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NAME

       guru - System administration

SYNOPSIS

       guru [ -e program ] [ -f ] [ -p target ]

DESCRIPTION

       guru  is  a sophisticated program synthesis and system maintenance tool
       developed after midnight in numerous university computing labs.  It  is
       based  on the famous LISP Hacker system, used to develop AI programs on
       TENEX.  guru reads a problem description from the standard  input.   An
       innovative  and  occasionally correct solution is generated and written
       to the standard output.  Typically, guru is invoked repeatedly until an
       acceptable  solution  is generated or the user community has learned to
       live with the problem.

       The bugreport mechanism sometimes invokes  guru.   In  this  case  guru
       executes  at  a priority inversely proportional to the reported urgency
       of the bug.  Feature enhancements run at high priority whereas critical
       problems are fixed only when the machine would otherwise be idle.

       If  the  standard  input  is  empty,  guru  uses  its program synthesis
       capabilities to generate a selection  of  screen  editors,  X  widgets,
       compilers, sundry games and the occasional diatribe.

OPTIONS

       -e program
               New  features  are  added  to an existing program.  This option
               should be used with caution as the enhanced program may  behave
               unpredictably or not at all.

       -f      Reconstructs filesystems after a crash.

       -p target
               Ports  the  entire system on which guru is executing to target,
               preferably a RISC machine.  This is an extremely time consuming
               operation and is not guaranteed to terminate.

       If  more  than  one option is specified, guru may thrash.  Each copy of
       guru has its own set of unique, additional and undocumented options.

SEE ALSO

       YAPS: Yet another Program Synthesiser by S C Johnson.

NOTES

       Inherent design limitations prevent guru  from  synthesising  comments.
       The  programs  generated  are  undocumented.  The lucidity, politeness,
       relevance and language of the occasional diatribe vary considerably.

       The only diagnostic is an occasional ‘‘I deserve a raise’’ - which  may
       be  ignored albeit doing so may provoke ‘‘I resign’’ - an unrecoverable
       error.

       Sending the output of one guru into another can produce quite startling
       results.