[TUHS] Line Numbers Before SysIII nl? BSD num?

Norman Wilson norman at oclsc.org
Sat Jul 23 22:49:44 AEST 2022

I had a vague memory that pr could be made
to number lines, but a quick check of the 7/e
manual says no.

I expect Dan's right, and none of the 127 folks
felt much need to number lines on printouts
so nobody wrote the obvious simple tool.

Ironic, since the Unix PDP-11 used by the patent
licensing office (and I think shared with the
research group, and that was how their first
PDP-11 was justified and funded) happened
because the patent folks needed line-numbered
output and roff was easily modified to do that.

Maybe Doug or Ken or Steve has first-hand

Norman Wilson
Toronto ON
(on a train shuffling toward Buffalo)

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