OS/8

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OS/8
Type: Time-sharing
Creator: DEC
Multitasking: limited with multiuser
Architecture: PDP-8
Year Introduced: 1970?


OS/8 was the primary OS for the PDP-8. OS/8 is different from modern OS's as you don't change paths/drives you assign the DSK: volume to whatever disk it is you want to work from. Also running exe's have to be on the SYS: volume.

Example of usage

delete basic.*
deassign dsk:
assign rxa1: dsk:
squish sys:

copy rxa0:<rxa1:*.sv

R FRTS
ADVENT
(ESCAPE)

Some commands

HELP

BASIC

DELETE

deletes a file. You can use wildcards.

SQUISH

Squish is like defrag, in that it'll actually delete files, and move stuff around so you can get the maximum free space..

COPY

copy copys a file, but the syntax is different from most OS's...

copy Destination:<source:FILES

So that the follwing:

copy rxa0:<rxa1:*.sv

copys all the .sv files from rxa1 to rxa0

RUN

Interesting notes

OS/8 could run under another OS RTS8 as a virtualized guest, allowing each user to have their own virtual PDP-8.