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From: p...@pyuxqq.UUCP (Pat M. Iurilli)
Newsgroups: net.micro,net.micro.pc
Subject: UNIX utilities (commands) that now run under PC-DOS
Message-ID: <674@pyuxqq.UUCP>
Date: Fri, 7-Dec-84 11:48:14 EST
Article-I.D.: pyuxqq.674
Posted: Fri Dec  7 11:48:14 1984
Date-Received: Sat, 8-Dec-84 05:40:36 EST
Organization: Bell Communications Research, Piscataway N.J.
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I don't want any flames on this article for any reason.  Don't tell me I
shouldn't be posting this to the net, don't tell me that it's wrong to
simulate one environment under another, etc... Don't waste my time.

A company in Boston sells a software package called the 'pc toolbox',
which includes 53 UNIX utilities that were rewritten to run under pc-dos.
It costs $200.00.  The phone number is 617-482-8248.  The address is
Arts Computer Products, 145 Tremont St, Boston, MA  02116.
These include:	(a short description has been included for the novice)
ed - line editor
sedit - stream editor
echo - print text
find - find a file or files in subdirectory
mv - move a file
cp - copy files
rm - remove (delete) a file or files
cat - print a file
wc - line/word/character count
tail - print last n lines of a file
pr - print a file in 66 line page multiples
ls - list files in a directory
crypt - encrypt a file with DES standard
date - display date and time
diff - compare and print differences in 2 files
dc - desk calculator
sort - sort a file
ar - object file archiver
cd - change directory
pwd - print working directory
ch - change strings in text files
cmp - compare 2 files on a per byte basis
comm - select or reject lines common to two sorted files
cpress - compress input files
crt - display files at the terminal
cwd - change current working dir
dtab - convert tabs to spaces
e - use ed
entab - convert spaces to tabs and spaces
expand - uncompress compressed files
fb - search for blocks of lines with text patterns
fc - use fcld
fcld - fortran compile and link script
field - manipulate field data
fmt - text formatter
form - produce form letters by prompting for info
format - use fmt
fsort - sort fortran specification statements
includ - include contents of a file in another file
isam - make an isam list
kwic - prepare lines for keyword-in-context index
lam - merge lines of files together
ld - link script
ll - display line lengths
macro - general purpose macro processor
man - on line man pages
match - search lines for text patterns
mcol - put text in multiple columns
number - number lines in files
oldar - old archive file maintainer
os - overstrike, convert backspace into multiple lines
pl - display specified lines or pages in files
ratfor - ratfor preprocessor
rc - ratfor compile, fortran compile and link script
rev - reverse lines
say - write words on cmd line to output
show - show all caracters including control caracters
sortmrg - sort and/or merge text files
split - split a file into pieces
tee - copy input to output and to files
tod - display or set date and time
tr - transliterate chars
tsort - sort symbols topologically
umiq - strip adjacent repeated lines from files
unrot - unrotate lines rotated by kwic
xref - make a cross refrence list of symbols

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From: b...@wjh12.UUCP (byer)
Newsgroups: net.micro,net.micro.pc
Subject: Re: UNIX utilities under PC-DOS ( AT&T Licensing ???? )
Message-ID: <542@wjh12.UUCP>
Date: Mon, 10-Dec-84 12:42:51 EST
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Posted: Mon Dec 10 12:42:51 1984
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Organization: Psychology & Social Relations Dept., Harvard Univ.
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Pat Iurilli (pat@pyuxqq) wants us all to know that:

> A company in Boston sells a software package called the 'pc toolbox',
> which includes 53 UNIX utilities that were rewritten to run under pc-dos.
> It costs $200.00.  [ Company name is  Arts Computer Products]

> These include:	(a short description has been included for the novice)

 (... here was a list of many of the V6 utilities)

>>>  ONE MAJOR QUESTION  <<<

==>   Is there a statute of limitations on AT&T licenses?

My reasons for asking:

I have had some contact with this company and I know that they have
a Version 6 Unix source license.

Notice the word `rewritten' in the second line of the original
submission.

Upon referring to the original article, you will note that NO
post-V6 software derivatives are included in the list. (i.e., no
make, awk, etc. [ who wrote `etc' anyway?])

My past experience with this company leads me to doubt their ethics.

The CONCLUSION  ... 

	is left as an exercise for the reader.


Respectfully,    ( respect for original authorship )

  Brent Byer  (decvax!genrad!wjh12!bb)

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From: p...@pyuxqq.UUCP (Pat M. Iurilli)
Newsgroups: net.micro,net.micro.pc
Subject: Re: UNIX utilities under PC-DOS ( AT&T Licensing ???? )
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Date: Fri, 14-Dec-84 10:12:26 EST
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Posted: Fri Dec 14 10:12:26 1984
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Organization: Bell Communications Research, Piscataway N.J.
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In response to Brent Byer:
This company that I mentioned contracted out with another firm to implement
these tools for them.  You will notice the striking resemblence to the
Software Tools User Group distribution, which is also based on Version 6.
There is no licensing conflict if some company writes a tool that has the
same user interface as another.  Maybe the choice of 'rewritten' ws not
clear, but I did not by any means want to insinuate that these tools were
rewrites of the ATT source code.   That indeed would be infringement.

As far as the usefulness of these tools, I know that several people in my
company have written some tools under PC-DOS simultaneously.  I was just trying
to avoid potential wasted effort.  It might be advantagous to spend $200
for working utilities than to spend more in development time to do it.
I know from my own experience after using the primitive PC-DOS system,
that any help would be welcome.

Just wanted to set the record straight.
Pat Iurilli  Bell Communications Research  Piscataway, MJ
{allegra, harpo, ihnp4}!pyuxqq!pat

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