Saturday Apr 24, 2004

The Fifth Sentence

[Originally posted to my blog inside the Sun firewall and migrated later to blogs.sun.com]

Out on planetsun.org this weekend are posts by Tim Bray and Dave Edmondson, about a "silly internet game", which you play as follows:

  1. Grab the nearest book,
  2. open it to page 23,
  3. find the 5th sentence,
  4. post its text along with these instructions,
  5. point back to where you got the idea so that we can follow the threads.
Since I was sitting at home by my Ultra when I read this on planetsun, the nearest book was the one on (or rather, in) the hard disk by my knee, and given the topic of that book, I decided to post it both here and to comp.unix.solaris (with the author's permission) - so for your viewing pleasure, the world broadcast premiere of the fifth sentence of page 23 of Solaris Systems Programming by the one and only Rich Teer (who previously worked for Sun in the UK):
The -a flag tells id to show us all the groups we belong to (interestingly, id -a will list up to 32 groups regardless of the setting of ngroups_max).
Coming later this year to a theater, err, bookseller near you! You'll have to pick up your own copy to find out what comes after that gripping and suspenseful buildup. (Though given the size of the review draft I have, you may need a friend to help you pick it up.)

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