Aucbvax.4858 fa.unix-wizards utzoo!decvax!ucbvax!unix-wizards Sat Oct 31 17:21:37 1981 Re: UNIX trivia question? In-Reply-To: Your message of 29-Oct-81 2156-EST Via: Ucb-C70.ArpaNet; 31 Oct 81 6:36-PDT I had always assumed that "rc" came from "runcom", which I think is a PDP-10ism, although I don't remember where I first encountered it. In turn, I had assumed that "runcom" was "run command file". ------- Aucbvax.4863 fa.unix-wizards utzoo!decvax!ucbvax!unix-wizards Sat Oct 31 19:08:38 1981 origin of rc >From decvax!pur-ee!purdue!mab@Berkeley Sat Oct 31 18:58:30 1981 Notice the r and c keys are just right of the e and x keys on the standard typewriter keyboard; maybe that had something to do with it. On the other hand, it could always stand for "reconfigure". I think that's why the script that brings up multiuser UNIX is called "rc"; the suffix "rc" probably came from this. Personally, I like the first explanation better. Matt Bishop (purdue!mab) Aucbvax.4910 fa.unix-wizards utzoo!decvax!ucbvax!unix-wizards Mon Nov 2 12:05:02 1981 origin of rc files >From mo@LBL-UNIX Mon Nov 2 11:54:14 1981 I believe they originally came from the old V6 days when the various source directories all contained "rc" files. These were shell scripts meant to ReCompile or ReCreate the entire world, hence the name "rc". /etc/rc is named in a similar spirit because is basically puts the world together when coming up multi-user. While this is not ReCompiling, it is,in a sense, ReCreating. -Mike This Usenet Oldnews Archive article may be copied and distributed freely, provided: 1. There is no money collected for the text(s) of the articles. 2. The following notice remains appended to each copy: The Usenet Oldnews Archive: Compilation Copyrightę 1981, 1996 Bruce Jones, Henry Spencer, David Wiseman.