Section: User Commands (1)
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tm - meditate
causes UNIX to go into a state in which all current
activities are suspended for
(default is 20).
At the beginning of this period,
generates a set of
Then it prints a two- to six-character
on every logged-in terminal
syllable on each terminal).
For the remainder of the time interval, it repeats these
numbers to itself, in random order, binary
digit by binary digit (memory permitting),
while simultaneously contemplating its kernel.
It is suggested that users utilize the time thus provided to
do some meditating themselves.
One possibility is to close one's eyes, attempt to shut out one's
surroundings, and concentrate on the
At the end of the time interval, UNIX
returns to the
suspended activities, refreshed and reinvigorated.
Hopefully, so do the users.
does not use any files,
in an attempt to isolate itself
from external influences and distractions.
If disturbed for any reason during the interval of meditation,
locks the keyboard on every terminal,
prints an unprintable expletive, and unlocks the keyboard.
Subsequent UNIX operation may be marked by an unusual number
of lost or scrambled files and dropped lines.
is greater than 32,767 (decimal),
appears to generate
numbers for the entire time interval,
after which the behavior of the system may be completely
Attempts to use
are invariably counterproductive.
This document was created by
using the manual pages.
Time: 07:22:14 GMT, April 13, 2018