[TUHS] Etymology of the open file table?

John Cowan cowan at mercury.ccil.org
Thu Mar 24 06:17:04 AEST 2016

Dan Cross scripsit:

> Thanks, all. I kind of figured it was something like that....

For general information on CTSS, the grandparent of Unix, see
Unfortunately, all it says about RUNCOM is:

    Louis Pouzin also invented RUNCOM for CTSS. This facility,
    the direct ancestor of the Unix shell script, allowed users
    to create a file-system file of commands to be executed, with
    parameter substitution. Louis also produced a design for the
    Multics shell, ancestor of the Unix shell.

That's a great site for everything Multics-related, and has a lot of
ancestral stuff that we've mostly heard about from the Bell Labs side.

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