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Mail; ERRFMT - I bring you bad news...

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The Question is:

I am looking for confirmation of how the ERRLOG process behaves when it
 terminates abnormally, such as the system disk filling up so you can not write
 to errlog.sys.
My understanding is that the process sends a mail to the system account with
 the text body, "Something marvellous has happened" or perhaps "something
 wonderful has happened".
I used to work in the UK OpenVMS support office (UVO) some years ago and this
 happened to a customer. I am asking this now as some one on usenet is querying
 this behaviour, neither of us can find a cite on the Net.

The Answer is :

  The usual subject line for the mail message triggered by an ERRFMT
  (error formatter) failure is:
    "ERRFMT - I bring you bad news..."
  Please see the OpenVMS System Manager's Manual, and specifically the
  sections around "Using the Error Formatter" and "Using ERRFMT to Send
  Mail".  Specifically, please see the logical names ERRFMT$_SEND_TO
  Please ensure the OpenVMS system has the current ECOs and a recent
  (and supported) OpenVMS version loaded, of course.

answer written or last revised on ( 28-MAY-2003 )

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