NMF SPIRIT Issue 3.0 Platform Blueprint
NMF SPIRIT Issue 3.0 Platform Blueprint
Copyright © 1995 Network Management Forum


NMF SPIRIT Issue 3.0
SPIRIT Platform Blueprint
X/Open Document Number: J405
ISBN: 1-85912-110-1

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X/Open and The Network Management Forum (NMF)

X/Open and the Network Management Forum (NMF) have extended their collaborative agreement to cover a number of new activities including the work of SPIRIT.

NMF and X/Open have somewhat different, but highly related missions. The NMF is focusing on delivery of a combination of existing and emerging management standards and technologies, carefully integrated, to improve the processes for managing telecommunications and information systems. X/Open works to combine existing and emerging standards into a comprehensive, integrated system environment which promotes the practical implementation of open systems.

Both organisations recognise the benefits to users and vendors resulting from agreement on a coherent and effective set of standards and specifications, and acknowledge the difficulties that divergence would cause. They are working together to achieve technical convergence of their specifications wherever possible, and a harmonious presentation of these specifications to the wider market.

X/Open and NMF will wherever possible recognise and, where appropriate, adopt each other's work, and will seek to eliminate or minimise divergence. Where divergence is deemed to be unavoidable, care will be taken to explain the reason for it in a way that seeks to avoid market confusion.

In this context, it is highly appropriate for X/Open to work with NMF to publish the NMF SPIRIT Documentation alongside its own CAE Specifications and Guides in both hard copy and electronic form. Collaboration at this level provides tangible evidence of a desire from both X/Open and NMF to integrate their work for the benefit of the users. The value of this integration shows, for example, through the cross-referencing and seamless searching across X/Open and NMF SPIRIT Documentation in the full implementation of the CD-ROM.

SPIRIT Documentation

SPIRIT Issue 3.0 consists of this document supported by four electronic documents containing the C and COBOL Language profiles and portability guides (see Part 6, Languages).

The titles, X/Open document numbers, postscript filenames and locations of the electronic documents are given in the table below.

  X/Open NMF FTP Server X/Open FTP Server
Title Doc. No. (ftp.nmf.org) (ftp.xopen.org)
C Language:      
Profile J406 spirit/docs/c_language.ps J406-doc/postscript/c_language.ps
Portability Guide J407 spirit/docs/c_guide.ps J407-doc/postscript/c_guide.ps
COBOL Language:      
Profile J408 spirit/docs/cobol_language.ps J408-doc/postscript/cobol_language.ps
Portability Guide J409 spirit/docs/cobol_guide.ps J409-doc/postscript/cobol_guide.ps

In addition, all constituent parts of SPIRIT Issue 3.0 will be issued on CD-ROM.1

This Document

This document provides a complete, normative list of standards and specifications that comprise the SPIRIT Platform (Part 1, Overview and Core Specifications and Part 2, System Sets) and describes how the Platform can be used to meet the goals of application interoperability (Part 3, Communications), management (Part 4, Distributed Systems Management), and portability (Part 5, Application Portability and Part 6, Languages).


SPIRIT Issue 3.0 is structured as follows:

Intended Audience

The intended readership of SPIRIT documents is technical experts who are competent in the subject matter. There is no tutorial text explaining the content of the referenced standards, nor is the rationale for the selection of the specific components provided.

Revision History

This volume contains SPIRIT Issue 3.0.

It is a combination of the following SPIRIT Issue 2.0 documents, which it supersedes:

Typographical Conventions

The following typographical conventions are used throughout this document:

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