Hi again Nadine,
I installed Putty on Fedora Core 2 today - the easiest method I could find, by using rpmfind.net
I didn't have time to try much, but initially it looks like it may not work nearly as well on Linux as the Windows version does for connecting to VMS.
The PF1-4 (and other keypad) keys worked fine in Windows, but the Linux version stopped once I entered an application (ie. FMS screen).
Also, the font resizing doesn't work anything like the Windows version.
Still, I may have to try some other settings. I may also first have to send some commands to the VMS server on startup to change the terminal settings. Although it may be just pointless and it will never work, but I'll keep trying anyway.
Tomorrow I might also try a DEC PC keyboard to see if that changes anything.
While looking for clues I found this in the source code documentation. It may not do anything, but thought I'd at least quote this...
"4.14.2 `Terminal-type string'
Most servers you might connect to with PuTTY are designed to be
connected to from lots of different types of terminal.
In order to send the right control sequences to each one, the server will need to know what type of terminal it is dealing with. Therefore, each of the SSH, Telnet and Rlogin protocols allow a text string to be sent down the connection describing the terminal.
PuTTY attempts to emulate the Unix `xterm' program, and by default
it reflects this by sending `xterm' as a terminal-type string.
If you find this is not doing what you want - perhaps the remote system reports `Unknown terminal type' - you could try setting this to something different, such as `vt220'.
If you're not sure whether a problem is due to the terminal type
setting or not, you probably need to consult the manual for your
application or your server."
I'd at least like to thank Simon Tatham and colleagues for writing Putty and being so generous as to have a Linux compilation and source code available also because Putty is the closest free software I've found currently to accomplish this task.
I looked at vmsterm today and remembered that I had already tried it as one of the first options which didn't work well also.
Anyway, maybe we'll keep trying and hope to find a solution, and to badly quote... 'bon jeu, n'est-il pas?'.
Originally Posted by nadine.mauch
I've downloaded and configured putty.
It's allright with SuSE 9.1 (not at all with SuSE9.0, lots of compilation errors).
It's easy to install.
The only problem I have using this product is the Gold Key
(PF1). I need it to get out of programs combined with keypad 7 (well known PF1 7).