Does an Alpha version of the ODS-1 ACP exist, either officially or
otherwise? If so, how can I get a copy?
DEC never brought ODS-1 support or tooling past OpenVMS VAX.
Get the OpenVMS source listings and figure out how to build it (and I
don't recall anybody in ZKO even looking at this, either; not past the
decision not to port), or fetch one of the open-source ODS readers for
another platform (one or two were on the OpenVMS Freeware) and start
Or port the PDP-11 or whatever source of this data forward from ODS-1
to something with more current support. See if whatever PDP-11 box
involved here can generate something that EXCHANGE or some other file
system or tool available for OpenVMS can deal with, for instance.
EXCHANGE does RT-11, FILES11 (which won't help here), or DEC's DOS-11
format. The /VIRTUAL support also won't help here, AFAIK.
XMODEM/YMODEM or ZMODEM or whatever the data across a serial or network
Maybe start to replace the data source environment with hardware and
software from the post-PDP era? That'll be more disruptive short term,
but better long-term as these problems only accrete.
Or write some OpenVMS glue code for whatever you're up to here.
Scripting a SIMH launch and boot, at al. That's the usual approach,
after all: more glue code, longer chains of dependencies. complexity.
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