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The Eight Stages of Unix Knowledge

Your Stage of Unix Knowledge :D

  • no knowledge at all

    Votes: 1 7.7%
  • beginner

    Votes: 2 15.4%
  • novice

    Votes: 3 23.1%
  • user

    Votes: 3 23.1%
  • knowlegable

    Votes: 2 15.4%
  • expert

    Votes: 1 7.7%
  • hacker

    Votes: 1 7.7%
  • guru

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • wizard

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
  • Poll closed .


Real Name No Gimmicks
Unix Hierarchy

- insecure with the concept of a terminal
- has yet to learn the basics of vi
- has not figured out how to get a directory
- still has trouble with typing after each line of input

- knows that "ls" will produce a directory
- uses the editor, but calls it "vye"
- has heard of "C" but never used it
- has had his first bad experience with rm
- is wondering how to read his mail
- is wondering why the person next to him seems to like Unix so very much.

- uses vi and nroff, but inexpertly
- has heard of regular-expr.s but never seen one
- has figured out that "-" precedes options
- has attempted to write a C program and has decided to stick with pascal
- is wondering how to move a directory
- thinks that dbx is a brand of stereo component
- knows how to read his mail and is wondering how to read the news

knowlegable user
- uses nroff with no trouble, and is beginning to learn tbl and eqn
- uses grep to search for fixed strings
- has figured out that mv(1) will move directories
- has learned that "help" doesn`t help
- somebody has shown him how to write C programs
- once used sed to do some text substitution
- has seen dbx used but does not use it himself
- thinks that make is only for wimps

- uses sed when necessary
- uses macro"s in vi, uses ex when neccesary
- posts news at every possible opportunity
- write csh scripts occasionally
- write C programs using vi and compiles with cc
- has figured out what "&&" and "||" are for
- thinks that human history started with "!h"

- uses sed and awk with comfort
- uses undocumented features of vi
- write C code with "cat >" and compiles with "!cc"
- uses adb because he doesn`t trust source debuggers
- can answer questions about the user environment
- writes his own nroff macros to supplement std. ones
- write scripts for Bourne shell (/bin/sh)
- knows how to install bug fixes

- uses m4 and lex with comfort
- writes assembly code with "cat >"
- uses adb on the kernel while system is loaded
- customizes utilities by patching the source
- reads device driver source with his breakfast
- can answer any unix question after a little thought
- uses make for anything that requires two or more distinct commands to achieve
- has learned how to breach security but no longer needs to try

- writes device drivers with "cat >"
- fixes bugs by patching the binaries
- can answer any question before you ask
- writes his own troff macro packages
- is on first-name basis with Dennis, Bill, and Ken

Son Goku

No lover of dogma
On this list, peeps are likely to not fit neatly into anyone category. This

- can answer any question before you ask

could, depending on the circumstance, disqualify anyone, unless they're a psychic. :p

As to many other elements, for instance I know some C (have taken some C and C++ programming classes in college), though I'm not that good with scripting, except for some basic stuff. Just not what I learned.

- has learned that "help" doesn`t help

Know what man pages can and can't do for one (they can help with switches for instance, but not tell one what command to use :D ), though dbx, umm OK...

I guess you get my drift...

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