[TUHS] Claim your early Unix contributions on GitHub

Marc Rochkind rochkind at basepath.com
Thu Mar 31 00:25:38 AEST 2016

What do you mean by "early"? All of my early work was done under my login
"marc", and in those days to email we just typed:

% mail marc

Email was internal to the system. Email between machines came along later.

Also, I don't think we ever used the word "commit." Actually, much of my
early work predated the introduction of SCCS. ;-)


On Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 1:53 AM, Diomidis Spinellis <dds at aueb.gr> wrote:

> The Unix History repository on GitHub [1] aims to provide the evolution of
> Unix from the 1970s until today under Git revision control.  Through a few
> changes recently made [2] it's now possible for individual contributors to
> have their GitHub profile linked to their early Unix contributions.  Ken
> Thompson graciously made this move last week following a personal email
> invitation.  I think it would be really cool if more followed.  This would
> send a powerful message of continuity and tradition in computing to
> youngsters joining GitHub today.
> What you need to do is the following.
> - Create a GitHub profile (if you haven't already got one)
> - Click on https://github.com/settings/emails
> - Add the email address(es) associated with your early Unix commits (e.g.
> foo at research.uucp or bar at ucbvax.berkeley.edu). You can easily find an
> author's commits and email addresses recorded in the repository through the
> web search form http://www.spinellis.gr/cgi-bin/namegrep.pl
> - GitHub will tell you that a verification email has been sent to your
> (probably defunct) email address.  Don't worry.  Your account will be
> linked to the address even without the verification step.
> - Adding your photograph to your profile will increase the vividness of
> GitHub's revision listings.
> If you're in contact with Unix contributors who are not on this list,
> please forward them this message.  Also, if your name isn't properly
> associated with the repository's commits, drop me an email message (or a
> GitHub pull request for the corresponding file [3]), and I'll add it.
> [1] https://github.com/dspinellis/unix-history-repo
> [2] The modifications involved the change of UUCP addresses to use the
> .uucp pseudo-domain rather than a ! path and the listing of co-authors
> within the commit message.
> [3]
> https://github.com/dspinellis/unix-history-make/tree/master/src/author-path
> Diomidis - http://www.spinellis.gr
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