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Re: <nettime> wobblies
Morlock Elloi on Sun, 29 Aug 2004 13:07:46 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> wobblies

> mv boss.class /dev/null

This is probably the best example of total zaelot incompetence and ignorance
which may provide a genetic excuse for fucking the working class (as if we need
any.) Stupidity is a crime.

You see, sounding geeky-cool is easy when the audience is composed of morons.

What the above command does is renaming boss.class to /dev/null.

Now, /dev/null is unix special file which absorbs all writes to it and is used
to discard data by redirecting output to it.

The above command effectively destroyes the special file and renames boss.class
to /dev/null. As everyone still expects /dev/null to be the special,
discard-all-data file, they will continue to use it but they will be actually
writing to boss.class, whatever it may be, and the data will not be destroyed
but maybe archived forever (boss.class could be a file pipe) or directly
delivered to master.boss screen.

I will leave the analogies to the audience.

     mv -- move files

     mv [-f | -i | -n] [-v] source target
     mv [-f | -i | -n] [-v] source ... directory

     In its first form, the mv utility renames the file named by the source
     operand to the destination path named by the target operand.  This form
     is assumed when the last operand does not name an already existing direc-

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