[TUHS] Unix stories, Stephen Bourne and IF-FI in C code

Random832 random832 at fastmail.com
Mon Jan 9 12:18:08 AEST 2017


On Sun, Jan 8, 2017, at 20:06, Doug McIlroy wrote:
> >  if-fi and case-esac notation from Algol came to shell [via Steve Bourne]
> 
> There was some pushback which resulted in the strange compromise
> of if-fi, case-esac, do-done. Alas, the details have slipped from
> memory. Help, scj?

My guess would be that it was because od already existed as the octal
dump tool. I think I heard it from someone else who was guessing on the
same basis actually.


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