Category : Alternate Operating Systems - Quarterdeck DesqView, CP/M, etc
Archive   : HEXDEHEX.ZIP
Filename : VMSMITF.FIX

Output of file : VMSMITF.FIX contained in archive : HEXDEHEX.ZIP

Date: Wed 1 Jun 88 12:00:00-EST
From: Christine M Gianone
Subject: Announcing Release 3.3.117 of VAX/VMS Kermit
Keywords: VAX/VMS Kermit

This is to announce VAX/VMS Kermit-32 Version 3.3.117, submitted by Jonathan
Welch of Amherst College. This version contains fixes for some of the bugs
that were noted in VMSMIT.BWR, the "beware file" for the previous release,
3.3.111. Here's the list:

- Fix the message generated in NEXT_FILE so that the filenames displayed
(e.g. Sending:;1 as are always terminated by a null (ASCIZ).

- Modified SY_TIME to use $GETTIM as opposed to the LIB$timer routines
(which broke when their method of calculating time differences changed in
V4.4?). Removed the call to LIB$INIT_TIMER in SY_INIT.

- Modified MAIN_ROUTINE to return the status code from COMND when exiting.
Note: The error message codes returned are internal Kermit-32 error codes.

- Added the ability to send a BREAK character to the outgoing terminal
session using the sequence esc-chr B. The break will be sent after the next
character arrives. This is because there must be no outstanding I/O on a
channel in order to modify terminal characteristics (necessary to send a

- Modified COMND_HELP to look for the kermit help file called KERMIT_HELP or
pointed to by the logical name KERMIT_HELP. Thus if a user wants to have the
kermit help file in a directory other than SYS$HELP it is not necessary to
define the logical name KERMIT (which causes problems: i.e. RUN KERMIT will

- Calls to LIB$SIGNAL with multiple arguments were not coded correctly. For
calls with multiple arguments an argument count was added. Minor changes to
KERM_HANDLER to make use of the changed argument passing method.

The hex file for the new version is in KER:VMSMIT.HEX, which can be converted
into an .EXE file using the VMSDEH program. The program was linked under VMS
4.4, which means that the .EXE will run under VMS 4.4 and above. If you have
an earlier release of VMS 4.x, then you will have to rebuild from Bliss or
Macro source. If you are running VMS 3.x, you won't be able to use the new
version at all, but must continue to run version 3.1 of VMS Kermit, which is in


  3 Responses to “Category : Alternate Operating Systems - Quarterdeck DesqView, CP/M, etc
Archive   : HEXDEHEX.ZIP
Filename : VMSMITF.FIX

  1. Very nice! Thank you for this wonderful archive. I wonder why I found it only now. Long live the BBS file archives!

  2. This is so awesome! 😀 I’d be cool if you could download an entire archive of this at once, though.

  3. But one thing that puzzles me is the “mtswslnkmcjklsdlsbdmMICROSOFT” string. There is an article about it here. It is definitely worth a read: