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#1 2015-12-08 22:54:50

NotNotLogical
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What does "ctl" stand for?

This is a ****really**** newbie question, but it's driving me nuts and I can't find it anywhere on the internet. What does the "ctl" in everything stand for? (E.g., "journalctl", "systemctl", ...). I am assuming it is "control"?

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#2 2015-12-08 23:05:16

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Re: What does "ctl" stand for?

does it really matter that much smile

man systemctl wrote:

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       systemctl - Control the systemd system and service manager

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#3 2015-12-08 23:08:30

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Re: What does "ctl" stand for?

I think you're right, it is 'control': http://www.freedesktop.org/software/sys … emctl.html

systemctl — Control the systemd system and service manager

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#4 2015-12-08 23:19:40

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Re: What does "ctl" stand for?

I always thought it was "cuttlefish"...


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#5 2015-12-09 01:02:54

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Re: What does "ctl" stand for?

Lennart Poettering is a big fan of the band Hole, so he postfixed all the tool names with Courtney Love's initials hoping one day she'd shack up with him.  But he got her middle name wrong, so she turned him down.  Otherwise it would have totally worked.

EDIT: and aren't you glad he got it wrong?  Who'd want to use journalcml and systemcml.  Camels?

*thinks to self: my next project might be called camelctl ... now I just need to figure out what it will do*


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#6 2015-12-09 01:07:54

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Re: What does "ctl" stand for?

Trilby wrote:

EDIT: and aren't you glad he got it wrong?  Who'd want to use journalcml and systemcml.  Camels?

*thinks to self: my next project might be called camelctl ... now I just need to figure out what it will do*

Parse scripts into Perl, obviously. tongue


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#7 2015-12-09 22:53:44

karol
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Re: What does "ctl" stand for?

Please remember to write a cool book about it.

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#8 2015-12-10 06:25:10

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Re: What does "ctl" stand for?

Trilby wrote:

*thinks to self: my next project might be called camelctl ... now I just need to figure out what it will do*

Or camelcml


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