[TUHS] Reorganising the Unix Archive? (GNU?)

arnold at skeeve.com arnold at skeeve.com
Tue Feb 21 04:56:05 AEST 2017


I didn't realize the GT guys started with your stuff.  I think it diverged
and there were definitely things developed at GT but I won't claim to
know who did what, since it was mature by the time I became involved
with it. It was very tuned for the Pr1mes.

In any case, please do contribute.

Thanks!

Arnold

Deborah Scherrer <dscherrer at solar.stanford.edu> wrote:

> I was one of the 3 primary authors of the Software Tools system (along 
> with Dennis Hall and Joe Sventek), and I was the founder of the users 
> group.  (Also served a long time on the Usenix Board, was even president 
> for a while.) Yes, the Georgia Tech stuff was from our system.   And, we 
> expanded extensively beyond the tape that was available with the 
> Kernighan/Plauger book.
>
> I would be  pleased to contribute our code to the archive.  Thanks.
>
> Deborah
>
> On 2/20/17 10:27 AM, arnold at skeeve.com wrote:
> > Hi Debborah.
> >
> > I don't know if we ever met but I certainly recognize your name
> > from the Software Tools work.
> >
> > The original Ratfor and Pascal versions of the tools from the
> > Kernighan and Plauger books are already in the archive, donated
> > by yours truly many years ago. (They're from the tapes Addison Wesley
> > would sell you at the time.)
> >
> > Nontheless, I think it would be WONDERFUL to have the enhanced
> > tools you folks did in the archives.
> >
> > Please contribute them!
> >
> > Arnold
> >
> > P.S. I've asked before, but maybe there are more people around now...
> >
> > I was involved with the Georgia Tech subsystem for Pr1me computers which
> > also built a very Unix like environment in an enhnaced Ratfor to run
> > on top of Primos.  Some of the doc is archived, and I have some paper
> > copies, but I'd love to see that code unearthed...
> >
> > I've made a very few bits that were ported to C are available under
> > http://github.com/arnoldrobbins, and the 'se' editor has been revived
> > by Thomas Cort at se-editor.org, but that's all in C.
> >
> > If anyone has a tape, I might have a program that could extract
> > it under *nix.
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > Deborah Scherrer <dscherrer at solar.stanford.edu> wrote:
> >
> >> I would like to add the Software Tools to the Unix archive.  As you may
> >> remember, Brian Kernighan and P. J. Plauger wrote a book about
> >> developing Unix-like code for non-Unix systems.   We at the Lawrence
> >> Berkeley Lab took that idea and ran with it.  We eventually produced a
> >> set of Unix utilities and a system interface that could be reproduced on
> >> virtually any operating system.  This was freely distributed and
> >> eventually the package was put up on over 50 different
> >> computers/systems.  There was a user group of about 2000. The movement
> >> earned one of the Usenix Flame Awards, way back when.
> >>
> >> We have the original tapes produced at Lawrence Berkeley Lab, plus a
> >> Pascal version, plus a version for CP/M.   We would like to add these to
> >> the Unix archive, if you think it appropriate.
> >>
> >> Deborah
>


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