Logging in with all capitals could switch the entire session to all-caps mode

What’s more weird is that I tried logging in onto my Gentoo 2004.3 Linux system using all capitals and, to my surprise, the whole session switch to an all-caps mode: the output of the “ls” command, even the “vi” editor.

While reading the UNIX-HATERS Handbook, I read the following phrase:

No, those were the real days of computing. And those were the days of Unix. Look at Unix today: the remnants are still there. Try logging in with all capitals. Many Unix systems will still switch to an all-caps mode. Weird.

What’s more weird is that I tried logging in onto my Gentoo 2004.3 Linux system using all capitals and, to my surprise, the whole session switch to an all-caps mode: the output of the “ls” command, even the “vi” editor. Astonishing.

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2 thoughts on “Logging in with all capitals could switch the entire session to all-caps mode

  1. So… I can do this shift of attitude for so long but then throughout the day it still gets me. I even try and stay away from using the blog as reassurance every day but find myself addicted to reading the reassuring stories of recovery.

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