Xah Lee's Unixism

Rob Warnock rpw3 at rpw3.org
Wed Sep 1 04:36:14 CEST 2004


Craig A. Finseth  <news at finseth.com> wrote:
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| Ville Vainio  <ville at spammers.com> wrote:
| >... and / as path separator still screws up most of their cmd line
| >programs (which think / is for command line options).
| >Microsoft probably thought avoiding compatibility is a good idea, and
| >have only lately started to have some regrets...
| 
| Wrong.  The / was chosen as the command line option separator because
| whoever wrote MSDOS was looking to CP/M, who modelled their commands
| after a PDP-11 operating system (RT-11?).
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Which, like PS/8 & OS-8 [and "DECsystem-8" from Geordia Tech] for the
PDP-8, modelled the command syntax after that of the venerable PDP-10!!

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| Consider the "PIP" command.
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Indeed. And COPY & DEL & DIR, etc.


-Rob

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