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Re: [OT] Re: how to start in "overwrite-mode"

From: Stephane CHAZELAS
Subject: Re: [OT] Re: how to start in "overwrite-mode"
Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 17:48:51 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.16 (2007-09-19)

2009-10-28 11:06:09 -0400, Chris F.A. Johnson:
> On Wed, 28 Oct 2009, Greg Wooledge wrote:
> > On Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 02:00:53PM +0000, Stephane CHAZELAS wrote:
> > > I can understand it. I was more curious about the origins. After
> > > all, that breaks Bourne backward compatibility (in a shell
> > > called Bourne-again shell)
> > 
> > Bourne shell has no functions at all.
>    Had. Only before 1984. Since then it has had functions.
>    The first shell I used, the Bourne shell on AT&T SVR3.2, had
>    functions.


The best place for information on the Bourne shell IMO is

Where we learn that Solaris (well SunOS at the time) sh has had
functions since SunOS 3, which according to
http://www.levenez.com/unix/ (another great site about Unix
history) takes us back to early 1986.


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