I was unsuccessful in finding any links that worked. Am I missing
something? Did anyone have better luck?

On Fri, May 26, 2017 at 1:35 AM, Steve Nickolas <usots...@buric.co> wrote:

> On Thu, 25 May 2017, Jim Hall wrote:
>
> Minibox is an interesting project, but I wonder why implement
>> everything in one large binary, just to execute simple commands. I
>> know you are mimicking Busybox (above). But on a DOS system, it seems
>> very resource heavy to load a large exe that requires DPMI to do
>> commands like: (from the README)
>>
>>  beep
>>  cat
>>  cd
>>  clear
>>  cp
>>  date
>>  echo
>>  ls
>>  mkdir
>>  mv
>>  pwd
>>  rm
>>  rmdir
>>  sh
>>  time
>>
>>
>> Wouldn't it be easier and more resource efficient to implement these
>> as small, individual programs? "cat" is not a very big program, for
>> example.
>>
>
> This.
>
> There's an interesting parallel here, and I think this would make a
>> good project for someone: Years ago, there was the "GNUish" project,
>> which ported the GNU utilities to DOS. But eventually the project
>> stalled. Before GNUish shut down, they reached out to me to mirror
>> their files. You can find them here:
>> http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/micro/pc-stuff/freedos/gnuish/
>>
>> Info here:
>> http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/micro/pc-stuff/freedos/gnuish/gnuish.htm
>>
>>
>> I think it would be great for someone to pick up the GNUish project
>> again. Port the GNU Utilities (ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/) to FreeDOS
>> using OpenWatcom, or DJGPP. This is likely challenging, as it will
>> require creating wrappers for different functionality, workarounds for
>> other functionality that doesn't (or can't?) exist on DOS, etc.
>>
>> *That* is something that would be really interesting on FreeDOS! We
>> already have some Unix-like programs in FreeDOS (cal, du, bc, grep,
>> sed, ...) and a few utilities exist at DJ Delorie's repo, but AFAIK no
>> one has created a comprehensive update to GNUish.
>>
>
> I think one of the last updates to GNUish was when I got a wild hair and
> ported over a then-recent "cpio".  That had to be around 2000...
>
> I've thought of doing something similar to GNUish using rewritten code
> and/or BSD code but there's not much stuff that ports over without a lot of
> rewriting, and back in those days I was a newcomer to C.  Maybe I should
> try again.
>
> -uso.
>
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