Turns out I read the wrong google entry first. There are many guesses as to the meaning of grep. The more likely, IMO, are

global regular expression [and] print (or substitute general for global)

general[-ized] regular expression parser (or substitute pattern-matcher for parser)

This is an instance of an interesting phenomenon, I think, viz., that a symbol or acronym has more functional meaning than what it originally stood for. The same thing has happened to LPEX, in our environment.

End of this thread for me.

At 09:31 AM 3/29/2004 -0600, you wrote:

BTW, grep means "Get Regular ExPression"

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