[TUHS] Short history of 'grep'

Mary Ann Horton mah at mhorton.net
Sun Jan 31 06:20:56 AEST 2016

OK, for those who haven't heard it before...

There was a meeting at Bell Labs.  One women came in late, all out of 
breath.  She apologized: "I'm so sorry I'm late, but I was grepping my 
apartment for my keys."

One of the senior UNIX guys in the meeting responded dryly:  "You should 
have used egrep, it's faster."

On 01/30/2016 11:44 AM, Dave Horsfall wrote:
> On Sat, 30 Jan 2016, Mary Ann Horton wrote:
>> I'm wondering if anyone can confirm the (possibly apocryphal) grep story
>> about the meeting at Bell Labs and the person who was late because she
>> couldn't find her keys?  Maybe put some names to the characters?
>> (I can tell the story as I heard it, but I suspect we've all heard it
>> before.)
> Please do; I haven't heard it, so others may not have...

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