[TUHS] The evolution of Unix facilities and architecture

Noel Chiappa jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu
Fri May 12 00:07:29 AEST 2017

    > From: Clem Cole

    > it was was originally written for the for the 6th edition FS (which I
    > hope I have still have the sources in my files) ...
    > I believe Noel recovered a copy in his files recently.

Well, I have _something_. It's called 'fcheck', not 'fsck', but it looks like
what we're talking about - maybe it was originally named, or renamed, to be in
the same series as {d,i,n}check? But it does have the upper-case error
messages... :-) Anyway, here it is:


Interestingly, the man page for it makes reference to a 'check' command, which
I didn't recall at all; here it is:


for those who are interested.

    > Noel has pointed out that MIT had it in the late 1970s also, probably
    > brought back from BTL by one of their summer students.

I think most of the Unix stuff we got from Bell (e.g. the OS, which is clearly
PWB1, not V6) came from someone who was in a Scout unit there in high school,
of all bizarre connections! ISTR this came the same way, but maybe I'm wrong.
It definitely arrived later than the OS - we'd be using icheck/dcheck for
quite a while before it arrived - so maybe it was another channel?

The only thing that for sure (that I recall) that didn't come this way was
Emacs. Since the author had been a grad student in our group at MIT, I think
you all can guess how we got that!


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