Backups [was Re: Is tape dead?]

Antonio Carlini a.carlini at
Wed Sep 23 18:15:10 CDT 2015

On 21/09/15 14:15, Noel Chiappa wrote:
>      > From: tony duell
>      > In some cases it should be possible to write a machine code program
>      > that executes on 2 processors with wildly different instruciton sets.
> I have this bit set that I was told (or something, the memory is _very_
> vague) that early versions of the KL-10 had this hack; the root block on the
> disk was the boot block both the PDP-10 and the PDP-11 front end machine, and
> the first instruction or two was very cleverly construced and sent the two
> machines different ways. Alas, I looked in the front-end PDP-11 code (in the
> KLDCP; directory) and saw no signs of this, so maybe it was an urban legend?

I can't find a definitive reference right now, but I *think* that the 
ODS-1 disk format
was first used on the PDP-11 and then later used in early versions of 
VMS. I *think*
that it was arranged such that a PDP-11 booting and a VMS system booting 
be done from the same disk by arranging for each to interpret the boot 
block in
a way that each was happy with.

arcarlini at

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