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Re: paper tapes: B-5500 CANDE Extended ALGOL program


Good idea.  I think RSTS only supports one PP: device, but I could probably
still use that one device.  A command like "put xyz.txt" followed by
uu-encoded data up to some ending bracket could be written to PP:.  That way
we could use PP: both for getting and putting files.

IBM's VM/CMS system does exactly this type of crazy stuff with the virtual
card punch and card reader.  All e-mail on VM systems is sent as virtual
card decks to the user's virtual card reader from the sender's virtual card
punch.  (Hey that gives me an idea.  We could create a RSTS e-mail program
that sends and receives e-mail and attached files across the Internet by
punching and reading virtual paper tapes.  You could then e-mail your
BASIC-PLUS programs to your RSTS account and vice versa.   What a concept
:-).  Is there anyone out there that understands Linux sendmail and all its

-----Original Message-----
From: Aron Insinga <ainsinga@infomation.com>
To: deltoids@mcws.net <deltoids@mcws.net>
Date: Tuesday, July 14, 1998 5:24 PM
Subject: Re: paper tapes: B-5500 CANDE Extended ALGOL program

>How about writing commands to PP1:?
>Then you could tell it to send the output for PP:
>to a disk file that you could FTP back from
>the simulator host.  (Or does it already do that?)
>(Will RSTS support 2 PPs?  If not, a reserved TT: could be used.)
>- Aron
>At 09:32 PM 7/13/98 -0400, you wrote:
>>>I got my Mac serial interface for an old GE photoelectric
>>>paper tape reader working reliably this weekend.
>>Great!  I'll have to get back to work on the simulator so that we can
>>files.  My plan is to modify the simulator so that commands can be issued
>>the simulator from BASIC-PLUS by writing to the PP: device.  This will
>>me to write an import program in BASIC-PLUS.  For example, the import
>>program would write "get file.bas" to PP: and could then read PR: to read
>>the file "file.bas".  The idea is to allow people to FTP to delta.mcws.net
>>and then run a BASIC-PLUS program to import the file to RSTS.
>>In the interim I can import files by taking the simulator down and running
>>the single user version.   Not convenient, but it will work.