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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, such as:

- How do I use bold, italics, strike, etc. in my posts?

- How long do I have to write until my .sig show up?

Note: Your contribution to this FAQ is needed. Please allow up to 48-hours for your submission(s) to be made public as I do need to approve them. If after 48-hours and your submissions are not up, please IM Me or Me. Thank you.

Feedback received on this FAQ entry:
  • Where can I post just to test my image, avatar, signature? http://www.dslreports.com/forum/devnull

    2009-02-10 23:47:10 (dandelion See Profile)

  • test message

    2007-11-19 10:42:04

  • we love the dev null

    2007-11-19 09:42:03

  • this is a test

    2007-11-19 09:34:19



by graffixx See Profile edited by KeysCapt See Profile
last modified: 2003-01-08 23:39:12


Written by James Baughn on December 1, 1998:

From the yet-another-convention-filled-with-mad-scientists department

NEW YORK, NY -- What happens when stuff is sent to /dev/null? Common knowledge dictates that it is deleted. However, a group of scientists suggest otherwise. At the Unconventional Scientist '98 Convention held in New York last week, several experts theorized that /dev/null is actually a portal to another dimension or universe. Others claimed that top secret government agencies or large multinational corporations (read: Microsoft) are using it to spy on innocent Unix users.

Bob "Paranoid" Johnson, a consultant for the National Expirer tabloid, said in a panel discussion, "Stuff sent to /dev/null on Unix systems, the Trash Can on Mac systems, and the Recycle Bin on Windows systems, is not really deleted. It is cached in a secret location on the hard drive until such time that the user is connected to the Net. Then it is sent over the Net to a destination me and my research team has been unable to identify. We suspect the 'resurrected' packets are sent to a government agency, perhaps as part of the 'Echelon' system. Or, for all we know, Bill Gates might be the recipient of all these packets, which usually consist of flames, spam, and porn."

When asked for proof of his contention, Johnson stuttered nervously and said, "Well, ah... I've compiled logs of all the, uhhh, packets transferred from my test system to some unknown Net server. These logs show some very, ah... suspicious occurences. But, well [cough]... I, um, accidentally left these logs on my other laptop computer which is still in, ahem, my hotel room. Sorry about that. I'll publish my logs and other findings on my website Real Soon Now."

Several other scientists argued that /dev/null acts like the singularity in a black hole. One said, "The bits sent to /dev/null have to go somewhere, just like the stuff that falls into a black hole. Physicists have speculated that black holes act as a portal or wormhole to other realms. If this is true, then it should be quite clear that /dev/null acts in a similar way. Unsuspecting Unix users could be sending their flames and porno to another realm/dimension/universe/whatever."

One convention attendee added half-jokingly, "Perhaps we're on the receiving end of one of those 'portals'. For all we know, the increased bloat in Microsoft software could be from excess bits funneled through /dev/null (or the equivalent) into our universe from another. Some guy in another realm could be sending his flame email to /dev/null, blissfully unaware that it's being included as part of our universe's Windows 2000!"


by Zhen-Xjell See Profile edited by KeysCapt See Profile
last modified: 2003-01-08 23:32:46

Our forums are both UBB and HTML (limited tag set) friendly! (You may be familiar with UBB codes from other forums). Please take advantage of preview mode before posting, to get the format working the way you want.

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by Dezbend See Profile edited by KeysCapt See Profile
last modified: 2004-01-05 14:24:35

Currently, I don't think there's any posting rules. But it will be helpful if people indicate what they are testing in the "Catchy title" section. This way, others could help them out etc.

Things like Poll test, Sig test, Avatar test, Image test etc.

by howe81 See Profile

The word on the left in the list below, is placed in the opening of a syntax block where xxx is in the example here:

    [syntax=xxx]
    paste your code here
    [/syntax]

Generally, whatever native file extension you are familiar with will work, especially popular ones (.h, .cc, .pl, etc). The list below is the exhaustive list of languages, but each of these languages may recognize one OR MORE extensions without drama. For example, PHP syntax highlighting will pickup on extensions php, php3, php4, and so on.

