[TUHS] earliest Unix roff

Clem cole clemc at ccc.com
Tue Sep 17 11:26:34 AEST 2019

I’ve forgotten but it could have been early on. Having /root as the super users home directory was on later systems. I thought Masscomp did that but I might be thinking Stellar by then.  

Sent from my PDP-7 Running UNIX V0 expect things to be almost but not quite. 

> On Sep 16, 2019, at 9:17 PM, Larry McVoy <lm at mcvoy.com> wrote:
>> 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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