[TUHS] The origin of /home

Jon Forrest nobozo at gmail.com
Fri Sep 28 01:36:35 AEST 2018

On 9/27/2018 7:28 AM, Arrigo Triulzi wrote:

> Not to be pedantic but the OSF/1 “dataless” trick is from 1993 in Jon
> Forrest’s writeup:

Right, and I am that Jon Forrest

> https://groups.google.com/d/msg/comp.unix.osf.osf1/-s1xW80zXPE/OGENDhH2Sc0J
>  As one of the three people figuring out what DEC had told us was
> impossible I’m pretty sure we were the first - our DEC 3000/400s with
> OSF/1 T1.0 did not have enough disk space so we struggled to get our
> network operational serving /usr and /home from the “big” DEC
> 3000/600 which had two disks (one of which was /home).

It's been a while, but what I remember is that DEC actually published
their own method for doing this but it was surprisingly cumbersome.
What I described was incredibly simple but effective. I ran many
Alphas this way with no problems at all.


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