Subject: Re: printcap, banners, and PostScript...
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: John F. Woods <email@example.com>
Date: 01/20/1996 22:15:14
>(Requiring PostScript code to start with
>a comment is as silly as cc refusing to compile something that doesn't
>start with /*.)
Funny you should mention that.
A LONG time ago, you used to see a lot of C programs with a bare "#" on
the first line. You see, the C driver program included an "optimization"
where it didn't run the C preprocessor unless it saw that the file started
with a C preprocessor line, due to the incredible overhead of forking and
execing such a huge, cumbersome beast (why, cpp must have been 24K!). Of
course, then people got used to using the thing, and found that they didn't
ALWAYS want #include <stdio.h> to be the first line, so...
My, how times change.