[TUHS] Literal character escapes in v7

Don Hopkins don at DonHopkins.com
Wed Nov 8 01:33:59 AEST 2017

I have always been a proponent of generalizing /dev/zero such that it supports both block and character mode, and the minor node number specifies the byte you get mapped into memory or read from a file.

So then you could just make a character device /dev/backspace whose minor node number was 8, and /dev/beep whose minor node number was 7! 


> On 7 Nov 2017, at 05:21, Will Senn <will.senn at gmail.com> wrote:
> I wrote a snippet from my K&R C studies to convert tabs and backspaces to \t \b to display them, the code looks like this:
> /* ex 1-8 */
> main()
> {
>     int c, sf;
>     while((c = getchar()) != EOF) {
>         if(c == '\t')
>             printf("\\t");
>          if(c == '\b')
>             printf("\\b");
>         else
>             putchar(c);
>     }
> }
> I'm not looking for code review, but the code is intended to replace the tabs and backspaces with \t and \b respectively, but I haven't been able to test it because I can't seem to make a backspace character appear in input. In later unices, ^V followed by the backspace would work, but that's not part of v7. Backspace itself is my erase character, so anytime I just type it, it backspaces :).
> Thanks,
> Will
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