Welcome to Bangpath

bang (noun): the character “!”

bang path (noun):

[now historical] An old-style UUCP electronic-mail address specifying hops to get from some assumed-reachable location to the addressee, so called because each hop is signified by a bang sign. Thus, for example, the path ...!bigsite!foovax!barbox!me directs people to route their mail to machine bigsite (presumably a well-known location accessible to everybody) and from there through the machine foovax to the account of user me on barbox.

The Jargon File

With that, welcome to! This is John Whitley’s personal website, which will gradually fill with useful tidbits on software development topics, other technical matters, and likely a software project or three.