I've assembled some notes from old manuals and other sources
on the formats used for on-disk file systems through the
Additional notes, comments on style, and whatnot are welcome.
(It may be sensible to send anything in the last two categories
directly to me, rather than to the whole list.)
In the "it would be nice" department, I'd love more copies of the 1986
3 volume SVID. If people have copies of these sitting around, I'll
pay for them. I could use a dozen sets.
Thanks in advance (he says hopefully :)
Larry McVoy lm at bitmover.comhttp://www.bitmover.com/lm
I'm searching for documentation about the SVR1 shell: i would be glad
if somebody could dig up e.g. a man page or the 1st edition of the
SVID (System V Interface Definition).
I'm interested in the history of the Bourne shell, and this is the last
important variant i'm missing (my current knowledge documented in .sig).
I know the short "changes" paragraph in the 2nd SVID, however a few
points are still unclear to me.
> (Does anyone know how many copies of BSTJ vol. 57, no. 6 there are out there?)
Bell Labs reprinted this volume, it was popular for a while. I bought
my copy circa 1981 simply by writing to the address listed and sending
a check for whatever amount it said.
> Dear UNIX Hertigate Society,
> I was wondering if you could tell me if these two journals are worth
> anything and to whom.
> WHile I haven't done Unix work since 1992. When I picked these journals
> up in 1986 out of computer engineering school I had a sense they were
> something special. I believe the Bell System Technical Journal
> July/August 1978 Vol. 57, No. 6., Part 2 is one of the first places that
> Ritchie and THomson publicly described the design of Unix.
> They are both in reasonably good condition. Do you know if they are
> worth anything? Do you know who might be interested in them?
They are certainly worth something. (And, being finite, will probably
be worth more in the future.) If they mean something to you personally,
you should probably hold on to them. If you want to sell them, I would
recommend eBay (which seems to be the best venue for selling used computer
manuals at the moment). Be sure to include a write-up of what makes these
two volumes so special.
Note that BSTJ vol. 57, no. 6 will likely fetch a much higher price than
vol. 63, no. 8. (I've bought the latter for as little as ten bucks.)
(Does anyone know how many copies of BSTJ vol. 57, no. 6 there are out there?)
Bryan Cantrill, Solaris Kernel Development. bmc(a)eng.sun.com (650) 786-3652
Dear UNIX Hertigate Society,
I was wondering if you could tell me if these two journals are worth
anything and to whom.
WHile I haven't done Unix work since 1992. When I picked these journals
up in 1986 out of computer engineering school I had a sense they were
something special. I believe the Bell System Technical Journal
July/August 1978 Vol. 57, No. 6., Part 2 is one of the first places that
Ritchie and THomson publicly described the design of Unix.
They are both in reasonably good condition. Do you know if they are
worth anything? Do you know who might be interested in them?
Hello from Gregg C Levine
Folks, I've got a question here.
What happened to the ftp site mentioned in this Readme file? I'll post it
here, in its entirety, with the reference in question highlighted. Quoted
"The directories 2.9BSD and 2.11BSD contain these UNIX distributions, and "
"were supplied by Steven Schultz. They contain a full distribution,
"installation tape images.
"The remaining gzipped tar files are other 2BSD distributions supplied by"
"Keith Bostic, except for spencer_2bsd.tar.gz which came from Henry
"They do not contain installation tape images. The 2.9BSD-Patch directory"
"contains patches to 2.9BSD dated August 85, and again supplied by Keith
"Note that Steven Schultz is still maintaining 2.11BSD, fixing bugs and
"improvements. The patches required to bring this archive version of
"up to the current patch level can be obtained via anonymous ftp to"
"ftp.iipo.gtegsc.com in the directory /pub/2.11BSD"
I have tried connecting to it, and my client tells me it does not exist. But
I've seen Steve's message, on my earlier question, so I know he's here.
Steve, are you continuing the work described in the file? And can you get
back to me, via a private message. Warren both replies are valid.
Gregg C Levine drwho8(a)worldnet.att.net
"How many floors does this TARDIS of yours have, anyway?"
P.S. Thanks to everyone for getting back to me so quickly on that issue
regarding our old friend, and the historical items here.
> From: "Gregg C Levine" <drwho8(a)worldnet.att.net>
> "up to the current patch level can be obtained via anonymous ftp to"
> "ftp.iipo.gtegsc.com in the directory /pub/2.11BSD"
> I have tried connecting to it, and my client tells me it does not exist. But
Indeed. That's the trouble/curse of the Internet - it's not possible
to go around and fix/change all the references to names that change
as companies get bought/sold
That was a long long (quad_t? ;)) time ago. GTE sold their
Government Systems Corporation ('gsc') to General Dynamics several
years ago. After a while GTE of course insisted we stop using
'gtegsc' - then a little later GTE became Verizon.
For now. The idjits in charge are playing
at reorganizing and I think sometime next year the domain name will
change yet again - but the hope is that the current name will
be retained for a while as a compatibility measure.
> Steve, are you continuing the work described in the file? And can you get
It's been a slow couple years - only a couple updates done last
year and only one or so this year. Current patchlevel's at 442
(done Jan 2002).
Yes, the archive of updates is maintained. I think there are a
couple mirrors but I have no accurate count of who is mirroring
In article by Sven Dehmlow:
> Hi Warren,
> I can't find the port [of V6 to the 286] in the archives.
> Am I'm too stupid to search or haven't you added it yet?
My apologies, I had forgotten to import it. It's now available
with the mirror sites to follow soon.