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Chapter 9
9 Files
     9.1     How can I undelete a file?
     9.2     Why does SHOW QUOTA give a different answer than DIR/SIZE?
     9.3     How do I make sure that my data is safely written to disk?
     9.4     What are the limits on file specifications and directories?
     9.5     What is the largest disk volume size OpenVMS can access?
     9.6     What is the maximum file size, and the RMS record size limit?
     9.7     How do I write CD-Recordable or DVD media on OpenVMS?
         9.7.1         CD and DVD notation, terminology?
         9.7.2         Use of RRD42 and other older (embossed-media) CD drives?
         9.7.3         Creating Bootable OpenVMS I64 CD or DVD Media? SYS$SETBOOT?
     9.8     What I/O transfer size limits exist in OpenVMS?
     9.9     Can I use ODBC to connect to OpenVMS database files?
     9.10     If my disks are shown as VIOC Compatible, am I using XFC?
     9.11     RMS Sequential Files and Platform Portability?
Chapter 10
10 OpenVMS Programming Information
     10.1     Modular Programming, Facility Prefixes and Symbol Naming?
     10.2     Can I have a source code example of calling...?
     10.3     How do I get the arguments from the command line?
     10.4     How do I get a formatted error message in a variable?
     10.5     How do I link against SYS$SYSTEM:SYS.STB on an Alpha system?
     10.6     How do I do a SET DEFAULT from inside a program?
     10.7     How do I turn my Fortran COMMON into a shareable image on Alpha?
     10.8     How do I convert between IEEE and VAX floating data?
     10.9     How do I get the argument count in a Fortran routine?
     10.10     How do I get a unique system ID for licensing purposes?
     10.11     What is an executable, shareable, system or UWSS image?
     10.12     How do I do a file copy from a program?
     10.13     What is a descriptor?
     10.14     How do I create a process under another username?
     10.15     Why do lib$spawn, lib$set_symbol fail in detached processes?
     10.16     Where can I obtain Bliss, and the libraries and supporting files?
     10.17     How can I open a file for shared access?
     10.18     How can I have common sources for messages, constants?
     10.19     How do I activate the OpenVMS Debugger from an application?
     10.20     Dealing with Endian-ness?
     10.21     How to resolve LINK-I-DATMISCH errors?
     10.22     HP C and other OpenVMS C Programming Considerations?
         10.22.1         Other common C issues
         10.22.2         Other common C++ issues
     10.23     Status of Programming Tools on OpenVMS VAX?
     10.24     Choosing a Version Number for Application Code?
     10.25     Selecting a Process Dump Directory?
     10.26     Access to Itanium Assembler?
     10.27     Kernel-mode coding restrictions?
     10.28     Decoding an Access Violation (ACCVIO) Error?
     10.29     Generating an AUTODIN-II CRC32?
     10.30     Enabling built-in tracing?
Chapter 11
11 DECwindows
     11.1     How do I let someone else display something on my workstation?
     11.2     How do I create a display on another workstation?
     11.3     How can I get the information from SHOW DISPLAY into a symbol?
     11.4     How do I get a log of a DECterm session?
     11.5     Why is DECwindows Motif not starting?
     11.6     How do I set the title on a DECterm window?
     11.7     How do I customize DECwindows, including the login screen?
         11.7.1         How do I customize DECwindows keymapping?
         11.7.2         Why does the DELETE key delete forward instead of backward?
     11.8     Why doesn't XtAppAddInput() work on OpenVMS?
     11.9     Why do the keyboard arrow keys move the DECwindows cursor?
     11.10     Why does half my DECwindows display blank?
     11.11     %DECW-W-NODEVICE, No graphics device found on this system?
