MKS Toolkit® Release Notes
MKS Toolkit 8.7
MKS Toolkit is the leader in UNIX to Window scripting, connectivity,
and application migration. Enhancements found in the 8.7 release
include support for GCC and Intel compilers, expanded 64-bit Windows
support, Visual SFTP and a wide variety of new APIs supporting v3 of
the Single UNIX Specification.
The Fixed Problems section discusses
the problems resolved in this release. The following section
discusses the specific enhancements in much greater detail.
Expanded Compiler Support
- Support for GCC.
MKS Toolkit for Professional Developers and MKS Toolkit for Enterprise
Developers now support the
gcc compiler for migrating
applications from UNIX/Linux to Windows. A pre-compiled version of
gcc along with its source code, can be found on the
MKS Toolkit Resource Kit CD.
- Support for Intel C++ 8.0.
MKS Toolkit for Professional Developers, MKS Toolkit for Enterprise
Developers and MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers 64-bit Edition now
support the Intel C++ 8.0 compiler for IA32 and IA64 compilation of
ported UNIX/Linux applications on supported Windows 32 and 64-bit
platforms. This feature is available upon special request, please
contact customer support for details if you are interested in using the
Intel compilers with MKS Toolkit porting and migration products.
- .NET Support.
MKS Toolkit for Developers and all higher products now support
the latest release of the Microsoft Visual Studio .NET IDE.
64-bit Windows Support
MKS Toolkit is the ONLY solution for migrating both 32 and 64-bit
UNIX/Linux applications for deployment on 64-bit Windows!
64-bit Windows operating systems are ideal for applications that require
large amounts of memory and high-performance mathematical computation,
such as Web caching, data warehousing, complex mechanical design and
analysis, scientific applications and research.
- New Product.
To support 64-bit Windows systems, MKS offers MKS Toolkit
for Enterprise Developers 64-bit Edition. This product is
intended for customers porting UNIX/Linux code to the
NuTCRACKER Platform for deployment on 64-bit versions of
- Operating System Support.
MKS Toolkit products, including MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers
64-bit Edition, fully support Windows 64-bit running on the Itanium
architecture. With the 8.7 release, support for Extended Architecture
64-bit platforms, such as AMD64, is available under beta status with the
intent being to release a final version shortly after the official release
of the Windows 64-bit operating system for that platform.
- True 64-bit Shell.
When installed on Windows 64-bit operating systems all MKS Toolkit
products now include a full 64-bit shell (
- 64-bit Runtime Environment.
MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers 64-bit Edition includes a 64-bit
runtime environment with the same operating systems requirements that are
listed above. This environment can only be installed on 64-bit machines and
is intended be used to test applications built with the 64-bit product.
- Updated UNIX to Windows Porting Guide.
The online version of the UNIX to Windows Porting Guide
has been updated to include a chapter called "Porting Applications
to 64-bit Windows" which provides more information on using MKS
Toolkit for Enterprise Developers 64-bit Edition.
Secure Shell Explorer (Visual SFTP)
- Secure Visual File Manipulation.
Visual SFTP is a powerful new Windows Explorer extension that
allows you to easily drag and drop files through a secure
connection just as easily as you would on your local network.
Seamlessly integrated with Windows Explorer, Visual SFTP allows
you to open one or multiple connections and transfer or manipulate
files found on remote Windows, UNIX/Linux, or any other system
that supports SFTP over the SSH protocol.
For information on how to use Visual SFTP, see the
MKS Toolkit Connectivity Solutions Guide available from the
MKS Toolkit Start menu.
New Porting APIs
MKS Toolkit for Professional Developers, MKS Toolkit for Enterprise
Developers and MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers 64-bit Edition
now include a variety of new APIs. These additions are incorporated
into the product in order to remain abreast of the most common sections
of the Single UNIX Specification while still maintaining conformance
to existing standards. For more information on the Single UNIX
Specification, please refer to
- Single UNIX Specification Version 3 APIs.
