HP OpenVMS DCL Dictionary
Creates a logical name and assigns an equivalence string, or a list of
strings, to the specified logical name. If you specify an existing
logical name, the new equivalence name replaces the existing
ASSIGN equivalence-name[,...] logical-name[:]
Specifies a character string of 1 to 255 characters. Defines the
equivalence name, usually a file specification, device name, or other
logical name, to be associated with the logical name in the specified
logical name table. If the string contains other than uppercase
alphanumeric, dollar sign ($), or underscore (_) characters, enclose it
in quotation marks (" "). Use two sets of quotation marks
("" "") to denote an actual quotation mark within
the string. Specifying more than one equivalence name for a logical
name creates a search list. A logical name can have a maximum of 128
When you specify an equivalence name that will be used as a file
specification, you must include the punctuation marks (colons (:),
brackets (), and periods (.)) that would be required if the
equivalence name were used directly as a file specification. Therefore,
if you specify a device name as an equivalence name, terminate the
device name with a colon.
The ASSIGN command allows you to assign the same logical name to more
than one equivalence name. When you specify more than one equivalence
name for a logical name, you create a search list. For more information
on search lists, see the OpenVMS User's Manual.
Specifies the logical name string, which is a character string
containing up to 255 characters. You choose a logical name to represent
the equivalence name in the specified logical name table.
If the string contains other than uppercase alphanumeric, dollar sign,
or underscore characters, enclose it in quotation marks. Use two sets
of quotation marks to denote an actual quotation mark. If you terminate
the logical-name parameter with a colon, the system removes the colon
before placing the name in a logical name table. (This differs from the
DEFINE command, which saves the colon.) If the logical name is to be
entered into the process directory (LNM$PROCESS_DIRECTORY) or system
directory (LNM$SYSTEM_DIRECTORY) logical name tables, the name can have
only 1 to 31 alphanumeric characters (including the dollar sign and
underscore). If the logical name being entered into the process or
system directory translates to a logical name table name, any
alphabetic characters in the name should all be uppercase. By default,
the logical name is placed in the process logical name table.
If the logical name contains any characters other than alphanumeric
characters, the dollar sign, or the underscore, enclose the name in
quotation marks. If the logical name contains quotation marks, enclose
the name in quotation marks and use two sets of quotation marks in the
places where you want one set of quotation marks to occur. Note that if
you enclose a name in quotation marks, the case of alphabetic
characters is preserved.
The ASSIGN command creates an entry in a logical name table by defining
a logical name to stand for one or more equivalence names. An
equivalence name can be a device name, another logical name, a file
specification, or any other string.
To specify the logical name table where you want to enter a logical
name, use the /PROCESS, /JOB, /GROUP, /SYSTEM, or /TABLE qualifier. If
you enter more than one of these qualifiers, only the last one entered
is accepted. If you do not specify a table, the default is
/TABLE=LNM$PROCESS (or /PROCESS).
To specify the access mode of the logical name you are creating, use
the /USER_MODE, /SUPERVISOR_MODE, or /EXECUTIVE_MODE qualifier. If you
enter more than one of these qualifiers, only the last one entered is
accepted. If you do not specify an access mode, then a supervisor-mode
name is created. You can create a logical name in the same mode as the
table in which you are placing the name or in an outer mode. (User mode
is the outermost mode; executive mode is the innermost mode.)
You can enter more than one logical name with the same name in the same
logical name table, as long as each name has a different access mode.
(However, if an existing logical name within a table has the NO_ALIAS
attribute, you cannot use the same name to create a logical name in an
outer mode in this table.)
If you create a logical name with the same name, in the same table, and
in the same mode as an existing name, the new logical name assignment
replaces the existing assignment.
You can also use the DEFINE command to create logical names. To delete
a logical name from a table, use the DEASSIGN command.
Avoid assigning a logical name that matches the file name of an
executable image in SYS$SYSTEM:. Such an assignment will prohibit you
from invoking that image.
For additional information on creating and using logical names, see the
OpenVMS User's Manual.
You must be signed in to the SYSTEM account or have SYSNAM
(system logical name) or SYSPRV (system) privilege to use this
Assigns a clusterwide logical name in the LNM$SYSCLUSTER table.
Requires SYSNAM (system logical name) privilege.
