[TUHS] dmr note on BSD's sins

Andy Kosela akosela at andykosela.com
Wed May 3 07:22:36 AEST 2017

On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, Diomidis Spinellis <dds at aueb.gr> wrote:

> 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.
This talk is today as legendary as Plato's "On the Good" lecture[1].

[1] https://www.jstor.org/stable/4182081

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