New APIs for various real time and other SUSv3 functions have been added
in a number of areas. For more information on these functions, please
refer to the MKS Toolkit UNIX API Reference pages from the MKS Toolkit
Start menu or online at
Shared Memory Objects
- New Word Expansion APIs.
The following word expansion APIs are new to MKS Toolkit 8.7:
- New Wide Character stdio APIs.
The following wide character stdio APIs are new to MKS Toolkit 8.7:
Various Other Enhancements
- Software Configuration Management Support.
- Updated Integration.
The inherent support for version control and software
configuration management (SCM) systems within MKS Make has been
updated to support the latest SCM and Enterprise SCM systems.
- New Integration.
Common SCM operations, such as check-in, check-out, lock, unlock,
and version differing are now directly supported from within
the MKS Toolkit suite of editors,
For more information on Enterprise SCM and the MKS Integrity Solution,
please visit www.mks.com.
- Additional New Utilities.
fping utility allows users to check the status
of multiple hosts.
kterm utility, a version of
which supports the Japanese locale, is now available.
- Miscellaneous Updates.
A large number of fixes, as indicated in
Fixed Problems, were made to
the MKS Toolkit editors to improve operations.
- New option for
-B option now calls
compute differences when binary files are detected.
- Changes to
Changes were make to the
utilties and APIs in the area of "file system mounts" (Windows
2000/XP/2003) to support Windows Volumes such that a volume
is now treated like a UNIX block special device for the purposes
New Features in Previous Releases
Hardware and Software Requirements
MKS Toolkit products do not
have any particular hardware requirements. Any machine that is
sufficient to run the underlying operating system is sufficient.
All MKS Toolkit products run on Windows
systems with Intel 32-bit, IA64, or Extended Architecture 64-bit
(such as AMD64) processors.
MKS Toolkit products have the following software requirements:
Installing MKS Toolkit
If you have MKS Toolkit 7.5 or earlier, or if you have a previous version of
MKS NuTCRACKER Professional, we recommend that you
it, or install MKS Toolkit 8.7 on another machine.
When installing MKS Toolkit on a 64-bit machine, you must
first uninstall any previously installed MKS Toolkit releases
(version 8.6 and earlier).
When installing MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers 64-bit
Edition on any platform, you must first uninstall any existing
MKS Toolkit installation.
When installing MKS Toolkit for Professional Developers or MKS
Toolkit for Enterprise Developers, the following additional
- Microsoft Visual C/C++ (version 5.0 or later) must
already be installed on your system.
- You must install from an account with local or domain
administrator privileges. You do not need to be an
Administrator, but your login ID must be a member of the
local or domain Windows Administrators group before you
All MKS Toolkit products share a common installer. If you are
installing from a CD, insert the MKS Toolkit distribution CD; the
installer should start automatically. If you are installing from
an electronic distribution, run the self-extracting installer.
To install MKS Toolkit, click the Install Toolkit button
and follow the instructions on the dialogs that appear.
Note: You should turn off all virus protection software
before installing MKS Toolkit. Such software can sometimes cause
the installation to be interrupted and rolled back. Once you have
installed MKS Toolkit, you can turn virus protection back on.
For step-by-step installation instructions and an installation FAQ,
Silent and Administrative Installations
For step-by-step installation instructions and information on
administrative and silent installations for MKS Toolkit see
Additional Components on the MKS Toolkit CD
The MKS Toolkit CD also includes several items that are
not installed as part of the normal installation procedure. These
This directory contains a collection of sample source
code for use with MKS Toolkit for Professional Developers
and MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers.
Though they can be modified and compiled for 64-bit Windows systems,
these samples were designed and tested on 32-bit Windows platforms
using the MKS Toolkit porting and migration products.
These samples include binaries for
groff suite of utilities.
This directory contains a collection of utilities and drivers
that may be needed to get full use out of MKS products.
This includes the recent versions of the Jet Database driver,
Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC), Microsoft Management
Console (MMC) and Adobe® Acrobat® Reader.
Uninstalling MKS Toolkit
Uninstalling MKS Toolkit 8.x
To uninstall MKS Toolkit, use the following procedure:
- From the Control Panel run Add/Remove Programs.
