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01/05/2013

a.out

Filed under: *nix — Tags: , — Venture37 @ 8:07 am

From the paper “First edition Unix: Its creation and restoration

because the PDP-11/20 provided no memory protection against kernel corruption by the running process, it was considered a courtesy for a programmer to yell ‘‘a.out?’’—the name of the Unix assembler’s default output file—before running a new executable for the first time

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