Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 796. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2020-04-23 16:41:42+00:00 From: Francois Lachance
Subject: The Poetry of Unix | Filing | Affordances Willard In this time of confinement, I have been reacquainting myself with Unix and command line processing (heartened by C.M. Sperberg-McQueen's remarks both on and off list). I have also been inspired by the threads on archive and secrets of programming languages. I have been learning again and more. I have had the time and luxury of renaming files with nice long human readable names (I recall as some point MS-DOS forcing FOO.EXT on the user -- a name with no spaces and only one dot to mark the extension). I like the discipline of Unix: [quote] All file names are case sensitive. ¦ (See note 1 below) You can use upper and lowercase letters, numbers,'.' (dot), and '_' (underscore) symbols. You can use other special characters such as blank space, but they are hard to use and it is better to avoid them. Source: https://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/linuxunix-rules-for-naming-file-and- directory-names [/quote] My little minimalist toolbox includes: rm (remove), ls (list), cp (copy); mkdir (make directory), mv (move). With repetitive use of this I have been able to construct a directory to archive old versions of the html pages I have thrown up over the years (taking them out of hiding so to speak with a link to the archive from the home page (for the curious)) and hacked a little dropbox for my self and others (clickable and cleanable thanks to the features of index.html (being present or not)). I have also explored the affordances of Apple's interface and remark that there is more for me to explore (make alias, save as, duplicate, duplicate exactly). And I have a sneaking suspicion that Microsoft's One-Drive owes something to Unix/Linux for its nifty permission controls. I miss the days of Wordperfect (scion of Wordstar?) which in my memory made backups with the extension .bac automatically. And I must admit I never really got to play with the great Note Bene before MS Word and its page-centred design came to rule the world. Thanks to all contributors to Humanist for provoking this useful and nostalgic tour of the software I have touched (not always softly) as I try to live up to the tag line that accompanies my signature these days -- to sort and shuffle -- in an embodied and remembered fashion. Note 1 I once used case sensitivity in names to exert a kind of version control for content management (managed via chance operations a la Cage) http://homes.chass.utoronto.ca/~lachance/jardin/ Happy travels in, as the LRB says, improving the quality of your solitude, F ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ François Lachance Scholar-at-large Wannabe Professor of Theoretical and Applied Rhetoric http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~lachance https://berneval.hcommons.org to think is often to sort, to store and to shuffle: humble, embodied tasks _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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