[TUHS] V7 UNIX on VAX 11/750

Gregg C Levine hansolofalcon at worldnet.att.net
Fri Jun 27 11:00:33 AEST 2003

Hello again from Gregg C Levine
Don't go getting your panties in a twist, Norman, (to quote an old
friend.), I did look before completing the posting. And yes it did say
that. I have here a personal edition of the C book, (I bought it,
because I wanted to have the thing here when I did work in the
language, and needed to double check a reference.). 

I have out a copy of the book that John is kvetching about from my
local library. I checked that one, and it strangely enough agrees with
what you're saying, and with John too. I find it, ah, logical, that
the guys would use a Mergenthaler Linotron 202 typesetter for their
print runs. Actually the word is imagesetter. But that term will do. 
As I recall you worked there for a while, and do know what you're
talking about, so I'm not going to indulge myself in a flame war.
Besides I've actually done enough typesetting so as to be able to
argue the point with the bit brains at Adobe, so I'll even agree with
you now.
Gregg C Levine hansolofalcon at worldnet.att.net
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: tuhs-bounces at minnie.tuhs.org
[mailto:tuhs-bounces at minnie.tuhs.org] On
> Behalf Of Norman Wilson
> Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2003 8:03 PM
> To: tuhs at tuhs.org
> Subject: [TUHS] V7 UNIX on VAX 11/750
> Look again.  The colophon in my copy of The UNIX Programming
> (first paperback printing of the first edition) says
> 	This book was typeset in Times Roman and Courier by the
> 	authors, using a Mergenthaler Linotron 202 typesetter driven
> 	by a VAX-11/750 running the 8th Edition of the UNIX operating
> 	system.
> I don't have a copy of the latter-day (now contains ISO) C book, but
> if I recall correctly when it was written, it was probably typed in
> on a VAX 8550 running the 9th edition system.  Probably it was the
> latter-day 9th, which had crept along quite a bit beyond the hasty
> 9/e manual.  After I made some radical changes to the way device
> drivers plugged into the kernel, I changed it to print `9Vr2' when
> it booted, partly to distinguish the old system from the newer one
> and partly to annoy enough people to reach critical energy to
> a 10/e manual.  The tactic took a while but was ultimately
> For those who don't know the historic chain, the systems loosely
> called V8, V9, and V10 were never real releases in any sense; they
> were just names hung on the continuously-evolving system we ran in
> the 1980s in the Computing Science Research Center at Bell Labs.
> Brian and Dennis and Rob (and, for six years, I) used that system
> for everyday work as well as as a sandbox for systems work; hence
> the credit in the books.  There were tapes called V8 and V9 issued
> to a few specific places under special on-off letter agreement, but
> they correspond only approximately to the like-numbered manuals.
> Norman Wilson
> Toronto ON
> (which feels a lot like New Jersey this evening)
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