Why questions don't get answered, or "No, I've already RTFM, tell me the answer!"

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Thu Dec 29 13:47:37 UTC 2005

On Thu, 2005-12-29 at 04:30, Michael A. Peters wrote:

> > 
> > Craig, this is an 'ix'-like operating system. Users are expected to
> > abbreviate commands into oblivion, ls for list and ps for process status
> > come to mind. I concluded long LONG ago it was because people could not
> > type. (Hey, I sympathized with that concept, too!)
> Actually I think it was because storage space use to be extremely
> limited in original unix - so keeping commands short saved extra bits in
> scripting.

Remember that input devices were mechanical 300 baud tty's (printer,
keyboard, no video CRT) in those days.  Typing was not fun; making
corrections even less so.

  Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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