VMSPREP(LOCAL)VMSPREP(LOCAL)NAMEvmsprep - VMS tape preparation aid
SYNOPSISvmsprep [-] [name ...]
Vmsprep traverses hierarchies of files and prepares them for trans‐
portation to VMS. Since ANSI stardard tapes (the VMS standard) do not
allow hierarchy, this program provides a method of flattening the hier‐
archy onto a tape in such a way that it can be unpacked on VMS to
recreate the same tree structure.
For reasons best not described here, vmsprep will attempt to exclude
all RCS and SCCS archives by ignoring all files or directories named
'RCS' or 'SCCS', or files starting with 's.' or ending in ',v'.
The output of vmsprep is a pair of files vmsprep.namelist and
UNPACK.COM. vmsprep.namelist is a list of files to be placed on the
tape in the format required by ansitape. If the first argument is '-'
instead of a file or directory name, vmsprep will instead send the
namelist to standard output, and place UNPACK.COM in /tmp to avoid
attempting to write in the current directory. All of the files except
UNPACK.COM will be placed on the tape under cryptic names. UNPACK.COM
is a VMS command script which will recreate all of the necessary direc‐
tories and then move the cryptically named files to their proper place.
A typical sequence would be:
vmsprep - tree1 tree2 file | ansitape cln trees -
Then on a VMS machine
mount MFA0: trees
copy MFA0:*.*.* *
A warning is reported if a file or directory name contains a character
not permitted in VMS names. The offending character is replaced by 'Z'
and vmsprep continues.
Extra periods in file names may not be dealt with optimally.
All files and directories to be moved must be descendants of the cur‐
rent working directory. Absolute path names and paths containing ".."
will produce unpredictable results.
Since vmsprep uses find(1) internally, it does not follow symbolic
The exclusion of RCS and SCCS files should be controlled by a command
Assumes VMS v4.0 or greater for long file names.
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