[TUHS] PDP-11, Unix, octal?
wkt at tuhs.org
Tue Jan 17 06:15:43 AEST 2017
On Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 11:10:37AM -0800, Steve Johnson wrote:
> We would pore over the crash dumps (in hex, then a
> new thing for us -- PDP-11 was all octal, all the time).
Something I've been meaning to ask for a while: why Unix and octal on the
PDP-11? Because of the DEC documentation?
I understand why other DEC architectures (e.g. PDP-7) were octal: 18b is
a multiple of 3. But PDP-11 is 16b, multiple of 4.
After all, Unix had its own assembler, so was there a need/reason to
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