Sorry to disagree with you, but X really did stand
for something. The early design documents (which
may have vanished by the time Cray was acquired)
referred to the "eXtended File System".
Incidentally, XFS was developed in Mountain View,
not in Eagan ;-)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Lord" <lord@xxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, August 21, 2003 9:09 AM
Subject: The X in XFS
> Just in case you were wondering what X stood for in XFS - some folks
> out there seem to be putting the X in the middle of words recently.
> The X does not stand for anything except X, it is not eXtent, or
> eXtended or any other word.
> Originally the project was internally refered to as xFS, presumably
> until marketing came up with a letter or name which was deemed
> acceptable. After a while the x just stuck without having a
> meaning assigned to it, and it was capitalized.
> Think of it as a little like the G in GNU, the X in XFS stands
> for XFS ;-)
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