[TUHS] /usr/bin/1

Clem Cole clemc at ccc.com
Wed Nov 4 01:53:16 AEST 2020


On Tue, Nov 3, 2020 at 10:49 AM Ron Natalie <ron at ronnatalie.com> wrote:

> This memory just came back to me.     There was a UNIX disribution
> (PWB/UNIX?) that had a program called 1.
> It printed tis quaint bit of propaganda.
> One Bell System.  It works.
> This was fine until one day I’m at work in a big bull pen computer room
> when Bernie, one of my co-workers, shouts.
> “What’s all this Bell System crud in the editor?”
> My reaction is, “Well, it’s all Bell System crud.”    I walk over to his
> terminal and find he is typing 1 repeatedly at the shell prompt and getting
> the above message.  (This was back in the old /bin/ed days where 1 got you
> to the top of the file).     I had to point out he wasn’t in the editor.
> Later that day, the program was changed to say:
> You’re not in the editor, Bernie.
> This I think made it into one of the BRL releases and occassionally got
> inquiries as to who Bernie is.
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