- Remove MKS Toolkit 8.x.
- Remove SCO XVision Eclipse. (This is only necessary if the
XVision X server is installed. This X Server is normally only
installed with MKS Toolkit for Interoperability and MKS Toolkit
for Enterprise Developers.)
You must reboot your system before reinstalling MKS Toolkit.
Uninstalling Previous Versions of MKS Toolkit
To uninstall a 7.x version of MKS Toolkit, run the
utility found in your system directory (you can find your system
directory with the
windir -s command).
Alternatively, you can uninstall the components manually with
the following procedure:
From the Control Panel, run Add/Remove Programs.
Remove, in order, each of the following (if present):
MKS Toolkit 7.x
MKS Platform Components 7.x
You must reboot your system before reinstalling MKS Toolkit.
The following known issues exist in MKS Toolkit 8.7:
- Security ID Warning.
When the TK_NTSERCURITYINFO_OFF environment variable
is set, it turns off all security related features. This includes
the ability to look up user and group IDs. As a result, utilities
that depend upon user and group IDs will not work properly when
this variable is set.
MKS Toolkit 8.6 added large file support and as a result inadvertently
broke backward binary compatibility for applications linked against
previous import libraries. With 8.6p2 and 8.7 we have added an
environment variable to supplement the
_NuTConf() to revert
the behaviour of the runtime to pre-8.6 form such that read beyond a 2G
boundary without large file support enabled will not result in an error.
set NUT_DISABLE_FULL_LFS_SEMANTICS=1 to do the equivalent of
_NutConf(_NC_SET_FULL_LFS_SEMANTICS, FALSE) without the need
to recompile or relink your application.
- Path Name Issue.
If you install the Microsoft Platform SDK on a 64-bit machine, and
your PATH environment variable contains elements that
C:\Program files (x86), the script for setting
up the 64-bit build environment included with the platform SDK does
not work. There are two possible solutions:
- X Server Support.
The SCO X Vision X server (included in some MKS Toolkit products) is a
32-bit application that will run on the Extended Architecture 64-bit
platforms in 32-bit emulation mode. If you require a 64-bit native X
server, and not a 32-bit client display server, MKS recommends the
Hummingbird Exceed product which is available directly from Hummingbird
- Absoft Fortran Support.
Currently, Absoft does not provide a 64-bit Fortran compiler
and associated libraries for the Windows 64-bit platforms. Once this
support is available from Absoft, MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers
64-bit Edition will provide Fortran support.
- The uil Compiler.
uil compiler used with some Motif applications
can generate uid files that are compatible with either 32 or
64-bit platforms. A single uid file cannot be used for both situations.
This is consistent with the documented behavior of the
uil compiler normally will try to figure out
whether to build the 32-bit or 64-bit version based on your build
environment. If the TARGET_CPU environment variable
is set to either "AMD64" or "IA64", the
builds a 64-bit compatible uid file; otherwise,
it builds a 32-bit compatible uid file.
The TARGET_CPU environment variable is set as appropriate
for all 64-bit NuTCRACKER build environments launched
from the Start menu.
The uid file that is generated by the
in this release is not guaranteed to be portable to other 64-bit
When reporting a problem, you will need certain information
about your product, which you can find on the Support
Information of the MKS Toolkit Control Panel Applet.
Contact MKS customer support at:
Additional MKS Toolkit Resources
There are several other sources for additional information
about our MKS Toolkit products.
We have general product information, including technical
specifications, detailed utility listings, and datasheets at:
We offer a resource kit including example scripts, additional
utilities, more tutorials, and a wide variety of other useful
We have several additional articles, tutorials, and white
papers about using features of the MKS Toolkit at:
Through the years, we have accumulated a lot of technical
details about the MKS Toolkit products and have put this
information in a searchable database at:
Our customers commonly ask certain questions. These questions
and their answers are in our Frequently Asked Questions pages at:
Known installation issues are listed at:
Several problems were fixed in MKS Toolkit 8.7.
These are listed at:
Fixed Problems in Previous Releases