About aixpdslib

AIX PDSLIB was a huge archive of freeware for AIX versions 3.2 through 5.3, originally built and hosted at UCLA (dead site). It was withdrawn in fall 2007.
Although the stuff is rather old by now, it might still serve as a starter, since pre-built software for AIX versions 3 and 4 are pretty hard to get by nowadays.
A mirror existed @ computer-refuge (dead site), which went away as well some time in 2012 or 2013, iirc. Another one, @ TU Cottbus (dead site), is no longer available too.
I have an offline mirror of the ftp archive plus some rescued steering pages.

Unpacking aixpdslib packages

These will expand into ./usr/local, so e.g.:
   cd /                        # into /usr/local  
   zcat tcp_wrappers.7.6plusipv6.tar.Z | tar -xvf -
Sometimes this is not what you would want, an alternative for example is:
   cd /opt/                    # into /opt
   mkdir     bzip2-1.0.2
   mkdir usr
   ln -sf ../bzip2-1.0.2 usr/local
   zcat bzip2.1.0.2.tar.Z | tar -xvf -

Last update: 2-Mar-2014, M.Kraemer