[TUHS] The Gnome and Its "Secret Place"

Warner Losh imp at bsdimp.com
Tue May 9 14:23:49 AEST 2023

On Mon, May 8, 2023, 9:32 PM segaloco via TUHS <tuhs at tuhs.org> wrote:

> > > In the midst of my documentation research, I've done a little analysis
> on the life and times of this whimsical little phrase which first appeared
> in the "HOW TO GET STARTED" or basinf section of the Third Edition manual
> (a derivative of the original login(VII) page):
> >
> > > "When you type to UNIX, a gnome deep in the system is gathering your
> characters and saving them in a secret place."
> >
> >
> > No sign of a login(VII) page in my "Program Generic PG-1C300 Issue 2"
> > manual (no page, no entry in table of context, or permuted index).
> By that point the quoted section was likely in the intro preceding the TOC
> and permuted index.  The login(VII) page only survived the first two
> editions, but portions of it were augmented into the secondary part of the
> introduction starting with the Third Edition manual.
> https://gitlab.com/segaloco/v2man/-/blob/master/man7/login.7
> vs
> https://www.tuhs.org/cgi-bin/utree.pl?file=V3/man/man0/basinf
> This basinf file persisted until somewhere between V6 and V7 when it was
> merged with intro.

I wonder if this is why the default root password on Venix is gnomes?


> - Matt G.
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