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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | VAX Systems Forums | VAX Software Forum
Author Database systems for OpenVMS/VAX?
winvax
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Joined: 03.11.13
Posted on November 04 2013 05:22
Hello,
I'm about to resurrect my old MicroVAX 3100-10 and I'm currently playing around with SIMH emulator and OpenVMS 7.3.
I'm generally interested in database systems and would like to know, which databases are available for VMS/OpenVMS for VAX?
I'm aware of
- RDB (so not available for VAX, unfortunately)
- MySQL

MySQL is good, but what other systems are there for hobbyist use (and where can I get them)?
I also heard of someone, who was able to build Ingres 8.9 (the free university Ingres) on VMS, but I couldn't find any detailed information about this. Does anyone know, if there is a VMS build available somewhere?
Are there some old DB systems for VMS (like Ingres, Adabas etc.) available for hobbyist users?

Thanks in advance.

Best regards,
Winni
Author RE: Database systems for OpenVMS/VAX?
malmberg
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Posts: 530
Joined: 15.04.08
Posted on November 04 2013 12:24
There are several challenges with getting newer open source code to work on VAX/VMS.

It can expect the C long long type, which HP/DEC/CPQ C does not support.

I am not sure of the state of GCC/VAX. I know that some of the source was lost for the older port.

Also many of the projects expect that the GNU tool build tools are available.
Author RE: Database systems for OpenVMS/VAX?
winvax
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Posts: 2
Joined: 03.11.13
Posted on November 04 2013 22:10
Thanks, but I'm mostly looking for older, "ancient" systems. Like the old ingres 8.9 for VMS.
Author RE: Database systems for OpenVMS/VAX?
malmberg
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Posts: 530
Joined: 15.04.08
Posted on November 08 2013 02:57
I am not aware of open source Ingres that will build on VAX. I used the closed source Ingress on VAX/VMS a long time ago. Ingres added support in their ii_termcap file for REGIS output on a VT340 for a project that I was working on back then. The sample ii_termcap entry has an easily fixed error that prevents it from just working.

Unfortunately even at 9600 baud, the REGIS character rendering was too slow to use, but it did allow a color display back then on real Digital terminals.

I know of some work reported on the sourceforge vms-ports project about attempts to port some databases to VMS. In those cases, the ports are dependent on HP fixing bugs in the new shared memory API, and that is not available on VAX.

You may want to see what it takes to get the berkely db from sleepycat to build on VAX/VMS.
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malmberg
August 04 2022
No more VAX hobbyist licenses. Community licenses for Alpha/IA64/X86_64 VMS Software Inc. Commercial VMS software licenses for VAX available from HPE.

ozboomer
July 20 2022
Just re-visiting.. No more hobbyist licenses? Is that from vmssoftware.com, no 'community' licenses?

valdirfranco
July 01 2022
No more hobbyist license...sad

mister_wavey
February 12 2022
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parwezw
January 03 2022
Anyone know what happened to FAFNER.DYNDS.ORG? I had a hobbyist account here but can longer access the site.

gtackett
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Make that DECdfs _2.1A_ for Vax

gtackett
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I'm looking for DECdfs V2.4A kit for VAX. Asking here just in case anyone is still listening.

MarkRLV
September 17 2021
At one time, didn't this web site have a job board? I would love to use my legacy skills one last time in my career.

malmberg
January 18 2021
New Hobbyist PAKs for VAX/VMS are no longer available according to reports. Only commercial licenses are reported to be for sale from HPE

dfilip
January 16 2021
Can someone please point me to hobbyist license pak? I'm looking for VAX/VMS 7.1, DECnet Phase IV, and UCX/TCPIP ... have the 7.1 media, need the license paks ... thanks!

Bart
October 16 2020
OpenVMS, and this website!

malmberg
September 05 2020
VSI community non-commercial licenses for AXP/IA64 are available now.

malmberg
September 05 2020
See the forum about licensing. Don't know if HPE hobby licenses still being issued. Commercial licenses still being sold.

silfox70
September 01 2020
I need the license for OpenVMS7.3. Where can I find them?

malmberg
August 29 2020
Eisner, which is currently being moved, got an SSH update and the keys were updated to more modern encryption standards.

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