[TUHS] Speaking commands [Was: Bell System Technical Journal archive]

John P. Linderman jpl.jpl at gmail.com
Wed Jul 18 00:39:20 AEST 2018

Interesting that of all the commands mentioned, ar is (at least for me) no
longer used (although I haven't used ed in many years). As I recall it, ar
was mostly of use to address the extremely low limits on inodes and disk
space: the former by packing a bunch of files/inodes into a single file,
the latter by saving the wasted space on any file that wasn't a multiple of
512 bytes. I guess it lives on in the creation of "libraries" that could be
loaded by compilers, although I think shared objects have largely replaced
archive files, and I'm not sure if archive files are even accepted any more.

On Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 9:20 AM, <arnold at skeeve.com> wrote:

> Nemo <cym224 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I was intrigued by BMK's comment that "ed" was never spokend as "ed"
> > by "those in the know", which leads me to wonder how things were
> > spoken.
> I always spelled out the two-letter commands: e-d, a-r, l-s, r-m, c-p.
> chmod I pronounced as ch-mod (not mode), but 'rmdir' was 'remove dir'
> and for some reason, mv was move. (I think the doc for vi officially
> stated that the proram's name was to be pronounced v-i and not 'vie'.)
> Undoubtedly there were many regional differences... :-)
> Arnold
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