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From: John Cowan <>
To: Lars Brinkhoff <>
Cc: Computer Old Farts Followers <>
Subject: Re: [COFF] [TUHS] head/sed/tail (was The Unix shell: a 50-year view)
Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2021 13:53:51 -0400
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On Fri, Jul 16, 2021 at 4:06 AM Lars Brinkhoff <> wrote:

On ITS it only ever stored characters as full 36-bit words!  So sizeof
> char == 1 == sizeof int.  This is allowed per the C standard.  (Maybe it
> was updated somewhere else, I dunno.)

The ZETA-C compiler ran on the Symbolics Lisp Machine and translated C into
Zetalisp; since everything was a Lisp object, from the C perspective all
elementary types had sizeof == 1 also.  The modern Vacietis compiler to
Common Lisp uses the same design for its data, though it does not share any
code.  C pointers are represented by CL closures.

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