Fehler | frequencyLib. | /dev/null

PSD + Prints | F.0024.0001

In a review of cd_slopper's 'SaskieWoxi', Gordon McEwen (%Array) writes: "The special device called null; endless source of end-of-file markers and bottomless sink for discarded data and unwanted program output. Ever silent on the outside (reads always yield 0 bytes) I can only imagine that as chunks of data and wasted bits skitter and tumble on the inside it must sound akin to 'SaskieWoxi'…"

In Unix-like operating systems, /dev/null or the null device is a special file that discards all data written to it, and provides no data to any process that reads from it (it returns EOF). In Unix programmer jargon, it may also be called the bit bucket or black hole.

The null device is typically used for disposing of unwanted output streams of a process, or as a convenient empty file for input streams. This is usually done by redirection.

This entity is a common inspiration for technical jargon expressions and metaphors by Unix programmers, e.g. "please send complaints to /dev/null" or "my mail got archived in /dev/null", being jocular ways of saying, respectively: "don't bother to send any complaints" and "my mail got deleted". A famous advertisement for the Titanium PowerBook G4 read [The Titanium Powerbook G4] Sends other UNIX boxes to /dev/null.


'frequencyLib. | /dev/null' features PSD files and print work created as a by-product of an early collaboration with Stephan Mathieu on the artwork for his acclaimed release 'FrequencyLib' (subsequently released on Ritornell). Three tracks from 'FrequencyLib' featured on 'Directions 2001', however, the visual works lay unseen in the Fällt archive until 2007.

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