[rescue] SUCCESS with Coherent

Steven M Jones smj+rescue at crash.com
Wed Jun 10 16:32:19 CDT 2009

Mark Brown wrote:
> I met a fella at $WORK.  He had a saying (not sure if it was genuinely 
> his or not) - "There is nothing that cannot be solved with one more 
> layer of indirection"

I had thought there was a quote from Dennis Ritchie about solving any 
problem  with another layer of abstraction, but I'm seeing similar 
things attribued to all manner of people when I search for it. Wikipedia 
attributes the following to David Wheeler: "/All problems in computer 
science can be solved by another level of indirection."/

John Floren wrote:
> We say that in jest around the Plan 9 area...

I wouldn't say it's in jest at all, given Plan 9's origins within the 
same group(s) at Bell Labs. While Rob Pike may not have looked at it as 
a direct evolution of Research UNIX - or perhaps he did, it's all a blur 
these days - it certainly benefited and drew from the history, thinking, 
and staff from those earlier efforts.

Now that I think about it, I may be remembering a talk Rob gave about 
Inferno rather than Plan 9. But anyway... I'll go back to watching 
Matlock and yelling at the kids in front of my house now.


"Chaos will ensue if the variable i is altered..." - SysV Programmers Guide

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