Reminds me of a comment a seasoned co-worker came out with when looking over a new employee's program, filled with variableNamesThatRanOnAndOnForHalfALineOrMaybeLonger.  "I used to write boot loaders that were shorter than your variable names!"


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"Andy Kosela" <>

"Dave Horsfall" <>
"The Eunuchs Hysterical Society" <>
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:58:59 +0100
Re: [TUHS] TECO was: Re: basic tools / Universal Unix

On Thursday, November 16, 2017, Dave Horsfall <> wrote:
On Thu, 16 Nov 2017, Dave Horsfall wrote:

Speaking of which, am I the only one annoyed by Penguin/OS' silly coloured "ls" output?  I can never remember how to turn off that frippery, as the contrast is particularly hard on my eyes; the minimalist "F" flag works just fine.

Thanks, all; I'll just knock up a simple script that blows away the entire environment and unaliases everything in sight.  I'll probably call it "orca" because I have a warped sense of humour...

Unix taught me to be minimalist; you had to be when writing a bootstrap to fit into 512 bytes...

If you happen to be on Red Hat derived Linux, the easiest way to turn off all this crap is to rename /etc/profile to something like /etc/profile.dist and then populate your own startup scripts.

For a minimalist prompt I just use:

  export PS1='\h \$ '