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June 11th, 2008
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Greatest. Unix. Command. Ever.
So we were writing some shell scripts here at work today, and while debugging a delete command that wasn't working as expected, the following sentence in the man page for rm caught my eye:

The interactive mode used to be a dsw command, a carryover from the ancient past with an amusing etymology.

Which led me to Google, and thus to a bit of history on dsw, the Real Programmer's way to delete files.

The acronym itself turns out to be boring, but what a backstory!

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Date:June 12th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
What a backstory indeed! I'm glad you (and he) thought to look that up. :)
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Date:June 12th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
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