Reading a PDP-11 RL02: Anyone Around the U.S. West Coast?

Bill Gunshannon bill.gunshannon at
Sun Feb 11 15:10:07 CST 2018

On 02/11/2018 03:58 PM, Noel Chiappa via cctalk wrote:
>      > From: Bill Degnan
>      > What is the OS of the disks, what system was this disk used to
>      > create/save files to the RL02?
> Doesn't really matter, does it, as long as the bits can all be read off the
> pack into a file?
> Once it's in a file, the appropriate OS, running in a simulator (and most
> are, these days) can read the files out. Worst case, someone can write a
> program to read the files out (I've done that for V6 filesystems - before I
> found and also 4.2 FFS. (And
> somewhere I used to have a program to read DOS disks, but I just looked and
> couldn't find it.)

All it takes is a real system with ODT and vtserver.  Used to do it
all the time.  But I no longer have any real RL drives.


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