• Subject: Re: CISC to RISC conversion questions
  • From: "O'Connor, Peter H." <102736.3535@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 5 Dec 1997 08:26:27 -0500

Message text written by INTERNET:MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com

>>Danger, danger.  There is subtle damage that SAVxxx won't find that I
>classify as 'CISC Garbage' that RISC will not tollerate.  Omitting the
>RCLSTG is a big NO NO from my perspective.

>Uh.... what -kinds- of garbage?  (I -did- kick off a RCLSTG on the 'old'
system tonight...  I'll see what I get.)

There has been much talk about RCLSTG and if you should do it or not.  Al
is 1,000%  correct in that RCLSTG should be run just in case you have junk
on your system.   I get involved in this question because I have had at
least 20 clients using PC/Accelerator to reduce object conversion time, ask
me if RCLSTG was absolutely necessary.  I have always said YES but I had
one clients who absolutely did not want to do it so I called Colin in
Rochester.  He is Mr. CISC/RISC developer.  Colin said that

 "Upgrade Assistant can still function without doing it,  However, know one
knows if a company really has to do it."   This is exactly what I had told
the client and exactly what Al is stating.  If you have been doing a RCLSTG
on a regular basis than it might not be so important.  However, with Murphy
visiting many CISC/RISC upgrades, I believe it should be DONE.  The Road
Map never mentions the Murphy factor.  However, to figure out the Murphy
factor, take the object conversion time estimate and * .15%=Murphy factor.

I average about 15 clients calling me up every week dealing with CISC/RISC
upgrades because they are using PC/Accelerator to do their object
conversion.  They are ALL want to avoid doing steps in the ROAD Map. 
Sometimes I am successful convincing them to follow the Road Map.  However,
about 75% of the time when they do NOT follow the Road Map, they call me
with problems. 

Last weekend  I had an IBMer who was NOT following the Road Map.  I did not
think that all the steps were necessary.  I convinced my PC/Accelerator
client to start all over and do a Scratch Install on RISC before he
continued to WASTE more time and was going have to do a Scratch Install
anyway.  Why not do it now. 

So here is word of advice "FOLLOW THE ROADMAP".  Remember, you do NOT have
to do the entire prep work for the upgrade in one weekend.  You can spread
the work out over a period of time.

I have been assoicated with more CISC/RISC conversions because of 
PC/Accelerator than any other person in the world.  So, I know what I am
talking about.  There is no such thing as a free lunch.  You have to pay
for things.  If you want an upgrade that goes well, FOLLOW THE ROADMAP.

Peter H. O'Connor
PAE Inc.
7 Riverway Rd.
Salem, MA 01970-5343
e-mail 102736.3535@compuserve.com

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