[TUHS] The UNIX Command Language (1976)

Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com
Tue Dec 1 02:37:53 AEST 2020

So Clem, the fact that troff lost and LaTex won is a direct result of
that walled garden that was the early days of Unix.  Unless you had
a Unix license, no troff for you!  Which is a huge bummer, I'm a huge
troff fan (especially pic, but all of the preprocessors let you see the
output in your head).  I wish we lived in a troff world but we don't
and that is a direct result of haves (license holders) and have nots
(the other 99.999999% of the world).

It's not the result we would like but it is what it is.

On Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 10:52:40AM -0500, Clem Cole wrote:
> Too bad, they did not use the UNIX tool kit like troff and eqn which are
> described in the paper itself, to restore it.  If you were going to the
> trouble to make the 'md' file - it would have been just as easy to create
> troff source.
> Sigh ... get off my lawn ...
> Clem
> On Sun, Nov 29, 2020 at 10:17 PM Joachim via TUHS <tuhs at minnie.tuhs.org>
> wrote:
> > Apologies if this has already been linked here.
> >
> > "The UNIX Command Language is the first-ever paper published on the Unix
> > shell. It was written by Ken Thompson in 1976."
> >
> > https://github.com/susam/tucl
> >
> >
> > Joachim
> >

Larry McVoy            	     lm at mcvoy.com             http://www.mcvoy.com/lm 

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