The Question is:
i have two vax 4000 series systems. In the system startup I have a procedure
that defines print forms and defines and starts the pront queues. The systems
have identical startups. On one system the startup is clean. On the other
system when defining the p
rint forms at startup time I get the error "qualifiers apperaing before this
item were ignored" on every define statement. Is there a possibility the
system queue manager is causing me a problem. This is really strange since the
same procedures work on th
e other system. Please let me know if you have any suggestions on where I can
The Answer is :
While the systems might appear identical, clearly they differ in some
The specific error very likely involves the order of the qualifiers in
a DCL command -- DCL syntax requires that certain qualifiers must be
specified before others on specific commands. (Within the CLD for the
DCL verb, this typically involves involve qualifiers which trigger the
use of the DEFINE SYNTAX command mechanism -- when switching the
syntax, all qualifiers preceding the syntax-switching qualifier are
Without some idea of which command is generating the error, a specific
answer on the qualifier is not possible.
You can (and should) use verification of the startup to determine
the failing command.
Also ensure that you do not have DCL symbols that are conflicting with
existing and defined DCL command verbs -- login command procedures and
such can acquire symbols which match existing DCL commands such as
DELETE, DEFINE, SET, and COPY, and these symbols can cause obscure
errors and odd error messages.
You will also want to check the ECOs installed, as this could be
a case of differing ECOs. You will want to install the current set
of mandatory ECO kits on all hosts. Please see the OpenVMS FAQ for
pointers to the ECOs and for tools which can report the installation
ratings of ECO kits.