[ih] Unix vs. Multics (was - Re: what is and isn't the web, was Rise and Fall of the Gopher Protocol)

Lyndon Nerenberg lyndon at orthanc.ca
Mon Aug 22 20:25:59 PDT 2016

> On Aug 22, 2016, at 6:14 PM, John Levine <johnl at iecc.com> wrote:
> Unix systems have hard links, which are fully synonymous names for the
> same file

That's where the metaphor falls apart.  English language metaphors don't vanish when the words they direct towards vanish.  Sometimes, they take over for the abandoned target.

Symlinks are aliases, perhaps.  But they aren't synonyms.  Not in the context of spoken language.


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