Current version: 3.3-8
VMSTAR is a TAR reader/writer for VMS. It can read archives ("tarfiles")
created by the Un*x command "tar" and also create such archives. Tarfiles can
be disk files or directly on tape.
- both VMS-style and UNIX-style command lines.
- user decision on conversion of dots in directory names to underscores.
- user-specified daytime stamping of restored files.
Where to find the latest version
The latest version of VMSTAR can always be found on the WKU FTP archives.
See their page
for further instructions.
You can find beta versions on
Future work that will be done:
- Full Posix (ANSI/IEEE 1003.1) compliance, allowing pathnames that
are up to approximately 255 bytes long.
To be done in the near future
Y2K compliance: I made a test today (1999-03-19) consisting of the
- Create a couple of files in Solaris, and give them the timestamps
2000-01-01 00:00 and 2001-01-01 00:00, and create a tarball that
- Copy that tarball to VMS, using FTP.
- Untar the tarball with VMSTAR, and check that the timestamps are correct
(they are currently NOT equal, unless you do this in England, since Unix
tar stores UTC time instead of local time, while VMSTAR currently
doesn't know UTC).
- Make a new tarball, using VMSTAR.
- Copy the new tarball to Unix, using FTP.
- Untar the new tarball on Unix, in a different directory, and check that
teh original files and the ones passed back and forth have the same
This test went through successfully.
If anyone has ideas for other, better tests, please drop me a message.
This page was made by Richard Levitte
Last modified: Fri Dec 29 01:43:02 CET 2006