The People's Time Sharing System

A.S. Tanenbaum, W.H. Benson

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A set of programs running under a multiprogramming batch operating system on the CDC 6600 which provide remote users with a time sharing service is described. The basis for the system is the ability of a user program to create job control statements during execution, thereby tricking the operating system into treating it as an ordinary batch job. The text editor and the interactive debugging facilities are described. The performance of the system, known as the People's Time Sharing System (PTSS), and user reaction to it are also described. Copyright © 1973 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-119
Number of pages11
JournalSoftware, Practice and Experience
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1973


  • Debugging
  • On‐line debugging
  • Operating systems
  • Text editors
  • Time sharing


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