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Does anyone know why /etc is called thus on Unices?
/etc used to be extremely sparsely populated. About 10 files on a fresh 7th Edition install. Have a look at a pdp11 emulator for more details.
I thought about that, but I have trouble buying it. It seems like a very poor choice :) Besides, it's not really miscellanous, there is some form of coherence there... perhaps though I'm getting that impression from having used unices for only five years.
-- Robin Berjon [berjon.com]
I call that the Burke Hypothesis! File it next to the the Burke Conjecture [cmu.edu]. I.e., with the duct tape and the Shoe Glue, in the junk drawer.
Exercise left for the reader: why does CPAN not have a Util::*, Misc::*, or Etc::* top-level namespace?
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