VMS Python compatibility issues

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  1. File system
    1. Directories and files with the same name are allowed
    2. File has a version, therefore two files with the same name might have different content
    3. Shared stream I/O does not work.
    4. To guarantee the file content is on the disk user have to use fsync() function.
    5. Because of using logical names the real file path may be different from path used to open file.
    6. File has no access time attribute.
    7. Changing the file permissions also changes its modification time.
    8. Changing content of directory does not change directory modification time.
    9. File has four rights bits - read, write, execute and delete. In unix it has three of it - read, write and execute.
    10. ‘.DIR’ extension is reserved
    11. Non-blocking file IO does not supported in CRTL.
    12. There are a lot of issues with symbolic link implementation
    13. Symbol '$' is usual for file and directory names
    14. OpenVMS chmod(0) sets user's default permissions, not resets them
    15. To delete directory user has to have ‘delete’ permission for this directory
    16. OpenVMS creates all intermediate directories on mkdir()
  2. Process
    1. There is no normal fork(), spawn() function.
    2. Pipes are created via mailbox and have a lot of compatibility issues.
    3. If child has threads, each thread posts 'END-OF-PIPE' when it finishes.
    4. There is no normal select(), poll() e.t.c
    5. siginterrupt() is not supported
    6. A lot of issues with signals
    7. Interrupting I/O operation may hang
    8. There is no root user with zero uid
    9. There is no unix commands like: echo, exit …
    10. OpenVMS cannot handle recursion overflow properly - just crashes
  3. Sockets
    1. AF_UNIX has different meaning
    2. Binding socket to empty address fails (wildcard resolved to multiple address).
    3. getpeername() returns ‘’ instead of error
    4. OpenVMS crashed on socket.socket.sendall
  4. Time
    1. time_t is unsigned
    2. strftime()
      • Does not support %G format
      • Undefined behavior when format ends with '%'
      • ‘%4Y’ is padded with spaces
  5. Miscellaneous
    1. Environment variables have unusual implementation - through logical names. There is no appropriate way to get all environment variables.
    2. OpenVMS sqlite3 port does not support "OR ROLLBACK"
    3. Program prints crush dump
    4. locale.strxfrm() works unusual
  6. Compiler
    1. uint_ptr is always 64 bit, void* is 32 bit or 64 bit
    2. Compiler does not support relative include paths