[TUHS] Again about etymology: rc

Dan Cross crossd at gmail.com
Thu Mar 24 05:30:24 AEST 2016

They stand for, "run-com" as in "run commands": This was the name for a
scripting facility in, I believe, CTSS.

On Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 3:20 PM, Rocky Hotas <rockyhotas at post.com> wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> I am Rocky and this is my first message. Before starting, I would like to
> thank you for all the valuable informations and stories you post here.
> About the History of Unix, I was wondering with another guy why the rc
> script has that name. As many of you already know, and according to NetBSD,
> FreeBSD, OpenBSD (current) manual,
> "The rc utility is the command script which controls" the startup of
> various services, "and is invoked by init(8)" (from DESCRIPTION).
> "The rc command appeared in 4.0BSD" (from HISTORY).
> Words may slightly change between the three distributions, but the meaning
> and the informations provided are the same. So, the etymology of rc does
> not appear in the man pages. Do you know how to recover it? Do (or did) the
> letters rc have some meaning in this context?
> Cheers,
> Rocky
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