[TUHS] 4.3BSD-Tahoe Restoration

Henry Bent henry.r.bent at gmail.com
Tue Oct 5 03:51:20 AEST 2021

On Mon, 4 Oct 2021 at 13:42, Will Senn <will.senn at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 10/4/21 12:22 PM, Henry Bent wrote:
> > My question is: how was this sort of thing done in the real world?  If
> > I was a site running stock 4.3BSD, would I have received (or been able
> > to request) updated tapes at regular intervals?  The replacement
> > process that I have been using is fairly labor intensive and on a real
> > VAX would have been very time intensive too.  Fortunately two to three
> > years' worth of changes were not so drastic that I ever found myself
> > in a position where the existing tools were not able to compile pieces
> > of Tahoe that I needed to proceed, but I could easily imagine finding
> > myself in such a place.  (This was, by the way, what I ran into when
> > attempting to upgrade from 2.9BSD to 2.10BSD, despite a fully
> > documented contemporary upgrade procedure).
> Hi Henry,
> I expect folks who actually ran this can weigh in with the 'real world'
> perspective. What I can offer is that the document entitled, "Installing
> and Operating 4.3BSD-tahoe UNIX* on the VAX" by the folks doing the
> release (CSRG) is probably canonical:
> http://blog.livedoor.jp/suzanhud/BSD/4.3BSD_Tahoe_VAX.pdf
Well now I feel a little silly.  I did look in the source tree for a
document like this but couldn't find one.  It does appear, however, in the
installed (for Tahoe) tree in /usr/doc/smm/01.setup.

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