[conspire] People have been burned at the stake for less

Sean sean.channel at pacbell.net
Tue May 22 13:01:25 PDT 2012

I feel like something scary might happen if I read this out loud. :)

On 05/22/2012 11:39 AM, Rick Moen wrote:
> My colleague Colin was saying something about awk, sed, and grep --
> prompting me to rejoin, fatefully, that perhaps a revision of the
> Nicene Creed was in order.  He was rather taken with the idea, and
> a few minutes later produced this:
> 11:20<colin>  We believe in one stream editor, the concatenator of /dev/random
>                and /dev/null.
> 11:20<colin>  And in one vim, the son of sed the begotten editor of your father.
> 11:20<colin>  Grep of Grep, awk of awk, sed of sed, plain text and binary
>                files; of the same nature as regular files; by which all files
>                came into being.
> 11:20<colin>  By which we used piped or redirected for our shell scripts,
>                incarnating our desires, made by human and born perfectly of the
>                holy less.
> 11:20<colin>  We suffered with BSD and crucified it, and it rose again,
>                morphed into OSX with the same kernel and release notes.
> 11:20<colin>  Grep is awk with the same body and the glory of the filter, to
>                judge the symbolic and hard links, and in grep's kingdom there is
>                no EOF.
> 11:20<colin>  We believe links that are uncreated to be perfect, and those
>                created whether by ln -s or ln -h, came down upon the filesystem,
>                preached to the sysadmin and lived with the users.
> 11:20<colin>  We believe also in only one Universal, despotic and unholy OS,
>                dwelling in the fires of BSODs, in the permissions of 0740, and
>                the uninstalling of Windows, the resurrection of dead servers
>                and the everlasting judgementalism of Linux geeks.
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