On Fri, 2003-09-19 at 19:41, Hal Fulton wrote:

> True, but let's be fair.
> 
> MSDOS stole many things from Unix, such as the notion of a
> hierarchical directory structure and the use of < > | at the
> shell level. (Many things were incompletely stolen, unfortunately.)
> 
> The binmode/textmode distinction came from Unix. At that time
> Unix had an EOF character of control-D (which explains the ^D we
> still type occasionally at the terminal).
> 
> So historically Unix's behavior with respect to ^D was the same as
> DOS's with respect to ^Z. But Unix/Linux moved beyond that, and
> DOS/Windows never did.
> 
> Hal

I thought that the Control-Z usage was borrowed from CP/M in order to
make it easier to port programs from that to MS-DOS.

http://www.finseth.com/~fin/craft/Chapter-5.html

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