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Message Posted: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 @ 15:51:21 GMT

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Subj:   Re: NCR should allow fastexport delimiters
From:   Jorge LasHeras

Thank you for your message, Sam. I understand the problem with customers who have non-TPA nodes running NCR UNIX, and use them to perform client work. As you pointed out, the fact the OS has been discontinued makes it even more difficult to run other third party tools in these nodes, as newer versions are available. This is an unfortunate situation, indeed. For those who suffer with the 2 GB file size limit for load/unload utilities, and don't want to run under Windows 2000 in the future, or wait until then, we can only suggest a couple of options. Of course you are already aware of these, and I think that perhaps our customers may find them inconvenient or not cost effective: one suggestion could be to reconfigure the non-TPA node(s) to become TPA ones, and move the client work to a different platform, perhaps it is not needed to buy a new one, but assign one which is already installed. Another possibility would be to use named pipes to process files larger than 2 GB, now we have a Named Pipes Access Module which can be restarted, but again, the files need to be read/written from/to a different platform. In both cases the customer will not take full advantage of the BYNET bandwidth capabilities, as opposed to running in a non-TPA node.

About porting to Solaris: I understand this was only for Intel IA-64, but Sun seems to be reluctant to continue the development of Solaris for Intel.

I completely agree with your comments about enhancements to support industry standard formats and better ways to pass large amounts of data, including encryption and compression.

Again, thank you very much and best regards,


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