clemc at ccc.com
Sat Apr 21 02:21:07 AEST 2018
On Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 12:12 PM, Dan Cross <crossd at gmail.com> wrote:
> That's a bit different. It's possible that some early Unix machines had
> actual drum devices for storage or swap (did any of them?), but the
> /dev/drum device is what Clem says it was.
> It's funny, I just happened across this a couple of days ago when I went
> looking for the `hier.7` man page from 4.4BSD-Lite2:
> It refers to this: https://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=drum&sektion
> The claim is that it came from 3.0BSD.
yes - I believe that is true, I just looked at a 4.1 manual it 's
> Why was it called drum?
wnj was being 'cute' -- drum's were historically the device large systems
paged too. So people understood the reference at the time.
> I imagine that's historical license coupled with grad student imagination,
> but I'm curious if it has origin in actual hardware used at UC Berkeley.
> Clem, that was roughly your era, was it not?
Yes - very much my era,
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