Sunday afternoon hacking on Mac OS X. A mailing list showed me some nifty Perl which listed appreviations for states… pointing at the directory /usr/share/misc. Now, I’m a Unix virgin, so I have no clue what this directory is for, but upon examination I find the following files:
Airport : Lists airports and airport abbreviations
Birthtoken: Birthstones by month
Units.lib: All sorts of different standards and abbreviations
Flowers: What to read into different flowers
… and the list goes on.
A quick google of “/usr/share/miscs” tells me it’s used for “Miscellaneous architecture-independent data”. Ok. Right. So, if I’m ever really wondering what to think when someone gives me a vase of white violets… I’ll… head… straight to… /usr/share/misc?
p.s. White violets = Modesty.