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The ABC's of Unix

Posted by Marius Voila on November 15, 2010 in London, U.K . — 0 comments This post contains 226 words

A is for awk which runs like a snail, and B is for biff which reads all your mail.

C is for cc as hackers recall, while D is for dd the command that does all.

E is for emacs which rebinds your keys, and F is for fsck which rebuilds your trees.

G is for grep a clever detective, while H is for halt which may seem defective.

I is for indent which rarely amuses, and J is for join which nobody uses.

K is for kill which makes you the boss, while L is for lex which is missing from DOS.

M is for more from which less was begot, and N is for nice which it really is not.

O is for od which prints out things nice, while P is for passwd which reads in strings twice.

Q is for quota a Berkeley-type fable, and R is for ranlib for sorting ar table.

S is for spell which attempts to belittle, while T is for true which does very little.

U is for uniq which is used after sort, and V is for vi which is hard to abort.

W is for whoami which tells you your name, while X is, well, X of dubious fame.

Y is for yes which makes an impression, and Z is for zcat which handles compression.