Creates an executive-mode logical name. If you specify executive mode,
but do not have SYSNAM privilege, a supervisor-mode logical name is
created. The mode of the logical name must be the same as or external
to (less privileged than) the mode of the table in which you are
placing the name.
Requires SYSPRV (system privilege) or GRPNAM (group logical
Places the logical name in the group logical name table. Other users
who have the same group number in their user identification codes
(UICs) can access the logical name. The /GROUP qualifier is synonymous
with the /TABLE=LNM$GROUP qualifier.
Places the logical name in the jobwide logical name table. All
processes within the same job tree as the process creating the logical
name can access the logical name. The /JOB qualifier is synonymous with
the /TABLE=LNM$JOB qualifier.
Displays a message when a new logical name supersedes an existing name.
Specifies the attributes for a logical name. By default, no attributes
are set. You can specify the following keywords for attributes:
Does not copy the logical name into a spawned subprocess; this keyword
is relevant only for logical names in a private table.
Prohibits creation of logical names with the same name in an outer
(less privileged) access mode within the specified table. If another
logical name with the same name and an outer access mode already exists
in this table, the name is deleted.
If you specify only one keyword, you can omit the parentheses. Only the
attributes you specify are set.
Places the logical name in the process logical name table. The /PROCESS
qualifier is synonymous with the /TABLE=LNM$PROCESS qualifier.
Creates a supervisor-mode logical name in the specified table.
Requires SYSNAM (system logical name) or SYSPRV (system
Places the logical name in the system logical name table. All system
users can access the logical name. The /SYSTEM qualifier is synonymous
with the /TABLE=LNM$SYSTEM qualifier.
Requires write (W) access to the table if the table is
Specifies the logical name table in which the logical name is to be
entered. You can use the /TABLE qualifier to specify a user-defined
logical name table (created with the CREATE/NAME_TABLE command); to
specify the process, job, group, or system logical name tables; or to
specify the process or system logical name directory tables.
If you specify the table name using a logical name that has more than
one translation, the logical name is placed in the first table found.
For example, if you specify ASSIGN/TABLE=LNM$FILE_DEV and LNM$FILE_DEV
is equated to LNM$PROCESS, LNM$JOB, LNM$GROUP, and LNM$SYSTEM, then the
logical name is placed in LNM$PROCESS.
If you do not explicitly specify the /TABLE qualifier, the default is
the /TABLE=LNM$PROCESS qualifier.
Specifies attributes of the equivalence-name parameter. Possible
keywords are as follows:
Indicates that the equivalence string is the name of a concealed device.
When a concealed device name is defined, the system displays the
logical name, rather than the equivalence string, in messages that
refer to the device. If you specified the CONCEALED attribute, then the
equivalence string must be a physical device name.
Indicates that the equivalence string should not be translated
iteratively; logical name translation should terminate with the current
If you specify only one keyword, you can omit the parentheses. Only the
attributes you specify are set.
Note that different equivalence strings of the same logical name can
have different translation attributes specified.
Creates a user-mode logical name in the specified table.
If you specify a user-mode logical name in the process logical name
table, that logical name is used for the execution of a single image
only; user-mode entries are deleted from the logical name table when
any image executing in the process exits; that is, after any DCL
command that executes an image or user program completes execution.
Also, user-mode logical names are automatically deleted when invoking
and exiting a command procedure.
$ ASSIGN $DISK1:[CREMERS.MEMOS] MEMOSD
The ASSIGN command in this example equates the partial file
specification $DISK1:[CREMERS.MEMOS] to the logical name MEMOSD.
$ ASSIGN/USER_MODE $DISK1:[FODDY.MEMOS]WATER.TXT TM1
The ASSIGN command in this example equates the logical name TM1 to a
file specification. After the next image runs, the logical name is
$ ASSIGN XXX1:[HEROLD] ED
$ PRINT ED:TEST.DAT
Job 274 entered on queue SYS$PRINT
The ASSIGN command in this example associates the logical name ED with
the directory name [HEROLD] on the disk XXX1. Subsequent references to
the logical name ED result in the correspondence between the logical
name ED and the disk and directory specified. The PRINT command queues
a copy of the file XXX1:[HEROLD]TEST.DAT to the system printer.
