Re: BASIC for the CBM-II/8088

From: Rhialto <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2018 18:51:42 +0200
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On Fri 20 Jul 2018 at 01:05:09 +0200, Mia Magnusson wrote:
> Imho it's a bummer that Commodore didn't add seek to their drives back
> in the days. On a PET or B it might not had taken that much time to
> actually read every data of a file until the right position is reached,
> but on the serial drives it was a pain in the ass. Also they should
> have abandoned the USR file stuff and just added a mode similar to USR
> files but just using a map of the blocks of the file speeding up
> seeking but otherwise transparent to the user/programmer.

I think you could have that with REL files and records of 254 bytes
each. But I'm not sure if you could easily read such files sequentially.

___ Olaf 'Rhialto' Seibert  -- Wayland: Those who don't understand X
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Received on 2018-07-21 19:01:40

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