[TUHS] Who used *ROFF?

Jon Steinhart jon at fourwinds.com
Tue May 15 12:22:58 AEST 2018

Bakul Shah writes:
> On Tue, 15 May 2018 11:21:22 +1000 Dave Horsfall <dave at horsfall.org> wrote:
> Dave Horsfall writes:
> > On Sat, 12 May 2018, Noel Chiappa wrote:
> > 
> > > I'm pretty sure 'ed' was the only editor available at that point.
> > 
> > I boss I used to work for insisted that we all learn "ed", because one day 
> > it might be the only editor available to you; well, one day he was right, 
> > when /usr on a client's box got creamed after a head crash...
> Your boss must've been an optimist.
> I once had to rescue a system where the root dir block was
> lost.  No ed.  Luckily our bootrom had commands for peek/poke
> & disk block IO.  The v7 filesystem layout was simple enough
> and I remembered enough of it that I was able to patch it
> enough to bring it up and run fsck.

If we're gonna get into "when I was young" stories we need to get
back to repairing filesystems from the front panel switches.

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