Category : Linux Files
Archive   : BPE.ZIP
Filename : BPE.TXT

Output of file : BPE.TXT contained in archive : BPE.ZIP
Msg : 412 of 426
From : william E Davidsen 1:343/94 Wed 22 Jul 92 13:58
To : All Wed 22 Jul 92 11:16
Subj : Good news, bad news
.EID:bec1 18f66f40
.PID: Fred 1.9.h
The good news is that I ported BPE (Binary Patch Editor) to Linux late
night and uploaded it to tsx-11 this morning. I included the binary,
source, and of course man page. Hopefully no more booting DOS to edit
binary files or floppy disks.

The bad news is that future ports of software are going to come (from
me) slowly, since linux doesn't look as much like unix as I had
expected. Programs which compile without problem using gcc on SunOS and
V.4/386 generate thousands of warnings and errors on linux, due to the
changes in header files (or maybe because of 2.2.2 vs 2.1). Before
someone asks, yes, roughly 1.7 lines of error per line of code!

I'll release things as I get the chance, but after four hours of
wading through error messages from one program which compiles on SunOS,
Ultrix, V.4, xenix, V.3, UNICOS, and even SysIII (it's an old program),
I conclude that when you start to diddle with ioctl and IPC linux is
not very similar to known unix versions. I had hoped to contribute some
of the missing pieces, but it seems less likely now.
bill davidsen, GE Corp. R&D Center; Box 8; Schenectady NY 12345
It never ceases to amaze me that otherwise rational people, able to
understand calculus, compound interest, and the income tax form, can
continue to believe that poker is a game of chance.

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  3 Responses to “Category : Linux Files
Archive   : BPE.ZIP
Filename : BPE.TXT

  1. Very nice! Thank you for this wonderful archive. I wonder why I found it only now. Long live the BBS file archives!

  2. This is so awesome! 😀 I’d be cool if you could download an entire archive of this at once, though.

  3. But one thing that puzzles me is the “mtswslnkmcjklsdlsbdmMICROSOFT” string. There is an article about it here. It is definitely worth a read: