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To: re_nortex

We have really devolved. In VMS (later OpenVMS, which change didn’t help much) messages have the following format:

%facility-s-identification, text

Example:

-RMS-E-FNF, file not found
-SYSTEM-W-NOSUCHFILE, no such file

Facility is an OS component, in this case the file system.

s is severity, in this case Warning.

identification is the message id.

You can capture (trap) the $STATUS in your script as a unique hex number and process it accordingly without failing the script. You can also get further help on the message.

All this was possible in the early 1980s.

More detail here: http://h71000.www7.hp.com/doc/73final/documentation/pdf/ovms_73_sys_mes.pdf


21 posted on 01/12/2013 4:09:18 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!
I still have nightmares about

WRTHOMBLK, I/O error rewriting home block

25 posted on 01/12/2013 4:24:58 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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