Unix witticisms

Steffen Nurpmeso steffen at sdaoden.eu
Sun Oct 8 00:21:31 AEST 2017


Russell Page <RussellPage at foxhat.net> wrote:
 |On 6/10/2017 1:26 AM, Ron Natalie wrote:
 ...
 |> There was a contest back on UNIX-WIZARDS in the day to generate new errno
 |> codes.    My favorite was ELECTROLUX - Your code needs cleaning up.
 |>
 |> A joke issue of the Computation Center at UT Austin's newsletter
 |> (Universally Plexus at Autism) had an item about UNIX Pipes not permitted \
 |> in
 |> non-smoking areas.   I think that was also the source of the "Cannot \
 |> fork--
 |> Try again during lunch" quote.
 ...
 |ENOTOBACCO - call would block on empty pipe.

You know, i liked that so much when i have heard this first that
the BSD Mail i maintain uses the following as a catch-all error:

  ?0!0/NONE[#/var/spool/mail/steffen]? echo \
      $^ERR-1000: $^ERRNAME-1000: $^ERRDOC-1000
  255: NOTOBACCO: Snorkeling on empty pipe

--steffen
|
|Der Kragenbaer,                The moon bear,
|der holt sich munter           he cheerfully and one by one
|einen nach dem anderen runter  wa.ks himself off
|(By Robert Gernhardt)


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