The GNV team is pleased to announce that BASH 4.2.45 is now available for OpenVMS at the GNV site.
Thanks to extensive work by Eric Robertson and feedback from testers of the previous Bash 4.2.39 port, this is the most accurate and functional port of Bash to VMS yet.
You can find PCSI kits for this port at:
ftp://encompasserve.org/gnv/ in the axp0830, axp0840, i640840
or vax0730 directories.
If the HP GNV kit is installed, make sure that the [vms$common.gnv.bin] directory exists. If it does not, it means that you have not run the mandatory GNV startup file and the installation will not work properly.
If you have installed one of the pre-announcement release candidate kits, you need to uninstall it before installing this kit.
The files are in ZIP archives. Use the commonly available UNZIP utility to unzip them.
Copies of unzip are at ftp://ftp.encompasserve.org/
Please read the release notes for more detailed information about the post installation procedure.
If you install to a different disk than the system disk, the release notes will be in the [vms$common.syshlp] on that disk. The gnv$bash_startup.com file will also be in the [vms$common.sys$startup] directory of that disk.
This port of Bash uses a special build procedure of running patch scripts to update the original source which allows us to more easily keep the port at the latest official patch level.
There still is still a lot more work that can be done on this port.
1. Getting the port to build against the GNU BASH 4.3 daily tarballs. GNU Bash 4.3 will be the next release of bash at some point in the future. If we can get the port to work against the Bash 4.3 daily tarballs, we may be able to get the VMS specific changes into the GNU source kit.
2. Test the untested dynamically loaded built-in feature. This feature should be a big win on VMS as it will avoid some process spawning.
3. Look at implementing some of the unimplemented features such as JOB CONTROL and COPROCSSING. JOB control can be simulated SYS$ENQ and blocking ASTs for cooperating programs. The main challenge in the implementation of JOB CONTROL to only use it on programs that support it.
Porting code to VMS helps with learning both the Linux programming API and the VMS API, which are both valuable job skills for the present and future.
Participating in a forum for building and testing daily or pre-release code for an open source project also expands your professional network.