mathNEWS Issue 82.4: Friday, March 8, 2000

Random Assignment Revelations

In diligently working on my CS 448 assignment, I felt it appropriate to call my project "ass". This has interesting consequences.

If I interrupt cc(1) with a ^C, I get the message:

        *** ass removed.

As I like to archive binaries for the purposes of debugging, this caused problems later with 'cat ass | gzip > oldass.gz':

        cat: cannot open ass

However, if I'm patient and wait for cc to complete, the supplied Makefile then calls the command:

        strip ass

And all is well.

Joe Clancy

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