[TUHS] The UNIX Command Language (1976)

Dan Cross crossd at gmail.com
Tue Dec 1 02:41:36 AEST 2020

On Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 11:38 AM Warner Losh <imp at bsdimp.com> wrote:

> 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
> output...

Sure, but this is a fairly short paper...I bet one could do a fairly
faithful reproduction of the original in a couple of hours. I may take a
stab at it and send a pull request.

        - Dan C.
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