    abaqus:Abaqus finite element input file (www.hks.com)
    abc:abc music notation language
    abel:ABEL
    acedb:AceDB model files
    ada:Ada (95)
    aflex:AfLex (from Lex syntax file)
    ahdl:Altera AHDL
    amiga:AmigaDos
    aml:AML (ARC/INFO Arc Macro Language)
    ampl:ampl (A Mathematical Programming Language)
    ant:ANT build file (xml)
    antlr:ANTLR, Another Tool For Language Recognition (www.antlr.org)
    apache:Apache configuration (httpd.conf, srm.conf, access.conf, .htaccess)
    apachestyle:Apache-Style configuration files (proftpd.conf/apache.conf/..)
    asm:GNU Assembler
    asm68k:Motorola 68000 Assembler
    asmh8300:Hitachi H-8300h specific syntax for GNU Assembler
    asn:ASN.1
    aspperl:Active State's PerlScript (ASP)
    aspvbs:Microsoft VBScript Web Content (ASP)
    atlas:ATLAS
    automake:automake Makefile.am
    ave:avenue
    awk:awk, nawk, gawk, mawk
    ayacc:AYacc
    b:B (A Formal Method with refinement and mathematical proof)
    baan:Baan
    basic:BASIC
    bc:bc - An arbitrary precision calculator language
    bdf:BDF Font definition
    bib:BibTeX (bibliographic database format for (La)TeX)
    bindzone:BIND 8.x zone files (RFC1035)
    blank:Blank 1.4.1
    btm:4Dos batch file
    c:C
    catalog:sgml catalog file
    cf:Cold Fusion
    cfg:Good old CFG files
    ch:CHILL (CCITT High Level Programming Language)
    change:WEB Changes
    changelog:generic ChangeLog file
    chaskell:Haskell supporting c2hs binding hooks
    cl:cl "Clever Language" by Multibase, »www.mbase.com.au)
    clean: Clean
    clipper:Clipper 5.2 & FlagShip
    cobol:COBOL
    conf:generic configure file
    config: configure.in script: M4 with sh
    cpp:C++
    crontab:crontab
    cs:C#
    csc:Essbase script
    csh:C-shell (csh)
    csp:CSP (Communication Sequential Processes, using FDR input syntax)
    css:Cascading Style Sheets
    cterm:Century Term Command Script
    ctrlh:CTRL-H (e.g., ASCII manpages)
    cupl:CUPL
    cuplsim:CUPL simulation
    cvs:CVS commit file
    cweb:CWEB
    cynlib:Cynlib(C++)
    cynlib Language Information
    cynpp:Cyn++
    cynpp Language Information
    dcl:DCL (Digital Command Language - vms)
    debchangelog:Debian changelog files
    debcontrol:Debian control files
    def:Microsoft Module-Definition (.def) File
    diff:Diff (context or unified)
    diva: SKILL for Diva
    dns:DNS/BIND Zone File
    docbk:DocBook
    dosbatch:MSDOS batch file (with NT command extensions)
    dosini:Configuration File (ini file) for MSDOS/MS Windows
    dot:Dot
    dracula:Dracula
    dsl:DSSSL
    dtd:DTD (Document Type Definition for XML)
    dtml: Zope's Dynamic Template Markup Language
    dylan:Dylan
    dylanintr:Dylan
    dylanlid:Dylan Library Interface Files
    ecd:ecd (Embedix Component Description) files
    eiffel:Eiffel
    elf Language:ELF
    elf ELF:Extensible Language Facility
    elmfilt:Elm Filter rules
    erlang:erlang (ERicsson LANGuage)
    esqlc:ESQL-C
    eterm:Eterm configuration file
    expect:Expect
    exports:exports
    fgl:Informix 4GL
    focexec:Focus Executable
    form:FORM
    forth Language:FORTH
    fortran:Fortran95 (and Fortran90, Fortran77, F and elf90)
    foxpro:FoxPro for DOS v2.x
    fvwm:Fvwm{1,2} configuration file
    gdb:GDB command files
    gdmo:GDMO
    gedcom:Gedcom
    gnuplot:gnuplot 3.7 pl0
    gp:gp (version 2.1)
    groff:groff
    gsp:GSP - GNU Server Pages (v. 0.86)
    gtkrc:Gtk+ theme files `gtkrc'
    haskell:Haskell
    hb:Hyper Builder
    help:Vim help file
    hercules:Hercules (Avant! Corporation)
    hog:Snort Configuration File (see: »www.snort.org)
