[talk] 2015-10-07 NYCBUG- meeting TBA?

Raúl Cuza raulcuza at gmail.com
Wed Oct 7 23:40:51 EDT 2015

On Oct 5, 2015, at 09:15, Isaac (.ike) Levy <ike at blackskyresearch.net> wrote:
> Hi Patrick,
> This week should be a fun one:
> true(1) and false(1),
> The Classical Code Reading Group of Stockholm, NYC*BUG Mix Tape Edition
> http://www.nycbug.org/index.cgi?action=view&id=10635
> Best,
> .ike
>> On Oct 1, 2015, at 6:33 PM, Patrick McEvoy <mcevoy.pat at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Do we have anything for this? Wanted to send out a tweet on it along
>> with start the drum beat for Bourne.
>> P
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Tonight was a lot of fun. Thank you everyone who took part. If nothing else it is a reminder that you can learn a lot of what to expect from your operating system by looking at the code, irrespective of whether you know what `#ifndef` means or not. 

It was very interesting to see how build practices imposed a lot of bloat into the two simple programs we looked at. 

I offer the Darwin version, lifted from NetBSD, as a balanced way to write `true` in c:


The code itself is simple and thus easy to audit, but the folder it resides in still retains the standard structure the project as a whole needs to simplify the build, test, and documentation-creation processes. It is written in C, so it doesn't have the shell overhead a nameless OS choose to do.

Speaking of which, anyone feel like running the numbers to compare the differences in speed of the various versions of `true`? If you have a super-cluster handy, you could distribute the job to 10,000 cores to get a good statistical measurement. 


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