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    Subject/dev/one - why not /dev/repeat?
    > From: Steffen Grunewald <>
    > Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 19:39:31 +0100 (MET)
    > Subject: Re: Wanted: Secure-delete utility for Linux
    > Charles Cazabon wrote:
    > |>
    > |> >> Hmmm I guess we need a /dev/one? (Actually not a bad thing to have)
    > |> >
    > |> Hmmm -- something like /dev/~zero would work, if you can stand non-
    > |> alphanumeric characters in your filenames.
    > (t)csh people won't like this (bash also uses ~ for $HOME, ~zero for
    > user zero's HOME...).
    > How about /dev/minusone :-) ?
    > Or /dev/allones ...
    > Steffen
    Are there advantages in having something like /dev/repeat?

    echo -n "echo this" > /dev/repeat

    cat /dev/repeat
    echo thisecho thisecho thisecho this

    echo "echo this now" > /dev/repeat
    cat /dev/repeat
    echo this now
    echo this now
    echo this now
    echo this now


    Then everyone that needed some repeating pattern could just get that pattern.
    Would this be workable, or are there problems in multi-user setups?

    Ah well, I'm not a kernel-hacker, but I just think this is the logical conclusion here.....


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