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       party - set OS responses mode


       party ON|OFF|WHEREIS [ - ] dnv


       Operating   systems   being   what  they  are,  the admin people can easily  grow tired of
       command responses that resemble dyslexic  eugene-speak    filtered    through    Kernighan
       and    Ritchie's  collective  back-brains.  To alleviate this, we have included a slightly
       more  `casual'  mode,  in  which the  responses  to  all  commands   are   first  filtered
       through  a  customising  routine (DUDE) , which  makes them  sound a little more  friendly
       while retaining their  full  information    content   (usually).    The  rooted(c)  system
       prompt  is   changed  to  `What now,  dude?' and output from each command is terminated by
       `No problem, dude.'


       -v     Verbose mode  (ALL commands   have   a  `verbose'  mode).  When   this   option  is
              present,   all  filtered  responses are  preceded  by a message: `This response has
              been parsed by the DUDE filter and is not intended to be some sort of sleazy  come-

       -d     Don't   restart   all   processes   after  recompiling the /uselss/libs/eugene file
              (see below).   This allows any important tasks to complete beforehand.

       -n     Notify  all  users  that  they  are about to be force-logged out  and  force-logged
              in again.

       ON     Activates the DUDE filter.

       OFF    De-activates the DUDE filter.

              Doesn't do anything, but we couldn't resist it.


       %-)  party on

       What now, dude?

       To  compare  the differing responses, here is output provided by the ispi -s command, with
       party OFF and party ON:

       party OFF

       line     who       why                         how long
       000      rooted    that's you, dweeb!          epoch
       00F      wp        she's supposed to be        0:44:12
                          typing up the end of
                          financial year report,
                          but she's been doing her
                          resume when she thinks
                          no-one is watching
       014      maint     playing games, as usual     0:51:16

       party ON

       Well,  let's see who's on, eh?  There's  you,  of  course,  on  line  000  (Imagine  that!
       Hahaha!)   Oh  look,   on  serIOus line 00F,  it's that cute little secretary - looks like
       she's lost her keyboard template again, she's been hitting the escape  key  for  the  past
       five  minutes!   AND   OF   COURSE,  the   guys   down  in maintenance are playing `cosmic
       ballcrushers'.   As  usual.   Well,  who  else,  um,  no-one really interesting like,   ya
       know, oh hang on,  DTR is toggling on serIOus line 03D.. oh, no problem, it's that stuffed
       modem again.  You want maybe I should send  some AMail to maintenance  and get 'em to look
       at it?   No problem, dude.

       What now, dude?


              This  is  the pipe process,  usually
              started  at system shoe,  which lies
              idle until party ON is issued.

              Contains all of the ordinary, ho-hum
              confusing   computer   -   jargonese
              responses  which commands ordinarily
              issue.  Text file.

              compiled version of the eugene file.

              Checksum  for  the  compiled  eugene file.


       crp(1),  stuffio(2), doobrie(9), gouge(3), ftang(65534), wi(-1), edmond(29), jumpstart(2),


       The -n option can be slow.

       If  the n option is issued,  some users in a wi  editing  session  may  not   receive  the
       `warning, restart imminent' message until after the restart.

       There is no way selectively to follow symbolic links.

       Sunburne Computer, Inc. 9 October 1991

                                           Aug 18, 1997                               PARTY(1fun)