[TUHS] The UNIX Command Language (1976)

Warner Losh imp at bsdimp.com
Tue Dec 1 02:38:10 AEST 2020

On Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 9:27 AM Dan Cross <crossd at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 10:54 AM Clem Cole <clemc at ccc.com> 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.
> In fairness, the Markdown renders directly from the github web UI, but I
> agree that using troff/eqn would have been nice. Surely it wouldn't be that
> hard to massage the markdown into troff markdown.

There are a few MD to troff converters, though I don't know how many will
convert to -ms format that was likely used historically. And given that ms
has a little more semantic info than MD does, there may be some manual
steps afterwards. Even a perfect converter would likely have manual steps
since it was also the custom back in the day to tweak this or that in the

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