[TUHS] A portrait of cut(1)

Random832 random832 at fastmail.com
Wed Nov 11 10:16:01 AEST 2015

markus schnalke <meillo at marmaro.de> writes:
> [2015-11-09 08:58] Doug McIlroy <doug at cs.dartmouth.edu>
>> things like "cut" and "paste", whose exact provenance
>> I can't recall.
> Thanks for reminding me that I wanted to share my portrait of
> cut(1) with you. (I sent some questions to this list, a few
> months ago, remember?) Now, here it is:
> 	http://marmaro.de/docs/freiesmagazin/cut/cut.en.pdf

Did you happen to find out what GWRL stands for, in the the comments at
the top of early versions of cut.c and paste.c?

/* cut : cut and paste columns of a table (projection of a relation) (GWRL) */
/* Release 1.5; handles single backspaces as produced by nroff    */
/* paste: concatenate corresponding lines of each file in parallel. Release 1.4 (GWRL) */
/*        (-s option: serial concatenation like old (127's) paste command */

For that matter, what's the "old (127's) paste command" it refers to?

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