    html:HTML
    htmlm4:HTML and M4
    htmlos:HTML/OS by Aestiva
    ia64:IA-64 (Itanium) assembly language
    icon:Icon
    idl:IDL (Interface Description Language)
    idlang Interactive Data Language syntax file (IDL, too:-)
    inform:Inform
    inittab:SysV-compatible init process control file `inittab'
    ishd:InstallShield Script
    iss:Inno Setup File (iss file) and My InnoSetup extension
    ist:Makeindex style file, *.ist
    jam:JAM
    jargon:Jargon File
    java:Java
    javacc:JavaCC, a Java Compiler Compiler written by JavaSoft
    javascript:JavaScript
    jess:Jess
    jgraph:jgraph (graph plotting utility)
    jproperties:Java Properties resource file (*.properties[_*])
    jsp:JSP (Java Server Pages)
    kix:KixTart 95, Kix2001 Windows script language »kixtart.org/
    kscript:kscript
    kwt:kimwitu++
    lace: lace
    latte:Latte
    lex:Lex
    lftp Language:lftp Configuration file
    lhaskell:Haskell with literate comments
    lifelines:Lifelines (v 3.0.7) »lifelines.sourceforge.net
    lilo:lilo configuration (lilo.conf)
    lisp:Lisp
    lite:lite
    lotos:LOTOS (Language Of Temporal Ordering Specifications, IS8807)
    lout Language:Lout
    lprolog:LambdaProlog (Teyjus)
    lscript:LotusScript
    lss:Lynx 2.7.1 style file
    lua:Lua
    lynx:Lynx configuration file ( lynx.cfg )
    m4: M4
    mail:Mail file
    make:Makefile
    man:Man page
    maple:Maple V (based on release 4)
    maple Language Support
    masm:Microsoft Assembler (80x86)
    mason:Mason (Perl embedded in HTML)
    master:Focus Master File
    matlab:Matlab
    mel:MEL (Maya Extension Language)
    mf:Metafont
    mgp:mgp - MaGic Point
    mib:Vim syntax file for SNMPv1 and SNMPv2 MIB and SMI files
    mma:Mathematica
    model:Model
    modsim3:Modsim III, by compuware corporation (www.compuware.com)
    modula2:Modula 2
    modula3:Modula-3
    monk:Monk (See-Beyond Technologies)
    moo:MOO
    mp:MetaPost
    msql:msql
    muttrc:Mutt setup files
    named:BIND 8.x configuration file
    nasm:NASM - The Netwide Assembler (v0.98)
    nastran:NASTRAN input/DMAP
    natural: NATURAL
    ncf:Novell "NCF" Batch File
    nqc:NQC - Not Quite C, for LEGO mindstorms
    nroff:nroff / groff
    nsis:NSIS script, for version of NSIS 1.91 and later
    objc:Objective C
    ocaml:OCaml
    omnimark:Omnimark
    openroad: CA-OpenROAD
    opl:OPL
    opl Open Psion Language... (EPOC16/EPOC32)
    ora:Oracle config files (.ora) (Oracle 8i, ver. 8.1.5)
    papp:papp
    pascal:Pascal
    pccts:PCCTS
    perl:Perl
    pfmain:Postfix main.cf configuration
    php:php PHP 3/4
    phtml:phtml PHP 2.0
    pic:PIC16F84 Assembler (Microchip's microcontroller)
    pike:Pike
    pilrc:pilrc - a resource compiler for Palm OS development
    pine:Pine (email program) run commands
    plm:PL/M
    plsql:Oracle Procedureal SQL (PL/SQL)
    po:po (gettext)
    pod:Perl POD format
    postscr:PostScript - all Levels, selectable
    pov:PoV-Ray(tm) 3.5 Scene Description Language
    povini:PoV-Ray(tm) 3.5 configuration/initialization files
    ppd:PPD (PostScript printer description) file
    ppwiz:PPWizard (preprocessor by Dennis Bareis)
    procmail:Procmail definition file
    progress: Progress 4GL
    prolog:PROLOG
    psf:Software Distributor product specification file
    ptcap:printcap/termcap database
    purifylog:purify log files
    python:Python
    qf:Quickfix window
    r:R (GNU S)
    radiance:Radiance Scene Description
    ratpoison:Ratpoison configuration/commands file
    rc:M$ Resource files (*.rc)
    rcslog:RCS log output
    rebol:Rebol
    registry:Windows Registry export with regedit (*.reg)
