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Author Help needed installing Vax C compiler ISO using SIMH

Posts: 3
Joined: 15.04.13
Posted on May 24 2015 15:06
Hi All,
I'm hoping someone might be able to point me in the right direction. I've just installed VMS 7.3 on a Raspberry Pi 2 using Simh. I was a VMS C programmer 20 years ago and would like to give it another go. I've downloaded tbe Vax C compliler from HP's ftp site. I've burnt the files to an ISO and mounted then in SIMH as DUA3:[CC064]. The VAX can see the files however I get an error when I run VMSINSTAL saying that it is not a valid backup set. Is there anything I need to do special when I burn the files to ISO? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Here is where I get to:

$ mount/over=id dua3:
%MOUNT-I-WRITELOCK, volume is write locked
%MOUNT-I-CDROM_ISO, CC064:UNDEFINED (1 of 1) , mounted on _SMVAX$DUA3:

$ set def dua3:[CC064]
$ dir
Directory DUA3:[CC064]
AACRT060.A;1 CC060_CR.TXT;1 CC064.A;1 CC064.B;1
Total of 5 files.

$ @sys$update:vmsinstal CC064 DUA3:[CC064]
OpenVMS VAX Software Product Installation Procedure V7.3
It is 25-MAY-2015 at 08:40.

Enter a question mark (?) at any time for help.
* Are you satisfied with the backup of your system disk [YES]?

The following products will be processed:
CC V6.4
Beginning installation of CC V6.4 at 08:40

%VMSINSTAL-I-RESTORE, Restoring product save set A ...
%BACKUP-F-NOTSAVESET, DUA3:[CC064]CC064.A;1 is not a BACKUP save set
%VMSINSTAL-E-NOSAVESET, Save set A cannot be restored.
VMSINSTAL procedure done at 08:40

Regards and thanks,
Author RE: Help needed installing Vax C compiler ISO using SIMH
Bruce Claremont

Posts: 623
Joined: 07.01.10
Posted on May 25 2015 03:22
You probably need to copy the save set to disk and run a repair against it.

Here's a DCL repair procedure. My apologies to the original author, I do not recall where I obtain this:

$! P1 is the specification of the BACKUP
$! This procedure resets the record format and
$! length attributes of a BACKUP saveset --
$! can get "broken" during certain sorts of
$! transfers -- such as FTP. This procedure reads
$! (undocumented) saveset record attributes
$! out of the target
$! First render the saveset readable, and
$! check that the file exists.
$ Set File /Attributes=(RFM:FIX,MRS:512,LRL=512,ORG=SEQ,RAT=NONE) 'p1'
$ Open/Error=whoops/Read BckSaveset 'p1'
$ Read/Error=whoops/End=whoops BckSaveset Record
$ Close/Nolog BckSaveset
$! Find the blocksize from within the record...$
$ BlockSize = 0
$ BBH_L_BLOCKSIZE = %x28*8
$ BlockSize = F$CVUI(BBH_L_BLOCKSIZE, 32, Record)
$ If BlockSize .lt. 2048 .or. BlockSize .gt. 65535
$ Then
$ Write sys$output "Unexpected block
$ Goto whoops
$ Else
$ Set File /Attributes=(RFM:FIX,LRL='BlockSize', MRS='BlockSize',RAT=none) 'p1'
$ endif
$ exit
$ Write sys$output "Error"
$ exit

Author RE: Help needed installing Vax C compiler ISO using SIMH

Posts: 3
Joined: 15.04.13
Posted on May 25 2015 17:13
Hi Bruce,
Thanks! I've give it a try tonight and let you know how I go.

Author RE: Help needed installing Vax C compiler ISO using SIMH

Posts: 3
Joined: 15.04.13
Posted on May 26 2015 11:09
Hi Bruce,
That DCL did the trick!. It fixed the save sets and I have now have the C compiler installed and working. smiley

Edited by whmacs on May 26 2015 11:10
Author RE: AACRT060.A ?

Posts: 2
Location: Nottingham UK
Joined: 14.09.10
Posted on April 11 2017 11:07
I'm playing with VMS on a Raspberry Pi too. I have a simulated VAX running VMS 7.3 and got the DEC TCPIP running but it really shows its age. So I've got the Mulltinet installation kit installed on another system disk - mainly to get ssh going. I now discover that I need a DEC C runtime library package in a file AACRT060.A.

Does anybody know how to get this? I've wandered around a load of ftp sites, many of which don't actually exists any more.

Andy Jack
Author RE: Help needed installing Vax C compiler ISO using SIMH

Posts: 530
Joined: 15.04.08
Posted on April 12 2017 03:00
The AACRT060 kit should be included with the DEC C compiler, and if you look over the first post in this thread, you can see it there.

The AACRT060 kit is only needed for VAX/VMS 5.5-2. If something on VMS 7.3 is claiming it needs it, that is a serious bug in that software.

The AACRT060 kit is the back port of the SYS$SHAREsmileyECC$* files from VAX/VMS 6.0 to allow running programs compiled with DEC C.

Those SYS$SHAREsmileyECC* files are provided by VAX/VMS 6.0 and later.

If VMS 7.3 allows you to install AACRT060 on your system, expect problems with anything written in C.
Author RE: Help needed installing Vax C compiler ISO using SIMH

Posts: 19
Location: Saint Petersburs, Russia.
Joined: 17.11.17
Posted on January 07 2018 06:56
Hi Bruce! Thank you very much. I've solved the some problem.
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