$ ASSIGN YYY2: TEMP:
$ SHOW LOGICAL TEMP
"TEMP" = "YYY2:" (LNM$PROCESS_TABLE)
$ DEASSIGN TEMP
The ASSIGN command in this example equates the logical name TEMP to the
device YYY2. TEMP is created in supervisor mode and placed in the
process logical name table. The SHOW LOGICAL command verifies that the
logical name assignment was made. Note that the logical name TEMP was
terminated with a colon in the ASSIGN command, but that the command
interpreter deleted the colon before placing the name in the logical
name table. Thus, you can specify TEMP without a colon in the
subsequent DEASSIGN command. You should omit the colon in the SHOW
LOGICAL command (for example, SHOW LOGICAL TEMP).
$ MOUNT TTT1: MASTER TAPE
$ ASSIGN TAPE:NAMES.DAT PAYROLL
$ RUN PAYROLL
The MOUNT command in this example establishes the logical name TAPE for
the device TTT1, which has the volume labeled MASTER mounted on it. The
ASSIGN command equates the logical name PAYROLL with the file named
NAMES.DAT on the logical device TAPE. Thus, an OPEN request in a
program referring to the logical name PAYROLL results in the
correspondence between the logical name PAYROLL and the file NAMES.DAT
on the tape whose volume label is MASTER.
$ CREATE/NAME_TABLE TABLE1
$ ASSIGN/TABLE=LNM$PROCESS_DIRECTORY TABLE1,-
_$ LNM$PROCESS,LNM$JOB,LNM$GROUP,LNM$SYSTEM LNM$FILE_DEV
$ ASSIGN/TABLE=TABLE1 -
_$ /TRANSLATION_ATTRIBUTES=CONCEALED DKA1: WORK_DISK
The CREATE/NAME_TABLE command in this example creates the process
private logical name table TABLE1.
The first ASSIGN command ensures that TABLE1 is searched first in any
logical name translation of a file specification or device name
(because TABLE1 is the first item in the equivalence string for the
logical name LNM$FILE_DEV, which determines the default search sequence
of logical name tables whenever a device or file specification is
The second ASSIGN command assigns the logical name WORK_DISK to the
physical device DKA1, and places the name in TABLE1. The logical name
has the concealed attribute. Therefore, the logical name WORK_DISK will
be displayed in system messages.
$ ASSIGN/TABLE=LNM$PROCESS/TABLE=LNM$GROUP DKA0: SYSFILES
$ SHOW LOGICAL SYSFILES
"SYSFILES" = "DKA0:" (LNM$GROUP_000240)
The ASSIGN command in this example contains conflicting qualifiers.
When you specify conflicting qualifiers, the ASSIGN command uses the
last qualifier specified. The response from the SHOW LOGICAL command
indicates that the name was placed in the group logical name table.
$ ASSIGN/TABLE=LNM$GROUP 'F$TRNLNM("SYS$COMMAND")' TERMINAL
%DCL-I-SUPERSEDE, previous value of TERMINAL has been superseded
The ASSIGN command in this example uses the lexical function F$TRNLNM
to translate the logical name SYS$COMMAND and use the result as the
equivalence name for the logical name TERMINAL. The message from the
ASSIGN command indicates that an entry for the logical name TERMINAL
already existed in the group logical name table, and that the new entry
has replaced the previous one.
If this command is used in a LOGIN.COM file, the entry for TERMINAL
will be redefined at the beginning of each terminal session. The
current process and any subprocesses it creates can execute images that
use the logical name TERMINAL to write messages to the current terminal
$ ASSIGN DALLAS::DMA1: DATA
The ASSIGN command in this example associates the logical name DATA
with the device specification DMA1 on remote node DALLAS. Subsequent
references to the logical name DATA result in references to the disk on
the remote node.
$ CREATE AVERAGE.COM
$ ASSIGN/USER_MODE SYS$COMMAND: SYS$INPUT
$ EDIT/EDT AVERAGE.FOR
$ FORTRAN AVERAGE
$ LINK AVERAGE
$ RUN AVERAGE
The CREATE command in this example creates the command procedure
AVERAGE.COM. Then the command procedure is executed.
The command procedure uses the ASSIGN command with the /USER_MODE
qualifier to change temporarily the value of SYS$INPUT. When the EDT
editor is invoked, it accepts input from the terminal. This allows you
to create or modify the program AVERAGE.FOR interactively.
When you exit from EDT, SYS$INPUT is reassigned to its original value
(the input stream provided by the command procedure). Thus, when the
program AVERAGE.FOR is ready to accept input, it looks for that input
in the command procedure.