Post by Phillip Helbig (undress to reply)
At https://vmssoftware.com/updates/state-of-the-port/ towards the end
of the code section is the line
$ dele mda0:[testing]..*
%DELETE-W-SEARCHFAIL, error searching for DISK$SCRATCH:[BLABLABLA].;*
-RMS-E-FNF, file not found
Some cut-and-paste mistake, or some strange new syntax?
Could you explain why you think that message indicates a non-working
Because the DELETE command worked as expected per that error message
you've posted, though the file mda0:[testing].. was not found on your
I'll assume your confusion here is the second dot in the filename.
That version syntax goes back to ~1978 or so, and the DCL Standard
syntax (DEC loved its standards) was intended to be common across
VAX/VMS, RSX-11, RSTS, RT, and TOPS.
It's been documented approximately forever, too.
Per some 2001-era Compaq OpenVMS doc "A version component begins with a
semicolon (;) or a period (.) (When the system displays file
specifications, it displays a semicolon for the version component.)"
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