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Searchlist Directories and Editors?

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The Question is:

When I edit SYLOGIN.COM, it writes it back to SYS$SYSROOT:[SYSMGR] instead of
 where it came from: SYS$SYSCOMMON:[SYSMGR], and thus the edited version does
 not get used during login.  How can I prevent this from happening?

The Answer is :

    Rathole alert!
>    The customer must be using EDT.
    	If we ship it, they'll use it . . . (I still use EDT, also).
>    This behaviour is a limitation in the EDT editor, which doesn't
>    understand file specifications containing search lists. The limitation
>    was removed when EDT was superseeded by TPU & EVE in 1984.
    	EDT deals with searchlists correctly.  It'll write out the file
    to the directory from which it was read.  I suspect the customer has
    a file in the root-specific directory, and that copy is being read
    and written, NOT the copy in sys$common.
>    Note the dates. EDT was obsolete 20 years ago! Please use EVE.
    EVE was first shipped as part of VAX/VMS V4.2 (when SMG became
    available), which later than 1984, I think.

answer written or last revised on ( 24-NOV-2003 )

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