[TUHS] dmr note on BSD's sins

Steve Johnson scj at yaccman.com
Wed May 3 06:34:38 AEST 2017


Thanks for the correction -- that is indeed the paper I was thinking
of...

Steve

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From: "Diomidis Spinellis" <dds at aueb.gr>
To:"Steve Johnson" <scj at yaccman.com>, "Toby Thain"
<toby at telegraphics.com.au>, <tuhs at minnie.tuhs.org>
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Sent:Tue, 2 May 2017 23:28:25 +0300
Subject:Re: [TUHS] dmr note on BSD's sins

 On 02/05/2017 19:11, Steve Johnson wrote:
 > I recall a paper Dennis wrote (maybe more like a note) that was
titled
 > echo -c considered harmful
 > (I think it was -c). It decried the tendency, now completely out of
 > control, for everybody and their dog to piddle on perfectly good
code
 > just because it's "open".

 There's definitely Rob Pike's talk "UNIX Style, or cat -v Considered 
 Harmful", which he delivered at the 1983 Usenix Association
Conference 
 and Software Tools USers Group Summer Conference. Unfortunately, I 
 can't find it online. It's interesting that the talk's date is now 
 closer to the birth of Unix than to the present.

 Diomidis

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