[TUHS] etymology of cron
cowan at mercury.ccil.org
Thu Dec 24 02:04:36 AEST 2015
Norman Wilson scripsit:
> But if you follow the references cited to support the cron acronyms, you
> find that random unsupported assertions in conference papers do count.
> That's not a lot better.
Well, of course there are conferences and there are conferences. The
only conference I've ever had a paper published at, Balisage, is as
peer-reviewed as any journal. (And it is gold open access and doesn't
charge for pages -- the storage costs are absorbed as conference overhead.)
> I'd like to see a published, citable reference for the true origin
> of `cron'. Even better, better published material for a lot of the
> charming minutiae of the early days of UNIX. (Anyone feel up to
> interviewing Doug and Ken and Brian and whoever else is left, and
> writing it up for publication in ;login:?)
It can't be just raw oral history, though, or it's a primary source again.
People's memories *are* fallible. It's got to to be legitimate historical
> But I'd be satisfied if we could somehow stamp out the use of spurious
> references to support spurious claims.
I suppose you could get the original author(s) to print a retraction.
John Cowan http://www.ccil.org/~cowan cowan at ccil.org
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