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MTS The Michigan Terminal System VOLUME 4: TERMINALS AND TAPES Third Edition August 1974 Revised

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Original Publication Date: 1974-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Sep-19

Publishing Venue

Software Patent Institute

Related People

Salisbury, Richard A.; General Editor: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

The software developed by the Computing Center staff for the operation of the 360/67 dual-processor computer can be described as a multi-processor supervisor which handles a number of resident, re-entrant programs. Among these is a large subsystem, called BTS (Michigan Terminal System), for command interpretation, execution control, file handling and accounting maintenance. The majority of users interact with the computer's resources by means of the latter operating subsystem. The various MTS manuals are concerned principally with describing the use of this subsystem.

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THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.

Copyright 1974 by the Regents of the University of Michigan. Copying is permitted for nonprofit educational use provided that (1) each reproduction is done without alteration and (2) the volume reference and date of publication are included.

MTS The Michigan Terminal System VOLUME 4: TERMINALS AND TAPES Third Edition August 1974 Revised

The University of Michigan Computing Center

Ann Arbor, Michigan

This obsoletes the September 1972 printing.

DISCLAIMER

This manual is intended to represent the current stats of the Michigan Terminal System (MTS), but because the system is constantly being developed, extended, and refined, sections of this manual will become obsolete. The user should refer to the Computing Center Newsletter, Computing Center Memos, and future updates to this manual for the latest information about changes to MTS.

PREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITION

The software developed by the Computing Center staff for the operation of the 360/67 dual- processor computer can be described as a multi-processor supervisor which handles a number of resident, re-entrant programs. Among these is a large subsystem, called BTS (Michigan Terminal System), for command interpretation, execution control, file handling and accounting maintenance. The majority of users interact with the computer's resources by means of the latter operating subsystem. The various MTS manuals are concerned principally with describing the use of this subsystem.

This, the Third Edition of the MTS manual, is a major revision and reorganization of the Second Edition (December 1, 1967). The third edition will consist of a series of 12 or more separate, self- contained volumes, to be published over a period of many months. Nine volumes in the third edition have already appeared:

MTS and the Computing Center, Volume 1, revised January 1973 Public File Descriptions, Volume 2, revised April 1971 Subroutine and Macro Descriptions, Volume 3, revised May 1973 Terminals and Tapes, Volume 4, revised August 1974 System Services, Volume 5, revised March 1974 SNOBOL4, Volume 9, March 1969 (currently out of print)

BASIC in MTS, Volume 10, August 1971 Plot Description System, Volume 11, April 1971 Data Concentrator User's Guide, Volume 13, revised August 1973

Others are in preparation. The numerical order of the volumes is not necessarily the chronological order; for example, Volumes 2, 3, and 9 appeared before Volume 1. However, in

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MTS The Michigan Terminal System VOLUME 4: TERMINALS AND TAPES Third Edition August 1974 Revised

general, the higher the number, the more specialized the volume is. Volume 1, for example, introduces the user to MTS and the Computing Center, while Volume 10 deals exclusively with BASIC. The attempt to make each volume mostly self-contained naturally results in a certain amount of repetition. Such things a public file descri...