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System Name: vmslib
Name: GNU vmslib
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This project is part of the GNU Project.

This package has been decommissioned, see GNV.

GNU vmslib is a bunch of files and small routines that can help people to port GNU programs to VMS. It consists of a C function library, with routines that are missing in the current system C libraries that have been seen so far, maybe with the exception of GNU libc. In GNU vmslib, there are also a bunch of scripts (in VMS terminology, they are called `command procedures') which help a lot in writing makefiles, and other scripts. There is more, please read the README file in each directory for further instruction.

GNU vmslib is different from the package you usually use by not really being a program that you can use in itself. Rather, you will tend to copy a few, or maybe all of the files to whatever other GNU program you wish to port. There is one program (really a script) that can be used directly, and that is It is a command procedure that takes an input file and generates a makefile, which you can use to automagically copy the right files to the right other GNU packages.

Registration Date: Mon 28 Jan 2008 07:47:59 PM UTC
License: GNU General Public License v3 or later
Development Status: ? - Orphaned/Unmaintained


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GNU vmslib Needs Coders
     posted by chrisbryant_ucla, Tue 05 Oct 2010 05:05:06 PM UTC - 0 replies

I'll be hitting the OpenVMS mailing lists soon to recruit GNU coders to help push a major release of vmslib out. It's been noted a goal for a while, but I think enough good ideas have been sent in over the year to try and accomplish at least one release (v1.0) under GPL v3. Perhaps the project will sleep after that, but why not update it first?


Christian Bryant

     posted by chrisbryant, Wed 16 Sep 2009 04:58:05 PM UTC - 0 replies

Thanks to MARWAY Information Systems ( and to VAXMAN ( for updating my OpenVMS accounts. Access to the the hobbyist software has been crucial to answering some VMS questions.

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