Ext File Specs, Using, Working in Mixed Environments
*Conan The Librarian
If working in an environment which contains both OpenVMS Alpha and OpenVMS VAX systems, it becomes more important to know on which type of volume files are being created and on which type of volume your default directory resides. When accessing an ODS-5 volume, you need to set the parse style to EXTENDED to accept and display extended file specifications. The default setting is TRADITIONAL. To set the parse style, enter the command: $ SET PROCESS/PARSE_STYLE=EXTENDED When working in a mixed environment of OpenVMS VAX and OpenVMS Alpha, it is important for users to realize upon which system they are working. OpenVMS 7.2 and later allows VAX systems to mount ODS-5 volumes; however users on OpenVMS VAX systems can access only files with ODS-2-compliant file names. When working in a mixed environment of ODS-2 and ODS-5 volumes, keep in mind the restrictions of ODS-2 file names when creating files on ODS-5 volumes. If a file is created with special characters on an ODS-5 volume, the file must be given an ODS-2 compliant name if it is copied to an ODS-2 volume.