Get the most out of
your Robelle Tools
And read more about it at: invent3k.external.hp.com/ ~MGR.HIRSCH/Suprtool.html
To install the Suprtool extension, you also need the gcc compiler tools. Ken Hirsch has instructions for how to install his packages at invent3k.external.hp.com/ ~MGR.HIRSCH/perlinst.html
Kens documentation file, here is a sample Suprtool task in Perl
and some explanation of the functions provided:
The extension provides three functions: new, cmd and lastcmd.
new ( [args] ) Creates a new Suprtool object. new optionally takes arguments; these arguments are in key-value pairs and define the execution priority and the XL location of the Suprtool2 subroutine. For example:
my $supr =
MPE::Suprtool->new( printstate => AL, pri =>
cmd( @list ) cmd submits a command or list of commands to Suprtool. This is a list of strings, which can be an array variable, string literals, a list of scalar string variables, or just about any combination. The normal Perl rules apply, so if you want to say OUTPUT $NULL youll need to use single quotes OUTPUT $NULL or escape the $ in double quotes: ``OUTPUT \$NULL
Of course, sometimes you want to interpolate a variable. The commands are only executed when theres an ``EXIT in a string by itself. Each command string can be up to 256 characters long. You can combine commands in one string by separating them with a semicolon. The following all have the same effect:
FILE1; KEY 1,4; OUTPUT FILE2, EXIT);
Lastcmd The last command executed. If cmd is passed a list, it will stop on any command giving an error. Some syntax errors will be caught on the command containing the error, but most errors will only get caught on the EXIT command, so this is of limited utility.
So now you have a great
excuse to install Perl on your HP 3000 and learn it you can
use it to execute Suprtool tasks!
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