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DECSYSTEM20 TOOLS TAPE
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Copyright (C) 1980,1981,1982 by Digital Equipment Corporation
The TOOLs tape being distributed with TOPS20 contains software tools
which are in constent use during the development, documentation, and
testing of DECSYSTEM20 software. There have been many customer requests
for access to these tools. Because they are merely tools used for
creating software products and not software products themselves, they
have neither funded development nor funded support. However, because
they are important for the development of products, these tools are
normally kept up to date.
The tools tape has been created to provide customer access to these
software tools. The software on this tape is customer installed and
customer supported. There is no direct nor implied commitment on the
part of Digital to support these software tools. Nor is there any
commitment that the documentation enclosed accurately reflects the
The software described in this document is furnished under the TOPS20
license and may be used or copied only in accordance with the terms of
There are eight different software tools on the tape, each contained in
a separate DUMPER save set.
1. ALU -- Automated Library Utility
ALU is a program which helps keep track of modifications to a
set of program sources in one or more libraries. It is
intended to handle multiple developers working on the same
sources, keeping track of which developer is editing which
source, and preventing inadvertant confusion from simultaneous
2. DDT11 -- PDP-10 Resident PDP-11 [FIL]DDT
DDT11 is a program to look at front end dumps and running front
ends. Its command set is similar to DDT and has many of the
features of DDT.
3. MCBDA -- The DECnet-20 MCB Dump Analyzer
MCBDA is a program to analyze MCB (Multi-function
Communications Base) dumps. It is patterned after the RSX-11/M
4. REDIT -- Source update utility
REDIT is used to duplicate changes which have been made in
source files. It is typically used to maintain multiple sets
of sources for different versions of the same program, and can
conveniently allow changes made in one set to be distributed
and selectively incorporated into other sets without the use of
common "grandfather" files.
5. REV -- Program to modify certain file attributes
REV allows the user to modify the various file attributes of a
particular file, or a group of files. It enables the user to
modify the bits in the FDB easily, without having to write a
program to perform this function.
6. SED -- Screen editor
SED is a full-screen editor for TOPS-20 and TOPS-10, which was
developed by an engineer at DEC. It has many sophisticated
features which allow easy editing of files on display
terminals, yet its performance is quite good for an editor of
its power. SED can easily be made to run on almost any display
terminal. Full documentation, for both the installer and the
user, is included.
7. SYSDPY -- SYSTEM Display Utility
This program displays a variety of system oriented information
on a CRT. The display is kept up to date at periodic
intervals. It is a useful tool for the system's programmer
when evaluating system load and/or per-job resource usage.
8. MIC -- MIC Enhancements to the Exec
Under Release 4.1, the Macro Implementation Language has been
moved into the Exec, but is turned off in the distributed
version. Using the files in this area, an Exec can be
generated which understands MIC.