[TUHS] ksh88 source code?

John P. Linderman jpl.jpl at gmail.com
Wed Dec 23 11:29:49 AEST 2020

Does it have to be ksh88? https://github.com/att/ast has ksh93 source. --

On Tue, Dec 22, 2020 at 6:03 PM Clem Cole <clemc at ccc.com> wrote:

> If you were outside of AT&T, it was distributed via AT&T Summit's
> 'toolchest' thingy (and were as a single license to join it and but
> separate fees for each tool - if you wanted sub-license there was a
> secondary process which I forget the details -- I remember used it so we
> could make ksh, mk and ditroff standard on the MASSCOMP and later Stellar
> boxes).
> My memory is that the toolchest was created before SVR4, I want to say
> SVR2 (maybe as late as SVR3) timeframe.  Its origin is it was a way to get
> some of the tools that came from different teams around the labs out
> without having to including them in a full release. Earlier, Brian's
> ditroff and Dennis's compiler were licensed (together) but using the
> original licensing/distribution scheme.   As tools like ksh and mk came on
> the scene, Otis Wilson asked a number of us customers what to do.      The
> toolchest was born from that discussion.  It was cool in the after you
> ordered, you go a uucp address to 'pull' the bits for your site from the
> toolchest.  No tapes were written - which is why I think find things now
> may be hard.
> That said, I've not found a repository of the toolchest stuff as I'm not
> so sure ATT really released all of it in the sense of the basic system
> itself.  For instance, the support for the JERQ (including the games) were
> all in the toolchest and last spring a few of us were looking for the GBACA
> sources.  I'm not sure if they were found.
> Basically, you need to find someone that had had a toolchest license for
> that specific tool and still has the bits somewhere.
> Clem
> On Tue, Dec 22, 2020 at 5:44 PM Warren Toomey <wkt at tuhs.org> wrote:
>> Hi all, I received an e-mail looking for the ksh-88 source code. A quick
>> search for it on-line doesn't reveal it. Does anybody have a copy?
>> Cheers, Warren
>> Original e-mail:
>>    I recently built a PiDP11 and have been enjoying going back in time
>>    to 2.11BSD..  I was at UC Davis in the the early 1980's and we had
>>    a few PDP-11/70's running 2.8/2.9 BSD. Back then we reached out to
>>    David Korn and he sent us the source for KSH -- this would have been
>>    in 1985ish if I remember, and we compiled it for 2.9 & 4.1BSD, Xenix,
>>    and some other variants that used K&R C.  It may have been what was
>>    later called ksh88.  I wish I still had the files from then..
>>    I was wondering if you might know if there's an older version like this
>>    or one that's been ported for 2.11BSD?
>>    Many thanks,
>>    Joe
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