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UNIX for OpenVMS Users - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9781555582760, 9780080520223

UNIX for OpenVMS Users

3rd Edition

Authors: Philip Bourne Richard Holstein Joseph McMullen
Paperback ISBN: 9781555582760
eBook ISBN: 9780080520223
Imprint: Digital Press
Published Date: 2nd May 2003
Page Count: 562
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Table of Contents

Introduction; Fundamentals; Getting Started; Introductory File Management; Editing; Communicating with Other Users; Devices, Queues, and Background Processing; File Management Revisited; Programming; Shell Programming; Administration; Monitoring and Utilizing System Resources; Networking Apppendices: Command Summaries; Editor Summaries; Important UNIX Files; A Procedure for Converting OpenVMS Mail Files to UNIX Mail Files


UNIX for OpenVMS Users, 3E, makes it easy to see what OpenVMS and UNIX have in common, and to transfer your knowledge and experience in OpenVMS over to the world of UNIX.

Since most shops rely on more than one operating system, it is critical for system administrators and managers to understand the similarities and differences between platforms, so they can easily work in both environments while taking full advantage of the tools and applications available on each. This book offers OpenVMS professionals a concise source of information, so that they can quickly bring their expertise to bear on UNIX file management, e-mail, networking, and security.

This new edition of the book is enhanced with updated references to VMS, incorporates suggestions made by readers of previous editions, and particularly, recognizes other UNIX implementations in addition to HP's Tru64.

Key Features

  • Includes extensive additions to the sections on VMS logical names, on the emacs editor, and on shell programming and Perl
  • Describes the interfaces common to both operating systems, with appendices covering command and editor summaries
  • Adds emphasis on Linux


OpenVMS users and system managers


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About the Authors

Philip Bourne

Philip Bourne is a Professor of Pharmacology at the University of California San Diego and the Director of Integrated Biosciences at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. He is the author of UNIX for VMS Users (Prentice Hall, 1989; Digital Press, 1994)

Affiliations and Expertise

San Diego Super Computer Center, California, USA

Richard Holstein

Richard Holstein is currently an independent software engineer and consultant. As a Software Principal Engineer at DEC and Compaq from 1977 to 2001, he provided support and development for the DECsystem-10, OpenVMS, and Tru64 UNIX operating systems. In real life, Richie is a volunteer Family Group trip leader for the Appalachian Mountain Club, and has devoted countless hours to trailwork, running, and XC skiing. With Joe McMullen, he co-authored the revised edition of UNIX for OpenVMS Users (Digital Press, 1998).

Affiliations and Expertise

UNIX expert and technical author, NH, USA

Joseph McMullen

Joseph McMullen embarked on his technical writing career in 1980, and has extensive experience in operating systems and related documentation, including projects with the OpenVMS and UNIX publications groups at DEC/Compaq/HP. His hobbies include travel and playing euphonium. Joe is also a Super Bowl veteran (played horn for the Michigan Band in the halftime of the 1973 game).

Affiliations and Expertise

Principal Technical Writer, Hewlett-Packard Company, NH, USA