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Friday February 14, 2003
04:53 AM

etc

[ #10579 ]

Does anyone know why /etc is called thus on Unices?

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  • But I would guess that it's just where the miscellaneous left over stuff went after /usr, /bin and /dev.

    /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.

    -Dom

    • 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.

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      -- Robin Berjon [berjon.com]

  • Just as "no plan ever survives contact with the enemy", no ontology (whether explicit or not) ever survives actual use without sprouting a de facto Etc/Misc classification.

    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.