HP OpenVMS Version 8.2 Release Notes
Product Retirement Notices
This appendix contains notifications about OpenVMS products that are no
longer supported or that are slated for retirement. It also tells you
how to find manuals that have been archived.
Once a product is retired, HP does not accept or act on problem reports
posted against the product. However, for those interested in doing
their own development and support, and where contractual and other
considerations permit, product installation kits or source code for
many former products can be available as OpenVMS Freeware, which is
available from the following sources:
A.1 Compaq Open3D Layered Product Not Supported in Version 8.2
For OpenVMS Version 8.2, the layered product Compaq Open3D for
OpenVMS Alpha V4.9B and earlier versions is not supported. However, it
will continue to be supported on OpenVMS Versions 6.2 and 7.3-2 under
Mature Product Support (MPS). This product should not be confused with
the Open3D product that is integrated into OpenVMS Version 8.2 and
supports new cards such as the PowerStorm 300, PowerStorm 350, and ATI
RADEON. The product that is no longer supported is 3D support for
PixelVision, FFB, TGA, and TGA2-based graphics in releases following
OpenVMS Version 7.3-2. See Section 6.18 for a related release note.
If the unsupported Open3D product is installed on your system, you
might encounter problems. For example, the DECwindows display server
might hang in a CPU-intensive loop. If Open3D is already installed on
your current version of OpenVMS and you plan to upgrade to OpenVMS
Version 8.2, you must first ensure that none of the following graphics
controller boards are installed on your target system:
- ZLX-M Series (PixelVision): ZLX-M1 (PMAGC-AA), ZLX-M2 (PMAGC-BA)
- ZLX-L Series (PixelVision Lite): ZLX-L1 (PMAGC-DA), ZLX-L2
- ZLXp-L Series (PixelVision PCI): ZLXp-L1 (PBXGC-A), ZLXp-L2
A.2 Open3D Graphics Licensing Change
Starting with OpenVMS Version 8.2, the 3D graphics display feature is
licensed with the operating system for both AlphaServers and Integrity
servers. Therefore, the Open3D license is not available for Version 8.2
For details, refer to Section 6.14.
A.3 DECamds Not Supported on OpenVMS Version 8.2
DECamds is not supported on OpenVMS Version 8.2. HP recommends that
users transition to using the Availability Manager in place of DECamds.
For information about the Availability Manager, refer to the following
A.4 DECevent Not Supported
DECevent and the DIAGNOSE command are not supported on OpenVMS Version
Replacements for DECevent include the following:
- System Event Analyzer (SEA)
SEA is now the
supported error log analysis tool for OpenVMS and for later hardware
platforms (for example, all I64 platforms, and the Alpha DSnn,
ESnn, and most GSnn platforms).
latest available version of WEBES to receive the latest hardware
support, including SEA. At a minimum, WEBES Version 4.2 or higher is
required on Alpha systems, and Version 4.4 or higher is required on I64
For detailed information about operating system
requirements and supported hardware for SEA, refer to the WEBES
Installation Guide, which is with the other WEBES documentation at the
following web site:
- Error Log Viewer (ELV)
You can use ELV to
quickly examine an error log file that was created on these later
hardware platforms. ELV is integrated into the OpenVMS operating system
and can be accessed by entering the DCL command ANALYZE/ERROR_LOG/ELV.
For more information about ELV, refer to the ELV chapter in
HP OpenVMS System Management Utilities Reference Manual.
A.5 DECwrite Reached End-of-Service Life in December 2004
On December 31, 2004, DECwrite reached its End-of-Service life and has
been removed from the Software Products Library.
A.6 Error Log Report Formatter (ERF) Unsupported
The Error Log Report Formatter (ERF) is no longer supported. If you
require this product for use with error logs written on older systems
running OpenVMS versions prior to Version 7.2, you can access ERF
documentation from the Freeware website:
The Error Log Viewer (ELV) replaces ERF. For more information, refer to
online help for ANALYZE/ERROR_LOG/ELV or see the HP OpenVMS System Management Utilities Reference Manual.
Before using ERF, you must convert error log files using ELV or the
Binary Error Log Translation utility, which is part of DECevent.
DECevent and the DIAGNOSE command are no longer supported, but users
who need these tools can download the software and related
documentation from the Freeware website:
Until you install the DECevent software, you will get an error if you
try to use the DIAGNOSE command.
A.7 ISA_CONFIG.DAT Unsupported in Future Release
Support for using the SYS$MANAGER:ISA_CONFIG.DAT file to configure ISA
devices will be discontinued in a future release of OpenVMS Alpha. If
you use this file, you should convert to using the ISACFG utility from
the console, and the new file-based autoconfiguration method for
loading device drivers (as described in Writing OpenVMS Alpha
Device Drivers in C).
A.8 POSIX 1003.4a Draft 4 Interface May Be Retired
The POSIX 1003.4a, Draft 4 (or "d4") interface of the Compaq POSIX
Threads Library (formerly named DECthreads) is slated for retirement in
a future release. Applications that were written using the POSIX
1003.4a, Draft 4 interface should be migrated to the new POSIX 1003.1c
standard (or "pthread") interface provided by the POSIX Threads
Library. A compatibility mode for the Draft 4 POSIX 1003.4a interface
has been provided in this release to help ease migration. This
compatibility mode will be removed in a future release.
A.9 Visual Threads: Not Supported for Version 8.2
Visual Threads is not supported on OpenVMS I64 systems or on OpenVMS
Alpha Version 8.2. OpenVMS Alpha Version 7.3-2 is the final version on
which Visual Threads is supported.
A.10 Last Ordering Dates for Alpha Systems
The following deadlines apply for ordering Alpha systems:
||Final Order Date
||Final Ship Date
September 30, 2006
December 30, 2006
September 30, 2007
December 30, 2007
A.11 Archived Manuals
As products are retired and the operating system evolves, certain
OpenVMS manuals are archived. Archived manuals are no longer maintained
and are not part of the OpenVMS documentation set. However, they are
available on the following web site:
Click on "Archived documents" in the left sidebar to link to
the archived manuals.
The following manuals have been archived with the release of OpenVMS
VAX MACRO and Instruction Set Reference Manual
OpenVMS VAX RTL Mathematics (MTH$) Manual
OpenVMS VAX System Dump Analyzer Utility Manual