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TOPS-10 DECmail/MS V11
02 Apr 86
TOPS-10 DECmail/MS V11 BEWARE File -- 02 Apr 86 Page 1
1.0 KNOWN PROBLEMS
At this time, we are aware of a few known problems which may or
may not impact your use of MS/MX, depending on your use of the
product. These problems are being addressed.
o MX creates a log file in the UPS: directory. This log
file is known to be slightly inaccurate and too verbose.
(File size is quoted in "Pages" when it should be in
o POSTMASTER messages sent to the user from MX may be too
terse for a naive user.
o MX has not been tested on systems which have no network
o MS/MX V11 has been set up for a system message facility.
However, there are currently no hooks in the monitor for
this. In other words SYSTEM-MAIL can be sent and stored
in a central location. However, the is no means to
insure that each user gets notified of new system
messages. If this kind of feature is necessary you may
continue to use SYS:NOTICE.TXT.
o MX currently requires the file UPS:LCHOST.TXT. This
file should contain the name of node (machine) it is on.
o MS does not handle more than 511 messages. Although MX
is quite happy to put more than that many in one mail
file. This should be fixed soon.
2.0 OBTAINING A CRASH DUMPS OF MS/MX
If you experience problems with MS or MX crashing, crash dumps
can be obtained, which when sent to us, will assist in
determining the problem.
o When MS reports a stopcode it returns the user to
monitor level. At this point the crash may be SAVEd.
o Please read the installation doc file for info about
obtaining dumps of MX.
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3.0 INTERACTION WITH OTHER MAIL SYSTEMS
MS/MX will provide message services between TOPS-10, TOPS-20, and
VMS via DECnet links. Communication between TOPS-10/20 systems
are accomplished using SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol
(Arpanet spec. RFC822)). Communication to VMS systems use the
MS/MX version 11 completely replaces any current version of MS
and NETMAI (an old unsupported DECNET mailer). MS-10 will only
send mail via MX. If you will have any sites running NETMAI you
should know that these sites may have problems recieving mail
from MX until they upgrade to MX themselves. If you see any of
these problems let us know.
4.0 NOTES AND DIFFERENCES
o MS/MX V11 were written for TOPS10 version 7.03 with
GALAXY 5.1 including ACTDAE. Currently both are
required. ACTDAE is essential.
o Previous versions of MS relied on a file which included
all mail users and the disk structure for their mail
file. This was inconvient because the system
administrator had to maintain both the user database and
this file, SYS:USERS.TXT. MS/MX V11 relies on the
accounting system for information concerning addresses.
Therefore SYS:USERS.TXT no longer needs to exist or be
o Previous versions of MS wrote local mail directly. With
version 11 MX is the only product to deliver mail. When
MX delivers mail to a local user it sets its own search
list to the default search list of that user. So, by
default a users MAIL.TXT file will be on the first
structure in the users default search list with disk
space available for the user.