[TUHS] Lions notes, early history

David Arnold davida at pobox.com
Mon Nov 2 17:59:23 AEST 2020

The UNSW Library Appears to have a copy in their storage, accessible by special request.  It has a copyright date of “c1977” so it’s not the later “properly” published edition. 



> On 2 Nov 2020, at 18:44, Andrew Hume <andrew at humeweb.com> wrote:
> i was a TA for the course which used this as a textbook.
> my memory is little faded on this (it was on the other side of my stroke),
> but i believe they were perfect bound (cloth strip and glue) and had
> two different colors for the covers (i want to say orange and red).
> they might have been just stapled but they were thick enough that staples
> might have been insufficient.
> i certainly remember john printing them off on the DEC printer.
> as for the permissions, i can’t recall anything at the time (this was about 45 years ago),
> but do remember the fuss at the Labs when Bell Labs started printing their own
> high security copies just a couple of years later.
>    andrew hume
>> On Nov 1, 2020, at 9:07 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?
>> Greg
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