IBM PC Connecting to DECNET

Bill Degnan billdegnan at
Thu Jun 2 22:46:57 CDT 2022

On Thu, Jun 2, 2022 at 10:09 PM Rick Murphy via cctalk
<cctalk at> wrote:
> On 6/1/2022 12:49 AM, Glen Slick via cctalk wrote:
> > No one ever called it a "Digital Ethernet Personal Computer Bus
> > Adapter", just a DEPCA. I never previously knew that there was any
> > meaning behind the DEPCA name.
> Yes, that's what it meant. "DELNI" - Digital Ethernet Local Network
> Interface. "DESTA" - Digital Ethernet Station Termination Adapter. DELQA
> - Digital  Ethernet Local Q-Bus Adapter (this one probably means
> something else. Working?). DEMPR - Multi Port Repeater. DEREP -
> Repeater.  And so forth. Yeah, nobody spelled it out, but those DExxx
> names usually meant what the device was. DEBNT, DEUNA, DEQNA. Same
> naming convention. I'm probably missing several.
>      -Rick

I ended up getting it all working.   I found the DEPCA card I needed,
the correct scripts now run, etc.  I tore down my VAX cluster some
time ago, I would need to set up a new one, change the scripts to
match the services available and the names to continue with this


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