Does anyone have an electronic copy of the "OS/8 Software Support Manual"?
ethan.dicks at usap.gov
Tue Sep 9 04:29:23 CDT 2008
On Mon, Sep 08, 2008 at 07:09:11PM -0700, Roger Ivie wrote:
> On Tue, 9 Sep 2008, Ethan Dicks wrote:
> >I have my sbc6120 here and wanted to do a little OS/8 programming, but I
> >think I'm stumped for a particular bit of doco - according to the "OS/8
> >System Reference Manual" (DEC-8-OSRMA-A-D), the User Service Routine is
> >documented in the "OS/8 Software Support Manual" (DEC-8-OSSMA-A-D). I've
> >found many OS/8 docs on Highgate and Bitsavers (DEC-S8-OSSMB-A-D, the
> >1974 "OS/8 Handbook", memos, etc.), but not that exact one.
> I have most of it HTMLized at
> I just haven't gotten around to doing Appendix F yet.
Nice. I had to grab a copy via a server back in the states since
we block port 8000, but I did get it and it looks good.
> But what I've got is just what's in this PDF file:
> which, oddly enough, you seem to mention in your note.
Yes. I have DEC-S8-OSSMB-A-D_OS8_v3ssup.pdf, and there's some great stuff
in there, but since DEC-S8-OSSMA-A-D was referenced in another document and
I can't find that, I was curious to see it.
After reading what files I do have here, I'm wondering if DEC-S8-OSSMA-A-D
is the Software Support Manual for OS/8 v2 and DEC-S8-OSSMB-A-D is
essentially the same document, revised for v3. If that's the case, then
I can see why nobody has DEC-S8-OSSMA-A-D lying around. I might have
some OS/8 v2 files on a DECtape, but since I got into PDP-8s around 1981,
OS/8 v3 is all I've ever worked with besides a little dabbling back in the
day with RTS-8 - mostly just to run OS/8 as a background task.
Thanks to all for the responses. Hopefully Rich Alderson can clear up
the mystery of the difference between the two documents.
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