[ih] Unix vs. Multics (was - Re: what is and isn't the web, was Rise and Fall of the Gopher Protocol)
larrysheldon at cox.net
Tue Aug 23 20:03:58 PDT 2016
On 8/22/2016 22:25, Lyndon Nerenberg wrote:
>> 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.
I was taught (by some long forgotten somebody) there were [hard] "links"
and "symbolic lings".
"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by
its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole
life believing that it is stupid."
From Larry's Cox account.
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