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    SubjectRe: Alright, I give up. What does the "i" in "inode" stand for?
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    On Friday 19 July 2002 12:45 am, CaT wrote:
    > On Thu, Jul 18, 2002 at 09:38:57PM -0700, Larry McVoy wrote:
    > > On Thu, Jul 18, 2002 at 06:33:54PM -0400, Rob Landley wrote:
    > > > I've been sitting on this question for years, hoping I'd come
    > > > across the answer, and I STILL don't know what the "i" is short for.
    > > > Somebody here has got to know this. :)
    > >
    > > Incore node, I believe. In the original Unix code there was dinode and
    > > inode if I remember correctly, for disk node and incore node.
    >
    > That's a new one. I always thought it was 'information node' so in the
    > above it'd be disk information node and just information node.
    >
    > Makes sense to me in any case. :)

    So far I've also received off-list mails saying that it stands for "index"
    (this person cited "the design of the unix operating system", by Maurice J
    Bach, which I have on my shelf but don't remember that bit from), and another
    vote for "indirection" from somebody I recognize as being on this list longer
    than I have...

    That's it, I'm going to go email Dennis Richie...

    Rob
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