VMS 4.4 source code microfiche

John H. Reinhardt johnhreinhardt at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 11 15:03:44 CST 2016

On 3/9/2016 3:44 PM, devin davison wrote:
> I do not know much at all about what it would take to compile this into a
> working system. My first step is going to be to get over to the library and
> get everything into a digital format. Ill be putting everything i scan up
> online.

If by "working system" you mean a fully functional (Open)VMS, then you won't. The source code listings on fiche (or CD/DVD) contain the compiler listings for many parts of Open)VMS, but not all. They also don't have the utilities needed in the highly complex toolchain that is used to create a working (Open)VMS system.  They were meant for those who do device driver and internal support to be able to find areas in the code to debug. They were not meant to be able to build a working system. If you want to know how a certain system service works or device driver or utility, they are great.

Thank you in advance for putting it online (although it's possible HP might have something to say about it, but given the version, hopefully not).

> If there is a copy of the source on CD that someone can spare that would be
> great, I was unaware any newer versions of the source code were distributed
> on newer formats such as CD.

As others have said, (although I think it was V6.0 that started CD, but I could be quite wrong) the current format for source listings is CD (DVD for the 8.x IA64).  I have several from my stint at HP (as an Oracle DBA contractor, unfortunately not in OpenVMS support but you'd be surprised at how cheap you can buy things as an employee.)

> --Devin

John H. Reinhardt

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