[TUHS] What was your "Aha, Unix!" moment?

Pierre DAVID pdagog at gmail.com
Wed Oct 16 23:29:45 AEST 2019

On Sun, Oct 13, 2019 at 02:45:37PM -0700, Steve Johnson wrote:
>My Aha, Unix! moment was the Unix man pages, especially that they had
>a section for BUGS.  The very reality of it attracted me.  As Gloria
>Steinem said, "Something doesn't have to be perfect to be
>wonderful!"  I notice that on Linux the older man pages still have
>BUG sections, but the newer ones don't.  Telling.   Even more
>telling is that 'man python' gives you a lot of information, but at
>the end where the Bugs section used to be is a section labled
>I did have the opportunity in the early years to demonstrate Unix to
>several dozen people, mostly users of the (IBM) mainframe computers
>and the GE/Honeywell Time Sharing System.  The sequence that
>initiated gasps, confusion, and ultimately joy was:
>%  echo hello joe > hijoe
>% cat hijoe
>hello joe

Coming from a Multics background, my first view of Unix (sort of 
v7 ported to a Bull Mini6) was more like a rant: "cwd" on Multics 
has been renamed to a more cryptic "cd" on Unix, these guys have 
done worse!

The Aha! came when I realized that redirections were so simple...  


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