[TUHS} Running V8 ...

Don Hopkins don at DonHopkins.com
Tue Oct 17 01:41:53 AEST 2017


> On 16 Oct 2017, at 13:58, Doug McIlroy <doug at cs.dartmouth.edu> wrote:
> 
>> How realistic would the experience be to actually running the system
>> described in the Unix Programming Environment [v8] if it's actually
> running > BSD 4.1... Thanks for any insights y'all might have on this.
> 
> This question bears on a recent thread about favorite flavors of Unix. My
> favorite flavor is Universal Unix, namely the stuff that just works
> everywhere. That's essentially what K&P is about.
> 
> That's also what allowed me to use a giant Cray with no instruction
> whatsoever. And to do everyday "programmering" on the previously
> inscrutable Macintosh, thanks to OS X.
> 
> The advent of non-typewriter input put a damper on Universal Unix. One has
> to learn something to get started with a novel device. I am impressed,
> though, by the breadth of Universal Unix that survives behind those
> disparate facades.

I love the OpenFirmware “L1-A Forth” built into SparcStations. It has the “SEE” word, that decompiles FORTH words and disassembles FORTH primitives. You can start with “SEE SEE”, and then recursively climb down and see each of the words and primitives that defines it, or anything else! 

-Don



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