On 2016-01-02 20:26, Ronald Natalie wrote:
Well, Mike thinks. UNIX needs a ping program as well
so we can test
things. He banged it out in about an hour. Mike joked years
later about PING being an acronym for packet inter network groper but
he was NEVER serious about it.
Well, the source code for the fuzzball version of PING[1a] calls it
"P i n g - packet inter net groper".
The fuzzball manual[1b] calls it:
The Packet InterNet Groper (PING) is an internet measurement and
Mills's 1983 RFC889 calls the original PING Packet InterNet Groper.
There is his claim he invented it in 1979.
Where it seems Muus preferred to keep the sonar analogy pure for ping(8)
Mills liked to play with words all the time.