     11.12     How can I reset the warning bell volume?
     11.13     How can I alter the DECwindows CDE backdrop?
     11.14     How can I enable the DECwindows TCP/IP Transport
     11.15     Can I use DECwindows 1.2-* on OpenVMS V7.3-2 or later?
     11.16     How to add Fonts into DECwindows?
Chapter 12
12 Miscellaneous Information
     12.1     Where can I find information on escape and control sequences?
     12.2     Does DECprint (DCPS) work with the LRA0 parallel port?
     12.3     How do I check for free space on a (BACKUP) tape?
     12.4     Correctly using license PAKs and LMF?
Chapter 13
13 Finding and Using Software
     13.1     Where can I find freeware/shareware/software for OpenVMS?
     13.2     Where can I find UNIX tools for OpenVMS?
         13.2.1         C system and library routines
         13.2.2         X Windows utilities and routines
         13.2.3         TCP/IP Tools and Utilities for OpenVMS?
         13.2.4         The vi text editor
         13.2.5         The Emacs Text Editor
         13.2.6         GNV: Various GNU tools
             13.2.6.1             GCC compiler
     13.3     What is the status of PL/I on OpenVMS?
     13.4     Where can I get the Mozilla Web Browser?
     13.5     Where can I get Java for OpenVMS?
     13.6     Obtaining user input in DCL CGI script?
     13.7     How can a batch job get its own batch entry number?
     13.8     How do I convert to new CMS or DTM libraries?
     13.9     Where can I get Perl for OpenVMS?
     13.10     Obtaining the DECmigrate (AEST or VEST, and TIE) translator?
     13.11     Where can I get Zip, Unzip, self-extracting zip, etc?
     13.12     Are VAX Hardware Emulators Available?
Chapter 14
14 Hardware Information
     14.1     What are the OpenVMS differences among VAX, Alpha, and IA-64?
     14.2     Seeking performance information for Alpha (and VAX) systems?
     14.3     Console Commands, Serial Lines, and Controls?
         14.3.1         What commands are available in the Alpha SRM console?
         14.3.2         What does SRM mean? What is PALcode?
         14.3.3         Alpha COM ports and VAX console serial line information?
             14.3.3.1             Which terminal device name is assigned to the COM ports?
             14.3.3.2             Which serial port is the console on the MicroVAX 3100?
             14.3.3.3             How can I set up an alternate console on a VAXstation?
             14.3.3.4             Please explain the back panel of the MicroVAX II
         14.3.4         What are Alpha console environment variables?
         14.3.5         What are the boot control flag values?
             14.3.5.1             What are the I64 IPB boot flag values?
             14.3.5.2             What are the Alpha APB boot flag values?
             14.3.5.3             What are the VAX VMB boot flag values?
         14.3.6         How do I boot an AlphaStation without monitor or keyboard?
         14.3.7         Downloading and using SRM console Firmware?
             14.3.7.1             Where can I get updated console firmware for Alpha systems?
             14.3.7.2             How do I reload SRM firmware on a half-flash Alpha system?
             14.3.7.3             How do I switch between AlphaBIOS/ARC and SRM consoles?
         14.3.8         Console Management Options
         14.3.9         Why do my EFI Boot Aliases Fail?
         14.3.10         Can OpenVMS access the EFI console Boot Aliases?
         14.3.11         Downloading and using EFI Console Firmware?
     14.4     What platforms will OpenVMS operate on?
         14.4.1         on the Alpha Multia?
         14.4.2         on AlphaPC 164LX? AlphaPC 164SX?
             14.4.2.1             on the NoName AXPpci33 system?
         14.4.3         on the Alpha XL series?
         14.4.4         OpenVMS on the Personal Workstation -a and -au series?
             14.4.4.1             OpenVMS on the Whitebox Windows-Only series Alpha?
             14.4.4.2             OpenVMS and Personal Workstation ATA (IDE) bootstrap?
         14.4.5         On the Intel Itanium IA-64 platform?
             14.4.5.1             Where can I get Intel Itanium information?
     14.5     What is the least expensive system that will run OpenVMS?
     14.6     Where can I get more information on Alpha systems?
     14.7     Describe Alpha instruction emulation and instruction subsets?
     14.8     So how do I open up the DEC 3000 chassis?
     14.9     What is byte swizzling?
     14.10     What is the layout of the VAX floating point format?
     14.11     Where can I find more info about VAX systems?
     14.12     Where can I find information on NetBSD for VAX systems?
     14.13     What system disk size limit on the MicroVAX and VAXstation 3100?
     14.14     What are the VAX processor (CPU) codes?
     14.15     Where can I get software and hardware support information?
     14.16     Where can I get hardware self-maintenance support assistance?
     14.17     Why does my system halt when I power-cycle the console terminal?
     14.18     Can I reuse old keyboards, mice and monitors with a PC?
     14.19     Which video monitor works with which graphics controller?
     14.20     Where can I get information on storage hardware?
     14.21     Why does my LK401 keyboard unexpectedly autorepeat?
     14.22     Problem - My LK411 sends the wrong keycodes or some keys are dead
     14.23     Which DE500 variant works with which OpenVMS version?
     14.24     How do I set the speed and duplex on OpenVMS I64?
     14.25     Third-party or Unsupported disk/tape/controllers/SCSI/widgets?
         14.25.1         Lists of third-party widgets on OpenVMS?
         14.25.2         Are the 2X-KZPCA-AA and SN-KZPCA-AA LVD Ultra2 SCSI?
         14.25.3         Resolving DRVERR fatal device error?
     14.26     Looking for connector wiring pin-outs?
     14.27     What connectors and wiring adapters are available?
     14.28     What is flow control and how does it work?
     14.29     CD and DVD device requirements?


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