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RE: paste & join

----Original Message----
>From: Igor Pechtchanski
>Sent: 09 June 2005 18:12

> On Thu, 9 Jun 2005, Dave Korn wrote:
>> ----Original Message----
>>> From: zzapper
>>> Sent: 09 June 2005 11:18
>>> Hi,
>>> I've used paste for years and it's super useful.
>>   Well, I've got to agree with you there.  It's that whole Unix command
>> line philosophy of having loads and loads of tiny little tools, simple
>> components that perform simple tasks, and a flexible environment where
>> you can connect them up using pipes and backticks and whatever else,
>> with the idea of quickly building more complex tasks out of reusable
>> parts.  You could almost have a shell-scripting RAD/gui and let people
>> drag'n'drop boxes labelled things like "grep" and "cat" and "sed" and
>> link them up using lines to represent pipes and fifos and stuff.....   
>>                          |  |   | |    |
>>>                       |  W |
>>> Basically it "vertically pastes" two text files together               
>>> !|E  | Can't get my head around join tho, when|and where would you use
>>> this? 
>>                         .|E| |
>>                         ! .E  |
>>   I would use it perhaps to ...... WAIT!  WHAT'S THAT?  OH NO!  DUCK!
>>                          |E  |
>>                         | E |
>>                          | E|
>>                         | E |
>>                     F    ||E | e
>>                  o   \   /  ~  \ Z  e
>>>                 \   @$/BOOMSPLAT#
>>> ### this is a Hi  (. < SQUELCH!! > one ###
>>                      /%\ \_=/~\~/ \ {
>>                   p/ |  ` &'*  | /  r
>>                     p
>>   No, wait a minute, it looks like I was wrong ...  That was way too big
>> to be a duck!
> Looks like you conveniently snipped the "# this is a hippo-free zone #"
> comment from the above message...

  Don't be silly, I didn't snip a thing - that falling hippo landed on it
and smashed it to bits and all the letters went flying everywhere!

> Hey, wait, it doesn't matter.  You've freed that zone from a hippo just
> now, haven't you?

  Look, I didn't drop _that_ one, ok?  Nothing to do with me, I don't know
where it came from, maybe someone flushed it out of an airliner passing
overhead, I really don't know!  Dust it all you like, you won't find my
prints on it![*]


[*]    The fact that it's quite difficult (if not impossible)[**] to get a
clean fingerprint off of a tonne-and-a-half of wet soggy squashed hippo
entrails is neither here nor there!

[**]   Probably.  What, you think I might have had occasion to try this at
some time in the past[***] and actually be speaking from personal

[***]  Well, ok, I might have at that.  But it's still not important.[****]

[****] For suitable values of 'important'.
Can't think of a witty .sigline today....

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