[TUHS] The most surprising Unix programs

Clem Cole clemc at ccc.com
Sat Mar 14 22:24:04 AEST 2020

It's in the V7 sources and binaries in the TUHS archives:

% find . -name '*struct*' -print

On Sat, Mar 14, 2020 at 7:31 AM Harald Arnesen <skogtun at gmail.com> wrote:

> Doug McIlroy [14.03.2020 00:31]:
> > struct
> >
> > Brenda Baker undertook her Fortan-to-Ratfor converter against the advice
> > of her department head--me. I thought it would likely produce an ad hoc
> > reordering of the orginal, freed of statement numbers, but otherwise no
> > more readable than a properly indented Fortran program. Brenda proved
> > me wrong. She discovered that every Fortran program has a canonically
> > structured form. Programmers preferred the canonicalized form to what
> > they had originally written.
> I've been trying to find the source to this. I have lots of old
> spaghetti-Fortran routines from a former job, and I would love to try
> making it somewhat understandable.
> --
> Hilsen Harald
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