Archive for May, 2010

A Port of the GNU Indent Command

May 6, 2010

I have just uploaded a port of the GNU indent command to the VOS anonymous FTP site.  This command adds or removes whitespace from a C program to make the appearance conform to a set of standards.  Some GNU projects use it to ensure that their source code uses a consistent style. I ported this program as a demonstration [...]

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Why Can’t I Supply a Password to the sftp Command From Inside a Macro?

May 6, 2010

Recently a number of VOS and OpenVOS customers have switched from using the standard ftp client (ftp.pm) to the secure ftp client (sftp.pm).  There are two primary reasons for using sftp over ftp.  First, sftp never sends the password in plaintext; it is always encrypted. Second, sftp encrypts the data during transmission.  However, it seems that many [...]

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What’s Next for OpenVOS?

May 6, 2010

I enjoy meeting our VOS and OpenVOS customers.  Customers ask me where we are headed with VOS/OpenVOS, and colleagues ask me where we should go with VOS/OpenVOS.  I’ve often said that I get my best ideas from our customers. So, let me ask you, our customers, what you would like to see us do with our OpenVOS product [...]

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Is Your Pre-production Testing Effective?

May 6, 2010

I wrote the following remarks about conducting effective pre-production testing for my “VOS Corner” column in the Stratus User Group newsletter for December, 1996.  They are still relevant today, almost 13 years later. If I could make one suggestion to our customers (just one request!), it would be to be sure that you conduct a stress test [...]

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Mixing VOS and POSIX Commands in Bash

May 6, 2010

If you have used the POSIX shell (“bash”) on VOS, then you know that you can run various POSIX commands and use all of the nifty tricks that bash provides, such as input and output redirection.  But did you know that you can use these same features with many VOS commands? For example, if you would like [...]

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