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HP OpenVMS Version 8.4 Release Notes

Order Number: BA322--90089

June 2010

This manual describes changes to the software; installation, upgrade, and compatibility information; new and existing software problems and restrictions; and software and documentation corrections.

Revision/Update Information: This is a new manual.

Software Version: OpenVMS Version 8.4 for Integrity servers OpenVMS Alpha Version 8.4

Hewlett-Packard Company Palo Alto, California

© Copyright 2010 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.

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Intended Audience

This manual is intended for all users of the HP OpenVMS for Integrity servers or HP OpenVMS Alpha Version 8.4 operating system. Read this manual before you install, upgrade, or use OpenVMS Version 8.4.

Document Structure

This manual contains the following chapters and appendix:

  • Chapter 1 contains release notes that pertain to upgrading or installing the OpenVMS Alpha operating system or installing the OpenVMS Integrity servers.
  • Chapter 2 contains installation and support information for OpenVMS associated products.
  • Chapter 3 contains release notes about the general use of the OpenVMS operating system.
  • Chapter 4 contains release notes specific to the OpenVMS system management.
  • Chapter 5 contains release notes that relate to programming on an OpenVMS system, including notes for compilers, linkers, and run-time library routines.
  • Chapter 6 contains information pertaining to hardware that OpenVMS operating system runs on OpenVMS device support.
  • Appendix A describes the proper use of interlocked memory instructions, which is crucial for the Alpha 21264 (EV6) processor.

Notes are organized by facility or product name when applicable.

This manual contains release notes introduced in the current release and notes from previous versions that still apply to the new release. A subheading for each release note indicates either the version of origin (for example, V8.3) or the version when an old note was last updated (for example, a note from Version 8.3 that was revised for Version 8.4 will be labeled with V8.4).

Notes from previous releases are published when:

  • The information in the release note has not been documented in any other printed manual in the OpenVMS documentation set, and the note is still pertinent.
  • The release note may be pertinent in multiple-version OpenVMS Cluster systems.

Related Documents

For a list of additional documents that are available in support of this version of the OpenVMS operating system, see the HP OpenVMS Version 8.4 New Features and Documentation Overview manual.

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