Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Jan 2012 14:10 UTC
General Unix "One of the fun examples among all the copyright fuss is the extreme example of copyright claims made by AT&T some time in the 1980s. It's the /bin/true program. This is a dummy' library program whose main function is to make it easy to write infinite loops (while true do ...) in shells scripts. The 'true' program does nothing; it merely exits with a zero exit status. This can be done with an empty file that's marked executable, and that's what it was in the earliest unix system libraries. Such an empty file will be interpreted as a shell script that does nothing, and since it does this successfully, the shell exits with a zero exit status. But AT&T's lawyers decided that this was worthy of copyright protection." Three blank lines. Copyrighted. You can't make this stuff up.
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umm
by kristoph on Mon 30th Jan 2012 23:31 UTC
kristoph
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2006-01-01

1) /bin/true is copyright on all systems, including gnu/linux systems

2) you can't copyright nothing (an old /bin/true script) so this is likely a doc bug in the old systems

3) your just making shit up to rant about - why don't you just save the rage for ACTA which deserves it

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RE: umm
by zima on Sun 5th Feb 2012 13:06 in reply to "umm"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I don't see much ranting there, not from anybody you'd be probably addressing as "your just making shit up" - OTOH, when it comes to the larger quotation, I see it comes from an URL containing "humor"...

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