MKS Toolkit 9.4 Patch 1
MKS Toolkit 9.4 Patch 1 is a maintenance update for MKS Toolkit 9.4.
It includes several fixes as described in
Fixed Problems below. In addition, the
Known Issues section of these notes has been updated.
It also includes the following new features:
Updated Operating System Compatibility
MKS Toolkit 9.4 Patch 1 is now compatible with Windows 7 Service Pack 1
and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1.
New and Expanded Functionality for the winctrl Utility
winctrl utility includes new and expanded
functionality. For a description of this new functionality,
see the web version of the
winctrl reference page at:
New Options for Compression Utilities
zcat utilities now have two new options:
-O output_directory and
-O output_directory places
the generated output file in the directory specified by
-R option prevents the input file from being
New -E Option for the tar Utility
tar utility features a new
This option, when used in conjunction with the
tar to use the POSIX
described on the
pax file format reference page.
New Environment Variables
The MKS KornShell (
sh) and the MKS C Shell
csh) now feature two new environment variables:
When set to a valid value, the TK_FILENAME_COMPLETION
environment variable overrides the DUALCASE
environment variable with respect to the case sensitivity of
file name completion.
Valid values for this variable are "case sensitive"
and "case insensitive".
When set, the TK_TRUNCATE_TOO_LONG_COMMAND_LINES
environment variables causes command lines that are too long
to be truncated rather than issuing an error message.
MKS Toolkit 9.4
MKS Toolkit is the leader in UNIX to Window scripting, connectivity,
and application migration. Enhancements found in the 9.4 release
include support for the release version of Microsoft Visual Studio
2010 and updated operating system compatibility.
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Support
MKS Toolkit 9.4 is compatible with the final release versions of
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Express
(also known as Visual C++ 10.0 Express).
An updated version of the UNIX to Windows Porting Guide with
instructions on using the Visual Studio 2010 and Visual C++ 2010
Express IDEs has been included with MKS Toolkit 9.4.
Full Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Compatibility
MKS Toolkit 9.4 is the official MKS Toolkit release for
compatibility with Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Windows
Server 2008 R2.
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
- Windows 7
- Windows 7 x64
- Windows Server 2008 R2 (32-bit and x64)
- Windows Server 2008 R2 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/7 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 x86 compilers:
- Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0, 7.0, 7.1, 8.0, 9.0, or 10.0 (as a separate
product or as part of Microsoft Visual Studio or the Windows SDK)
- Windows SDK
- Visual C++ 2010 Express (also known as Visual C++ 10.0 Express)
- Visual C++ 2008 Express (also known as Visual C++ 9.0 Express)
- Visual C++ 2005 Express (requires Microsoft Platform SDK or Windows SDK)
- Microsoft C++ 2003 Toolkit (requires Microsoft Platform SDK or Windows SDK)
- Intel C++ 8.x or 9.x (requires Microsoft Platform SDK or Windows 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 2010 (Note: Ultimate edition or Windows SDK is required for IA64 compiler)
- Visual C++ from Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 (Note: Team edition or Windows SDK is required for IA64 compiler)
- Visual C++ from Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 (Note: Team edition or Windows SDK is required for IA64 compiler)
- Microsoft Platform SDK or Windows SDK Compiler
- Intel C++ 8.x or 9.x (requires Microsoft Platform SDK or
Note: As of Windows Vista, the Microsoft Platform SDK was
renamed to the Windows SDK. References to the Microsoft Platform SDK
also refer to the Windows SDK.
For those 64-bit compilers that require the Microsoft
Platform SDK or Windows SDK (that is, the Intel C++ 8.x or 9.x
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 9.4 on another machine.
When installing on a machine with SCO XVision Eclipse installed,
you should uninstall it before installing MKS Toolkit 9.4.
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, 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.
Activating MKS Toolkit
MKS Toolkit version 9.4 is copy protected and requires activation
against the MKS Activation Server (located at
to operate. The software is node fixed (that is, it is attached to a
single computer system) and user counted (the Named Authenticated
Users must be specified and are enforced). This activation takes place
after installation, so you need to plan your product rollout so you
do not find yourself with unactivated software on users' machines.
If your site has many different serial numbers and, in the past, have
used only one of them on many machines, you will either need to contact
MKS Sales to have these serial numbers bundled under one serial number
or use each of these serial numbers as they were purchased (that is,
install a single license on no more than one machine; install a five
user license installed on no more than five machines with one user
each, and so forth).
If you have used a single serial number to download the new version
of MKS Toolkit during the update process and rolled out to many
machines, you will need to specify all serial numbers that need
to be updated as each serial number has a notion of the version number
requested and will not activate unless it has been updated.
If you have some serial numbers under a valid PCS contract and
some that are not, and they have not been retired, you will be
unable to update any of your serial numbers until you bring all
licenses in use under a valid PCS, or retire unused licenses
permanently, or submit to MKS Personnel in writing, you will not
update said serial numbers to any later version, unless you purchase
an update license at a later date.
Further information about MKS Toolkit 9.4 activation and the information
which is sent to and stored on MKS computers can be found here:
You can view the MKS Product Activation FAQ at
For questions related to sales issues, please e-mail:
For questions related to support issues, please email:
We at MKS sincerely value and appreciate your business and want to
do everything we can to ensure a successful implementation of our
The following known issues exist in MKS Toolkit 9.4 Patch 1:
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 9.4 Patch 1.
These are listed at:
Fixed Problems in Previous Releases