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* [TUHS] /usr/bin/1
@ 2020-11-03 15:40 Ron Natalie
  2020-11-03 15:53 ` Clem Cole
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From: Ron Natalie @ 2020-11-03 15:40 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: tuhs

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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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* Re: [TUHS] /usr/bin/1
  2020-11-03 15:40 [TUHS] /usr/bin/1 Ron Natalie
@ 2020-11-03 15:53 ` Clem Cole
  2020-11-03 16:00 ` pobox.com
  2020-11-03 20:56 ` John Cowan
  2 siblings, 0 replies; 4+ messages in thread
From: Clem Cole @ 2020-11-03 15:53 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: Ron Natalie; +Cc: The Eunuchs Hysterical Society

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👍

On Tue, Nov 3, 2020 at 10:49 AM Ron Natalie <ron@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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* Re: [TUHS] /usr/bin/1
  2020-11-03 15:40 [TUHS] /usr/bin/1 Ron Natalie
  2020-11-03 15:53 ` Clem Cole
@ 2020-11-03 16:00 ` pobox.com
  2020-11-03 20:56 ` John Cowan
  2 siblings, 0 replies; 4+ messages in thread
From: pobox.com @ 2020-11-03 16:00 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: Ron Natalie; +Cc: tuhs

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On Nov 3, 2020, at 7:40 AM, Ron Natalie <ron@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.

Yes, PWB/UNIX.

I seem to recall it also had /usr/bin/flog. You pass it a process ID as argument, and it was supposed to make the process work harder. (I can't remember the exact wording on the web page. In fact, I could be confused about it being in PWB.)



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* Re: [TUHS] /usr/bin/1
  2020-11-03 15:40 [TUHS] /usr/bin/1 Ron Natalie
  2020-11-03 15:53 ` Clem Cole
  2020-11-03 16:00 ` pobox.com
@ 2020-11-03 20:56 ` John Cowan
  2 siblings, 0 replies; 4+ messages in thread
From: John Cowan @ 2020-11-03 20:56 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: Ron Natalie; +Cc: The Eunuchs Hysterical Society

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

One Bell System.  It works.
>

I was told, though I didn't see this for myself, that in a post-1982
release it was changed to read "One Bell System.  It used to work."
Googling turns up "One Bell System.  It used to work before they installed
the Dimension."  (I don't know what that means.)

Every day I type "1" (or sometimes "0") to get to the top of the file in
`ex`.  (I know, of course, that `ed` is the standard editor, but I'm
willing to trade off a little standardosity for a little more helpfulness.)

As for flog(1), there is a boring modern command called that: it writes
stdin to a specified log file and rotates it on receiving SIGHUP.



John Cowan          http://vrici.lojban.org/~cowan        cowan@ccil.org
Yes, chili in the eye is bad, but so is your ear.  However, I would
suggest you wash your hands thoroughly before going to the toilet.
        --gadicath

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