[TUHS] etymology of cron
dugo at xs4all.nl
Sun Jan 3 20:30:25 AEST 2016
On 2016-01-02 20:26, Ronald Natalie wrote:
> Well, Mike thinks. UNIX needs a ping program as well so we can test
> things. He banged it out in about an hour. Mike joked years
> later about PING being an acronym for packet inter network groper but
> he was NEVER serious about it.
Well, the source code for the fuzzball version of PING[1a] calls it
"P i n g - packet inter net groper".
The fuzzball manual[1b] calls it:
The Packet InterNet Groper (PING) is an internet measurement and
Mills's 1983 RFC889 calls the original PING Packet InterNet Groper.
There is his claim he invented it in 1979.
Where it seems Muus preferred to keep the sonar analogy pure for ping(8)
Mills liked to play with words all the time.
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