‚ÄčA little while ago brnrd@ on Twitter brought up the function, mentioned in the title of this post, which has been part of the BSD source tree in /usr/src/sbin/shutdown/shutdown.c for quite a while, and since I've always been fond of Steve Martins comedy routines and also like looking through source code that's older than most peoples experience with computers, I decided I'd go look for its origins.

After a bit of digging around, I decided to send Keith Bostic an email asking whether he lay claim to it.

On Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 22:23, Keith Bostic wrote:

Wow, that's from a long time ago. :)

Yeah, that was probably me.

I was always a big Steve Martin fan.

--keith

So here it is, saved for posterity.

Make of it what you will, but I think it's fascinating that code that old still lives to this day.