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Dworin
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Then it's my turn to try. This should be easy, hope it hasn't been asked before:

My name refers to a storage medium
that is now only found in a museum.
I am used daily by all
and have more flags than anyone can recall.
Ramiferous
Nixers
(04-11-2020, 01:44 AM)Dworin Wrote: Then it's my turn to try. This should be easy, hope it hasn't been asked before:

My name refers to a storage medium
that is now only found in a museum.
I am used daily by all
and have more flags than anyone can recall.

Let me guess:
I first thought it could be an Archive, but then it wouldn't be accessed daily...

Could you be talking about an encrypted file tomb ?
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Dworin
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Your first thought was closer. Perhaps daily is a slight exaggeration.
Ramiferous
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(04-11-2020, 02:19 AM)Dworin Wrote: Your first thought was closer. Perhaps daily is a slight exaggeration.

tar is an archive and has lots of flags and is used daily.. ?
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Dworin
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Exactly. Now if you can tell what the first letter stands for, your solution is really complete. Either way, well played, over to you.
With the flags, I was referring to this (famous?) cartoon:
https://xkcd.com/1168/
Ramiferous
Nixers
(04-11-2020, 02:33 AM)Dworin Wrote: Exactly. Now if you can tell what the first letter stands for, your solution is really complete. Either way, well played, over to you.

Well, I'm too honest to say I knew this so I looked it up and... (just in case some die hard's want to figure it out on their own I'll wrap it with a spoiler tag again)
tar stands for Tape Archive. I never knew that.
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“Maybe you have some bird ideas... Maybe that's the best you can do.” - Terry A. Davis (R.I.P Percival)
Ramiferous
Nixers
Ok, I'll give this a try...


I was introduced in the C shell
To make your life easier
I can do multiple things at once
My actions are defined by the user

What am I?
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opFez
Members
(04-11-2020, 07:38 PM)Ramiferous Wrote: Ok, I'll give this a try...


I was introduced in the C shell
To make your life easier
I can do multiple things at once
My actions are defined by the user

What am I?

I'll try:
aliases
Ramiferous
Nixers
(05-11-2020, 02:07 PM)opFez Wrote:
(04-11-2020, 07:38 PM)Ramiferous Wrote: Ok, I'll give this a try...


I was introduced in the C shell
To make your life easier
I can do multiple things at once
My actions are defined by the user

What am I?

I'll try:
aliases

You got it in 1. I'll have to make it harder next time :)
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venam
Administrators
Here we go, I'll push another one.

I'm a command line utility, but also a library
I run either with arguments or interactively
The folks at OpenBSD forked me to add more security
Yes, I'm related to all thing cryptography
phillbush
Long time nixers
(06-11-2020, 05:31 AM)venam Wrote: Here we go, I'll push another one.

I'm a command line utility, but also a library
I run either with arguments or interactively
The folks at OpenBSD forked me to add more security
Yes, I'm related to all thing cryptography

OpenSSL
venam
Administrators
You got it phillbush, that's the right answer.
phillbush
Long time nixers
Let me try.

I was used to write The C Programming Language.
You do not use my commands directly: you call macros.
I'm a UNIX utility that survived into plan 9.
What you see is not what you get.
phillbush
Long time nixers
Just to add a hint to my post (try not to use it):
When I'm talking about The C Programming Language, I'm not talking about the C programming language
vain
Long time nixers
Had to use the hint. :(

troff
phillbush
Long time nixers
(13-11-2020, 04:42 PM)vain Wrote: Had to use the hint. :(

That's it!

I was used to write The C Programming Language. (The book was written in troff)
You do not use my commands directly: you call macros. (You should use macros like -ms, -mm, -man, ...)
I'm a UNIX utility that survived into plan 9. (there is troff for plan9)
What you see is not what you get. (troff is not a WYSIWYG system)
phillbush
Long time nixers
Now another one!


You can find a man with my name in section 1 and in section 3.
I'm only on BSD systems, not on Linux.
You could use cat -v, but that's considered harmful
I make you see the invisible.
z3bra
Grey Hair Nixers
Ah ! Pretty sure I got it !

vis
phillbush
Long time nixers
(15-11-2020, 11:16 AM)z3bra Wrote: Ah ! Pretty sure I got it !

vis
You got it, that's the answer.
zge
Long time nixers
(13-11-2020, 05:36 PM)phillbush Wrote: You could use cat -v, but that's considered harmful

This line confused me, how did that help?
z3bra
Grey Hair Nixers
Because cat -v has a similar behavior. The "considered harmful" is a reference to cat-v.org.
z3bra
Grey Hair Nixers

I don't understand anything, yet reply to everyone.
Network facing, I use the standard interface.
Even daemons have super heroes !
Turned down for performance issues.
Does "echo" by myself, sometimes more...