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15.12.2 Effects of Entering Ctrl/Y
The execution of Ctrl/Y does not automatically reset the default Ctrl/Y action (that is, to prompt for command input at the Ctrl/Y command level). A Ctrl/Y action remains in effect until one of the following conditions occurs:
A Ctrl/Y action can be specified in each active command level and affects only the command level in which it is specified.
When the command procedure shown in the following example executes, each Ctrl/Y interruption results in the execution of the SHOW TIME command. After each SHOW TIME command executes, the procedure resumes execution at the command following the command that was interrupted.
Figure 15-2 illustrates the flow of execution following Ctrl/Y interruptions.
Figure 15-2 Flow of Execution Following Ctrl/Y Action
Figure 15-3 illustrates what happens when Ctrl/Y is pressed during the execution of nested command procedures.
Figure 15-3 Ctrl/Y in Nested Procedures
15.13 Disabling and Enabling Ctrl/Y Interruptions
The following sections describe how to disable and enable Ctrl/Y
The SET NOCONTROL=Y command disables Ctrl/Y handling. That is, if a command procedure executes the SET NOCONTROL=Y command, pressing Ctrl/Y has no effect.
The SET NOCONTROL=Y command also cancels the current Ctrl/Y action established with the ON CONTROL_Y command. To reestablish the default Ctrl/Y action, use the following two commands:
The SET NOCONTROL=Y command disables Ctrl/Y handling and cancels the current ON CONTROL_Y action. The SET CONTROL=Y command enables Ctrl/Y handling. At this point, the default action is reinstated. That is, if Ctrl/Y is pressed during the execution of the procedure, the command interpreter prompts for a command at the Ctrl/Y command level.
You can use the SET NOCONTROL=Y command at any command level. It
affects all command levels until the SET CONTROL=Y command reenables
An ON CONTROL_Y command remains in effect until another ON CONTROL_Y or a SET NOCONTROL=Y command executes or the command procedure exits.
To exit from a nonterminating loop when Ctrl/Y is disabled, you must delete your process from another terminal using the DCL command STOP. If you disable the default Ctrl/Y action, reset it as soon as possible. To reset the default Ctrl/Y action, execute the SET NOCONTROL=Y command followed by the SET CONTROL=Y command.
In this command procedure, pressing Ctrl/Y while a file is being typed passes control to the label END_TYPE:
15.14 Detecting Errors in Command Procedures Using Condition Codes
When each DCL command in a command procedure completes execution, the command interpreter saves a condition code that describes the reason why the command terminated. This code can indicate successful completion or it can identify an informational or error message.
The command interpreter examines the condition code after it performs
each command in a command procedure. If an error that requires special
action has occurred, the system performs the action. Otherwise, the
next command in the procedure executes.
The command interpreter saves the condition code as a 32-bit longword in the reserved global symbol $STATUS. The $STATUS symbol conforms to the format of a system message code as follows:
When a command completes successfully, $STATUS has an odd value. (Bits 0--2 contain a 1 or a 3.) When any type of warning or error occurs, $STATUS has an even value. (Bits 0--2 contain a 0, 2, or 4.) The command interpreter maintains and displays the current hexadecimal value of $STATUS. You can display the ASCII translation of $STATUS by entering the SHOW SYMBOL $STATUS command.
In the following example, the file name (%FRED.LIS) is entered incorrectly:
15.14.2 Condition Codes with the EXIT Command
When a command procedure exits, the command interpreter returns the condition code for the previous command in $STATUS. The condition code provides information about whether the most recent command executed successfully.
When you use the EXIT command in a command procedure, you can specify a value that overrides the value that DCL would have assigned to $STATUS. This value, called a status code, must be specified as an integer expression.
When a command procedure contains nested procedures to create multiple command levels, you can use the EXIT command to return a value that explicitly overrides the default condition codes.
Examine the following two command procedures:
The ON command in B.COM means that if any warnings, errors, or severe
errors occur when B.COM is executing, the procedure is directed to the
label ERROR. Here, the condition code is explicitly set to 1,
indicating success. Therefore, when B.COM terminates, it passes a
success code back to A.COM regardless of whether an error occurred.
The low-order three bits of $STATUS represent the severity of the condition that caused the command to terminate. This portion of the condition code is contained in the reserved global symbol $SEVERITY. The $SEVERITY symbol can have the values 0 to 4, with each value representing one of the following severity levels:
Note that the success and information codes have odd numeric values,
and warning and error codes have even numeric values.
You can test for the successful completion of a command with IF commands that perform logical tests on $SEVERITY or $STATUS as follows:
These IF commands branch to the label OKAY if $SEVERITY and $STATUS have true (odd) values. When the current value in $SEVERITY and $STATUS is odd, the command or program completed successfully. If the command or program did not complete successfully, then $SEVERITY and $STATUS are even; therefore, the IF expression is false.
Instead of testing whether a condition is true, you can test whether it is false. For example:
The command interpreter uses the severity level of a condition code to
determine whether to take the action defined by the ON command as
described in Section 15.9.
Most DCL commands invoke system utilities that generate status values and error messages when they complete. However, there are several commands that do not change the values of $STATUS and $SEVERITY if they complete successfully. These commands are as follows:
If any of these commands result in a nonsuccessful status, the
condition code is placed in $STATUS and the severity level is placed in
A login command procedure is a command procedure that the operating system automatically executes each time you log in. The system also executes this procedure at the beginning of every batch job that you submit.
