already done so, you should now insert the distribution volume on the device you specified when you invoked VMSINSTAL. The device name appears in the line preceding the question. VMSINSTAL then asks if you are ready to continue with the installation.
    If you respond Y to indicate that you are ready, VMSINSTAL displays a message that the media containing HP BASIC has been mounted on the specified device and that the installation has begun.
    If you entered the wrong device name when you invoked VMSINSTAL and need to restart the installation, enter N in response to the "Are you ready?" question. To stop the installation for other reasons, press Ctrl/Y.
  4. Verify the product being installed.

     The following products will be processed:
       BASIC V1.n
             Beginning installation of BASIC V1.n  at hh:mm
     %VMSINSTAL-I-RESTORE, Restoring product saveset A...

    The product name and version are displayed. The first save set (A) is restored to a subdirectory of SYS$UPDATE.
  5. Select a release notes option.

    Release notes included with this kit are always copied to SYS$HELP.
        Aditional Release Notes Options:
            1.  Display release notes
            2.  Print release notes
            3.  Both 1 and 2
            4.  None of the above
    * Select option [2]:

    If you specified OPTIONS N when you invoked VMSINSTAL or at the options prompt, you are now asked to choose one of the options for reviewing the release notes. All options copy the release notes to SYS$HELP.
    If you select option 1, VMSINSTAL displays the release notes immediately on the console terminal. You can terminate the display at any time by pressing Ctrl/C.
    If you select option 2, VMSINSTAL prompts you for the name of the print queue that you want to use. Either supply the name of the print queue that you want to use or press Return to send the file to the default output print device. For example:

    * Queue name [SYS$PRINT]: CLUSTER_PRINT

    If you select option 3, VMSINSTAL displays the release notes immediately on the console terminal and then prompts you for a queue name for the printed version.
    If you select option 4, the installation procedure will only copy the release notes to the SYS$HELP directory.
    Next, VMSINSTAL asks if you wish to continue the installation process.

    * Do you want to continue the installation [NO]?
    If you want to continue, enter Y. If you want to stop the installation, press Return. If you are continuing the installation, VMSINSTAL displays the following message:

    %VMSINSTAL-I-RELMOVED, Product's release notes have been moved to SYS$HELP.
    %VMSINSTAL-I-RELNOTMOV, A PostScript version of the release notes has been moved
     to SYS$HELP.
               HP BASIC V1.n Installation Procedure
      Copyright 1993-2004 HP Information Technologies Group, L.P.
    Confidential computer software.  Valid license from HP required for
    possession, use or copying.  Consistent with FAR 12.211 and 12.212,
    Commercial Computer Software, Computer Software Documentation, and
    Technical Data for Commercial Items are licensed to the U.S. Government
    under vendor's standard commercial license.
    The release notes are copied to the following files in the SYS$HELP directory:


    After the installation, you can enter the following command to view the location of the release notes through the Help facility:

  6. Select an installation option.
    The installation procedure lets you select the components of the kit that you want to install. The choices are as follows:

       There are four possible installation options. They are as follows:
       1) Perform a complete installation of HP BASIC.
       2) Install only the Motif bindings and examples for BASIC.
       3) Install only the HP BASIC language help library.
       4) Obtain a copy of the HP BASIC message text for modification.
    * Which option do you want to use [1]:

    If you specify option 1, which is the default, the installation continues.
    Select the components you want to install by answering Y or N to the questions. If you want a more detailed description of any component, enter a question mark (?). After the explanation is displayed, you are prompted again for a response.
    If you enter Y, the installation procedure installs the component.
  7. Install Motif definitions.

    * Do you want to install the Motif definitions [YES]?

    Answering YES to this option puts the HP BASIC version of the Motif definitions, DECW$MOTIF.BAS, into the SYS$LIBRARY directory. These definitions require 1500 blocks of disk space and contain the Constant, Record, and External declarations needed to do Motif programming. Examples are also put into the DECW$EXAMPLES area provided it exists. Note that if the DECW$EXAMPLES area does not exist, the default for this question is NO, and the examples are not provided.
  8. Install BASIC Help files.

    * Do you want to install the HP BASIC language HELP library [YES]?

    The Help files describe how to invoke HP BASIC from the DCL command line and the BASIC language features. The Help files require 400 blocks of disk space. It is recommended that you install these files.
  9. Obtain the BASIC message file.

    * Do you want to copy the HP BASIC message file [NO]?

    The BASIC message source file contains the text of the HP BASIC messages that may be copied for customization purposes. It is placed in SYS$UPDATE:BASIC$MSG.MSG. The message file requires 100 blocks of disk space. Normally you do not need to copy this file.
  10. Purge files.

    * Do you want to purge files replaced by this installation [YES]?

    The directories SYS$HELP, SYS$LIBRARY, SYS$MESSAGE, SYS$SYSTEM, SYS$TEST, and SYS$EXAMPLES may contain previous versions of HP BASIC files. These files are replaced with new files during the installation, but the previous files are not automatically purged. Purging is recommended. In response to the purging prompt, press Return or enter Y to purge the files, or enter N to keep them.
  11. Respond to license registration queries.
    HP BASIC supports the OpenVMS License Management Facility (LMF). The installation procedure displays license information about HP BASIC. It asks whether you have registered and loaded your Product Authorization Key (PAK) for each product. The following is an example of the information and the queries presented by the installation procedure:

          Product:      BASIC
          Producer:     DEC
          Version:      1.n
          Release Date: dd-mmm-yyyy

    * Does this product have an authorization key registered and loaded?

