freebsd vs. netbsd

Steve O'Hara-Smith steve at
Fri Jun 12 19:41:02 UTC 2020

On Fri, 12 Jun 2020 14:58:16 -0400
Kurt Hackenberg <kh at> wrote:

> On 2020-06-12 02:14, Polytropon wrote:
> >> But it's often done by redefining the ASCII characters carriage return
> >> and line feed. Originally they meant, respectively, move the print head
> >> to the left margin, and roll the paper up a line.
> > 
> > Erm... no. The carriage return returns the _carriage_ to the
> > first position (here: to the right), that's why it is called
> > carriage return and not print head return. :-)
> > 
> > On older electrical typewriters, you will see...
> Electric typewriters didn't use ASCII.

	The point being made is that typewriters (manual or electric)
operate by moving the carriage (the device that carries the paper) and the
carriage return lever returns the carriage but teletypes and other printers
operate by moving the print head and the carriage return returns the print
head not the carriage.

	This strongly suggests that the name of the ASCII character derives
from typewriters and not from the printers that used it otherwise it would
be printhead return.

Steve O'Hara-Smith <steve at>

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