SIB requests for enhancements surface for
HP has asked, and customers have answered its
question of whether anything needs enhancement in the HP 3000 system
operating environment. A wide array of requests outlined problems to
be solved and access still required for the customers with long-term
plans for their HP 3000s.
The most sweeping request and one already
on the minds of HPs MPE engineers was to back-port the
HP 3000s MPE/iX 7.5 enhancements to older releases 7.0 and 6.5.
Much of the customer base is working on releases older than 7.5. HP
engineer Jeff Vance broached the topic during SIB 2005 discussions,
but OpenMPE board member Donna Garverick had already wondered if this
task would find an audience especially among customers who
will change very little on their systems.
If stuff is back-ported will anyone install
it? Garverick asked. [HP] really needs to get a clear
answer to this question. If most people say no thats clear.
What we dont want is people saying yes when they cant
actually patch their systems, probably because theyre locked
Leaders of Special Interest Groups like Garverick
were taking customer suggestions through mid-February, after which HP
said SIG leaders would work with the vendor to decide if a formal SIB
process would be warranted.
Regardless of HPs decisions, customers
clearly have functionality they need for their HP 3000s. FTP
enhancements could include security protection for netrc files to
shield passwords, as well as a chmod command to correct rwx
permissions during an FTP session. New CI functions abounded in the
Several customers want perl, supported on the 3000
but requiring a site to compile it, to gain a version that could
simply be installed and include a filecode to let the
3000s CI automatically run perl scripts.
Help text updates and backporting were the only
enhancements which HP suggested might be completed in the time
remaining before the vendor quits the 3000 market. But the loose ends
in MPE/iX still earned mention for a handful of customers.
Then there is the my special pet
peeve, said Dave Powell. I often type comments into jobs
like this/that or and/or and often the
characters after the slash are replaced by spaces in the stdlist,
making my helpful documentation look like incoherent idiocy. I
cant see any valid reason for character substitution in
OpenMPE director John Wolff suggested a return of
HP-IB printer support for more recent versions of MPE/iX. The
enhancement would permit those that are stuck on 6.0 to upgrade
to a later, supported version of MPE. The HP2567x [HP-IB] line
printers are still great workhorses.
HP is already working on volinfo, devinfo and
spoolinfo CI functions for the 3000, and the vendor was gathering
input on design choices during the first week of March. The SIB
request process has usually concluded by the end of March in previous
years; a vote through an Interex Web site has delivered results for