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Dennis M. Ritchie

According to filesystem timestamps, I wrote this 4/9/1998. I know where I was seated when I wrote it, and it was definitely
spring, so that date is plausible.

It seemed apropos, given Dennis’ passing, to post it now.

Hopefully, those who might be offended will remember that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.

   DMR is my shepherd; I shall not want
   He maketh me to write code sans disasters:
   He leadeth me around the null pointers.

   He restoreth my tapes: he leadeth me
   In the paths of UNIX for its name's sake.

   Yea, though I walk through the valley
   Of the shadow of Wintel, I will fear no evil:
   The Source is with me; my root password and group staff
   They comfort me.

   He prepareth a server before me in
   defiance of Slick Willy Gates:
   He protecteth my filesystems from Usenet;
   My Sun runneth faster.

   Surely network and printer shall work for me
   All the days of my life: and I will dwell
   With my data intact for ever.

Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 Jerry Bolton, Jr. All Rights Reserved.

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