[TUHS] Source code abundance?

Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com
Wed Mar 8 01:28:51 AEST 2017


On Tue, Mar 07, 2017 at 10:13:31AM -0500, Ron Natalie wrote:
> For most of the time in my UNIX career, I was working either for the
> University or the US Army, so I never had any claim on my code.    It went
> out on various distributions, and I didn't think much about it.   Every once
> and a while I'd be surprised when I came across my code in some deployed
> system (of all things the NeXT box, for example).

Personally, so long as it wasn't garbage code, I've always been sort of
stoked to stumble across my code in strange places.  It's fun to think
that people found it useful.

There was a period of time, not sure if it is true now or not, that my
rewrite of dd(1) was in use at all the disk drive companies.  It has
a lot of tweaks in it for benchmarking, it can do random iops, report
bandwidth or latency, write a known pattern, verify the pattern, etc.
Nothing earth shattering but useful enough that when I talked to people
working on drives they'd mention it when we were talking about performance
stuff.  Neat.
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