grammar correction chap 4.1 LFS 6.6

stosss stosss at
Fri Mar 12 03:44:24 PST 2010

On Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 4:45 AM, Chris Staub <chris at> wrote:
> On 03/12/2010 03:38 AM, stosss wrote:
>> Defending a mistake in grammar IS ignorant. I am not being insulting I
>> am being factual. More than likely am being politically incorrect. But
>> then I don't care to be politically correct because that is complete
>> BS and part of the current problem with people in general. No one
>> wants to be responsible for their actions and everyone wants to blame
>> shift usually to some obscure thing so that no one is accused of
>> pointing the finger or held responsible for their actions. Under those
>> conditions its easy to be careless and sloppy and just plain bad at
>> whatever one does.
> If it really is a mistake, it should be fixed, However I am not seeing
> any, mainly because you are apparently assuming that the phrase "su
> command" can have only one meaning, when in fact it is common to say
> stuff like "I typed an ls command", where "command" refers to the entire
> command line. Exactly what is the problem with this definition of
> "command"? Is there an official computer/Unix/whatever dictionary that
> gives the narrow definition for "command" that you are using? If not, on
> what are you basing your arguments?

By the use of the word if you will of su since it is the command name,
but in the context you are presenting with it being part of a command
string then I will say you probably are correct. I say it that way
because I am not sure one way or the other. I was only trying to help
with my OP to get a mistake corrected. Using "a su" as Bruce did and
defended is wrong under any circumstance. "The su" can be right and I
suppose under some circumstances so can "an su". I also was only
trying to saying that if people would check facts instead of
projecting their opinions, which are often times wrong because they
don't know the facts. Threads that get as long as this one with the
stupid arguments would not happen. I am by no means an expert on
grammar, but I do know some of the rules about grammar. The a/an mess
runs rampant on the Internet. There are tens of thousands of people
that get it wrong all the time and they think they are right.

I think we have beaten this horse to death.

Just another little note. The group that officially has control of the
word UNIX requires that it always be in capital letters. The only time
they actually want it like you wrote it above is Unix-like.

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