[TUHS] [OT] Re: earliest Unix roff
lm at mcvoy.com
Fri Sep 20 07:51:07 AEST 2019
On Thu, Sep 19, 2019 at 05:46:13PM -0400, Steve Nickolas wrote:
> On Thu, 19 Sep 2019, Arthur Krewat wrote:
> >Serious question:
> >Which is better, creating a whole new binary to put in /usr/bin to do a
> >single task, or add a flag to cat?
> >Which is better, a proliferation of binaries w/standalone source code, or
> >a single code tree that can handle slightly different tasks and save
> >art k.
> I would argue that the more "Unix" way to do it is have the multiple
> binaries. One job, one tool, and chain them together to make bigger tools.
That worked when we were running on 64K machines. Modern machines do
a lot more and the problem space is not always a pipeline.
You aren't going to write a web server by spawning
cat | encrypt | http_servlet
That doesn't scale. At all.
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