It was a Unix version of the runoff text-formatting program from Multics, which was a descendant of RUNOFF for CTSS (the first computerized text-formatting application).

- Roff (software)

This runoff code was the ancestor of roff that was written for the fledgling Unix in assembly language by Ken Thompson.

- TYPSET and RUNOFF

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Nroff

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Text-formatting program on Unix and Unix-like operating systems.

Text-formatting program on Unix and Unix-like operating systems.

nroff and the related troff were both developed from the original roff.

It was a descendant of the RUNOFF program from CTSS, the first computerized text-formatting program, and is a predecessor of the Unix troff document processing system.

Jerry Saltzer

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American computer scientist.

American computer scientist.

RUNOFF, a very early text-formatting program which was the basis for roff and nroff