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       think - you don't have to think, the computer can think for you


       think [ -detach ]


       Think simulates a thinking brain.

       This  can be useful if someone is not wanting to think at invocation time or if someone is
       needing some thinking about something.  It can also be helpful if someone's brain  is  not
       working correctly at invocation time.

       When  invoked,  think  will go ahead and look at all of the commands and keystrokes that a
       user has made during the current login session.  Think will then look at  what  files  the
       user  has.   From  this  and  what level the user is listed at in the file /usr/lib/think,
       think will figure out what the user was trying to do when think was invoked.


       The process that think uses to help a user is greatly aided if the user is wearing a brain
       interface bus (bib) device.  A bib device is normally worn on the head, and if being used,
       then think will try to see  what  was  going  through  the  users  head  at  the  time  of
       invocation.   After  think  does  this,  it will send electric signals to the users brain,
       causing the user to type in whatever keystrokes are necessary to accomplish the task  that
       he/she doesn't want to think about.


              also  known  as  "Must mother do all of your thinking for you?"-mode.  This options
              causes think to run in the background as a daemon that watches for users  who  look
              like they may need assistance.  When a user is found to be exercising cluelessness,
              think will lock up their keyboard and will proceed to execute what seems to be  the
              most  likely sequence of commands that the user had intended to execute.  This flag
              may only be used by the super-user.


              bib device special file.

              file to indicate various user abilities.  The format of this file is a username  on
              each  line followed by some whitspace and then a number.  The higher the number for
              a given user, the more likely think is to assume that that user knows  what  he/she
              is doing.  Unfortunately, what think considers a large number will vary with usage.


       If  a  user is using a bib device and actually lacks a brain of their own, then there is a
       high risk that think will take over their (non-existent) minds.  This has the upshot  that
       someone other than the user will have to stop the program.  (Perhaps this is a feature.)

       It may illegal in some areas to force users to wear bib devices.


       This  man  page was written by John Guthrie <> with suggestions from
       Kevin Whyte <> for the alt.sysadmin.recovery man page collection.