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Sung to the tune of Don McLean's "American Pie."


A Long, long, time ago, I can still remember

How UNIX used to make me smile...

And I knew that with a login name

That I could play those unix games

And maybe hack some programs for a while.

But February made me shiver

With every program I'd deliver

Bad news on the doorstep,

I couldn't take one more spec...

I can't remember getting smashed

When I heard about the system crash

And all the passwords got rehashed

The Day That UNIX Died...

And I was singing:



Bye, bye, nroff, rogue and vi

Gave my program to Phil Levy but Phil Levy was high,

The boys on the board were sayin' "kill this, goodbye." Singin'

this'll be the day that I die... This'll be the day that I die


Did you write the new games shell

And do you have faith in the manual?

If b: Dennie tells you so...

Well, do you believe in UNIX C

Can hacking save you memory

And can you tell me why vi's so slow

Well, I know that you're in love with C

'Cause I saw your code on UNIX B

You just kicked off your shoes

Man, you cleaned up every kludge!


I was a lonely young computer geek

With a program due 'most every week

But I guess that I was meant to freak

The Day That UNIX Died

And I was singin:




Well, for ten weeks we've been in this class

The professor really is an ass.

But that's not how it used to be...

When Ira Pohl taught in CIS 12

And user limits could go to hell

And there was still space on UNIX C.

And while the board was looking 'round

The Chancellor brought the budget down

The classes were adjourned

Evaluations weren't returned


And while Huffman read a book by Pohl

The CIS board made some prof's heads roll

And we wrote programs that weren't whole

The Day That UNIX Died

And we were singin'...




Helter skelter in the summer swelter

I went in the lab to find some shelter

Ninety degrees and risin' faaaaaasst!!!

C stayed up for ten whole days

The hackers really were amazed

Wonderin' how long it all would last.

Well, both the forums were really great

Nobody got us all irate

We had a stroke of luck

The system did not duck


'Cause the hackers kept their code real clean

The UNDR-shell was really keen

Do you recall what was the scene

The Day That UNIX Died

And we were singin...



Our programs were all in one place,

UNIX had run out of space

With no time left to start again...

So, Jack be nimble, Jack be quick,

Use every programming trick

'Cause UNIX may soon crash again...

And as I watched the system fill

My login process would be killed.

The system just went down

Consternation up at Crown"!!!


The hours went on into the night

And all that we could do was rite

I saw Dennie laughing with delight

The Day That UNIX Died

And he was singin'...




I met a girl who sang the blues

And I asked her for some stat lab news

But she just cursed and said "grow up"

I went down through the stat lab door

Where I'd learned of UNIX years before

But the man there said that UNIX wasn't up

And in the halls the students screamed,

The majors cried and the hackers dreamed,

But not a word was spoken

The Vaxes all were broken


And the three folks I admire most

The Father, Frank, and a. G.'s ghost

They caught the last train for the coast

The Day That UNIX Died

And they were singin...


So bye, bye, nroff, rogue and vi

Gave my program to Phil Levy but Phil Levy was high.

The boys on the board were sayin' "kill this, goodbye" Singin' this'll


be the day that I die...

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