Harley Hahn Quotations
The Unix Sysadmin Song
Below, is the The Unix Sysadmin Song that I wrote in 1995 for my book "The Unix Companion". (The song is on page 253 of the book.)
The song is sung to the tune of the "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General" from the Gilbert and Sullivan play Pirates of Penzance.
Over the years, The Unix Sysadmin Song has become popular, and people around the world sing it every year on System Administrator Appreciation Day (the last Friday in July).
To be sure, this is an amusing song, even in isolation. However, what you see below is actually part of a longer, more humorous discussion, related to the Unix mail programs (as they were in 1995).
Once you have read (or sung :-) The Unix Sysadmin Song below, please take a moment to at the following page where you will see the song in its original context.
I am the very model of a modern Unix Sysadmin,
With many cheerful facts of how it's dumber than a Macintosh.
I'm very good at showing users how to pick the best of tools,
In short, in matters relevant to programs in slash usr bin,
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