Not logged in
Log in now
Create an account
Subscribe to LWN
Pencil, Pencil, and Pencil
Dividing the Linux desktop
LWN.net Weekly Edition for June 13, 2013
A report from pgCon 2013
Little things that matter in language design
We could use the original dutch P and V for semaphore naming :)
Reworking the semaphore interface
Posted Dec 18, 2005 23:42 UTC (Sun) by farnz (guest, #17727)
I'm assuming that they're both abbreviations for Dutch words, but as I
speak English adequately, and can just about speak enough French to be
understood (usually discovering in the process that the French speak
better English than I do), I'd appreciate an explanation.
Posted Dec 19, 2005 4:29 UTC (Mon) by xoddam (subscriber, #2322)
V is for 'verhoog', or 'increment', while P is for the neologism
'Prolag' formed from 'Probeer te verlagen', 'try to decrement'.
(Link found on Wikipedia)
Copyright © 2013, Eklektix, Inc.
Comments and public postings are copyrighted by their creators.
Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds