[TUHS] Lions notes, early history

Warner Losh imp at bsdimp.com
Mon Nov 2 15:21:23 AEST 2020

On Sun, Nov 1, 2020 at 10:16 PM Greg 'groggy' Lehey <grog at lemis.com> wrote:

> Warner Losh and I have been discussing the early history of John
> Lions' "A commentary on the Sixth Edition UNIX Operating System".
> I've been hosting Warren Toomey's version (with some correction of
> scan errors) at http://www.lemis.com/grog/Documentation/Lions/ for
> some years now, and my understanding had been that the book hadn't
> been published, just photocopied, until Warren posted it on
> alt.folklore.computers in 1994.  But now it seems that the "book" had
> been published by UNSW when Lions held the course, and only later was
> the license revoked.  Does anybody have any insights?  What
> restrictions were there on its distribution?  What was the format?
> Was it a real book, or just bound notes?

The pictures I've seen online are of a bound book, but lack photos of
what's inside. It contained a legend in the front saying you needed a 6th
edition license from AT&T to receive a copy.  Beyond that, I'd love to hear
what others know about this detail.

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