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I have obtained for my lab two fanuc robots S-420F.
The documentation files are in strange format (listing of files on floppy in
Have you got any ideas hot to read them?
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I suspect you have a bunch of files for the program roff, an old Unix text formatter. Its descendents include troff, groff, and xroff; and it inspired systems such as TeX. All of the files are plain text, but some of them include commands for a macro processor. In general, each file is piped through a sequence of programs, and the output is then concatenated together before printing (or saving to postscript). The file extension often indicates which processor should be used; for example, *.txt indicates plain text, and *.tbl would be run by the program tbl to create formatted tables.
RUN2.COM might have contained the commands to generate this document; open it with a text editor to see if it contains Unix file commands.
You might ask over at
formatting link
to see if anyone there recognizes these files. The website
formatting link
shows a few examples of how roff works.
In the mean time, reading the .txt files will probably give you most of the information. Opening the other files in a text editor may fill in the blanks.
Good luck, Daniel
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D Herring
Are you running Linux or Windows? If Linux, find a terminal, mount the disk, run MC (Midnight Commander) and press F3 or F4. F3(View) will allow you to look at the bare file when you change it to Hex(F4) mode. F4(Edit) is a standard text editor. Most of the files will probably be able to be read as text files. The fact that you were able to provide a file listing says that you can access the disk, so the files are only a step away.
In Lieu of Linux, try an older version of DOS and the DOS text editor. It will mangle any of the filenames not in 8.3 format, but if it will read the disk format, you'll be able to edit the files. Don't save them, even if it recommends it.
Some of those look like old INFO files, but the RUN2.COM file could prove interesting. It could be an executable.
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That is a VMS directory listing.
It's unclear from the OP's wording (as well as the unexpected addition of a CMS change history) if he executed a DIR command on a VMS system in order to display the directory listing, or if he has been given a file 1.txt and told that is what is on the floppy.
If it's the former, then he can try asking the question on comp.os.vms and somebody might recognise the files. If it's the latter and he needs to actually find a method of accessing the contents of the floppy, then what he is looking for is a ODS-2 reader as the floppy is likely to be in ODS-2 format.
In this case, it's almost certainly a DCL command procedure (VMS version of a Unix shell script).
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Simon Clubley

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