[TUHS] 101 fixes for unix V6?
imp at bsdimp.com
Mon Nov 23 07:59:23 AEST 2015
There's also USENET groups that had bug fixes for different versions
of Unix posted to them. comp.bugs.misc leaps to mind. I recall at least
some v7 bug fixes were posted there. Google's interface is kinda lame,
so I couldn't search it very well for v6 bugs, but there were maybe a
dozen or so v7 patches dating from the late 1980's. While not
as convenient as a fix tape, there may be something there of interest.
On Sun, Nov 22, 2015 at 1:59 PM, Will Senn <will.senn at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 11/22/15 1:32 PM, Warren Toomey wrote:
> Hi all, I just receivd this e-mail from Will Senn who has just joined
> the TUHS mailing list:
> ----- Forwarded message from Will Senn -----
> I am conducting research on older UNIX operating systems and came
> across a letter from Richard Wolf to Ian Johnstone, dated Feb 5, 1979.
> On p. 29 of the AUUGN, Volume 1 number 3, Mr. Wolf refers to a set of
> 101 fixes for research version 6. In my research, I am currently using
> v6 and wondered if you knew where I might find the fixes or if the
> bits are known to exist?
> Kind Regards,
> ----- End forwarded message -----
> Will, there was a "50 bugs" tape for 6th Edition Unix that was "released"
> to Unix owners in a very interesting distribution method: seehttp://www.groklaw.net/articlebasic.php?story=20060616172103795
> You can find it in the Unix Archive. Look in Applications/Spencer_Tapes/unsw3.tar.gz. It is the file usr/sys/v6unix/unix_changes.
> Does anybody know of something which could be described as "101 fixes for
> research version 6"? The phototypesetter version of Unix was V7.
> Cheers all and welcome to the list Will.
> In looking at the Spencer tape, I can see how this might be considered the
> 101 fixes (Wolff's comment that he had only "heard about" the changes,
> might indicate a quantity mismatch). The 52 fixes in
> usr/sys/v6unix/unix_changes represent "the differences between level 6 unix
> and bell unix". On top of those changes, there are 31 additional fixes
> called "CORRECTIONS to level 6 code" and a whopping 57 "programs written
> specifically for or heavily modified for, AUSAM" which I suppose are what
> are referred to as "ENHANCEMENTS to level 6 UNIX". The tape contains "The
> Second Australian Sixth Edition" and has #ifdef's to determine if the
> system is an AUSAM system. The 52 v6 fixes are straightforward to see
> because the tape has the original source in one directory tree and the
> changes in another. Whereas the other enhancements and fixes are a bit more
> challenging because they are related to AUSAM's mods.
> Thanks for the warm welcome, the direction, and for posting my question.
> One more question, how did you zero in on
> Applications/Spencer_Tapes/unsw3.tar.gz as containing the fixes, the notes
> in the archive, from Spencer, are pretty bare:
> unsw3.tar is yet another anthology, this one Australian. I can't find a
> README file, but some quick experimental grepping doesn't find any dates
> later than 1977, so this one may be really early.
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