[TUHS] FreeBSD retires gets()!

Dave Horsfall dave at horsfall.org
Wed Nov 27 08:32:07 AEST 2019

On Tue, 26 Nov 2019, Norman Wilson wrote:

> We retired gets from Research UNIX back in 1984 or perhaps earlier, with 
> no serious pain because replacing it wasn't hard and everybody agreed 
> with the reason.

Interesting...  Then again,. you weren't bound by POSIX :-)

> I'm glad to hear some part of the rest of the world is catching up.

The wheels grind slowly...

> We also decided to retire the old Enigma-derived crypt(1), except we 
> didn't want to throw it out entirely in case someone had an old 
> encrypted file and wanted the contents back.  So it was removed from the 
> manual and the binary moved to /usr/games.

Back in the Usenet days, somebody posted the Cryptobreakers Workbench (?) 
which was designed to work with crypt-encrypted files; it's probably still 
around somewhere...  Fairly easy to break as I recall, because it emulated 
a single-rotor Enigma.

-- Dave

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