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

Gilles Gravier gilles at gravier.org
Wed Oct 23 15:13:24 AEST 2019


Mine was more of an "oh oh" moment... when, back in 1994, I needed to clean
up /tmp on the company Data General Aviion that I was administering... and
I typed "sudo rm -rf /tmp /*"

Notice the involuntary space between /tmp and /* ... hence the "oh oh..."
moment when I started seeing this take long... and when I typed Ctrl-C and
started seeing some things like "/bin/ls not found" when I looked for the
files in / ...


Le ven. 11 oct. 2019 à 00:55, Warren Toomey <wkt at tuhs.org> a écrit :

> All, we had another dozen TUHS suscribers to the list overnight. Welcome.
> A reminder that we're here to discuss Unix Heritage, so I'll nudge you
> if the conversation goes a bit off-topic.
> So I'll kick off another thread. What was your "ahah" moment when you
> first saw that Unix was special, especially compared to the systems you'd
> previously used?
> Mine was: Oh, I can:
>   + write a simple script
>   + to edit a file on the fly
>   + with no temporary files (a la pipes)
>   + AND I can change the file suffix and the system won't stop me!
> I was using TOPS-20 beforehand.
> Cheers, Warren

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