    remind:Remind
    rexx:Rexx
    robots:"Robots.txt" files
    rpcgen:rpcgen
    rpl:RPL/2
    rtf:Rich Text Format
    ruby:Ruby
    samba:samba configuration files (smb.conf)
    sas:SAS
    sather:Sather/pSather
    scheme:Scheme (R5RS)
    scilab:Scilab
    screen:Screen Virtual Terminal Emulator/Manager Configuration File
    sdl:SDL
    sed:sed
    sendpr:FreeBSD send-pr file
    sgml:SGML
    sgmldecl:SGML (SGML Declaration =!SGML ...>)
    sgmllnx:SGML-linuxdoc (supported by old sgmltools-1.x)
    sh: shell (sh) Korn shell (ksh) bash (sh)
    sicad:SiCAD (procedure language)
    simula:Simula
    sinda:sinda85, sinda/fluint input file
    sindacmp:sinda85, sinda/fluint compare file
    sindaout:sinda85, sinda/fluint output file
    skill: SKILL
    sl:Renderman shader language
    slang:S-Lang
    slrnrc:Slrn setup file
    slrnsc:Slrn score file
    sm:sendmail
    smil:SMIL (Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language)
    smith:SMITH
    sml:SML
    snnsnet:SNNS network file
    snnspat:SNNS pattern file
    snnsres:SNNS result file
    snobol4:SNOBOL4
    spec:SPEC: Build/install scripts for Linux RPM packages
    specman:SPECMAN E-LANGUAGE
    spice:Spice circuit simulator input netlist
    splint:splint (C with lclint/splint Annotations)
    spup:Speedup, plant simulator from AspenTech
    sql:SQL, PL/SQL (Oracle 8i)
    sqlforms:SQL*Forms (Oracle 7)
    sqlj:sqlj
    sqr:Structured Query Report Writer (SQR)
    squid:Squid config file
    st:Smalltalk
    stp:Stored Procedures (STP)
    strace:strace output
    tads:TADS
    tags:tags
    tak:TAK2, TAK3, TAK2000 thermal modeling input file
    takcmp:TAK2, TAK3, TAK2000 thermal modeling compare file
    takout:TAK2, TAK3, TAK2000 thermal modeling output file
    tasm:TASM: turbo assembler by Borland
    tcl:TCL/TK
    terminfo Language:Terminfo definition
    tex:TeX
    texinfo:Texinfo (macro package for TeX)
    texmf:Web2C TeX texmf.cnf configuration file
    tf:tf
    tidy:HMTL Tidy configuration file ( /etc/tidyrc ~/.tidyrc )
    tli:TealInfo source files (*.tli)
    trasys:TRASYS input file
    tsalt:Telix (Modem Comm Program) SALT Script
    tsscl:TSS (Thermal Synthesizer System) Command Line
    tssgm:TSS (Thermal Synthesizer System) Geometry
    tssop:TSS (Thermal Synthesizer System) Optics
    uc:UnrealScript
    uil:Motif UIL (User Interface Language)
    vb:Visual Basic
    verilog:Verilog
    vgrindefs:Vgrindefs
    vhdl:VHDL
    vhdl VHSIC Hardware Description Language
    vim:Vim 6.1 script
    viminfo:Vim .viminfo file
    virata:Virata Configuration Script
    vrml:VRML97
    vsejcl:JCL job control language - DOS/VSE
    wdiff:wDiff (wordwise diff)
    web:WEB
    webmacro:WebMacro
    wget:Wget configuration file ( /etc/wgetrc ~/.wgetrc )
    winbatch:WinBatch/Webbatch (*.wbt, *.web)
    wml:WML - Website MetaLanguage
    wsh:Windows Scripting Host
    wvdial:Configuration file for WvDial
    xdefaults:X resources files like ~/.Xdefaults (xrdb)
    xf86conf:XF86Config (XFree86 configuration file)
    xkb:XKB (X Keyboard Extension) components
    xmath:xmath (a simulation tool)
    xml:XML
    xmodmap:xmodmap definition file
    xpm:X Pixmap
    xpm2:X Pixmap v2
    xs:XS (Perl extension interface language)
    xsd:XSD (XML Schema)
    xslt:XSLT
    xxd: bin using xxd
    yacc:Yacc
    z8a:Z80 assembler asz80
    zsh:Z shell (zsh)


Feedback received on this FAQ entry:
  • Microsoft PowerShell (*.ps1) doesn't appear to be supported?

    2012-01-23 18:06:35 (USR56K See Profile)



edited by howe81 See Profile
last modified: 2004-01-07 17:01:04