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RE: Name of OpenBSD daemon
- To: Michael Wahle <wahle_michael_(_at_)_emc_(_dot_)_com>, "'Frode Hatlevik'" <frode_(_dot_)_hatlevik_(_at_)_sensewave_(_dot_)_com>
- Subject: RE: Name of OpenBSD daemon
- From: Michael Wahle <wahle_michael_(_at_)_emc_(_dot_)_com>
- Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2001 11:04:24 -0700
- Cc: "'misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org'" <misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org>
oops, the correct link starts "... work ... " not word.
From: Michael Wahle [mailto:wahle_michael_(_at_)_emc_(_dot_)_com]
Sent: Monday, October 15, 2001 10:34 AM
To: 'Frode Hatlevik'
Subject: RE: Name of OpenBSD daemon
While I do respect your beliefs, I must point out
that you are attacking the wrong folks. The use
of the word "daemon" goes way back in the unix/computer
world and is a universal term used by everyone. It
is not limited to OpenBSD2.7, as you can find it in
all versions of Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, IRIX, Linux, BSD,
NetBSD, OpenBSD, NT, W2K and all other operating systems.
You also chose to only include definations of the word
daemon that suit your own needs, (unfortunate). Let me
help you to better understand the word daemon.
from the online dictionary :
Scrolling down you will find a definition of the word daemon
as it fits in the computer world. (and I quote)
"..... as the acronym Disk And Execution MONitor ......"
You should not find usages of such words threatening to your
way of life. After all the word Unix was created _after_ the
word "euniq" (i know the spelling is wrong on this one), was
turned down as it was not a "socialy acceptable word". The
original creators did not intend to create shock in the world
about them, but to accurately describe processes/products/etc ...
with words that implied humor.
Please don't hold the computer world guilty of being off the path
of the light, as I will point out that the words "Demon, kill, death,
plague, disease, Devil, Satan, Beast, pestilance" and a ton of
other non-path-of-light words are used in the Bible.
From: Frode Hatlevik [mailto:frode_(_dot_)_hatlevik_(_at_)_sensewave_(_dot_)_com]
Sent: Monday, October 15, 2001 3:43 AM
Subject: Name of OpenBSD daemon
Retrying this post, as i cannot find it in the archives. (Yes, this time
I've subscribed to the list)
I have a question about use of terms in OpenBSD. It pertains to the name
given to user "daemon" in OpenBSD 2.7.
In the password file this user is given the descriptive name "The Devil
Himself". This is a rather bad joke. I do not know wether this name still
exists, as I have only bought this version of OpenBSD.
Consulting dictionaries gives the following meanings of the word daemon:
The Consice Oxford Dictionary, Sixth edition (1976):
Demon 2. (Also daemon) Supernatural being in Greek Mythology; attendant or
Collins English Dictionary, Third Edition Updated 1994:
daemon 1. demigod
demigod 2. a person with outstanding or godlike attributes.
demon 3. Also called daemon, daimon. an attendant or ministering spirit;
genius: the demon of inspiration.
Meriam Webster On Line Dictionary (www.m-w.com)
Main Entry: demon
Variant(s): or daemon /'dE-m&n/
Etymology: Middle English demon, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin daemon
evil spirit, from Latin, divinity, spirit, from Greek daimOn, probably from
daiesthai to distribute -- more at TIDE
Date: 13th century
1 a : an evil spirit b : a source or agent of evil, harm, distress, or ruin
2 usually daemon : an attendant power or spirit : GENIUS
3 usually daemon : a supernatural being of Greek mythology intermediate
between gods and men
4 : one that has exceptional enthusiasm, drive, or effectiveness <a demon
>From these I fint that the term daemon as used in OpenBSD is more along the
line of one that is serving or attending others, like someone that supplies
whatever is needed. I suggest that a better name for user "daemon" in
OpenBSD is "The Waiter", to reflect the fact that the processes running as
user "daemon" waits on users and processes, to supply for their needs.
Again, referencing Collins Dictionary:
waiter 1. a man whose occupation is to serve at a table, as in a resturant
3. a person who waits.
wait 1. to stay in one place or remain inactive in expectation (of
something); hold oneself in readiness (for something).
And God said "Let there be light!"
and there was light.
Genesis 1:3 NIV