[Coco] LIF util for OS-9?
jcewy at swbell.net
Tue Nov 1 22:27:36 EDT 2011
On 11/01/2011 09:18 PM, jdaggett at gate.net wrote:
> I remember those old HP tape drive computers. I still did like HP Basic though. Wrote a lot of
> test software using the HP computers.
I have an old HP GPIB tape drive that has a 6809 on the controller
> On 1 Nov 2011 at 20:05, Willard Goosey wrote:
>> Yesterday I spent over 4 hours reverse-engineering HP's old LIF
>> filesystem. Then I discovered a great reference about it on the
>> web. ;-)
>> Another example of "An hour in the library can save you a week in the
>> laboratory." http://www.hp9845.net/9845/projects/hpdir
>> (In brief, LIF is a simple disk or random-block tape filesystem that
>> lots of old HP hardware used before FAT took over the universe.)
>> In my defense, I had fun, and the last time I wondered about this the
>> web had NO pages giving the technical description of LIF.
>> Anyway, as an industrial, real-time OS I find it hard to believe that
>> there wasn't already an OS-9 program to read/write LIF disks, Although
>> I'd be willing to accept that there was never a CoCo version.
>> So, would anybody be interested in such a program, and be willing to
>> help test it by feeding it disks from a wide variety of old HP gear?
>> Willard Goosey goosey at sdc.org
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