newbie question

Greg 'groggy' Lehey grog at
Thu May 23 02:50:02 UTC 2019

On Tuesday, 21 May 2019 at 21:10:38 -0700, Rodney W. Grimes wrote:
>> On Wednesday, 22 May 2019 at  1:36:24 +0300, Alexandru Goia wrote:
>>> greetings. how can do i get attuned in a logical manner with the
>>> *bsd/freebsd kernel source code ? thank you very much !
>> Clearly you know how to get it (otherwise
>> is your
>> friend).  To understand it better, I'd suggest reading "The Design and
>> Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System" by Kirk McKusick and
>> George Neville-Neil (Addison-Wesley).
>> Understanding the code requires some work.  People will happily answer
>> detail questions, but you'll be responsible for finding out the
>> overall structure yourself.
> During a somewhat recent session of working with a not new,
> but also not seasoned developer, they noted a great deal of
> confusion when I was reading through and explaining code
> to them when I would actually read "pcb" on screen as
> "Process Control Block" when verbalizing it.  They could not
> see what I had just read to them.

Heh.  I ran into something like this decades ago, using an "operating
system" that will be nameless.

The program to copy files was... IEBCPY.  Most people pronounced it
"Eye Ee Bee Copy".  And some had their card decks returned after hours
of queueing to discover that some completion code (13?) saying "NOT

Clearly, we decided, pronouncing names for what they mean is *bad*.
From then on I spelt names out, or at least tried to pronounce them
the way they're spelt ("Eye Ee Bee Cpy").  It confuse[ds] people, but
it avoided some misunderstandings.

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