[TUHS] Cryptic Unix Commands

John P. Linderman jpl.jpl at gmail.com
Thu Sep 6 02:12:15 AEST 2018

On Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 11:44 AM, Noel Chiappa <jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu>

>     > From: Norman Wilson
>     > It is just plain wrong to code
>     >  kill(9, pid)
> _All_ uses of magic numbers in numeric form are wrong!
>         Noel

I completely agree, although you can do worse. A junior programmer I worked
with at MIT wrote (in IBM assembler)

twelv dc 10

(I probably have the syntax wrong, but he was declaring the value of
symbolic name 'twelv' to be 10). I have no idea why he did this. He didn't
last long.
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