[TUHS] A/UX [was Linux is on-topic]

Henry Bent henry.r.bent at gmail.com
Fri Aug 14 03:19:18 AEST 2020

On Thu, 13 Aug 2020 at 13:16, Dan Cross <crossd at gmail.com> wrote:

> The Motif-version was especially horrible, and crashed all the time. The
> curses-based version was called `smitty`, which I found humorous in a way I
> wouldn't have expected coming from "This page intentionally left blank"
> IBM. In my mind, the worst part of admining RS/6000 boxes of that era was
> the little 3-digit LED code on the front: I guess those machines didn't
> assume that they had either a graphical head or a serial port, so this damn
> teeny tiny display would cycle through a sequence of codes that told you
> what the machine was doing; it came with a book that told you what each
> code meant. Something like "387" meant mounting /usr. Ugh; I just found a
> page on ibm.com describing these "IPL codes."
That seems to have been a general IBM-ism.  The BIOSes were the same way -
they would display a series of numeric codes on the screen and if it
stopped somewhere you had to drag out the manual and look up why.

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