think(1)



THINK(1)                    General Commands Manual                   THINK(1)

NAME
       think - you don't have to think, the computer can think for you

SYNOPSIS
       think [ -detach ]

DESCRIPTION
       Think simulates a thinking brain.

       This  can  be  useful  if someone is not wanting to think at invocation
       time or if someone is needing some thinking about  something.   It  can
       also  be helpful if someone's brain is not working correctly at invoca-
       tion time.

       When invoked, think will go ahead and look at all of the  commands  and
       keystrokes  that  a  user  has  made  during the current login session.
       Think will then look at what files the user has.  From  this  and  what
       level the user is listed at in the file /usr/lib/think, think will fig-
       ure out what the user was trying to do when think was invoked.

DEVICES
       The process that think uses to help a user is greatly aided if the user
       is  wearing  a  brain interface bus (bib) device.  A bib device is nor-
       mally worn on the head, and if being used, then think will try  to  see
       what was going through the users head at the time of invocation.  After
       think does this, it will send electric  signals  to  the  users  brain,
       causing the user to type in whatever keystrokes are necessary to accom-
       plish the task that he/she doesn't want to think about.

OPTIONS
       -detach
              also  known  as  "Must  mother  do  all  of  your  thinking  for
              you?"-mode.   This options causes think to run in the background
              as a daemon that watches for users who look like they  may  need
              assistance.  When a user is found to be exercising cluelessness,
              think will lock up their keyboard and will  proceed  to  execute
              what  seems  to be the most likely sequence of commands that the
              user had intended to execute.  This flag may only be used by the
              super-user.

FILES
       /dev/brain
              bib device special file.

       /usr/lib/think
              file  to  indicate  various  user abilities.  The format of this
              file is a username on each line followed by some  whitspace  and
              then a number.  The higher the number for a given user, the more
              likely think is to assume that that user knows  what  he/she  is
              doing.   Unfortunately, what think considers a large number will
              vary with usage.

BUGS
       If a user is using a bib device and actually lacks  a  brain  of  their
       own,  then  there  is a high risk that think will take over their (non-
       existent) minds.  This has the upshot that someone other than the  user
       will have to stop the program.  (Perhaps this is a feature.)

       It may illegal in some areas to force users to wear bib devices.

AUTHOR
       This man page was written by John Guthrie <guthrie@math.upenn.edu> with
       suggestions from Kevin Whyte <kwhyte@math.upenn.edu> for the alt.sysad-
       min.recovery man page collection.

think version 1.0                April 5, 1996                        THINK(1)

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