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From: markus schnalke <>
To: TUHS main list <>
Subject: [TUHS] Re: ed: f command (facts vs. file)
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2022 18:17:52 +0200	[thread overview]
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[2022-07-18 12:52] markus schnalke <>
> [2022-07-11 19:30] Douglas McIlroy <>
> > 
> > Lomutu and Lomuto, "A Unix Primer"
> Thanks for the recommendation of this book. I now have a copy and
> am looking forward to reading it.

Now I enjoy reading through the book. Thereby I came across this
piece of information (section 7.3.3, p. 87):

	(Historically, f stands for ``facts'', but most people
	prefer to think of it as an abbreviation for ``file''.)

Why ``facts''?

The manpage in 1st Edition does not list an f command at all.

The manpage in 3rd Edition explains f as ``the filename command''.

Assember and C sources of various editions all talk about filename
and none about facts.

Neither does ``facts'' seem to come from qed.

I couldn't find an f command there at all.

What's the background for the comment about ``facts''?


  reply	other threads:[~2022-07-22 16:18 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 5+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2022-07-11 17:30 [TUHS] Re: ed: multiple addresses (with semicolons) Douglas McIlroy
2022-07-18 10:52 ` markus schnalke
2022-07-22 16:17   ` markus schnalke [this message]
2022-07-22 17:14     ` [TUHS] Re: ed: f command (facts vs. file) Phil Budne
2022-07-23  5:47       ` markus schnalke

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