Re: /proc/thanks (Was: Boot messages)

Alexandre Maret (
Fri, 05 Jul 1996 15:04:49 +0200

Todd Graham Lewis wrote:
> On Tue, 2 Jul 1996, Andrew C. Esh wrote:
> > we need
> > Jason> /proc/thanks, or a replacement for fortune that spews
> > Jason> credit for one random Linux contributor. Why not? --
> >
> > Sure. I'll do you one better: Add famous URLs, FAQ info (like ncftp
> > does), Did you know ..., and other useful stuff. Might be kinda fun to
> > get some random infobytes evey time fortune runs.
> Why this discussion is in the kernel list, I sincerely do not
> understand. Fortune libraries are trivially easy to make, hence I don't
> think (I can't believe I'm saying this) that recreating fortune in the
> kernel is a good idea.

If you make an external cookie file, it might not be distributed with the
kernel. /proc/thanks shouldn't give "famous URLs, FAQ info" etc... but it
could give only "John Smith - Random Card driver - email"...
This way, credits are into the kernel.... without making it bigger (because
some credits already appears in the boot messages).

We could also create a fortune file which would be distributed with the
kernel, but not included in the binary form. Then, we add a

fortune /usr/src/linux/kernelcookie

in a rc file. Just remember that everybody doesn't have the kernel source
tree installed.


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