TSS/8 is a timesharing system for the DEC PDP-8 originally designed by Adrian van de Goor, a grad student at CMU and later enhanced and sold as a complete system by DEC in 1968. It originally required a PDP-8, 8I or 8E with an RF08 or DF32 attached to at least one RS08 or a DS32 drive for swapping and filesystem. At LCM+L TSS/8 has been modified by Josh Dersch to run on a PDP-8/e using an RK05 for swap/filesystem.
Each user gets a virtual PDP-8 with 4KW of memory, and a directory on disk for file storage.
After connecting, you will be at the login “.” prompt. Type
LOGIN <PPN> <PASSWORD>
Substituting your PPN and password. NONE OF THE ABOVE INPUT WILL ECHO – if it does it means you've connected to a session that was not properly logged out – type “LOGOUT” to log out and then try logging in again.
KJOB command will log you out of the system.
K can be used as a shorthand for this. It is important to log out before disconnecting as the system will not automatically log you out.
If for some reason you seem to be stuck, try
CTRL-B S. Further details about what
^B does can be found down below in the Stopping a running program section.
Running a program from the system library or from your directory can be accomplished via the
will run the CATALOG program, displaying the contents of your directory. The currently available programs in the system library are:
DISK FILES FOR USER 0, 2 ON 19-DEC-79 NAME SIZE PROT DATE PALD .SAV 16 12 31-MAR-76 - PAL Assembler LOADER.SAV 4 12 31-MAR-76 - Binary loader FORT .SAV 6 12 31-MAR-76 - FORTRAN II FOSL .SAV 6 12 31-MAR-76 - FORTRAN system PIP .SAV 10 12 31-MAR-76 - Peripheral Interchange Program SYSTAT.SAV 5 12 31-MAR-76 - Displays system status EDIT .SAV 8 12 31-MAR-76 - Line-oriented text editor FOCAL .SAV 16 12 31-MAR-76 - FOCAL language interpreter BASIC .SAV 38 12 31-MAR-76 - BASIC language interpreter CAT .SAV 6 12 31-MAR-76 - Disk catalog PUTR .SAV 21 12 3-FEB-84 - File transfer utility ODTHI .SAV 2 12 29-FEB-84 - ODT debugger FLAP .SAV 1 12 7-APR-84 - Absolute assembler PTLOAD.SAV 1 12 29-APR-84 - Paper tape loader CHESS .SAV 17 12 11-NOV-74 - CHEKMO II chess program ALGOL .SAV 32 12 21-NOV-79 - TSS/8 ALGOL (DECUS 8-330) ACTUNG.SAV 5 12 21-NOV-79 - Prints a cute message LISP .SAV 17 12 25-NOV-79 - LISP 1.5 interpreter (DECUS-8-102a)
Stopping a running program
CTRL-B indicates to the system that you want send a command to the
Monitor. Once you hit Ctrl-B, the following input will be sent to the monitor and executed. To stop any program while it is running, Type
CTRL-B followed by
S and Carriage return.
S is the monitor's STOP command, sending it will cause the currently executing program to stop. The program can be restarted from the monitor with the
Talking to other users
TALK program can be used to send messages to other terminals. Use
SYSTAT to see what other users are logged onto the system, e.g.:
.SYSTAT STATUS OF TSS/8.24 DEC PDP-8 #1 AT 12:47:30 ON 19 DEC 79 UPTIME 19:06:31 JOB WHO WHERE WHAT STATUS RUNTIME 1 10, 0 K00 BASIC KEY ^Q 00:00:04 2 10, 0 K01 SYSTAT ^BS ^Q 00:00:00 4 10, 0 K04 HI ^BS ^Q 00:00:00 5 0, 2 K06 CAT ^BS ^Q 00:00:00 6 0, 1 K07 SYSTAT RUN ^Q 00:00:00 AVAILABLE CORE 4K FREE CORE=252 BUSY DEVICES NONE 3269 FREE DISK SEGMENTS
The “WHERE” column shows the console (K00 through K07) the user is logged into. To send a message to a specific console, type:
TALK <CONSOLE #> <YOUR MESSAGE HERE>
So for example,
TALK 2 HEY, CHECK OUT THIS COOL PROGRAM I WROTE
Sends a friendly message to console K02.
The Edusystem-50 manual provides fairly accurate documentation for the version of TSS/8.24 running at LCM+L, and is available at http://bitsavers.org/pdf/dec/pdp8/tss8/DEC-08-E50UA-A-D_UG_Aug75.pdf. It covers user-related activities on the system and covers using the PAL-D assembler, BASIC, FOCAL and numerous utilities.
Detailed documentation for BASIC is available at http://bitsavers.org/pdf/dec/pdp8/tss8/DEC-T8-KJZA-D-TSS-8_BASIC_8_Programming_Manual_Mar1969.pdf.
ALGOL documentation can be found at http://svn.so-much-stuff.com/svn/trunk/pdp8/src/decus/8-213/decus-8-213.pdf with http://www.bitsavers.org/pdf/dec/decus/pdp8/8-330_tss8_ALGOL.pdf covering the TSS/8-specific changes.
LISP is documented at http://svn.so-much-stuff.com/svn/trunk/pdp8/src/decus/8-102a/decus-8-102A.pdf