There are two types of login command procedures:
15.16.1 Systemwide Login Command Procedures
Systemwide login command procedures have the following characteristics:
To establish a systemwide login command procedure, your system manager
equates the logical name SYS$SYLOGIN to the appropriate login command
procedure. Your system manager can specify that this login command
procedure be used for all system users or for a certain group of users.
You can create a personal login command procedure to execute the same commands each time you log in.
Your system manager assigns the file specification for your login command procedure. In most installations, the login command procedure is called LOGIN.COM. Therefore, you should name your login command procedure LOGIN.COM unless your system manager tells you otherwise.
The following is an example of a LOGIN.COM procedure:
15.16.3 Login Command Procedures in Captive Accounts
Your system manager can set up captive accounts by placing the name of a special command procedure in the LGICMD field for your account. If you log in to a captive account, you can perform only functions specified in the command procedure for your account; you cannot use the complete set of DCL commands. For more information about captive accounts, refer to the OpenVMS System Manager's Manual.
$ ! CENSUS.COM $ ! $ RUN CENSUS 1993 1994 1995 $ EXIT
DCL passes the text on a data line directly to the command procedure. Therefore, it will not process data that must be translated such as:
Other methods of obtaining input data for command procedures that are described in the following sections include:
The following list contains guidelines for passing parameters as data to command procedures:
DCL places parameters passed to command procedures in the local symbols P1 to P8. P1 is assigned to the first parameter value, P2 the second, P3 the third, and so on. For example, the following command invokes the command procedure SUM.COM and passes eight parameters to the procedure:
$ @SUM 34 52 664 89 2 72 87 3
When you specify an integer as a parameter, it is converted to a string. In the following example, P1 is the string value 24; P2 is the string value 25:
$ @ADDER 24 25
You can use the symbols P1 to P8 in both integer and character string
expressions; DCL performs the necessary conversions automatically.
16.2.2 Specifying Parameters as Character Strings
To preserve spaces, tabs, or lowercase characters in a character string, place quotation marks (" ") before and after the string. For example:
$ @DATA "Paul Cramer"
In the following example, P1 is Paul Cramer and P2 is null. If you omit the quotation marks, each character string is passed as a separate parameter. For example:
$ @DATA Paul Cramer
In this example, the strings Paul and Cramer are converted to uppercase letters; P1 is PAUL and P2 is CRAMER.
As another example, if you invoke DATA.COM with the following command:
$ @DATA "Paul Cramer" 24 "(555) 111-1111")
P1 to P8 are defined in DATA.COM as follows:
P1 = Paul Cramer
P2 = 24
P3 = (555) 111-1111
P4--P8 = null
To pass the value of a symbol, place an apostrophe before and after the symbol. To preserve spaces, tabs, and lowercase characters in the symbol value, enclose the value in three sets of quotation marks. You must also use three sets of quotation marks to include a quotation mark as part of a string.
An alternative is to enclose the text in quotation marks and where a symbol appears, precede the symbol with two apostrophes and follow it with one apostrophe.
In the following example, P1 is Paul and P2 is Cramer because DCL removes quotation marks when you pass a symbol to a command procedure:
$ NAME = "Paul Cramer" $ @DATA 'NAME'
In the following example, P1 is "Paul Cramer" and P2 is null:
$ NEW_NAME = """Paul Cramer""" $ @DATA 'NEW_NAME'
In the following example, P1 is translated to Paul Cramer:
$ ! DATA.COM $ @NAME "''P1'"
To pass a null parameter, use one set of quotation marks as a placeholder in the command string. In the following example, the first parameter passed to DATA.COM is a null parameter:
$ @DATA "" "Paul Cramer"
In this example, P1 is null and P2 is Paul Cramer.
16.3 Using Parameters to Pass Data to Batch Jobs
To pass parameters to a command procedure executed in batch mode, use the SUBMIT command qualifier /PARAMETERS.
If you execute more than one command procedure using a single SUBMIT command, the specified parameters are used for each command procedure in the batch job.
In the following example, the command passes three parameters to the command procedures ASK.COM and GO.COM, which are executed as batch jobs:
$ SUBMIT/PARAMETERS=(TODAY,TOMORROW,YESTERDAY) ASK.COM, GO.COM)
In the following example, the SUBMIT command passes two parameters to the command procedures: LIBRARY.COM and SORT.COM:
$ SUBMIT- _$ /PARAMETERS=(DISK:[ACCOUNT.BILLS]DATA.DAT,DISK:[ACCOUNT]NAME.DAT) - _$ LIBRARY.COM, SORT.COM
The batch job executes as if you had logged in and executed each of the command procedures. This SUBMIT command executes a batch job that logs in under your account, executes your login command procedure, and then executes the following commands:
$ @LIBRARY DISK:[ACCOUNT.BILLS]DATA.DAT DISK:[ACCOUNT]NAME.DAT) $ @SORT DISK:[ACCOUNT.BILLS]DATA.DAT DISK:[ACCOUNT]NAME.DAT)
You can also pass data to a batch job by including the data in a command procedure or by defining SYS$INPUT to be a file. The specified parameters are used for each command procedure in the batch job.