[TUHS] xargs - where from?

Scot Jenkins scotnospam12 at sj.sdf.org
Wed Feb 27 12:03:26 AEST 2013

> On 02/26/2013 04:28 PM, Steve Simon wrote:
>> where did xargs come from? I started with Edition 7 (Perkin Elmer
>> V7 + bits of BSD 2.1) and I am pretty sure it wasn't there.
>> -Steve

Mary Ann Horton wrote:
> My recollection (supported by my 1990 book) is that xargs came from PWB 
> for use with the Mashey shell, before we had the `command` construct.

FreeBSD [1] and NetBSD [2] man pages (see HISTORY section)
seem to confirm PWB as the source.


[2] http://netbsd.gw.com/cgi-bin/man-cgi?xargs++NetBSD-current


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