Recent News and Tips
August 2 - Canadian Holiday
Our sales & admin office will be closed
Monday Aug 2nd for a Canadian holiday.
Speedware Gets Migration Contracts
Press release states: Speedware Ltd. announced that it has signed 15 new HP e3000 migration contracts worth over $4 million in the past three months. These software and services revenues which will be recognized over the next several quarters, primarily related to the sale of licenses of Speedware’s migration toolset, known as AMXW.
The .Z problem on HP-UX
Some ftp clients do not preserve the case in the filename and
end up upshifting or downshifting the filename depending on
the settings of your ftp client. Some customers have ftp'ed
the sxprod.Z file to their HP-UX server, only to end up with the filename as sxprod.z.
This impacts our installation, as compress
does not find the file to decompress; or worse, if a file
of the same name exists that does have the capital Z at
the end, then that (typically older) file is used and
you end up installing an older version.
To insure that the following steps work properly please
double check that the file you just ftp'ed is placed on
the server with the proper name and has a .Z (dot Capital Z)
and not the small ".z".
Qedit for HP-UX Visual Mode Issue
We have discovered a problem with Qedit Visual Mode when editing
Cobol files. The problem only occurs on HP-UX 11.x or when you
force Block mode emulation with Set vis Blockemulation On.
After you have marked a block of text to move or copy, (with a cc
or mm) and then attempt to paste in on another page, you will
receive an error:
NO UPD: bad format in left 4 columns (see qscreen)
We have patches and updates for Qedit/UX version 5.4 and version 5.5.
3000 Resource: Pivital Solutions
Here is a firm in Newton NH that offers a wide-ranging solution to 3000 sites:
Pivital Solutions. They provide
3rd-party hardware and software support and IT consulting, plus they buy/sell/rent HP equipment (3000 and 9000).
Any questions, contact Sherri Erickson (603-382-3345, email@example.com).
from the Front lines
Last month we heard from Paul Edwards and had a detailed discussion of RAID drives on MPE. This month we feature feedback from three consulting firms: Fluent Edge, Ron Horner, and the IT Consulting Consortium:
Debugging Qedit for Windows Connections
QWIN is a client/server application and, as such, is a good example of the
fun of debugging such applications. Read our tech support note.
Fastread and Empty Datasets
Reading Eloquence datasets in Suprtool/UX did not detect end-of-set condition on datasets
with no records. Suprtool would continue to process as if there were records
in the first block. This has been fixed in Suprtool 4.8.02 and has been put up
on our web site. You can request codes and download the software from:
If you don't know your account number, just put in a dummy number but please
provide enough information so we can look you up and generate codes.
One of Our Ads from The 3000 Newswire
Need Help With Oracle?
Here are a number of useful web sites where you can look for help using
Oracle, particularly the forums.
Oracle 8 documentation: http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/doc/oracle/
Oracle 9 manuals (and some 10): http://otn.oracle.com/documentation/index.html
3000 Community Booth at HPWorld
HP 3000 users now have a place, Booth 821, in the HPWorld exhibition hall,
where they can find rest with other 3000 people, dump their bags, recharge their laptop, or even arrange to meet someone at a predefined time. Just a space with some chairs and tables, and a message board.
Booth 821. Interex HPWorld Conference. Chicago. August 16-20, 2004. Sponsored by Marxmeier, ScreenJet, Robelle, Bob Karlin, OpenMPE and Interex. If you would like to be a sponsor too, contact Alan Yeo (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tammy Roscoe (email@example.com)
Deadly embrace! Instructors drilled into new 3000 programmers that MR (multiple RIN)
capabaility opened the door to deadlock. This is true, but seldom happened in
the real world.
July Robelle Newsletter
Catch up on all the Robelle news for the last two months, from
our Quad-Qedit comparision (for those migrating away from the
HP 3000 and missing Quad) to our little news item about MPE attaining 1700 sustained disk I/Os per second.
Weird Oracle Error
Sometimes the eventual solution of a tech support problem has
almost nothing to do with the original customer complaint.
Read about this customer experience with Oracle on HP-UX,
where they started by thinking they weren't licensed for
Archived News and Tips...
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