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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | Hobbyist Licensing | Alpha License PAK's
Author data overrun when pasting license pak

Posts: 31
Location: Hillsboro Ohio
Joined: 15.02.07
Posted on August 02 2012 04:09

I thought you could just copy past the pac into the apha. works that way on vax. What am i doing wrong ... Please let me know just switch over to the alpha.

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Author RE: data overrun when pasting license pak

Posts: 459
Joined: 15.04.08
Posted on August 02 2012 12:31
A buffer overrun means that your terminal emulator is attempting to send data to the emulated VMS system faster than it can take it.

This means when you pasted the text, the emulated VMS system could not read the characters sent to ti. It could be that the handshake problem with the terminal emulator and the emulated VMS system.

The work around is to paste sections of the license file.

Generally I enter just VMS, DECWINDOWS-MOTIF (MOTIF), DVNETEND, AND TCPIP or UCX, and that lets me get enough of the system up that I can use a network connection to copy the rest of the licenses over.
Author RE: data overrun when pasting license pak

Posts: 6
Joined: 16.07.11
Posted on December 26 2014 10:39
I tried that, even manually, but (only) on AlphaVM I still get errors. It goes in overflow even with edt after pasting half line. I tried a number of terminals connections, so is not an issue with putty (default.)

%RMS-F-RER, file read error
-SYSTEM-W-DATAOVERUN, data overrun

Anybody has any idea on a workaround on this ? It works just fine on simh and Charon FreeAXP.

Not an issue of host OS, does the same on RH6-64 and Win64.

I would have posted on their forum, if I could find it. I hope somebody has a workaround for this, before writing them:


I like their emulators, very nice.
Edited by dibi58 on December 26 2014 10:46
Author RE: data overrun when pasting license pak

Posts: 1
Joined: 25.07.12
Posted on December 26 2014 23:57
There are two solutions to your problem:
1. Paste one line at a time. You can use "-" in DCL to split a command in multiple lines.
2. Set RxDelay to something like 10 in the AlphaVM COM port configuration tab. It will delay the reception of characters to make copy-paste work.
Author RE: data overrun when pasting license pak

Posts: 19
Joined: 23.04.08
Posted on January 16 2015 16:20
I had the same issue, I tried putty and I tried securecrt

What I did is cut and paste the license bits for vms and tcpip to get them registered

Then when I had vms installed I got tcpip running and ftp'd the whole license file in and was able to run it directly which registered everything else fine

Yes, it did involve a bit of fiddling around initially but I got there in the end smiley

Author RE: data overrun when pasting license pak
Bruce Claremont

Posts: 498
Joined: 07.01.10
Posted on January 17 2015 02:49
You know, in the days of VT52s and VT100s the license were typed in by hand. It improves your typing skills!
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