[TUHS] Questions about the history of cut(1)

Mary Ann Horton mah at mhorton.net
Mon Jun 1 08:18:12 AEST 2015

CB UNIX paralleled USG/PWB versions, so that's a strong hint that PWB 2 
had cut/paste.  My recollection is also that it did, but I don't have 
any doc or source to confirm that.

On 05/31/2015 11:06 AM, markus schnalke wrote:
> Thanks a lot for all your responses. They helped and encouraged me.
> [2015-05-18 11:06] Clem Cole <clemc at ccc.com>
>> I thought it came from USG, as it was definitely in PWB 3.0 [which was
>> "rebranded" as System III post break-up], I think it may have been in PWB 2.0.
>>    Mashey might remember.   I'll check any doc I have at home tonight, but do
>> not think I still have PWB 2.0 bits anywhere.  I think Warren has a TAR image
>> from Henry of the PWB 1.0 which to check.
> This is what I found out so far:
> 1) cut was part of System III. The sources are online:
> http://minnie.tuhs.org/cgi-bin/utree.pl?file=SysIII/usr/src/cmd/cut.c
> In consequence, cut was part of PWB 3.0, as well, because that's
> the same.
> 2) These sources of (presumely) PWB 1.0 show no signs of cut:
> http://minnie.tuhs.org/Archive/PDP-11/Distributions/usdl/
> 3) I couldn't find any sources or useful documentation about PWB 2.0.
> 4) I've discovered that cut was present in CB Unix 2.1 (which I
> haven't even known it existed. ;-) ). I found scanned man pages,
> which date November 1979:
> ftp://sunsite.icm.edu.pl/pub/unix/UnixArchive/PDP-11/Distributions/other/CB_Unix/cbunix_man1_02.pdf
> (cut is on PDF page 57)
> Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find sources or, actually, much
> useful information at all on CB Unix.
> Possibly, you can help me a further step from this point on.
> I think, interesting would be sources or docs about PWB 2.0 and
> CB Unix and the relation i.e. code transfer between PWB and CB Unix.
> meillo
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