[TUHS] New PDF version of Installing and Using Research Unix Version 7 In the SimH PDP-11/45 and 11/70 Emulators

Gregg Levine gregg.drwho8 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 13 05:11:57 AEST 2017

I was thinking of Linux, since it and FreeBSD, and even NetBSD, are
next door neighbors of a sort. But at least it is a start. Thank you!
Gregg C Levine gregg.drwho8 at gmail.com
"This signature fought the Time Wars, time and again."

On Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 1:34 PM, Will Senn <will.senn at gmail.com> wrote:
> Gregg,
> I'm not sure I understand your question exactly, but as mentioned in the
> note, I tested the instructions on Mac OS X Mavericks through MacOS High
> Sierra as well as multiple flavors of FreeBSD 10-11. Your comment sparked my
> interest in trying it out on Windows (maybe that's the OS non-grata?), so I
> tested it there as well. Seems to work, although I found the experience
> distasteful in the extreme . The number of tools missing on that OS are mind
> boggling... but I did get it working. In full disclosure, I couldn't bring
> myself to run it on metal. I just ran the Windows  8.1 Enterprise
> environment in a VM running on Linux Mint 18.2 (a debian/ubuntu variant).
> Just so you know, I have to have a *nix like set of tools on any OS I use,
> these days, or I feel like my left arm is missing, so the minimal workable
> set for me in this case was Git with unix tools (a version on MinGW, I
> think). I used to use Cygwin, but it's so bloated it's sickening and the
> installer is unfriendly to say the least (I would be satisfied with a button
> that said "reasonable set of unix tools", but the minimal selection is
> minimalist, not reasonable). Anyhow, Git with unix tools will get you a bash
> shell that has an almost reasonable set of tools. Enough the do the work
> required for this note anyway. SimH has binaries for windows to download. I
> picked the one that was created 29 days ago, unzipped it, put it on the path
> and it just worked. Quite a few steps in the prep required minor tweakage
> (no vi, no emacs - see what I mean about minimal not being reasonable, but
> notepad++ worked ok; no gunzip, but gzip -d < zipfile > unzipped worked,
> perl script didn't seem to work right, not sure what that's about - may look
> into it later, since I wrote it, but in the meantime I just downloaded the
> tap file from the archive and it worked fine)...
> Bottom line for windows, download the tap file from the archive, create two
> ini files, one for first boot, the other for normal boot and the rest of the
> instructions work verbatim.
> I haven't bothered with linux, just cuz I somehow didn't, but I gather it
> will probably work about as well as on the BSD's.
> Is that what you were asking, or something more subtle?
> Regards,
> Will
> On 10/12/17 12:32 AM, Gregg Levine wrote:
>> Hello!
>> (If this is seen twice, then that's because Google complained that the
>> mangle list wasn't accepting messages.)
>> Will, has this been idea been tested on any of the platforms that the
>> emulator runs on? (Not going to mention one in particular by name
>> since it's sore spot around here.)
>> -----
>> Gregg C Levine gregg.drwho8 at gmail.com
>> "This signature fought the Time Wars, time and again."
>> On Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 1:08 AM, Will Senn <will.senn at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> I just finished creating an updated PDF version of a blog post I did a
>>> couple of years back, describing how to install and use Unix v7 in SimH.
>>> It's updated for 2017 and MacOS High Sierra 10.13. I started the update
>>> because I was wanting to do some research in v7 and thought it would be
>>> good
>>> to have a current set of instructions but really because I was interested
>>> in
>>> learning a bit about LaTeX and creating prettier, more useful documents.
>>> The
>>> notes still work fine as originally written, but I organized things a
>>> little
>>> differently and tweaked some of the language. I thought somebody else
>>> might
>>> like having a PDF version around so I uploaded the result, call it
>>> revision
>>> 1.1, and made it publicly accessible (the blog still needs updating,
>>> somebody oughta do something about link impermanence, but that's all for
>>> another day). Feel free to comment or complain. I added a section in
>>> honor
>>> of dmr at one commenter's suggestion. Here's the link:
>>> https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1_Jn6Hlzym-Zmx1TjR3TENDQTA
>>> Later,
>>> Will
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