Removing OpenVMS license paks

Ian S. King isking at
Thu Feb 26 17:45:32 CST 2015

Yes, your DECUS number is a six-digit number delineated by dashes from the
rest of the PAK string.

The new install script should clean out your old PAKs.  Unless they changed
it again.  :-)  But it worked fine the last time I updated PAKs on the
VAX-11 at LCM.  I need to update my own 4000/300 one of these days soon....

On Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 12:47 PM, Douglas Taylor <dj.taylor4 at>

> Yes, I did get a large number of warning messages at boot time.  It's hard
> to know exactly what they
> are saying as they fly by.
> I would like to renew my PAKS, is my DECUS number in the license file
> somewhere?  It's been a
> decade since I powered up the vaxes and want to keep one, just for fun.
> On 2/26/2015 12:06 PM, Ian S. King wrote:
>> I think they've fixed it with the new install script, but once upon a time
>> old PAKs would hang around and give you a ton of warning messages on
>> bootup.
>> Also, even if you don't have the username and/or password, you can enter a
>> conversational boot at an attached terminal.
>> On Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 12:29 AM, Jim Carpenter <jim at>
>> wrote:
>>  On Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 6:44 PM, Steven M Jones <classiccmp at>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Quoting the site:
>>>>      To register for DECUServe just Telnet to
>>>>      <telnet://>, use username *REGISTRATION*, and
>>>>      follow the bouncing ball...
>>> Best to telnet/ssh to There are still DNS issues
>>> with
>>> Jim

Ian S. King, MSIS, MSCS
Ph.D. Candidate
The Information School
University of Washington

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