[TUHS] made up errno contest, at an early USENIX

Aharon Robbins arnold at skeeve.com
Sun Sep 28 05:19:58 AEST 2014

Hi All.

This is really gonna stretch the memories. (I may have even asked about
it on this list before.)

At one of the earlier USENIX conferences that I attended, maybe in
Atlanta, there was a contest to make up humorous new errno values.
The one that won, which I remember to this day was:

	A host is a host from coast to coast,
	and no-one can talk to host that's close,
	unless the host that isn't close
	is busy, hung, or dead.

I have quoted this is the gawk doc for many years.

I'm wondering if there is a way to find out who was the author
of this gem? I'd like to give him/her credit.



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