MKS Toolkit 9.2
MKS Toolkit is the leader in UNIX to Window scripting, connectivity,
and application migration. Enhancements found in the 9.2 release
include support for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, updated operating
system compatibility, and the latest version of MKS X/Server.
The Fixed Problems section discusses
the problems resolved in this release. The following sections
discuss the specific enhancements in much greater detail.
Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
MKS Toolkit 9.2 is fully compatible with the release versions of
Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Express
(also known as Visual C++ 9.0 Express).
Details on using the Visual Studio 2008 or Visual C++ 2008 Express
IDE to compile, link, and debug applications can be found in the
"The Porting Process" and "Using the Visual C++ IDE" chapters of the
online version of the MKS Toolkit UNIX to Windows Porting Guide.
Improved Fortran Compiler Support
In addition to support for various C/C++ compilers, MKS Toolkit 9.2
also features support for version 10.0 of the Absoft Pro Fortran
f90/f77 compiler. This compiler can produce executables for both the
32-bit x86 and the 64-bit x64 platforms.
Updated Operating System Compatibility
MKS Toolkit 9.2 is now compatible with Windows Vista SP1,
Windows Server 2008, and the release candidate of Windows XP SP3.
MKS Toolkit for Interoperability, MKS Toolkit for Enterprise
Developers, and MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers 64-bit Edition
now include the updated MKS X/Server 8.5.
Major enhancements in the 8.5 release include additional support
for X11R6.9, improved support for input devices, improved RPS
(Remote Program Starter) and RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) handling,
and greater support for font and color depth.
More information on MKS X/Server (if installed) can be found in
the Documentation sub-menu of the MKS XServer Start
NuTCRACKER Platform Environment Now in ANSI
MKS Toolkit versions 9.1 and earlier read the NuTCRACKER
Platform environment as OEM characters. However, due to inconsistency
with the command line being read as ANSI characters, MKS Toolkit 9.2
changes this behavior so that both the NuTCRACKER Platform
environment and the command line are read as ANSI. By setting the
NUT_OEM_ENVIRONMENT environment variable, the
NuTCRACKER Platform environment is read as OEM characters
as in the previous behavior.
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, Itanium (IA64), or Extended Architecture 64-bit (x64)
MKS Toolkit products have the following software requirements:
- Platforms. You can install all MKS Toolkit products on:
- Windows 2000
- Windows XP
- Windows Server 2003
- Windows Server 2003 R2
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP x64 Edition
- Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based Systems
- Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition
- Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 Edition
- Windows Vista x64
- Windows Server 2008 (32-bit and x64)
- Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems
- FAT File Systems.
It is not currently possible to adequately secure an MKS Toolkit
installation on a FAT file system. Therefore, on
Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista systems, we recommend installing MKS Toolkit
on an NTFS file system.
- Compilers. The MKS Toolkit development
products work with various compilers and compilation environments.
The "Using Languages" chapter of the MKS Toolkit UNIX to Windows
Porting Guide describes how to use these MKS Toolkit products
with C, C++, and Fortran.
MKS Toolkit for Developers supports the following compilers:
- Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0, 7.0, 7.1, 8.0, or 9.0 (either as
a separate product or as part of Microsoft Visual Studio)
- Visual C++ 2008 Express (also known as Visual C++ 9.0 Express)
- Visual C++ 2005 Express (requires Microsoft Platform SDK)
- Microsoft C++ 2003 Toolkit (requires Microsoft Platform SDK)
- Intel C++ 8.x or 9.x (requires Microsoft Platform SDK)
- GCC 3.3.1, as provided in the MKS Toolkit Resource Kit
In addition, MKS Toolkit for Professional Developers and MKS Toolkit
for Enterprise Developers also support the following compilation
- both versions of the Standard Template Library
- the Absoft Pro Fortran f90/f77 compiler, versions 5.0, 6.0,
7.0, 8.0, 9.0, and 10.0.
MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers 64-bit Edition supports the
following additional 64-bit compilers:
- Visual C++ from Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 (Note: Team edition is required for IA64 compiler)
- Visual C++ from Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 (Note: Team edition is required for IA64 compiler)
- Microsoft Platform SDK Compiler
- Intel C++ 8.x or 9.x (requires Microsoft Platform SDK)
For those 64-bit compilers that require the Microsoft
Platform SDK (that is, the Intel C++ 8.x or 9.x compilers), the
version of the SDK required depends upon your system's processor.
For those processors with IA64 architecture,
you can use any version of the SDK from February 2003 or later, such
as the one available for download at
For Extended Architecture processors, you must use Build 1289 or later
of the SDK.
When installing MKS Toolkit, you are asked to specify the default
compiler to be used with the development utilities provided. Should
you decide to change your default compiler from your original choice,
you should do the following:
Close all MKS Toolkit shells and utilities.
Select Add or Remove Programs from the Windows control
Select MKS Toolkit from the list of programs and
click the Change button. The MKS Toolkit installer begins.
When the Program Maintenance dialog appears, check the
Modify option and click the Next > button.
As the installer continues with the process of modifying
your MKS Toolkit configuration, you are given the opportunity
to select a new default compiler as well as to change other installer
When deploying NuTCRACKER Platform applications built
with Visual Studio 2005, Windows Installer 3.1 (or higher) must
be installed on each target machine to ensure that all
parts of the NuTCRACKER Platform are installed correctly.
- Windows Task Scheduler. The MKS Toolkit
Scheduler, the command-line scheduling utilities
wts) require Internet
Explorer 4 (or later) and the Windows Task Scheduler.
On most Windows operating systems, these are already installed.
Alternatively, you can download Internet Explorer and its add-ons from
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 9.2 on another machine.
When installing on a machine with SCO XVision Eclipse installed,
you should uninstall it before installing MKS Toolkit 9.2.
Note: If you have MKS Toolkit for Interoperability or MKS
Toolkit for Enterprise Developers installed on a Japanese machine
and uninstall XVision Eclipse, MKS X/Server is not installed with
a standard English license for these products. Contact
Customer Support to request the proper license.
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, MKS
Toolkit for Enterprise Developers, or MKS Toolkit for Enterprise
Developers 64-bit Edition, 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 can install.
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 or 9.x
To uninstall MKS Toolkit, use the following procedure:
- From the Control Panel run Add/Remove Programs.
- Remove MKS Toolkit 8.x or MKS Toolkit 9.x, as appropriate.
- Remove SCO XVision Eclipse (or MKS X/Server). (This is only
necessary if one of the two X Server packages was installed.
This X Server is normally only installed with MKS Toolkit for
Interoperability, MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers, and MKS
Toolkit for Enterprise Developers 64-bit Edition.)
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 Evaluation Guide
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 9.2:
- Short Path Names with Visual Studio 2008.
The Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 IDE sometimes crashes when
building a Win32 console application with the Additional
Library Directories value set to a short path (for example,
C:\PROGRA~1\MKSTOO~1\lib). We recommend always using
long path names (C:\Program Files\MKS Toolkit\lib in
this situation. Microsoft is aware of this issue and has it
registered as C++ case number SRX071206601300. A fix is expected
in Visual Studio 2008 Patch 1 from Microsoft, scheduled for
April or May 2008.
- Installing MKS X/Server.
When installing MKS Toolkit for Interoperability or MKS Toolkit
for Enterprise Developers, you may receive a message asking you to
uninstall XVision and reboot before you install MKS X/Server. You
can install MKS X/Server from the CD autoplay screen. It cannot be
installed by performing a Modify or Repair operation
on MKS Toolkit.
- MIT Kerberos for Windows 3.0.0.
When MIT Kerberos for Windows 3.0.0 is installed on a system,
it appears to break SSPI, causing credential passing errors. We
recommend uninstalling this software on systems running
MKS Toolkit and rebooting.
- Security ID Warning.
When the TK_NTSECURITYINFO_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 added an
environment variable to supplement the
_NuTConf() to revert
the behavior 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:
- 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 tab 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 9.2.
These are listed at:
Fixed Problems in Previous Releases