[TUHS] PDP-11, Unix, octal?

Joerg Schilling schily at schily.net
Wed Jan 18 00:28:46 AEST 2017


"Steve Johnson" <scj at yaccman.com> wrote:

> The mainframes of the 60's and 70's all used 6-bit characters (and
> often different encodings for the non alphanumeric characters).  So
> the Unix folks, including me, had experience with octal long before
> Dec.

Bit IIRC, this has been done with 10 6 bit chars in a 60 bit word.

Did people use octal in this area?

Jörg

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