The Question is:
I am preparing to upgrade to OpenVMS 7.3. I have just installed some remedial
patches under 7.1-2 before in begin the final upgrade. To recover some disk
space on my system disk, I would like to delete all the old images that have
been renamed to image_na
me.exe_old. It appears that the older images are renamed during PCSI
installation. Can the exe_old files be deleted?? I could recover over 100,000
I do have a current backup of my system disk.
Thank you for your time.
The Answer is :
These older files can be safely deleted, but before deleting files from
a system disk you will want to ensure you have a good and full system
That said, make CERTAIN you read the in the V7.3 cover letter information
related to correctly upgrading to OpenVMS Alpha V7.3, as some of the
changes made within the V7.3 upgrade -- changes to remove these older
and unnecessary files during the upgrade -- can unfortunately render
the system disk unbootable after the upgrade. (If you should find
yourself in this state, one of the easiest recoveries involves appling
the V7.3 upgrade onto itself. The information in the cover letter will
help prevent you from initially getting into the situation.)
Seriously consider getting yourself a bigger system disk.
The OpenVMS Wizard prefers to use a full system disk BACKUP, and not
the PCSI "preserve" mechanism -- while the PCSI mechanism is functional,
recovery using the disk BACKUP is arguably easier to describe and easier