    If you have not registered and loaded your PAK, you must answer NO to this question. You have to register and load a PAK to successfully complete the installation (see Section 1.1). If you have not done so, you should stop the installation, register and load your PAK, and then restart the installation.
  12. Read informational messages.
    At this point, the installation procedure displays a number of informational messages that report on the progress of the installation. There are no further questions. If the installation procedure has been successful up to this point, VMSINSTAL moves the new or modified files to their target directories, updates help files, and updates DCL tables, if necessary.

    %VMSINSTAL-I-MOVEFILES, Files will now be moved to their target directories...

    The SYS$HELP:HELPLIB.HLB and SYS$LIBRARY:DCLTABLES.EXE files are updated to include the new versions of the HP BASIC help text and the BASIC command-line definition.
    Also, if you answered Y in response to the prompt that requests a file purge, previous versions of the HP BASIC files are now purged.
  13. Observe the IVP.
    VMSINSTAL now places the IVP files into the directory SYS$TEST and invokes the IVP to verify that HP BASIC was installed successfully. You can also run the IVP independently, after HP BASIC is installed, to verify that the software is available on your system. You might need to run the IVP after a system failure to make sure that users can access HP BASIC. You can do this by invoking the following command procedure:


    If HP BASIC was installed successfully, the IVP displays the following:

    The HP BASIC V1.n IVP has succeeded!
  14. End the installation procedure.
    The end of the installation is indicated by the following message:

            Installation of BASIC V1.n completed at hh:mm
        Adding history entry in VMI$ROOT:{SYSUPD]VMSINSTAL.HISTORY
        Creating installation data file: VMI$ROOT:[SYSUPD]BASIC01n.VMI_DATA
            VMSINSTAL procedure done at hh:mm

    Depending on whether you specified parameters on the VMSINSTAL command line, the * Products: prompt or the DCL prompt ($) may appear. If the * Products: prompt appears, you can return to the DCL prompt ($) by pressing Ctrl/Z.
    VMSINSTAL deletes or changes entries in the process symbol tables during the installation. Therefore, if you are going to continue using the installation account (such as SYSTEM) and you want to restore these symbols, you should log out and log in again.

Chapter 3
After Installing HP BASIC

After HP BASIC is installed, it can be invoked by all users with the BASIC command.

The installation procedure modifies the DCL command table so that the BASIC command is recognized and processed. However, the previous command table is still in effect for those users who are currently logged in. All logged-in users who want to use the BASIC command must log out and log in again, or use the following DCL command:


You can perform the following tasks after HP BASIC is installed:

  • Running the Installation Verification Procedure (IVP) separately
  • Making the product usable in an Open VMScluster environment

3.1 Running the Installation Verification Procedure Separately

You usually run the Installation Verification Procedure (IVP) during installation. If you have system problems and want to run the IVP separately to ensure the integrity of installed files, use the following command:


3.2 Making HP BASIC Usable in an Open VMScluster Environment

If you want to run HP BASIC on multiple nodes of an Open VMScluster environment, first check to see that you have the appropriate software license (see Section 1.1). Then, perform the following steps after you install HP BASIC:

  1. Enter the LICENSE LOAD command to activate the license on each node on which HP BASIC is to be executed.
  2. Use the OpenVMS System Management (SYSMAN) utility to execute a set of commands on all cluster nodes, whether or not the nodes are licensed to use HP BASIC; failure to do so may cause unexpected errors for users.


    If you are using a dual-architecture heterogeneous cluster, before executing these commands, make sure the appropriate logical names have been set to define the scope of the SYSMAN DO commands. For more information, see the OpenVMS system management documentation.

    While logged in as SYSTEM or as another user name that has the SETPRV privilege or the CMKRNL and SYSPRV privileges, use SYSMAN to update the version of DCLTABLES.EXE available, as follows:

    %SYSMAN-I-ENV, current command environment:
            Clusterwide on local cluster
            Username SYSTEM       will be used on nonlocal nodes
    %SYSMAN-I-OUTPUT, command execution on node NODE1
    %SYSMAN-I-OUTPUT, command execution on node NODE2

    SYSMAN will cause each DO command to be executed on all nodes of the local cluster.
  3. If HP BASIC is installed as a known image, then do the following:

    %SYSMAN-I-OUTPUT, command execution on node NODE1
    %SYSMAN-I-OUTPUT, command execution on node NODE2
  4. If the HP BASIC message file is installed as a known image, then do the following:

    %SYSMAN-I-OUTPUT, command execution on node NODE1
    %SYSMAN-I-OUTPUT, command execution on node NODE2
  5. Finally, exit from SYSMAN:


3.3 Setting User Account Requirements

To work with HP BASIC, user accounts on your system must have certain privileges.

3.3.1 User Account Privileges

To use HP BASIC, each account must have at least the TMPMBX and NETMBX privileges. Use the OpenVMS Authorize utility to determine whether users have the privileges they require.

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