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$STATUS is a global symbol automatically defined by OpenVMS that contains the condition code of the most recently executed command. Applications programs can set the value of the global symbol $STATUS by including a parameter value to the EXIT command. The system uses the value of $STATUS to determine which message, if any, to display and whether to continue execution at the next higher command level. The value of the lowest three bits in $STATUS is placed in the global symbol $SEVERITY.