The Question is:
I occasionally see files named DCL$OUTPUT_<pid>.LOG in various places. The
files occupy zero blocks of disk space. When I took a dump of
SYS$SYSTEM:DCL.EXE, I noticed that it includes DCL$OUTPUT_!XL. Could you tell
me the circumstances under which thes
e files are created?
The Answer is :
The creation of these files was the result of a DCL bug, and was
typically seen circa V7.1.
There is a support article available (via AskQ or otherwise)
that is entitled:
[OpenVMS] Various DCL Cmds Run In Batch Create DCL$OUTPUT_xxxxxxxx.LOG
The known cases of this errant log file creation within DCL have
been resolved on current OpenVMS releases.
These files can be safely deleted.