[TUHS] V7 Addendem
wkt at tuhs.org
Wed Dec 6 11:07:36 AEST 2017
On Tue, Dec 05, 2017 at 05:33:02PM -0700, Warner Losh wrote:
> From the tuhs web site:
> "This is a set of addenda to Seventh Edition Unix, possibly put out by
> the Labs."
> "The identity of the person who donated them is unknown."
> Two questions: Was this put out by the Labs?
> Second: There was recently a discussion about a tape found at some
> public location during an early Unix user group meeting. Is this that
No. I had to search my own archives. From this list in 2002:
The mythical `50 bugs' tape, described in Peter Salus' book `A Quarter
Century of UNIX' has been found lurking in the Unix Archive. You can
find it in Applications/Spencer_Tapes/unsw3.tar.gz as the file
And here is the relevant paragraphs from QCU:
Lou Katz’s version is a bit different:
A large number of bug fixes was collected, and rather than
issue them one at a time, a collection tape (”The 50 fixes”)
was put together by Ken. Some of the ﬁxes were quite important,
though I don't remember any in particular. I suspect
that a significant fraction of the fixes were actually done by
non-Bell people. Ken tried to send it out, but the lawyers kept
stalling and stalling and stalling.
Finally, in complete disgust, someone "found a tape on
Mountain Avenue” which had the fixes. [The address of Bell
Labs is 600 Mountain Avenue, Murray Hill, NJ.]
When the lawyers found out about it, they called every
licensee and threatened them with dire consequences if they
didn’t destroy the tape, after trying to find out how they got
the tape. I would guess that no one would actually tell them
how they came by the tape (I didn’t).
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