VMS Users Guide

This manual is intended as a tutorial for new users of VMS computing facilities at the Space Telescope Science Institute. It introduces the hardware and software resources used to support both science and operations.

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CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1: - Preface
For the New User...
How to Use This Manual
Typographic Conventions
STScI VMS Computing Environment
User Support Services
CHAPTER 1: - Getting Started
Logging In...and Out
Security Issues
Tour of VMS for First-Time Users
Using the Online Help
Troubleshooting
CHAPTER 2: - OpenVMS Fundamentals
DCL
Key Terms
Batch Jobs
Defining Your Environment
Errors Messages and Problems
CHAPTER 3: - The File System
Files
The File Life Cycle
Directories
Managing Your Disk Space
File Attributes
Printing Files
CHAPTER 4: - Editing Files
DECTPU
Emacs
EDT
Language Sensitive Editor: LSE
Spell Checkers
Other Text Tools
CHAPTER 5: - Document Preparation
WordPerfect
DECwrite
LaTeX and TeX
CHAPTER 6: - Motif and X-Windows
Getting Started with Motif
Customizing Your Windows Environment
Window-Based Applications
Remote Windows
CHAPTER 7: - Software
DECset
Programming Languages
Data Analysis Packages
Graphics
Libraries
Other Software and Utilities
CHAPTER 8: - Communications
System Announcements
MAIL
News
Remote Sessions
File Transfer
Phone
CHAPTER 9: - Information and Resources
Phone Book
Lists
STEIS
Finding Resources
Acronyms
CHAPTER 10: - Tape Drives
About Magnetic Tape...
Using Tapes
CD ROMs
APPENDIX A: - Quick References
APPENDIX B: - Forms
VAX Computer Account Request: Science Clusters
VAX Computer Account Request: Operations Cluster
File Restore Request
How Can We Improve This Manual?
Security Policies
APPENDIX C: - Glossary
Index