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Author Coreutils 8.21 is now available for OpenVMS

Posts: 470
Joined: 15.04.08
Posted on November 02 2013 09:24
The GNV team is pleased to announce that Coreutils 8.21 is now available for OpenVMS at the GNV site.

This is the most accurate and functional port of the Coreutils to OpenVMS with significant fixes to the mkdir, rmdir, rm, and mv utilities.

You can find PCSI kits for this port at:


See https://sourceforge.net/p/gnv/wiki/InstallingGNVPackages/ for the most up to date generic installation information.

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.

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$common.syshlp] on that disk. The gnv$coreutils_startup.com file will also be in the [vms$common.sys$startup] directory of that disk.
Author RE: Technical Details

Posts: 470
Joined: 15.04.08
Posted on November 02 2013 09:30
This port of Coreutils uses a special build procedure of running patch scripts to update the original UNIX source where needed.

It also adds replacement and wrapper routines to make VMS look more like a UNIX host.

Source files that are generated by the Unix build procedure are also generated by the VMS procedure.

It should be easy to apply these files and build procedure against the next release of Coreutils, which makes it easier to keep this port up to date.

Future work:

Getting the self tests to run on VMS.

Get this source merged into the upstream GNU coreutils repository.
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