The ways of sysadmins

I found in my home directory a strange file.  I was searching for HomelyGosling’s root password to see if I had written it down in a text file on dustpuppy and found this file:

dustpuppy 737% grep "osling" *
grep: piss: Permission denied
dustpuppy 738% ls -l piss
-rw------- 1 root root 16 Jul 7 10:46 piss
dustpuppy 739% sudo cat piss
piss out my ass
dustpuppy 740% pwd
/home/imbrius
dustpuppy 741%

WTF? First of all, why do I have a file created and owned by root in my home dir called “piss” that contains the string, “piss out my ass?” Second, the command to view it is “cat piss.” I find that hilarious.

BTW, I found HomelyGosling’s root password saved in a text file on UglyDuckling. I almost hit myself when I found it because of how stupid I made it.

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  1. #1 by Chadwick on October 15, 2010 - 2:54 PM

    I blame the coffee.

    • #2 by Joshua on October 15, 2010 - 3:01 PM

      That’s probably a reasonable assumption. Since I need to reinstall Solaris anyway because of a disk-naming screwup I did the last time, I don’t mind telling you that the root password I refer to above was “H0nkH0nk!”

      • #3 by Chadwick on October 15, 2010 - 4:24 PM

        Don’t worry. Your secret is safe with the internets.

      • #4 by Phillip on October 16, 2010 - 1:17 AM

        Well…they DO honk. And give chase. Honk some more. Flap their wings. Honk even more. Continue giving chase until you get into a house and watch while they continue honking and flapping their wings trying to get in through the patio door.

        They’re some damned vicious things.

  2. #5 by Chadwick on October 15, 2010 - 4:32 PM

    It’s funny, ’cause of how the W’s look in italics, it appears as though dustpuppy is 740% peeved. In which case, you would probably want to steer clear of it.

    • #6 by Joshua on October 16, 2010 - 5:55 AM

      lol. Actually it was pissed at me for quite some time but after I dropped the new hard drive in, it quit acting up.

      BTW, the number before the % means that I have 740 lines in my C shell scrollback buffer. That’s supposed to reset every session but I haven’t gone digging into my profile yet to find out why it doesn’t.

      • #7 by Joshua on October 17, 2010 - 8:06 AM

        I fixed it. It resets to zero now every session. I just needed to add “set savehist=0” to my .cshrc file.

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