Subject: Re: /var/cron -> /etc/cron
To: Brian D Chase <>
From: Tracy J. Di Marco White <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/15/1999 00:35:06
}> > then again, i also think that it would be really "neat" if i could
}> > make a symlink that pointed to @ (or some other convenient unorthodox
}> > character or word that wouldn't likely be used in a "sane"
}> > environment)

}> Not an MH user, eh?  @ is symlinked to the current message you are
}> replying to.  If we are going to go that far, what was the system
}> that Apollos(?) used to use with environment variables?

}I was thinking more of AFS.  Back in my college days we used to run AFS on
}our computing center NeXTSTEP, Ultrix, DEC OSF/1, and Solaris systems.
}I'm a bit fuzzy minded now, but I'm pretty sure AFS actually used the "@"
}character in symbolic links to expand to a machine architecture indicator.

Well, it's actually @sys, which expanded to the 'fs sysname' for an
architecture.  Lucky for us, given we use mh (which uses @) and AFS.
We could go way overboard and have @mach, though.

Tracy J. Di Marco White
Project Vincent Systems Manager