[TUHS] tuhs at minnie.tuhs.org Re: User maintained programs in the Second Edition

Marc Rochkind rochkind at basepath.com
Sat Dec 24 07:09:16 AEST 2016

I vaguely recall that the system was supposed to run if /usr/bin wasn't

There was, obviously, a big difference in criticality between, say, sh and
ed vs. troff and... everything I ever did.


On Fri, Dec 23, 2016 at 11:52 AM, Doug McIlroy <doug at cs.dartmouth.edu>

> > So was "/usr/bin" initially only for user-contributed binaries, or was
> it from its inception a place for binaries that were not essential for
> system boot and could not fit in the root partition?
> The latter is my understanding, but early on the two
> interpretations would have been nearly coextensive.
> Remember, though, that even Ken wrote some "user-contributed"
> code.
> Doug
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