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> I was poking around on the Unix v7 man page archive the other day, and
> discovered to my delight that BCPL roff's request list was documented
Yes, it's the same spec, though reimplementated; there was no BCPL
compiler for the PDP-11.
> Unfortunately, it was marked up in...BCPL roff embedded within
> a man page, which hopelessly confused groff.
I edited the v7 manual and I believe I proofread every man page. How
could I have overlooked the misbehavior of the .li request*, which was
even then not in the reference manual's list of n/troff requests? On
closer examination, .li does appear in a condensed alphabetical list of
requests--and it appears in the source. But if Joe never described it,
it's no surprise that groff dropped it. It is totally unnecessary--a
bit of special pleading rendered obsolete by Joe's elegant invention
* .li causes the next line to be read literally, even if it begins
with a dot.
No, that was Peter Weinberger, as dmr confirmed. There's quite a
story behind what happened to the stencil. I'll let Warren tell it,
but if you want to cheat, check
There are many stories behind the use and abuse of Peter's
face. The canonical source is
http://spinroot.com/pico/pjw.htmlspinroot.com belongs to Gerard Holzman, who was involved
with many creative uses of digitized photography during
my time at the Labs. (Also much work on software reliability,
which he now pursues at JPL.)
The org chart with every face replaced by Peter's was on
the wall of the UNIX Room when I first visited 1127 in
February 1984. I suspect it appeared not long after Peter
became a department head, but I don't know just when that
Peter didn't really take the alleged glory of being a
department head all that seriously, just the responsibilities.
One of the official glories was that Department Heads were
supposed to get carpet in their offices, atop the standard
linoleum tiles. Peter didn't want it, and (as he told me
the story later) had to argue with Facilities a lot not to get it.
Somehow this resulted in a trophy: a small square of carpet
stuck to the wall outside his office.