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>Ever heard of .cshrc? That's a city in Bosnia. Right? -- Discussion in comp.os.linux.misc on the intuitiveness of commands


Ok, it's not funny if you're not a UNIX whack, but I am, and I loved it.  Deal.

And the icon is the closest I have to the BSD daemon.  Again, deal.

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marmoe
Jul. 28th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
IIRC its inhabitants are pretty unforgiving wrt
rm -rf * .tmp
;-)
ccdesan
Jul. 28th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
That's funny from the linguistic side, even if you're not a Unix whack. So, Mr. BOFH, "C shell" is buried in there, but what's the "rc" stand for?
sleepyjohn00
Jul. 28th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
dot: make this file invisible unless looked for
Csh: part of the C shell environment
rc: run control? Execute the contents of this file when the associated command starts up

.cshrc is executed whenever you start a new C shell, you can populate it with your favorite environment setup commands.
ccdesan
Jul. 28th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
Aha. As I thought, the meaning of RC is lost in the mists of time. Run Control is a good guess, though. Yeah, I'm just starting down the path of the dark side, but it's not much different from early command-line environments, and for some reason even makes me think - if only by metonymy - of OS/VS2 JCL...

When I get a new computer, this current box is going to be wiped and become a unix-only machine...

Edited at 2009-07-28 08:15 pm (UTC)
carlfoxmarten
Jul. 29th, 2009 08:38 am (UTC)
Congrats on that, we need more Linux users in the world.

And if you need any help, I'm available...
sleepyjohn00
Jul. 29th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
marmoe
Jul. 28th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
Brian Ward in "How Linux works" (just googled it) claims that "rc" in "/etc/rc" stands for "run commands". Makes sense and ought to hold true for all the other rc-files.
marmoe
Jul. 28th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
I like the "sea shell" association. :)
deckardcanine
Jul. 28th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
Is "BSD" the same as "BSOD"?
sleepyjohn00
Jul. 29th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)
BSOD is the Windows Blue Screen of Death; BSD is the Berkeley Software Distribution, one of the original splits in the UNIX family tree. BSD went one way, AT&T went another. years and years of geek infighting over which one was best, then Linus Torvalds set up Linux and smoked 'em both.
carlfoxmarten
Jul. 29th, 2009 08:44 am (UTC)
Your daemon is close enough that it probably doesn't matter.
(it almost looks better, actually)

If you want a good geek joke, I found a page of funny error messages:
http://www.fsckin.com/2007/09/24/189-humorous-unix-errors/
(some are duplicates, and not all of them are actually funny)

And if you're into ASCII-art, part of Star Wars episode 4:
http://attaboy.ca/archives/2002/06/000064.php
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