[Talk] SCO news - analysts says they saw UNIX code in Linux

Greg 'groggy' Lehey Greg.Lehey at auug.org.au
Fri Jun 13 09:06:16 EST 2003

On Wednesday, 11 June 2003 at  0:07:08 +1000, Gary R. Schmidt wrote:
> David Purdue wrote:
>> See the story at:
>> http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/06/09/1055010912770.html
>> A couple of non-programmers from a couple of analyst firms were shown two
>> blocks of code and say that 80 lines of code and comments were the same.
>> What they did not see were any change control records to establish where
>> this block of code came from.
> Hmm, non-programmers and 80 lines of code - could it be that the 80
> lines constitute a function, and if a sufficiently experienced
> programmer was to look at it they would recognise it as being lifted
> lock, stock, and comments from "Uncle Fester's Big Book of Code
> Snippets", first published in 1969??????

My personal theory is that it's a header file.  Look at
/usr/include/sys/errno.h for an example.  It's standardized, so it
makes sense for the comments to match up too.  This would also explain
why they showed it to non-programmers.

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