Subject: Re: printcap, banners, and PostScript...
To: John F. Woods <>
From: John Nemeth <>
List: current-users
Date: 01/20/1996 22:34:00
On Jan 20, 10:15pm, "John F. Woods" wrote:
} >(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

     Along the same lines, if anybody here used CMS (a VM/370 OS) in
the last 15 years or so, you would know that all REXX scripts
(equivalent to a shell script) started with '/*'.  This magic sequence
was used to indicate to the program loader that the script used the
new REXX language instead of one of the old EXEC or EXEC2 scripting

}-- End of excerpt from "John F. Woods"