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Re: [Bug-cssc] CSSC test binary/auto.sh:fa11

From: Joerg Schilling
Subject: Re: [Bug-cssc] CSSC test binary/auto.sh:fa11
Date: Mon, 23 May 2011 11:36:33 +0200
User-agent: nail 11.22 3/20/05

Hi Larry, nice to see you!

Are you interested in discussing an enhanced follow up format for the SCCS-4.0
history format introduced February 18 1977? 
If yes, please join the sccs developers mailing liat at:


I like to discuss a format that is intentionally incompatible to existing 
implementations that use the SCCS-4.0 file format (that this way could require 
a global project lock for implementations thatunderstand the followup format) 
and I like to discuss a format that contains the enhanced information in a way
that will survive modifications made by SCCS-4.0 only aware implementations.


contains some thoughts from a time before I got the idea of using your method
of using '^Acmethod' to hide enhanced information as degenerated delta comment.
For this reason it still mentions that the converter program will cause a loss 
of information.

Larry McVoy <address@hidden> wrote:

> > At the time the test was written, I had not seen any version of SCCS
> > which supported binary files and actually turned on encoding for this
> > case.   
> I believe that binary support a la uuencode was something that Sun did
> but I might be wrong.

As this is in SCCS from SunOS-4.0 and as it is not in SunOS-3.5, I would guess 
that it has been introduced with NSE which has been demonstrated to us at 
H.Berthold AG aprox. half a year before SunOS-4.0 came out for testing. 

> > I'm pretty sure I was simply following the version of SunOS I was then
> > mostly testing against.   Most of the early functional testing of CSSC
> > was done either by comparison with SunOS 4.1.x by myself
> Ahh, SunOS 4.1.1 had a lot of my efforts in it.  I loved that release.
> Got a full set of manuals in my garage if anyone wants them.

well paper.... I would be interested in in files (I am not sure whether I can 
still read 1/4 m^3 of QIC tapes), of course SCCS histories from SunOS-4.x would 
be nice too ;-)


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