21.6.07

How many programmers does it take to change a light bulb?


>> How many programmers does it take to change a light bulb?

On Wed, 14 Jan 1998, Paul Bleisch wrote:

> What are light bulbs?

On Thu, 15 Jan 1998, Steve Baker replied:

Oh dear. I wish people would RTFM...

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lightbulb(1) lightbulb(1)

NAME
lightbulb - Convert electrons to photons

SYNOPSIS
lightbulb [-wattage number]

DESCRIPTION
lightbulb reads a stream of electrons from standard input and
produces photons on standard output.
Thus

lightbulb <110_volts_ac >light

The following options apply to lightbulb:

-wattage Sets the rate at which electrons are converted
to photons.

FILES
None

SEE ALSO
xmas_tree_lights(1), streetlamp(1), led(2)

KNOWN BUGS
lightbulb is known to fail unexpectedly after some unknown
number of applications. Repeated complaints to the authors
of lightbulb have failed to come up with a fix for this
bug. The only known workaround for a crashed lightbulb is
re-installation from a fresh copy of the source media.

NOTES
I believe M$ Windows is based on lighbulb because they
share the same bug - and the same workaround.

It is important to ensure that the input stream is correctly
formatted or the lightbulb may crash unexpectedly and with
undefined results.

Do not attempt to apply lightbulb's input files to other
UNIX tools (esp. 'finger(1)'), however, lightbulb's output
stream is fairly compatible with most other devices.

INSTALLATION
Consult a hardware engineer.

PREREQUISITES
Your operating system must support sockets and switches.

Taken from here.