[mu OT] /dev/null :D

From: sime1brt (sime1brt@topvideo.net)
Date: Sun May 16 1999 - 12:32:03 CEST


/dev/null is full!
Straight from the department of General Humor

   A major bug was detected today in all Unix-like operating systems.
   Millions and millions of people have been redirecting error
   messages and standard output to /dev/null for decades without bothering
   to think about what happened to that data. It appears that the
   data just stayed in /dev/null, and we are now facing the
   consequences: /dev/null is full.
   For Unix users, /dev/null was a convenient way to destroy messages
   that they did not understand or were too lazy to to read: warnings
   from programs they used, bug reports concerning programs they wrote,
   messages from the boss and other uninteresting emails, etc. From now
   on, they will be forced to read everything. This will result in a
   massive loss of time for all Unix users.
   No Unix guru had ever predicted that /dev/null would be full one
   day.
   Mr. Kernighan declined comment, saying, "Ask Mr. Ritchie. He had the
   idea of that /dev/null thing." Mr. Ritchie said, "No, I think it was
   Mr. Thompson". Mr. Thompson responded: "Well, it's been a long
   time, but I'm sure it was not me."

   Thirty minutes after this bug was made public, Microsoft released a
   security patch for its Windows NT operating system. However, it
   was removed from the Web site when Microsoft engineers noticed
   that /dev/null did not exist on Windows NT and thus it was not
   affected by the bug. The security patch they had released was an
   empty file.

   Unix gurus warn that we should also be careful about the standard
   input (also known as stdin), because many people have been reading
   things from the standard input for years, and it may be empty very
   soon.

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