Message from discussion PDP-10 system calls, was 1132 printer history
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From: glen herrmannsfeldt <g...@ugcs.caltech.edu>
Subject: Re: PDP-10 system calls, was 1132 printer history
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In comp.lang.pl1 jmfbahciv <See.ab...@aol.com> wrote:
> Publishing date for this manual is 1971. But it was KA based.
> IIRC, the pricing was not included in later manuals we produced
> because the costs of production (printing and shipping) were
> going up and up so we had to be able to reset the price to cover
> the costs.
>> We had a KA-10 to work with, and no suggestion that the school
>> would buy a newer 10 if they gave us a stack of manuals.
>> About when was that?
> 1969 thru 1972. I may be recalling stuff which had to do with 4S72 KA
> version of the monitor (which hadn't been named TOPS-10 yet). This
> was pre-Level D file structure handling.
>> It seems slightly familiar that there
>> were older versions that combined everything into one big book.
> That happened for quite awhile. The commands manual was split out
> because it became large enough to become a book on its own.
>> It was 1976 that I first started working with the PDP-10,
>> and then they were all separate and expensive.
> Your site hadn't retyped some of those manuals on their
> own (or enhanced an existing manual)? I know of a lot
> of sites who made copies or retyped them including their
> home grown stuff.
No, they didn't do that. I believe that there was one copy on
a permanently attached (chained down) rack in the computer center
that we could look at. Or you find one to borrow from someone
who bought one.