[TUHS] 197[78] usenix conf. at columbia, magtapes "found in the street"?

Clem Cole clemc at ccc.com
Sun Nov 19 08:12:39 AEST 2017

This sounds like Ken's v6 patch tape; which was swapped around at USENIX
meetings and 77-78 sound about right as the time frame.

On Sat, Nov 18, 2017 at 5:05 PM, ron minnich <rminnich at gmail.com> wrote:

> Random memories, possibly wrong.
> In 1977/78 I was at udel and had done a fair amount of work on unix but as
> a lowly undergrad did not get to go to the Columbia Usenix meeting. Ed
> Szurkowski of udel went. Ed was the grad student who did hardware design
> for 11s for Autotote (another story) but also stood up a lot of the early
> unix 11s at udel starting in 1976, starting with an 11/70. Mike Muus used
> to come up and visit us at udel and Mike and Ed would try to ask questions
> the other could not answer. Mike always had a funny story or two.
> Ed later went to Bell Labs and I lost track of him.
> The directions for the MTA were fairly clear: it listed a stop that you
> under no circumstances should get off at, and if you did get off at, you
> should not go up to the street, lest you never return. This was no joke.
> Some places in NY were pretty hazardous in those days.
> I *think* this was the meeting where Ken showed up with a bunch of
> magtapes, and Ed claimed that, in Ken's word, they were "... found in the
> street."
> This part I remember well: Ed returning with two magtapes and our desire
> to upgrade. We at udel, like many places, had done lots of our own mods to
> the kernel, which we wanted to keep. So we ran a diff between trees, and I
> wrote a merge with TECO and ed which got it all put together. I later
> realized this was a very early form of 'patch', as it used patterns, not
> line numbers, to figure out how to paste things back together. I really got
> to love regex in those years.
> Except for one file: the tools just would not merge them. Ed later
> realized there was one key difference that we had not noticed, a missing
> comment, namely, the Western Electric copyright notice ...
> I'm kinda sorry that our "udel Unix" is lost to the great /dev/null, it
> would be interesting to see it now.
> ron
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