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October 13, 2008

An Ode to the Shell

Filed under: poetry — Tags: , , — Kamal Advani @ 15:09

Yet another poem I wrote before leaving uni, as I was about to lose my beautiful Unix account. With commentary, it was part of my Unix .plan file :).


An Ode To The Shell
Dear Shell

There is time still
In my heart, a heavy load
Soon, part I will
Accept my free-form ode

One line of script
And you saw me fit
Anointed with Unix Nature [1]
Awoken, once and forever

The ampersand
My background friend
The hash
Script docs in a flash

for and while
Benchmarking in style
Redirecting to file
On my face a smile

Commandline completion
My eternal companion
Your prompt my dominion
Forever awaiting my opinion

more or less
Your pagers did impress
rtin
A blessed sin
finger
How it made me linger [2]
who
Wouldn’t I like to know!
And ls?
Light on my directory’s mess
Oh kill,
Gosh what a thrill

foo, bar, and baz
Music better than jazz
command not found
advice so sound

Segfault fury
You threw at me
In all its glory
Initiating divine hackery

Synthesis of pipes and redirects
Plethora of commands at your behest
Skillfully accepting my greps
My shell, you are the best

Dear Shell
This is gonna hurt like hell [3]
I bid you farewell.

Commentary and references
Inspiration:
[1] tm esr, http://catb.org/~esr/writings/unix-koans/ten-thousand.html
[2] tm Cranberries, Everybody Else’s Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, “Linger”
[3] tm Sarah McLachlan, Mirrorball, “Hold On”.

Good luck everyone. It’s been great (for the most part anyway) in CS.

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sincere thank you. To those recently graduated, good luck with the
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And to my friends still struggling – hang on in there :).

– Kamal

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