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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | Hobbyists and OpenVMS | Introduction Forum
Author Set STARTUP_P1 to "MIN" - but how?
BigJim
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Joined: 15.03.18
Posted on June 19 2022 09:48
Hello! VMS Nuub here ;-)

I'm experimenting with FreeAXP and OpenVMS via VSI's "OpenVMS Student Package".

This goes straight into booting. Unfortunately, I've added the same mount command twice to the SYS$STARTUP:SYSTARTUP_VMS.COM file and it hangs when attempting to boot.

Looking at page 56 of you manual, it says:

Errors in SYS$USER_CONFIG.DAT or in the SYSMAN commands could crash
OpenVMS. Be very careful in applying these settings. If VMS will not boot after
modifying SYS$USER_CONFIG.DAT, use a conversational boot with STARTUP_P1
set to "MIN" to regain access to the system and remove the offending
SYS$USER_CONFIG.DAT file.

but I don't see how this is done. I've tried adding it in various places in the .CFG file, but then FreeAXP either fails with an error and refuses to start, or goes ahead and runs the SYS$STARTUP:SYSTARTUP_VMS.COM file on boot anyway.

Thanks you in advance.
Author RE: Set STARTUP_P1 to "MIN" - but how?
malmberg
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Joined: 15.04.08
Posted on June 22 2022 14:04
I would expect SYS$USER_CONFIG.DAT to be empty or non-existent. For a newbie, that is a don't touch file for now. It is for adding additional device drivers, which should not ever be needed on FreeAXP.

The openVMS Documentation manual for doing an install should guide to a coversational boot, by modifying the parameters in the FreeAxp boot command.

The FreeAXP forum here should be able to help you with that.


Once you get it working. Don't test mount commands in your SYSTARTUP_VMS.COM

Spend some time reading the WIKI for the VMSPORTS project on SourceForge before you start editing the system files. It will save you from making common mistakes.
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