[TUHS] Happy birthday, Dennis Ritchie!
usotsuki at buric.co
Sat Sep 9 21:19:50 AEST 2017
On Sat, 9 Sep 2017, Michael Kjörling wrote:
> On 8 Sep 2017 18:28 -0400, from usotsuki at buric.co (Steve Nickolas):
>> Heck, even MS-DOS 2 as we knew it would not have been what it was,
>> were it not for Unix.
> Wasn't it MS-DOS 2 that introduced such advanced features as
> directories, pipes and general console I/O redirection?
For varying degrees of "pipes"; it implemented them with a temp file. But
yes, and that's exactly what I was referring to - it took those features
from Xenix. The API is pretty much as Unixlike as you could get on top of
the INT21 interface and on a single-tasking system, I think.
> Of course most software that ran on top of DOS broke much of the
> redirection niceness by addressing the console directly via video
> memory access...
Of course. But those kinds of programs often weren't the kind you'd want
to redirect anyway.
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