Mac OS X emacs Easter Egg - Cookie Recipes, Bad Jokes, And More

Q: What do you call a person who hacks while wearing no clothes?
A: A gnudist.

This little knee-slapper and many more can be found lurking in your copy of OS X. TMO Forum Mod David Nelson pointed out this interesting fact in our forums: if you pop open your Terminal and look in /usr/share/emacs/20.7/etc, youill see a whole mess of files: lame puns on the words ignu,i and iemacsi, cookie recipes, information about the League for Programming Freedom, a BYTE interview with Richard Stallman of the Free Software Foundation, and Stallmanis discussions on censorship and why software should not have owners.

You canit view these right there in the Finder, so hereis the step-by-step for those non-Unix-savvy Observers:

  • Open the Terminal and type cd /usr/share/emacs/20.7/etc.
  • Type ls to list the files.
  • To see the filesi contents, type pico <filename> (eg. pico COOKIES). Use Ctrl-V to page through the document.

Oh yeah, youill also find some other stuff there as well... tutorials and so forth. But hey! Cookies!

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