[TUHS] Claim your early Unix contributions on GitHub
rochkind at basepath.com
Thu Mar 31 02:30:03 AEST 2016
BSD is the new kind on the block. I don't think it came along until 1977 or
so. Research UNIX I don't think picked up SCCS ever. SCCS first appeared in
the PWB releases, if you don't count the earlier version in SNOBOL4 for the
On Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 9:49 AM, Diomidis Spinellis <dds at aueb.gr> wrote:
> On 30/03/2016 17:25, Marc Rochkind wrote:
>> 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. ;-)
> I should have been more clear. The Unix history Git repository contains
> synthetic commits imported from snapshots, patches, SCCS, CVS, and Git
> files. I took the liberty of attaching the email ID at research.uucp on all
> Bell Labs commits, even though many predate UUCP email.
> Your SCCS work belongs to the mysterious subset of Bell Labs commands that
> made their first public appearance on BSD Unix. I didn't find SCCS included
> in the 6th or 7th Research Edition, nor in Unix 32/V, which, I understand,
> were the ancestors of BSD.
> Specifically, I first find SCCS included in the BSD-4 snapshot (e.g.
> usr.bin/sccs/sccs.c) and also in the BSD SCCS repositories predating BSD-4,
> through commits such as the following.
> commit 20f9634be56fa471a34bc386dcc4c04f9587791d
> Author: Eric Allman <eric at ucbvax.Berkeley.EDU>
> Date: Tue May 13 07:23:29 1980 -0800
> changed path to SCCS/s.
> added chghist & help
> generalized argument chomping
> SCCS-vsn: 1.2
> Other commands that fall into this category include fsck (frodo), gres
> (lem), efl (sif), diction (llc), and ideal (cvw). Somebody has commented on
> this list that a secret tunnel linked Murray Hill and Berkeley. I'd welcome
> any better explanations you may have.
> I'll find a way to graft you as the developer of SCCS somewhere between
> BSD3 and BSD4, so please do claim marc at research.uucp on GitHub. Are
> there other files I should also attribute to you?
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