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From: Phil Budne <>
Subject: Re: [TUHS] Unix for PDP11/20 w/o mmu or paging option
Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2021 17:21:47 -0400	[thread overview]
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I was commenting based on the Boot Procedures man page on pg 5 of the pdf at:
on dmr's "Unix Manual, first edition" page:

which makes no reference to the rk disk, but does talk about loading up
initial files.

The page for init (pdf p.11) mentions that the usr directory is
mounted from the rk disk.

The rf0 page (pdf p3) at
  "writing is inherently very dangerous since a file system resides there"

The description of seek on the special files really slapped me in the
face for the first time!

The tty page in the man41 file ever so slightly advances my theory
that the interrupt character on the PDP-7 console (0176 or rather 0376)
could have been generated by the "ALT MODE" key on the console Teletype.

But regarding memory management, I foolishly put my foot in the gopher
hole of assumption that the earliest kernel on hand required the
mystery MMU, without verifying by reading the code, and forgetting
that "editions" refer to dates the manual was published, and that the
fragmentary fossil record that is the earliest surviving code (which
was in a constant state of evolution) doesn't align with the manuals.

Mea culpa, for adding any confusion!

  parent reply	other threads:[~2021-09-17 21:22 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 17+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-09-17 15:35 Noel Chiappa
2021-09-17 18:28 ` Phil Budne
2021-09-17 19:43   ` Clem Cole
2021-09-17 19:51     ` Brantley Coile
2021-09-17 20:07       ` Clem Cole
2021-09-17 21:21       ` Phil Budne [this message]
  -- strict thread matches above, loose matches on Subject: below --
2021-09-17 20:18 Noel Chiappa
2021-09-17 20:47 ` Clem Cole
     [not found] <>
2021-09-17 14:09 ` Roland via TUHS
2021-09-17 14:33   ` Warner Losh
2021-09-17 15:32     ` Clem Cole
2021-09-17 16:04       ` Roland via TUHS
2021-09-17 16:14         ` Clem Cole
2021-09-17 16:44           ` Roland via TUHS
2021-09-17 16:13       ` Warner Losh
2021-09-17 16:17         ` Clem Cole
2021-09-17 16:05     ` Roland via TUHS

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