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.)
On Jul 24, 2013, at 7:00 PM, tuhs-request(a)minnie.tuhs.org wrote:
> What parts are missing from the archive mentioned by Poul-Henning Kamp?
> It has 1922 to 1983. I was assuming that missing issues like 1942 issues 2
> through 4 were not ever published.
I've got Vol 68, No. 8 October 1984, the second 'Unix System' edition of the BLTJ.
Additional articles on all things Unix:
Evolution of the UNIX Time-sharing system
Program Design in the UNIX System Environment
The Blit: A Multiplexed Graphics Terminal
Debugging C programs with the Blit
UNIX Operation System Security
File Security and the UNIX System Crypt Command
The Evolution of C - Past and Future
Data Abstration in C by B. Stroustrup - The first C++ mention that I know of in the Journal
Multiprocessor UNIX Systems
A UNIX System Implementation for System/370
UNIX Operating System Porting Experiences
The evolution of UNIX System Performance
Cheap Dynamic Instruction Counting
Theory and Practice in the Construction of a Working Sort Routine
The Fair Share Scheduler
The Virtual Protocol Machine
A Network of Computers Running the UNIX System
A Stream Input-Output System (D M Richie) - SYS V streams implementation description
Ken Thompson has famously said that the only thing he'd do
differently if he were to do Unix afresh would be to spell
"create" with a final e. The BSTJ cameo (or product placement?)
reveals another example: he'd spell Unix as an ordinary proper
name. Once the marketers had glommed onto "UNIX" as a trademark,
we were regularly badgered when when we tried to naturalize
the name. References to "Unix" in internal documents were
scrubbed to "UNIX" for external consumption. I'd like to think
that by exhibiting "Unix" in an image Netravali et al
intentionally cocked a snook at corporate orthodoxy.
Incidentally, the online BSTJ is complete. A new publication,
the AT&T Technical Journal took its place after 1983, with
a new format and quite different content. The replacement
publication was a house organ, not a research journal.
All, I got this interesting e-mail from Poul-Henning a few days ago.
----- Forwarded message from Poul-Henning Kamp <phk(a)phk.freebsd.dk> -----
Date: Sat, 20 Jul 2013 13:27:27 +0000
From: Poul-Henning Kamp <phk(a)phk.freebsd.dk>
Subject: A cameo by UNIX in BSTJ
Some months ago I faced a flight from Denmark to NZ and back again,
so I bought a Kobo eBook reader and reformatted the entire BSTJ to fit
That gave me about 100k "pages" to read, plenty for my NZ-flights
and a large number of otherwise wasted moments since then. Highly
Recently I came over what I belive is the first mention of UNIX in BSTJ.
We all know about the v57i6, July-August 1978 "UNIX Time-Sharing System"
issue, but it transpires that UNIX made a cameo two years earlier
in an article about compression-schemes for TeleFax:
Poul-Henning Kamp | UNIX since Zilog Zeus 3.20
phk(a)FreeBSD.ORG | TCP/IP since RFC 956
FreeBSD committer | BSD since 4.3-tahoe
Never attribute to malice what can adequately be explained by incompetence.
----- End forwarded message -----