[TUHS] dmr note on BSD's sins

Diomidis Spinellis dds at aueb.gr
Wed May 3 06:28:25 AEST 2017

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.


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