[TUHS] Lions commentary

Clem Cole clemc at ccc.com
Thu Jul 6 03:59:57 AEST 2023

A troff version does exist - as I recall it was Ian J that recovered that.
I’ll go poking later when I have a real computer not my mobile.  The actual
nroff version that ‘typeset’ for Printronix 300 printer that John used may
or may not be.  It was done pre-make(1) so it was v6 script.

While you can find a pdf of troffed version in the wild, I recommend
getting the bound version from Amazon these days. I believe care was made
to ensure it lined up exactly like the original - although T is bound as
one volume not two.

Like Rich, my nth generation copy of the original is quite faded and more
difficult to read

On Wed, Jul 5, 2023 at 12:11 PM segaloco via TUHS <tuhs at tuhs.org> wrote:

> I think this is a great community engagement activity.  That said, can't
> do the printing myself.  I'll throw myself out there as a potential
> customer though, I have the print version they did many many years later
> but it'd be cool to have one of the samizdat copies.  To whoever does speak
> for this and start producing volumes, you've got your first customer!
> - Matt G.
> P.S. Are the typesetter sources for the commentary preserved anywhere?
> The typesetting style is very, very much like a small Bell System Teletype
> 28 training course document that I want to see about recreating as sources,
> might be able to take some pointers from the commentary.
> ------- Original Message -------
> On Wednesday, July 5th, 2023 at 7:01 AM, Rich Salz <rich.salz at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> I have a copy of Lions's "A Commentary on the UNIX Operating System" It is
> an n-th generation photocopy that I've had for some number of decades. It
> also has the source code, as I guess all of those copies did back in the
> day. I could just recycle the paper -- it's yellowed with age -- but I'd
> rather pay it forward and ship it to someone who promises to make copies
> for others who want it. This is also on bitsavers, so you're only doing
> this to preserve the sense of history in passing photocopies around.
> I'll take bids on how many copies you'll provide. I'll post the winning
> bid (without their address), so that the community can pressureXXXXXX
> ensure they meet their commitment. I'll send it out by the end of the week.
> I will give preference to US/Canada domestic addresses since that is
> easier for me. How much preference is left to my discretion. :)
> I hope this doesn't make me sound like a jerk; it's intended to be
> lighthearted community service.
> --
Sent from a handheld expect more typos than usual
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