[TUHS] Thompson at Berkeley on an 11/70

Jacob Goense dugo at xs4all.nl
Sun Apr 12 00:23:53 AEST 2015

On 2015-04-10 20:37, Doug McIlroy wrote:
> To tell whether Ken installed v6 or a copy of his home
> system, look at /usr/dict/words. On the home system
> that file is the wordlist from Webster's Collegiate
> Dictionary, 7th edition, licensed for Bell Labs use
> only. On distribution systems we substituted the wordlist
> for "spell". The latter list contains many more proper
> names, acronyms, etc than the dictionary did, in
> particular names that appear in Unix documentation
> such as Ritchie, Kernighan, and McIlroy. It also lacks
> lots of trivially derivable words like "organizationally".
> If you do have the Webster file rather than the spell
> file, please don't propagate it.

Good to know, I doubt I'll ever run into a dump of a 1975 CORY though.

For now I assume Thompson erred on the safe side and brought his home
system as reference material rather than install media.


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