The Question is:
I have tried to transfer .gif files from my PC to my openVMS platform. I can
display the .gif files using mozilla, but not with the 'XGIF' tool. Also vx
cannot open the .gif files. What can I do to display these files using XGIF?
The Answer is :
The OpenVMS Wizard would encourage contacting the maintainer(s) of
the xgif tool, as the OpenVMS Wizard is not familiar with it and
not in a position to provide support for it.
This xgif tool appears to be part of a contributed-software package
associated with Multinet, and with older releases of the OpenVMS
Freeware, if not also distributed with other packages. There are
apparently full C source versions of xgif available, as well,
based on a quick web search.
Other Freeware tools that may be of interest include xv -- the
OpenVMS Wizard will assume xv was intended when vx is referenced
-- and ImageMagik. An example version of a tool that is a Motif
port of xgif is available as decw$examples:motifgif.
The most common cause of problems such as those reported are record
structure errors, record settings errors, and file transfer errors.
OpenVMS has specific assumptions around file and record structures,
and incorrect FTP transfer modes -- binary versus ASCII -- can lead
to errors. Also problematic are the record structures -- Windows
sequential text files tend to be stream or stream_LF record formats,
and such text files transfered in via FTP or DECnet or otherwise
must be marked accordingly on OpenVMS. See existing discussions
of FTP file transfers and DCL commands such as SET FILE/ATTRIBUTES
and CONVERT. (The former DCL command is used to alter the file
settings of the target file, while the latter is used to alter the
record structures within the file while creating a copy of or a new
version of the file.)
If you decide to experiment with SET FILE or CONVERT, do keep
copies of the original file, obviously.