[TUHS] earliest Unix roff

Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com
Tue Sep 17 11:17:52 AEST 2019

On Mon, Sep 16, 2019 at 09:11:17PM -0400, Arthur Krewat wrote:
> On 9/16/2019 8:20 PM, Steve Johnson wrote:
> >One day I had been furiously editing a long program file for about an hour
> >and a half when I was called away to lunch, and, being hungry, didn't save
> >my file.?? When I got back to the terminal an hour later, I discovered two
> >things -- the system had crashed, and our cat had decided that the pile of
> >paper
> >on the floor made a great litter box.?? After a few choice words, I sighed
> >and picked up my highliter...
> This should be engraved on a plaque somewhere. Only because I had almost the
> same thing happen to me, without the cat though. I had a printout of a
> "mail" program I had written on TOPS-10 at high school. I had to retype the
> entire thing after the file got corrupted.

I think we have all been there.  Something always goes wrong.  I wrote 
a paper about how to restore a Masscomp because I did rm -rf . in /.
I believe we had roots home as / because /usr was a different partition.
Clem, did Masscomp make roots home / or was that us?  Anyway, I did a
cd something
and somehow deleted the something and then did rm -rf .
Much fun was had, I was up all night putting things back together.
This was probably around 1984 or 1985, I was pretty green.

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