[TUHS] Subject: Re: A portrait of cut(1)

Doug McIlroy doug at cs.dartmouth.edu
Thu Nov 12 12:11:53 AEST 2015

> /*        (-s option: serial concatenation like old (127's) paste command */
> For that matter, what's the "old (127's) paste command" it refers to?

I can't remember 127 ever having a "paste" command. We did have "ov",
which overlaid adjacent pairs of formatted pages to make two-column
text. "Serial concatenation" would seem to be what was done by "pr"
or "cat".

"ov" figured in the flurry of demos on the day of pipes' birth.
        nroff | ov | ov
made four-column output.

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