Kamp: A Generation Lost in the Bazaar
Posted Aug 21, 2012 18:54 UTC (Tue) by rgmoore
In reply to: Kamp: A Generation Lost in the Bazaar
Parent article: Kamp: A Generation Lost in the Bazaar
I'm not sure how well
tar fits with the "do one thing and do it well" motto anymore. Source code for the latest version of
GNU tar weighs in at 13.5 MB and 825 files. It has more than 40 single letter command line switches and over 100 full command line switches. It may have been a nice, simple program once, but we've kept asking it to do more and more things until it became a monster.
I think this kind of thing is more or less inevitable. We've been asking our computers to do more and more, and you can't do that without adding more complexity somewhere. It can either be at the level of adding more simple, single-purpose programs or at the level of adding complexity to existing programs, but one way or the other the system gets more complex. The only way we can keep the nice, simple, clean Unix that we had 30 years ago is to stop asking it to do more than we did with it 30 years ago.
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