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#1 2022-11-22 19:46:22

d.ALT
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Registered: 2019-05-10
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Award? Cat? porkmail.org?

Since @seth pointed me something I presume is a bad habit, I opened this.
(it's not inherent to the original discussion, I didn't want to clutter it with Off-Topic).

award, noun, uk /əˈwɔːd/, us /əˈwɔrd/
a prize given to someone for something good they have done

(https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictio … lian/award)

Other Fun Awards
This could evolve into a good listing of "don't do that" shell programming idioms.

(https://porkmail.org/era/unix/award)

We're speaking of irony here, right? tongue
[non-native English speaker here: it is always challenging for me trying to grasp the concepts and nuances of English language]

Soooo... What's going on here? What have I done so bad this time? big_smile roll

Also, was this really a thing back in time in the UNIX world? It's something like a "meme"?

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seth wrote:
grep --color=auto nocrs /proc/cmdline

Cool! cool Thanks @seth!


<49,17,III,I>    Fama di loro il mondo esser non lassa;
<50,17,III,I>    misericordia e giustizia li sdegna:
<51,17,III,I>    non ragioniam di lor, ma guarda e passa.

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#2 2022-11-22 20:45:58

seth
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Re: Award? Cat? porkmail.org?

"cat somefile | grep" is a pointless cat; cat-abuse, if you will.
grep can read somefile just fine by itself.

The "award" is kinda like the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Raspberry_Awards


Also, was this really a thing back in time in the UNIX world?

1995 AC is 4 AWWW (after WWW) or 3 BG (before google)
The internet was *exclusively* used by nerds (and I mean *actual* nerds. Also the promise of hot girls on the internet was, in restrospect, some kind of a lie…) at the time (and the military, but only the nerdy soldiers)

And nerds do weird stuff.

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#3 2022-11-22 21:20:12

jasonwryan
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Re: Award? Cat? porkmail.org?

Humour was a central plank of early UNIX/hacker culture; from pranks through to simple word play. Nerdy word play, obviously...


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#4 2022-11-23 07:29:16

d.ALT
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Re: Award? Cat? porkmail.org?

Now it's all clear to me.
Thanks for the (historical) context guys!


<49,17,III,I>    Fama di loro il mondo esser non lassa;
<50,17,III,I>    misericordia e giustizia li sdegna:
<51,17,III,I>    non ragioniam di lor, ma guarda e passa.

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