Nine traits of the veteran Unix admin

I could not help but read an article with a title like “Nine traits of the veteran Unix admin“. It’s good! And not just because the first two traits are ones I bitterly cling to myself!

Can’t resist commenting on this one:

Veteran Unix admin trait No. 3: We wield regular expressions like weapons

“…and sometimes wind up shooting ourselves in the foot.” I was reminded of a Jamie Zawinski quote:

Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I’ll use regular expressions.” Now they have two problems.

And there’s this one:

Veteran Unix admin trait No. 5: We prefer elegant solutions

Well, who doesn’t? Let’s add: “…and we’re darn good at deluding ourselves that our solutions are elegant.”

2 Responses to “Nine traits of the veteran Unix admin”

  1. sha1 hash says:

    Reminds me of Larry Wall’s famous 3 virtues of programmers.

  2. Kaz says:

    And you know what is also funny? These veteran Unix admins supposedly don’t just wield any regular expressions but PCRE’s: Perl Compatible Regular Expressions, whose power “cannot be matched by any other known tool”. Yes, in particular Unix(TM) tool that is known to the Single Unix Specification.

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