Fwd: is there any word processing software for the pdp11?
elson at pico-systems.com
Tue Dec 2 10:43:51 CST 2014
On 12/01/2014 09:36 PM, Toby Thain wrote:
> On 01/12/14 12:29 PM, Jon Elson wrote:
>> On 11/30/2014 07:45 PM, Toby Thain wrote:
>> Umm, I'm "pretty sure" I had TeX running on RSX-11M. It was
>> glacially slow, as in taking minutes per page, but it did
>> get the
>> job done.
> That's interesting. I wonder how it was ported -
> presumably via the Pascal compiler.
Yes, exactly. Since this is all from 35-year old memory, I
could be wrong. But, I
THINK I did get it running on our 11/45 RSX-11M system. I
think I ended up running
a binary off a DECUS tape, as I was never able to get the
whole TeX system to
compile properly. I did get some other components to
compile, I think, like
metafont. It all worked a LOT better on the VAX, though.
> I did web2C-based ports to Classic MacOS (inside MPW) and
> Inmos Transputer; I'd have thought pdp-11 was quite a bit
> too small for TeX.
It needed to swap a lot, and had a bunch of restrictions, as
I recall. if you
exceeded the restrictions, it would crash.
But, then I may be TOTALLY mis-remembering what I did and
didn't get working.
I know I TINKERED with TeX on the 11/45, it is possible I
never did get it to
run on that system.
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