The Question is:
I am new to Vax OpenVMS and am looking for a utility that will decompress an
RMS sequential file (.dat) to straight text (ascii .txt)
The Answer is :
If the contents of the file are text, then TYPE will usually work.
You can reformat the file via the CONVERT utility, most commonly
via the CONVERT/FDL command. You can remotely access the file
via ODBC or JDBC. If you require data type conversions within the
records in the file (eg: converting embedded binary data, such as
floating point or integer values to text), then a simple DCL command
procedure or a program is typically required.