Symbolic Name List in VMS

Glen Slick glen.slick at
Wed Nov 18 20:17:34 CST 2009

On Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 5:04 PM, Jerome H. Fine <jhfinedp3k at> wrote:
> It has been over 10 years since I used VMS, but I seem to remember
> that there was a feature available called Symbolic Name List which
> is a superset to (and MUCH superior to) the PATH name in DOS.

Do you mean Logical Names?

Defining Logical Names for Devices and Files 11–1

A logical name can be used in place of another name to represent
system objects such as files, directories, devices, or queues. For
example, you might assign a logical name to your default disk and
directory. Logical names serve two main functions: they increase
readability and file independence.

You can define commonly used files, directories, and devices with
short, meaningful logical names. Such names are easier to remember and
type than the full file specifications. You can define names that you
use frequently in your login command procedure. A system manager can
define names that people use frequently in the system startup command

You can use logical names to keep your programs and command procedures
independent of physical file specifications. For example, if a command
procedure references the logical name ACCOUNTS, you can equate
ACCOUNTS to any file on any disk. This chapter includes information
about the following:

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