[TUHS] Happy birthday, Niklaus Wirth!

Dave Horsfall dave at horsfall.org
Mon Feb 19 10:28:22 AEST 2018

On Sun, 18 Feb 2018, Norman Wilson wrote:

> I also wrote a paper about the work, which was published in (of all 
> places) AUUGN.  I haven't read it in years but it was probably a bit 
> snotty.  It nevertheless ended up causing a local UNIX-systems-software 
> company to head-hunt me (but at the time I had no interest in leaving 
> Caltech), so it must not have been too rude.

Norman is obviously too modest to toot his own trumpet, so me being me 
I'll do it for him:

AUUGN-V04.2.pdf		A bastardized paging UNIX


     One of the VAXes in the Caltech High Energy Physics Group runs a
     peculiar hybrid of several versions of UNIX.  Its principle claim to
     fame is that it is recognizably a variant of UNIX/TS, but has virtual
     memory code grafted in from Berkeley’s 4BSD.  It is also compatible
     with the UNIX/TS system run on our PDP-II/45.  This paper is meant to
     give some idea of what our system is, why it exists, and how much
     effort went into its creation.

My favourite quote:

     Philosophy - We feel that many of Berkeley’s changes to the
     system and the supporting programs are unnecessary, un-UNIX-like,
     and just plain silly.  To take a favourite example: anyone who
     will add a flag to _cat_ to make it number lines, remove blank
     lines, and make control characters visible, rather than writing
     separate filters, simply doesn’t understand what UNIX is all

Well said, bro!

Dave Horsfall DTM (VK2KFU)  "Those who don't understand security will suffer."

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