THINK(1) General Commands Manual THINK(1)
think - you don't have to think, the computer can think for you
think [ -detach ]
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-
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.
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.
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
bib device special file.
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.
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.
This man page was written by John Guthrie <firstname.lastname@example.org> with
suggestions from Kevin Whyte <email@example.com> for the alt.sysad-
min.recovery man page collection.
think version 1.0 April 5, 1996 THINK(1)