At least as old as 24-Aug-1992 16:40
Article 3549 of rec.humor.funny: From: hagerman at rx7.ece.cmu.edu (John Hagerman) Subject: The ABCs of Unix Date: 17 Aug 92 08:30:03 GMT
Duane Bailey and Al Hough wrote this a few years ago; I have made a few changes. Watch out for trademarks, etc.
- A is for Awk, which runs like a snail, and
B is for Biff, which reads all your mail.
- C is for CC, as hackers recall, while
D is for DD, the command that does all.
- E is for Emacs, which rebinds your keys, and
F is for Fsck, which rebuilds your trees.
- G is for Grep, a clever detective, while
H is for Halt, which may seem defective.
- I is for Indent, which rarely amuses, and
J is for Join, which nobody uses.
- K is for Kill, which makes you the boss, while
L is for Lex, which is missing from DOS.
- M is for More, from which Less was begot, and
N is for Nice, which it really is not.
- O is for Od, which prints out things nice, while
P is for Passwd, which reads in strings twice.
- Q is for Quota, a Berkeley-type fable, and
R is for Ranlib, for sorting ar [sic] table.
- S is for Spell, which attempts to belittle, while
T is for True, which does very little.
- U is for Uniq, which is used after Sort, and
V is for Vi, which is hard to abort.
- W is for Whoami, which tells you your name, while
X is, well, X, of dubious fame.
- Y is for Yes, which makes an impression, and
Z is for Zcat, which handles compression.