0. Building and installing JED requires that you also have the S-Lang library
to link to. Build it first.
1. Pick some place for JED.
JED is distributed in a TREE structure:
Here JED_ROOT can be anything. Its value is up to you. It should be a
concealed logical. For example, suppose that JED is unpacked in a
You CANNOT simply define JED_ROOT to be this value. Instead, it must be a
concealed logical defined as:
$ define/job/trans=(concealed) jed_root dev$source:[editors.jed.]
It is important to note the final `.' after jed. This logical must be
placed in the job table; system managers may put it in the system table
Instead of the above, I recommend something like:
$ jedroot = f$logical("DEV$SOURCE") - "]" + "EDITORS.JED.]"
$ define/job/trans=(concealed) jed_root 'jedroot'
It is best to put the definition in the appropriate startup file
(systartup.com, sylogin.com, login.com).
Note: If are currently using a very old version of JED and and you have
JED_LIBRARY defined as a logical, please remove it.
2. Build the jed.exe executable file: After you have properly setup the
JED_ROOT logical, change to the directory 'jed_root:[src]'. You should
now edit the 'vmsmake.com' file to indicate the location of the S-Lang
library constructed in step 0. Directions are included in VMSMAKE.COM.
Currently the file is structured such that typing `@VMSMAKE' at the VMS
DCL prompt will make jed.exe for systems which have DEC's VMS C compiler.
For systems that use GCC, `@vmsmake gcc' might also work. That is:
$ @vmsmake ! VMS CC, DEC C
$ @vmsmake gcc ! GNU GCC
After building the JED.EXE and XJED.EXE images, copy them into the
JED_ROOT:[BIN.VMS] directory, giving them architecture-specific
names such as JED.VAX_EXE or JED.ALPHA_EXE.
4. Put one of the following in either your sylogin.com for all users
or in login.com. Note that JED_ROOT must be defined!
$ @JED_ROOT:[bin.vms]init_jed.com 0 0 ! no kept editor/no mail
$ @JED_ROOT:[bin.vms]init_jed.com 0 1 ! no kept editor/ use for mail
$ @JED_ROOT:[bin.vms]init_jed.com 1 0 ! kept editor/ no mail (most systems)
$ @JED_ROOT:[bin.vms]init_jed.com 1 1 ! kept editor/use for mail
The first flag indicates whether jed should be installed as a standalone
executable or as a kept editor. Use 1 for kepteditor or 0 for standalone.
The second flag indicates whether or not mail$edit logical should be
defined to point to jed. If it is set to 1, vms mail will call jed to
edit the mail message. If JED is run as a kept editor, mail will simply
attach to JED for editing. Most systems will probably use the 3rd
5. The file JED_ROOT:[lib]jed.rc contains some default settings for
users that do not have a jed.rc file in SYS$LOGIN. If
SYS$LOGIN:jed.rc exists, then it will be used instead. By default,
jed starts up with EMACS keybindings. You may want to specify some
other emulation, such as the Borland IDE emulation or even EDT
emulation. It is not necessary for every user to have a copy of
6. It may be necessary to edit site.sl if you have an info directory where
info files are kept. If you do not understand this statement, then you
do not have info.
7. Make sure all users who will be using JED have permission to do so. The
easiest way to do this is to type:
$ set file/protection=(w:re) jed_root:[000000...]
8. Optional but highly recommended. Preparse the S-Lang files. This
is done by running JED as:
$ jed -batch -n -l preparse
This creates pre-parsed *.slc files that load quicker than *.sl files.
It is also a convenient test to see if JED has been installed properly.
Once you do this, make sure that you give the WORLD read permission on
the files. Do:
$ set file/protection=(W:RE) JED_ROOT:[lib]*.slc
!!! Do not use *.*. Use *.slc.
9. It is possible that you have the PC distribution. This distribution
truncates filenames to 8+3 style names. If you have
JED_ROOT:[LIB]VMS_SHEL.COM, rename it to VMS_SHELL.COM. Also make sure
that JED_ROOT:[INFO] contains dir.info and not dir.inf.
10. Read the bit about defaults.sl in install.all for customizing your
11. Please email bugs, installation problems, or hints about how to better
install JED to `email@example.com'.