Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Installing CMU TCP/IP 6.3 on VAX VMS 4.7 (SIMH)

Supratim Sanyal's Blog: Download and install CMU-TEK CMU TCPIP for VMS 4.7 VAX for TCP/IP services on VAX/VMS 4
CMU-TEK TCP/IP 6.3 for VAX VMS 4.7 - TELNET connection

30-Oct-2023 Update: There is a VMS 4.7 Turnkey Distribution now available for a while from our Discord group. It includes everything and is available here.

Thanks to a friend on HECnet (the owner of node ALDUR) I was able to locate, download and install the elusive CMU-TEK TCP/IP services on a SIMH VAX running the ancient VAX VMS 4.7. I installed everything available with CMU TCP/IP for VMS 4, including sources and documentation. It all went smoothly, no hiccups at all - the software is, as expected in the world of VMS, obviosuly high-quality and well designed and implemented.

The VAX VMS 4.7 node "XLVII" was built using Andy Hoffman's distribution.


According to Columbia University's Kermit Project Page:

CMU-OpenVMS/IP (CMUIP), originally CMU/Tek-TCP/IP, is a public domain TCP/IP package originally developed at Carnegie-Mellon University (CMU) by Tektronix (Tek). CMUIP was released to the public trust in December 1992 as CMU-OpenVMS/IP and is now maintained by a diligent group from around the Internet. Support is provided through the usenet group: vmsnet.networks.tcp-ip.cmu-tek

BSD socket support for C-Kermit is supported thanks to a new CMU-OpenVMS/IP socket library written by Mike O'Malley of Digital Equipment Corporation. If you have this library installed on your VMS system, the build procedure will find the file CMUIP_ROOT:[SYSLIB]LIBCMU.OLB and C-Kermit will be built automatically with CMU-OpenVMS/IP support unless you define NET_OPTION to say otherwise. The LIBCMU socket library can be found on the anonymous ftp server.

However, there is little activity in the referenced usenet group now.

I installed the base CMU TCP/IP and the primary utilities in one session, and the rest of the applications (TELNET, FINGER, FTP, LPR and E-MAIL) in another. Here are the two session logs.


SESSION-2 (TCP/IP Applications on CMU-TEK on VAX VMS 4.7)

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