Subject: Re: VAX 4000/400
To: None <>
From: Pierre-Michel Ricordel <>
List: port-vax
Date: 01/22/2001 19:22:44
> Pierre-Michel Ricordel drunkenly mumbled...
> >
> > Mmm, personally, it works when I type something like : 22-JAN-2001 19:00
> > Perhaps you should try with a date before 2000 to be sure it is not a
> > Y2k issue.
> *slaps forehead*
> JAN, OOOHHH, i was confused by the three MMMs for month, and i was trying
> to do 22-001-2001 instead of 22-JAN-2001
> ah ha!!

Welcome to VMS, obfuscation at its best! :-)

> ok, not knowing anything about VMS, what's all this mean? (it's long)

Well, I am not a VMS specialist, but I see that it tryes to connect
to some printer queues (HP5SI_110_A, HP5SI_200_A, HP4SI_230_A
and HP5SI_350_A) via telnet.
Unfortunately, it does not seem to start TCP/IP services (UCX),
so you are stuck to the console (no telnet, no ftp).

> Username:
> can i "boot into single user mode" to get around this?  i'll search around
> for a bit, i just got it past the part where it asked me wha day it is. :)

Well, you should try to log in as SYSTEM (the equivalent of root under
But for the password, you should ask to the previous owner... :-(

For my 4000-200, they hopefully gave me their SYSTEM password :-)

I dont know if there is a bypass ala "single use mode".
Is there any VMS guru around ?