[TUHS] etymology of cron

Greg 'groggy' Lehey grog at lemis.com
Wed Dec 23 10:40:44 AEST 2015

On Tuesday, 22 December 2015 at 19:27:20 -0500, Doug McIlroy wrote:
> I had never doubted that "cron" was a contraction of "chrono-".
> Wikipedia, however, offered several folk acronyms on a par
> with it. Brian asked Ken, who confirmed,
> "cron comes from the prefix (greek?) for time.
> it should have been chron, but i never could spell."
> I edited Wikipedia to expunge the nonsense. Amusingly that makes the
> article less "verifiable" because there had been literature
> citations for the nonsense, but there is none for the fact.

And sadly it has been reverted because it doens't meet Wikipedia
"Reliable Sources" :-(

Can we get ken to post the information here?  Then we would have a
reference for the change.

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